Background Briefing: February 3, 2022
The Crisis of American Sanity As We Tolerate Our Own Division and Destruction
We begin with the crisis of American sanity which is allowing a criminal who only cares about himself, not the country, to rip the U.S. further apart and even provoke a civil war to stay out of jail. We look into why we are tolerating our own destruction as we slide into an authoritarian one-party state led by a pathetic man who can’t accept defeat because that would make him a loser, so he is taking the country down with a large number of Americans helping as willing accomplices. Joining us is Dr. Allen Frances, a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University. He is the author of the award-winning international bestseller Saving Normal and the reference work Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis and his latest book is Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump, now out in an updated paperback version. We assess what can be done to save American democracy and society from Trump and the selfish and short-sighted plutocrats behind him who are exploiting phony populism, promoting stupidity and propagating lies and disinformation to divide and turn Americans against each other.