The Rise of American Authoritarianism

Mar 16, 2016

  The media has struggled for months to explain how Donald Trump has become so wildly popular so quickly with the country’s electorate. In a new article, the journalist Amanda Taub proposes a rather frightening answer. The rise of Trump, she says, parallels the rise of American authoritarianism, the belief in radical policies and the desire for a strongman leader to implement them. Taub joins guest host Terry Gildea on Wednesday to explain how authoritarianism is transforming the GOP and the dynamics of national politics.

Amanda Taub is a former rights lawyer who now covers foreign politics, human rights, and social justice for Vox.com. Her article "The Rise of American Authoritarianism" was published earlier this month.