Monday, February 13, 2017

The Politics of Authoritarianism in the Trump Era

We are all rushing out to buy copies of 1984, It Can’t Happen Here and Hannah Arendt's classic Origins of Totalitarianism. Last week 1984 topped the sales charts on Amazon.

But do these classic, mid century works really give us insight and context into what’s happening in Washington? Are we facing a true existential totalitarian threat, or just the blustering incompetence of a would be tyrant.

Perhaps to the extent we truly understand the history and nexus of fascism, populism and real totalitarian dictatorship, we can answer some key questions.

To help us in that effort, I recently spoke with Indiana University Political Science Professor Jeffrey Isaac.

My conversation on Radio WhoWhatWhy with Jeffrey Isaac: