Ep. 58: Preparing for Constant Struggle Against Rising Authoritarianism and Continuing Chaos
The episode focuses on Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s recent editorial, “Drumbeat for Authoritarianism = Triple Threat to Civilization,” which warns, “We need to prepare for a future of continuing chaos, in which the need for struggle is constant; and we need to remember that progress is not inevitable at all.” Brendan and Andrew interview Anne Jaclard, the editorial’s principal author and MHI’s organizational secretary. They discuss the “triple threat to civilization”––the climate crisis; the subversion of liberal democracy; and the lack of standards of truth and decency, which facilitates Trump’s Big Lie and authoritarianism generally––and how to fight this triple threat.
Key questions addressed in the discussion include: Why is so little being done to confront the worsening environmental crisis? Why is the threat of Trumpism intensifying despite Trump’s big loss in the 2020 election? How can the right to abortion be taken away even though a solid majority of American are pro-choice? Jaclard and the co-hosts also discuss “culture war” talk––in the media, on the right, and on “the left”––and the editorial’s insistence that “[r]eproductive and gender and racial freedom are not matters of culture, but of human rights.”
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