EA’s Political WorldView Podcast: Donald Trump Becomes President


As Donald Trump is inaugurated, EA’s Political WorldView offers a special podcast to assess whether the US and the world can survive the 45th President.

Regulars Adam Quinn and Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham are joined by guest David Dunn: Can US diplomacy function with America’s chief Twitter troll serving as Commander-in-Chief? And will democracy and constitutional government be here after four years of Trumpian attack?

In between those two questions are special Numbers of the Week, from Russia-Trump links to the Electoral College to the qualifications of the Trump Cabinet.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Even though I do not agree with all of your conclusions, in particular with the notion that the actions of the idiot can be analyzed in a logical fashion, it is heartwarming to hear that reason is still with us. In this post-human era, when language is no longer used to communicate but simply to make noise, it is imperative that we safeguard its elegant beauty as a common good. Being a scholar in the field of art, I intend to do just that as a form of resistance.

    • If Trump was merely an idiot, he would be easier to analyze. His ability to survive the scandals and consequences of his verbal diarrhea appear to defy logic.

      I think what confounds his critics is that he has remarkable political instincts. They served him well during the election campaign, but it remains to be seen if they allow him to be effective once in office.

  2. Scott,

    I’m well aware of your concerns for our country for the next 4 years, and I have many of my own, not all for the same reasons. What I want to point out is that there are so many people on the record who are not happy with the direction the US has been going over the past few presidencies. When is the last time that there was a nationwide, “really good feeling” with where we stood in the international community?

    We are tired of politicians who don’t really exist in the world of the every-day people. Now we have an opportunity where the leader of our country does not fit into a template. He doesn’t adhere to the past political form, simply, because he is not a politician.

    Different views, different procedures, definitely different results. Hopefully, it will be in the right direction, helping to make our people, and our country, leaders once again.

  3. I enjoyed and agree with many of your comments Scott, though I must say the other guests sounded out of touch – the one who was so opposed to nuclear disarmament, and who insisted that nukes were the bedrock of security.

    Someone might explain to him that the world came close to anihilation on more than one occasion due to the existence of these nukes and false alarms – disasters that were averted thanks to the wisdom of some high level descision makers making critical choices.

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