An Inaugural Special
With Robert Kagan & Volker Ullrich
Host Neal Conan examines the similarities and differences between the fascists of the 1930s and 40s and the 45th President of the United States in extended conversations with two distinguished scholars, Robert Kagan & Volker Ullrich.
November's election featured a political style new to most Americans - not just bluster and populist demagoguery, but a campaign centered on xenophobia and racism, a candidate who encouraged violence by his supporters at raucous rallies, bullied his opponents and the media and presented himself as the last hope to restore America's lost greatness. "I am your voice, " Donald J Trump said, "Only I can fix it."
Beyond the spin and exaggeration used by all politicians, Trump also fabricated his own set of "facts" on issues from immigration to voter fraud to national security that he repeated, no matter how many times he was called out by his opponents and independent fact checkers.
While he and his supporters ridicule the idea, critics on the right and the left find troubling comparisons to fascism.
In a special broadcast for Inauguration Week, PRX presents "Truth, Politics and Power." Host Neal Conan examines the similarities and differences between the fascists of the 1930s and 40s and the 45th President of the United States in extended conversations with two distinguished scholars. Volker Ullrich is the author of the brilliantly reviewed new biography "Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939," and historian Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of, among many others, "Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century."
Robert Kagan is an America historian, author, columnist, and foreign-policy commentator, often characterized as a leading neoconservative, but prefers to call himself a "liberal interventionist."
Volker Ullrich is a German historian, journalist and author. He studied history, literature, philosophy and education at the University of Hamburg.