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March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

A Super-Hawk Could Land as the White House National Security Adviser
Could Democratic Fratricide Stymie the Blue Wave?
The Author of “The Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism”
Program Notes

We begin with the alarming possibility that a hawkish ideologue who sees war as the first not the last solution, and who desperately wants to bomb North Korea and Iran, will soon be the National Security Advisor in the Trump White House where John Bolton will be able to indulge his bloodthirsty fantasies with real world consequences. Jacob Heilbrunn, a Senior Editor at the National Interest and author of “They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons”, joins us to discuss the expected departure soon of the embattled National Security Advisor General McMaster and Bolton’s visit to the Oval Office yesterday where Bolton was auditioned again, after having been turned down for a top job last time because Trump did not like Bolton’s moustache. With the resignation of Gary Cohn, who tried to prevent a trade war but was outmaneuvered by a corrupt Secretary of Commerce and an outright crank serving as Director of the White House National Trade Council, we will assess how much the bar is being lowered at the White House, given the exit of 43% of the White Houses’ senior staff in just one year.

Then we get an analysis of yesterday’s primaries in Texas that saw a huge uptick in Democrats coming to the polls and speak with an award-winning television news correspondent in Texas, James Moore, the co-author of the bestseller “Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential”. He joins us to discuss his article at CNN “Democrats are taking a dangerous gamble in Texas” and whether fratricide between the Sanders wing and the Clinton wing of the party will stymie the Blue Wave, given the intervention by the DCCC in a hit job against a liberal Democrat in Houston, which appears to have backfired since Laura Moser made it to the May runoff in the Texas 6th District.

Then finally we are joined in the studio by Rob Riemen, the founder of the Nexus Institute in The Netherlands whose latest book, just out, is “The Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism”. We assess the growth of far-right, populist and fascist parties across Europe and the extent to which Donald Trump has encouraged this illiberal global trend towards authoritarianism. And we will also discuss what can be done to restore democratic values and reinvigorate democratic movements.

Jacob Heilbrunn | James Moore | Robert Riemen