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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  1. 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.

    • 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 being oppressed? Not Christianity!

      • 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 hell out of you and make a law or ordinance for EVERYTHING. It was literally illegal to collect rainwater without an expensive permit under the “democrats” which they aren’t very democratic and they are pretty authoritarian.. I’m libertarian which just means i dont care what someone else does as long as it doesn’t effect my way of life. I’m pro-marijuana legalization. This is considered a right-wing ideology in america. the farthest right you can go. Europeans call racists like neo-nazi’s right wing but in america neo-nazi’s vote democrat. The KKK was actually a militaristic wing of the democrats, Hillary Clintons “mentor” was Robert Bird a very high up member in the KKK. If you watch trumps last speech to congress youll notice that the democrat side were wearing all white gown like dresses and wouldn’t stand up or clap for him. The white gown is the costume the kkk used to wear when they went out killing black people and republicans. Republicans freed the slaves and passed the civil rights act and gave black men the right to vote and become citizens. Republicans are considered right or conservative only because they are fiscally conservative and are generally pro free speech. The democrats have a tendency to be fascist about many things and social justice warriors to the max were it causes problems.

        • 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 damn far left. She even had a mentor that was a KKK leader his name was robert bird. I’m libertarian i believe what a person does is completely up to them and the government has no say to tell them no as long as they don’t effect anyone elses life or hurt anyone. Im also for very very low and few taxes. This is right wing.

    • 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.

      • 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 you to pursue your trollish trade. Give my less then fond regards to Pooty, LePensky and Trumpsky from your Russian troll bunker and be sure to watch RT so you won’t miss any talking points..

  2. 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.