Al-Masdar Podcast 16- “There is no left in America”: Assessing Trump’s transition to power, his actions and rhetoric, and moving forward

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This week we’re joined with Ben Norton from Alternet.org and Joaquin Flores from the Center for Syncretic Studies to discuss the current Trump administration which has now transitioned into power in the United States.

You can follow Ben Norton on his Twitter account here and you can also check out the Center for Syncretic Studies here.

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Brad Blankenship is an American student of philosophy and political science as well as the director of Al-Masdar's podcast.

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Dzulkifly Yusof

The title should read ; “There is no decent politicians left in America”! Whether they are the right or left it doesnt make any difference , bombs still rain down on Muslims all over the world from Pakistan to Syria.

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Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard are more than decent, they are great. Actually, you may find some leftists in the Dems but this is not at all a leftist party, more a center-right one, thus, if some leftists want to try to have any influence, there’s not really any alternative. “bombs still rain down on Muslims” => Sectarianism and posing muslims as victims and as an unity is absolutely a stupid thing! BTW, do you know which religion gets 80% of religious persecutions on Earth? No? Christianity! Guess which religion is the biggest cry-baby when it comes to whine about… Read more »

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In america the political spectrum is gauged very differently than europe. In america nazis are considered far left. If you don’t want a fascist government or an extremely warlike dictatorship you have to go to the right. Right in america just means small government control of the lives of citizens and very little tax. More freedom to do things like go fishing and not have to pay fines and buy a “license” to fish even in your own backyard. Thats the left, they tax the h**l out of you and make a law or ordinance for EVERYTHING. It was literally… Read more »

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You are a troll. How are things in Ekaterinaberg, shoshedu ?

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Any literate or atleast sane human who follows leftist ideology or pixies will never associate themselves with Dems. I’ve been wondering a lot and searching a lot why there is not one decent thesis, research paper or articles about the so called left in America. There are no leftists in America. That’s the truth. Any decent leftists will be ashamed to even associate themselves with people like Obama or Clinton. They’re the definition of Crony shitty Capitalism. I’m simple words: Left has left America long time ago. In fact the Republican policies are more friendly towards the downtrodden people so… Read more »

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People like Obama ? Oh man u are fucked up who wants to be associated with groper conman trump he’s s joke

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*policies not pixies

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Richard Meier

You forgot that ISIS is a pure islamic organisation bearing the name of the prophet ” Mohammed” on their black flag, considering as the right muslims according the coran and killing thousands and thousands even of muslim people around the world !!!!!

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Well, Hillary wasn’t left-wing at all for that matter. I don’t get why some people foolishly believe that bull

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Dems were never left wing. They even opposed the abolishment of slavery!

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The parties switched platforms years ago. I agree that most democrats aren’t left though.

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Wrong, the parties never switched. One southern democrat moved to the republicans thats it you can look it up. In american politics political left means more government and spending and control and a lot more taxes. The right is not racist like the european right, It just means very low taxes and the government doesnt regulate your life and put regulations on everything. In america the nazi’s are a far leftwing ideology next to soviet communism. Dems are considered left and hillary clinton was pretty d**n far left. She even had a mentor that was a KKK leader his name… Read more »

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And now the party that celebrates the slave-holding days of the past is the Republicans. I don’t know what your point is, but Dems ARE for more taxes, regulation, and want to lift up everyone. The Republicans ARE for less taxes, less regulation, and don’t care if you die of a birth defect. Also: Republicans care what you do in your bedroom – which goes against their entire platform of less government intervention. So, the (R)’s want less government unless it is regulating the behavior of a minority.

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She is indeed american left wing. Our political spectrum is judged in a linear fashion from the right to left right being less government control and less taxes on the people. Left more taxes more control and more involvement in everything you do. The american left is what created the worldwide surveillance state.

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You have no grasp of the U.S. political scene. Joe McCarthy means nothing to you, troll. Nor does Roy Cohn. Nor the defection of nearly all white American racists to the GOP since the Kennedy election in 1964. Nor does Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” mean anything to you. Nor do decades of GOP hostility to the UN and other means international cooperation, nor does Bush’s Patriot Act—and so it goes. Unfortunately, I’m just a private citizen who’s not paid to kick back against career troll types with no grounding in American or world “civics”, so I must fade away and allow… Read more »

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There is *definitely* a left in America. We have a well armed citizenry, massive ethnic diversity, and many left-aligned governors and mayors. Unfortunately our federal government is overwhelmingly conservative, and our deep state driven by a bunch of war profiteers.

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God I hate Trump

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youta5

Hm, nobody talking about child-trafficking and pizza gate? Sad.

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*Sad!

Dolphous
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Trump has already arrested over 700 people connected to pedophilia and s*x slavery/trafficking. They freed a bunch of kids and women. Yeah man. Thats why the american left isn’t the best choice or what they portray themselves as in their controlled media. The right has almost no media outlets they are owned by the left exclusively.

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Hie thee hence, thou shameless troll. Take your schtick back to the twilight world of RT where it belongs. Long live free Ukraine. Long live Ruthenia.

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The commenters talk about right and left like they have a clue what they’re mumbling.

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Idiotic title. The left rules America. Look at academia, Hollywood and the media.
The left are renowned for orchestrating far right ‘outrages’ to turn the public more left, Trump is another example. Ultimately the Deep State is destroying the US and the West via Cultural Marxism in order to push through their world government.

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I agree. In USA there are only the oligarchic superrich leadership and their paid servants under total control on the one side, and the American people on the other side, unorganized and fractured, protesting, but unable to find uniting leaders.

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This is very nice. Trump We love you.

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Just because trump wants to restore Americas values and economy he is classed as a racist but if a non white leader of any nation done the same he would be classed as a hero no left in america what a joke it is the left of america that has been the downfall of the country for years George Soros is the man that bankrolled the 30 million refugees into Europe in 6 years not into saudi arabia or into the ME is the same man who collapsed the British banking system the same man that bankrolled the treasonous Obamas… Read more »