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, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, 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
The Far Right Today (Book)
One thing all sides agree on: the 2020 election is about the soul of America
How Orbán played Germany, Europe’s great power
7th October 2020