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Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior

Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior

Author: Andrea Chalupa & Sarah Kendzior

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Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa are experts on authoritarian states who warned America about election hacking years before 2016. Here, they take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs.
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American Carnage
We continue examining the diastrous fallout of the government shutdown and the toll it’s taken on unpaid federal workers, national parks, and public safety. We debunk the myth that Trump did not understand what the shutdown would entail and argue that this is exactly what he and his camp have wanted: controlled chaos that allows him and other operatives to more easily strip the country down and sell it for parts. With Trump raising the prospect of a “national emergency," we stand on the precipice of something we’ve dreaded for a long time, and that in other settings has been how dictators consolidate power – by fabricating a massive crisis and exploiting it with a show of force. We discuss how the urgent threats of climate change and technological surveillance culture make the rising authoritarianism of the present distinct from that of decades before. Gaslit Nation also endorses Rep Rashida Tlaib’s move to “impeach the motherfucker” and we lay out the reasons why: emoluments, obstruction of justice, and high crimes and misdemeanors among them. (And now, the House does not need to wait for Mueller to start the hearings.) We discuss how our generation of women is finally in Congress and how the wealthy white male media can’t handle their truth. Finally we conclude with the latest on Ukraine-Russia tension and the historic significance for believers and nonbelievers alike of Constantinople granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from Moscow.

American Carnage

2019-01-0901:04:453

Happy Thanksgiving: We're Grateful for Canvassers
Happy Thanksgiving, Gaslit Nation listeners! Sarah and Andrea are hosting a feast of interesting (and terrifying) commentary from folks around the US as they welcome winners of the Gaslit Nation Get Out the Vote contest onto the show. Our special guests – Valerie Carzello (@ScullyBully) of South Burlington, Vermont, Catherine Snyder (@catherinecritz) of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Brian Covey (@hidvorak) of Seattle, Washington discuss their experiences as activists in the 2018 election, the outcome of the midterms in their states, and their dreams for the future. Sarah and Andrea are very grateful not only to the contest winners but to everyone who helped get out the vote in this record-breaking midterms, which not only resulted in important wins for progressive candidates but demonstrated a massive rise in civic engagement that will extend well into the future.   Our contest winners stayed on the line to discuss the latest news, including the wildfires in California and the terrible response of the Trump administration to climate change, the latest in the Khashoggi case and the relationship of malevolent millennials MBS and Jared Kushner, and voter suppression in Georgia and the rest of the US.    Since it’s Thanksgiving, Sarah and Andrea would like to thank everyone who has made Gaslit Nation a surprise hit. We would not be able to keep the show going without you. We are an independent, largely donor-funded podcast, and we are offering extra material to those who subscribe at $10/month or more. (You can sign up here.) We're about to post a Q & A session where we answered reader questions about authoritarianism, activism, art, and Axl Rose, so check that out if in you’re in that donor group! We look forward to doing more Q & As and bringing you more bonus features in the future.   We will publish a special Gaslit Nation Featurette next week then we'll be back to our regular episodes in December. Have a great holiday break!     A special note: Since the audio of this episode is less than ideal, we'll post a transcript of this episode on our Patreon page. 
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Comments (17)

Arthur Harlan Williams

where is McConnell in this picture

Jan 18th
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CJ

and to your point I think in a lot of ways Trump is acting out what this government shutdown is, another way to look at it, he's trying to get out - he's waiting for the American public to fire him waiting for impeachment because he doesn't have a way out... because he can't quit on Putin but if the American public impeaches him he can say, well you know I couldn't do anything about that Vlad old buddy. I think he would be happy to be out I think he is in fact more afraid of the Russians who have a very long reach then he is of anything that the American public can do to him

Jan 17th
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CJ

what bothers me is that the American public isn't calling for impeachment that there are so much on social media that appears to be a moderate voice going oh well we don't need to go that far and the fact that they don't understand what impeachment is there confusing it with being indicted for crimes and not impeachable offenses

Jan 17th
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CJ

I hope your sister has put security in place and catch one at it

Jan 17th
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Michelle A

♥️♥️♥️

Jan 9th
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Michael Hamilton

Great podcast. Really lays out who we are dealing with.

Dec 9th
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Kathrin Gabriel-Jones

This podcast has inspired me in the midst of darkness and despair. You've reminded me that not only can we choose faith over despair, now is a time when making that conscious act to CHOOSE faith over despair becomes an act of empowered rebellion and radical loyalty to that which we love. Of course, in order to truly choose for what we love, we must KNOW what we love, as Sydette Harry described so well with "does baby have hat". Thank you!

Oct 21st
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Accordionbabe

Look forward to this podcast to get to the details and insights during these very tough times. The more we discuss, the better for us all. Thanks for your podcast and book. love both.

Oct 17th
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Jane Doh

Investigating and reporting on important issues affecting the nation. They were right before the election and they’re still right now. Listen up.

Oct 15th
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CJ

I really want to like this. But they both sound bored, flat and tired. I can be that by myself.

Aug 6th
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Accordionbabe

CJ Content trumps vocal. Always.

Dec 13th
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Gerry M.

I think what you're doing is superb journalism. This kind of reporting and in-depth analysis about the Trump-Russia skullduggery is critical and needed more than ever during these critical times. Thank you so much! I'll be listening!

Aug 6th
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Ray Palagano

Thank you, Sarah and Andrea.

Jul 24th
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Hunter Cawood

Not worth your time. Over-sensationalist and void of objectivity.

Jul 13th
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Accordionbabe

Hunter Cawood But what if they're right and you couldn't see it? How would the lack of awareness affect your life today and later? Don't be gaslit, my friend.

Jan 9th
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Faith Brennan

Pretty scary.

Jul 11th
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Chris Bridgen

firsties

Jul 10th
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