Yascha Mounk is the founder of Persuasion, an online community and publication for people who believe in the importance of the social practice of persuasion, and are determined to defend free speech and free inquiry against all its enemies. They seek to persuade people who disagree with them, rather than to mock or troll them. He and Bridget discuss the rise of the populism, why status anxiety is the strongest predictor of populist movement in society, the idea of white fragility, and why exhorting whites in the US to take on a strong collective racial identity is not the way to build a fair, multi-ethnic democracy in this country. They look at how many authoritarian leaders have come to power in the last 20 years, share their hope for the future, and examine the idea that many Americans don’t want to win the culture war, they want the culture war to go away.


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  1. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito

    Typical assertions that Trump is destroying democracy with nothing to back it up. Yeah, I’d be worried about Trump fighting the FBI and the Washington bureaucracy if I didn’t think they were corrupt already. You have a law enforcement institution that fairly enforces the law; that’s good for democracy. you have a law enforcement institution which decides which candidate they like and they put the apparatus of the law towards that end, that’s a threat to democracy. Calling the media “enemies of the people” worries me, but I’m honestly worried more that the proverbial boot fits.

    I’m willing to admit that Trump is a populist. I’m not willing to assume all ideas are bad when they’re also populist.

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