Podcast #262 – Democracy Good and Hard

trumpH. L. Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” They (and we) are about to get Donald Trump, a crooked businessman with no governmental experience who channels old-school misogyny, racism, bigotry, and near-complete ignorance on almost every topic of importance. Trump has pulled off one of most unlikely upsets in political history. He stunned the Republican establishment, as well as nearly every pollster and pundit, to capture the most powerful office on the planet.

So how did he do it? How could voters support a candidate like this? To help us understand, we talk with political scientist Arthur Lupia, author of the new (and incredibly timely) book Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It, available in hardcover and for Kindle. (Please note: a technical glitch which led to some problems in sound quality and continuity. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

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3 Responses to Podcast #262 – Democracy Good and Hard

  1. Chikoppi says:

    First, that was an excellent and timely interview that I will recommend to more than a few people.

    Second, I’m quite alarmed to hear you will be bringing the podcast to a close. I’ve had you in my stream for several years and have greatly enjoyed your many discussions and interviews. I certainly understand that other priorities may take precedent, although I hope you will entertain the potential of a triumphant return at some future date. Thanks for many hours of thought provoking content!

  2. We’re definitely going to get it good and hard! I really enjoyed this episode even though you guys announced you’re hanging it up at the end of the year. I’ve listened to probably every episode since the beginning and want to thank you both for your great works and contributing positively to the conversation. I’ve always looked forward to your episodes! I also thank you for the pseudonym that I’ve been using for the past few years.

  3. Stan Korwin says:

    John and David,
    Your announcement that you’re wrapping up the podcast after all these years hit me like losing a good friend. My initial discovery of podcasts was in 2007, just after you began. I’ve listened to dozens of different podcasts since then, but there are only two that I have continued throughout and have found necessary and thoroughly satisfying. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, which has been my weekly dose of science updates, and yours. You guys have had a knack for discussing major social, religious and political issues of the day through a lens of common sense and good humor. You’ve come across as intelligent, informed and downright nice guys, who haven’t resorted to the nasty, uninformed and mean-spirited approach that passes for public discourse these days.
    I can appreciate that the burden of producing a regular podcast has to give way to the more immediate demands of your personal lives, but just know that you will always be sorely missed.
    Thanks for all of the years of effort.
    A devoted fan,
    Stan

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