“America’s Democracy is on Life Support,” The Truth Report and The Chauncey DeVega Show

Chauncey DeVega and Jared Yates Sexton discuss current issues in America’s Democracy, beginning with the fantasy that the “bad guys” get caught and punished.

Here are a few quotes from the podcast:

“We have history.  We know that white, wealthy, powerful men in this country, very, very, very rarely face the consequences of their actions.”

— Jared Yates Sexton

Sexton and DeVega observe that people want to make the events of January 6th into a joke, and how this delusion and denial is what will allow things to get worse. 

“They want to create a a theocratic, white ethno state.  They want to recognize fascism as a world order.”  — Jared Yates Sexton

“This is a disorienting moment and that’s how fascism wins.” 

— Chauncey DeVega

“We are at the end of the liberal democratic experiment.”  — Jared Yates Sexton

“When someone tells you they’re going to kill you, shouldn’t you believe them?”  — Chauncey DeVega

DeVega raised the issue of whiteness and narcissism as a public health emergency.

“Evangelicals.  Radical evangelicals.  White supremacist evangelicals are excited as hell about the apocalypse.  We’ve been told to expect it…You are now going to personally serve the Lord…that is the other side of the coin of Al Quaeda and ISIS.  It is the exact same thing as fascism in that regard.  Fascism tells the followers…there is power in death…” 

— Jared Yates Sexton

The men also explore how to protect your emotional health when confronting fascism as writers.  Jared Yates Sexton concludes:

“Figure out what you want to save.”

“Jared Yates Sexton is the guest on this very special July 4 Independence Day episode of The Truth Report and The Chauncey DeVega Show.   Jared Yates Sexton is the author of several books including The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage and American Rule:  How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People.

“In this wide-ranging conversation Jared and Chauncey ponder why so many rank-and-file Americans as well as the country’s ‘elites’ are in denial about the ongoing and worsening crises that may be the end of the country as they know it.

“They also highlight how America is beset by a culture of death and destruction and apocalypse as shown by gangster capitalism, Christian fascism and End Times fantasies, and the Trump-led Republican Party and fascist movement which tried to nullify democracy on Jan 6 – and are continuing to do so.

“Jared and Chauncey DeVega reflect on how they have navigated the emotionally challenging task(s) of documenting the ongoing and escalating disaster that is the Age of Trump and ascendant fascism and an American democracy that is on life support.”  — The Truth Report

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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