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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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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    • 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 h**l 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.

      • 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 it can even be exaggerated(if I am a part of mainstream media/narrative)that GOP is more leftist than Dems. The so called Antifa, Bernie Sanders etc etc they support Hillary? w*f, how the h**l is that leftist?

        • There are plenty of leftists in America. Bernie Sanders, who has referred to himself as socialist , drew far bigger crowds than hillary clinton or Donald Trump in the last election. US MSM is far right. …there are no leftists anywhere in the media . Publishing and entertainment changed a lot in 2000 when g bush stole the election. Coup d’ etat…….the clintons and democratic party have been taken over by far right…….they are evil.

        • the left runs the usa. ever noticed how in communist countries the leaders are mega rich? ever noticed in the usa and brittian the same… canada, australia… etc… central banking. pillar of communism. monopolize money. next step. ban cash. turn off your credit card…. thats control. western people who admire communism should phuk off and go live in a communist country.

        • the left is crony capitalism. stop watching adverts on the idiot box. notice there are a few billionaires in russia? jewish left communist business oligarchs. clinton oligarch who panders to the left. trump panders to israel… kabutz is left. no private property. go touch the wall…. ron paul???? nope. his son…. yep.

      • US MSM spews anti Muslim propaganda constantly. Don’t know where you live but it is very evident to me as an American. Another well kept secret is all western governments are fascist . From the book, They Thought They Were Free, 14 points of fascism…”Religion and Government are Intertwined

        Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.”

    • 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 !!!!!

        • 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 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.

      • 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.

    • 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..

  1. 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.

    • 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 and Hillary Clintons campaigns it is men like him and the Jewish elite that own and run the american banking system the federal reserve not the american govt how is that possible its men like him and the Jewish elite and their financial institutions that create wars and conflicts that have their interest at heart not the American peoples interest that have been destroying america and Europe from within for decades and until the western world banishes these deep state Jewish elites from our lands everything our forefathers thought for and believed in will be in vain and our christian values will be forgotten and banished forever and its also the brainwashed civil libertarian leftist that help enforce their way of thinking ……complete treason when when when are we going to wake up WHEN are we going to stand up and fight for our next generations future before it is too late Europe is nearly finished and once europe is finished domino effect america will fall because it is our only reliable ally when when when it is now time to get off our ASSES and FIGHT for what little rights pride dignity respect we have left and i do mean what little we have left do something say something start something join some organisation we will accomplish nothing by staying silent doing nothing sitting on our morals when when when NOW IS THE TIME…..

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. This is not true. Someone is getting their news from US MSM which is now all propaganda. Bernie Sanders , when he was campaigning for president drew crowds of tens of thousands, night after night. Hillary Clinton , who is a far right war monger , who calls herself a democrat and the democratic national convention rigged the democratic primary for her to win. And at the convention, Bernie was shown with a bruise and cut on his right cheek. Washington DC is terrified of them because they have had so many people murdered.FBI/CIA all cover for them. Bernie Sanders was rarely on TV and when he was, was treated like an enemy combatant. It is all about to come out in the news. I could give other instances of the fascist govt. in the US.

  5. This is the trouble with you Commies, Trump didn’t “Transit” he was elected into power by the electorate not picked by the Politburo for transition.
    Which was the attempt by the commie left called the Democrap party, Pure ongoing Coup attempt for their “Transition” not by a election by the people for the people.