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Episode 1010

Lost Time

Jul 1 2018

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Robert Tsai

How the right built Trump's nativist ideology - decades before Trump.

Law Professor Robert Tsai traces the harsh White nativist logic of President Trump's immigration policies back to a multi-decade project of the right, to build an ideology around cultural nationalism, to push fear around racial demographics to the forefront of politics, and to capture power on an exclusionary, defensive agenda.

Robert wrote the Boston Review article Trumpism Before Trump with Calvin TerBeek.



Laura Carlsen

Not radical, but very different: An election report from Mexico.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen reports on Mexican politics on the eve of the 2018 presidential elections - from Andrés Manuel López Obrador's broadly left-populist campaign for increasing social spending - to the the deep, structural crises of 30 years of neoliberal capitalism facing Mexico's next president.

Laura previewed the elections in her latest report for Hecho en América.



Ed Burmila

How to disappear tomorrow's immigrant detainees.

Political scientist Ed Burmila sees the future of America's immigration detention policy in the present of Australia's immigration detention policy - where stateless migrants are off-shored indefinitely, far from public scrutiny and political focus, and turned into a new form of human capital on a grim, growing new global market.

Ed wrote the Baffler article Out of Sight, Out of Our Minds.



Catherine Nixey

The soul is no longer free: On Christian terror against the Classical world.

Writer Catherine Nixey explores the purging of the Classical world by early Christians - through violence directed against the statues, temples, texts and bodies of non-Christians, and by expanding the jurisdiction of political and religious leaders into the souls of their subjects.

Catherine is author of The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



Rob Larson

Thoughts on capitalism, freedom and that large gap between those two things.

Economist Rob Larson explores the tensions between capital, power and freedom in a globalized economy, and explains why conservatism's most influential libertarian economists mostly looked the other way as concentrated wealth and consolidated power arose from their own deeply flawed ideas.

Rob is author of Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom from Zero Books.



Jeff Dorchen

A Little Powder For Your Chafing SCROTUS?

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen casts a probably majority (but what difference does that make anymore) opinion on the Supreme Court's probably majority in a few months, despite all the Democrats didn't seem to get around to doing in the last years to stop it, and explains why the worst is still to come, and has been for a long while.

Read the transcript here