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John Nichols in conversation with Robert Scheer

July 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

discussing the state of the Dis-Union. Celebrating the release of John Nichol’s new book

The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics

from Verso Books

Two of the nation’s most seasoned political commentators access the condition of the US body politic. At a moment when the political stakes in the US are running high and the fight to save democracy is on, John Nichols and Robert Scheer explore the hazards and opportunities that await us come the Presidential election in November.


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about The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party

Fighting fascism at home and abroad begins with the consolidation of a progressive politics

Seventy-five years ago, Henry Wallace, then the vice president of the United States, mounted a campaign about the “Danger of American Fascism.” As fighting in the European and Japanese theatres drew to a close, Wallace warned that the country might win the war and lose the peace; that the fascist threat the United States. was battling abroad had a terrifying domestic variant, growing rapidly in power: wealthy corporatists and their allies in the media. Wallace predicted that if the New Deal project was not renewed and expanded in the postwar era, American fascists would use fear mongering, xenophobia, and racism to regain economic and political power. He championed a progressive postwar world—an alternative to the rising triumphalist “American Century” notion in which the United States rejected colonialism and imperialism.

Wallace’s political vision—as well as his nomination to remain vice president—was sidelined by Democratic big city bosses and southern segregationists. In the decades to come, other progressives would mount similar campaigns: George McGovern and Jesse Jackson most prominently. As John Nichols chronicles in this book, they ultimately failed—a warning to would-be reformers today—but their efforts provide us with insights into the nature of the Democratic Party and strategic lessons for the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, a contributing writer for the Progressive and In These Times, and the associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. He’s the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American JournalismThe Genius of Impeachment and The “S” Word.

Robert Scheer is editor-in-chief for the Webby Award-winning online magazine Truthdig. For many years, he co-hosted the nationally syndicated political analysis radio program Left, Right & Center on National Public Radio (NPR), produced at public radio station KCRW in Santa Monica. He is the author of numerous books that include They Know Everything About YouHow Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy, The Great American StickupHow Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street, as well as others.


July 15, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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