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October 18 -- Hate and Fear in Politics: How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy
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October 18 - Hate and Fear in Politics: How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy
“...The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror...” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address
We'll talk about hate and fear in politics and whether they undermine democracy: how panic and fear make space for abandoning the rule of law and the regular order; how when we demonize the opposition, it makes room for extraordinary measures to stop them. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.
- Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University
- Steve Wessler, Maine human rights educator, trainer, and advocate specializing in conflict resolution
- How is the present moment in American politics different from others in our history? Or is it?
- What does the current moment of extreme polarization have in common with other times in our history?
- Are hate and fear related? And then what role does race and ethnicity play?
- What role does the rapid and destabilizing pace of change play?
- To the extent that fear is tool for political mobilization, is it one that works symmetrically for liberals and conservatives?
- How can we get past this moment? How did we get past it before?
- What can ordinary citizens do -- if they want to?
- "Trump and the Politics of Fear," Molly Ball in The Atlantic, September, 2016.
- "America Descends into the Politics of Rage," Joanne Freeman in The Atlantic, October, 2018
- "The Upside of Anger," Isaac Chotiner interviews Martha C. Nussbaum for Slate, August, 2018.
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