Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Time to stake out a Remain territory that isn't captured by politicians all too synonymous with the status quo? We think so.
Is the game finally up for Donald Trump?
After what seemed like a lifetime, the final results are in: America has said "no more" to Donald Trump. Collectively the world breathed a sigh of relief as the results came in. But many questions still remain unanswered. How much damage can Trump do between now and his exit day, the 20th January next year? Will his racism and unfounded attacks on the democratic process prompt 'white riots' in America's streets? Where will the American radical right and Trump dynasty go next? And what kind of impact can we expect Biden to have, either domestically or on world politics, especially without control of the Senate? Nick Dearden, Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper meet up to make sense of it all and ponder the future of global democracy in a century of crisis.
Is an ethical foreign policy possible in an authoritarian world?
We talk about authoritarianism a lot on this podcast and how it's resisted from below by grassroots movements. But we haven't yet broached what the principles are in how democratic states should operate in an increasingly dictatorial world order. In this podcast we talk to Mary Kaldor, emeritus professor of global governance at the London School of Economics, on what an ethical foreign policy should look like. Drawing on her experience advising the late Labour foreign secretary, Robin Cook, in the 1990s, she outlines the principles of a progressive foreign policy today. A critical part of this is seeing supporting pro democratic civil society movements as part of foreign policy - not simply something that is beyond what democracies should do. She also offers an explanation of the roots of American authoritarianism that goes beyond the "Trump is evil" statement and explores the problematic structures of contemporary US power.
This is Not Normal: the Collapse of Liberal Britain
This definitely isn't normal is it? The world feels increasingly like a strange absurdist theatre we have all found our collective selves in. A new book tells the story of the last four years and how we got here. Hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper are joined by Will Davies, professor of political economy and co-director of the Goldsmiths Political Economy Research Centre. His new book offers a timeline and chronology from the Brexit referendum to the 2019 general election and is full of fascinating insights into the changing politics, economics and culture of these new and dangerous times.
For more on the ideas discussed in the podcast check out:
This Is Not Normal (https://www.versobooks.com/books/3628-this-is-not-normal) by Will Davies
Neoliberalism is over – welcome to the era of neo-illiberalism (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/neoliberalism-is-over-welcome-to-the-era-of-neo-illiberalism/) by Reijer Hendrikse
The difficulty of 'neoliberalism' (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/difficulty-of-neoliberalism/) by Will Davies
One minute to midnight to save American democracy
As American democracy faces the most troubling moment in its modern history, hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper talk to one of the world's leading experts on the far right about where it all went wrong. Cas Mudde is Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia he challenges the conventional wisdom that sees Trump as 'evil' and the Republican party as 'moderate'. Instead he explains how Trump is a symptom of the shift in American Republicanism towards the populist radical right - a move that has huge implications for American democracy in the century ahead. We also pick his brains on the challenge the authoritarian right represents to the future of democratic societies this side of the Atlantic and ask - above all - what we can do about it.
For more on the ideas discussed in today's podcast check out these links:
The Republican convention is proof that traditional Republicans have given up (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/27/republican-national-convention-trump-2020-establishment)
The Far Right Today (Book) (https://politybooks.com/?s=The+Far+Right+Today)
One thing all sides agree on: the 2020 election is about the soul of America (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/22/2020-election-is-about-the-soul-of-america)
How Orbán played Germany, Europe’s great power (https://www.direkt36.hu/en/a-magyar-nemet-kapcsolatok-rejtett-tortenete/)
Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics
It is no exaggeration to say that dark money is now a major factor in our politics - and the lack of transparency threatens the democratic process. The 2016 Brexit referendum was the pilot episode of a new global horror show: nationalistic politics fuelled by hidden global donors. In this episode hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams talk to Peter Geoghegan on his path-breaking new book, Democracy for Sale. In a jaw dropping discussion he explains how we still have no idea about the ultimate source of the huge amounts of cash that the Democratic Unionist Party and Arron Banks spent in the 2016 referendum.
This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.
For more information on the ideas discussed in this podcast check out Peter's book:
Book launch: Trade Secrets - the truth about the US trade deal and how we can stop it
In this podcast Another Europe's Zoe Williams talks to Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, about his new book, Trade Secrets. They unravel the corporate agenda at the heart of modern trade policy and the terrible implications it has for our food standards, consumer rights and environmental protections. To get your copy of the book go to the Global Justice Now website (https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2020/aug/24/trade-secrets-truth-about-us-trade-deal-and-how-we-can-stop-it-nick-dearden) .