WEAK STATE: HOW THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EXPOSED AMERICA’S DYSFUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY

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WEAK STATE: HOW THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EXPOSED AMERICA’S DYSFUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY

Guest host Murtaza Hussain is joined by military expert David Kilcullen and Indian author Pankaj Mishra.

AS DONALD TRUMP promises the pandemic will “disappear,” the U.S. simultaneously grapples with a public health disaster, economic collapse, and a social crisis. This week on Intercepted: Intercept reporter Murtaza Hussain is joined by military expert and anthropologist David Kilcullen. He discusses the global national security implications unleashed by the coronavirus and the decline in U.S. dominance and the liberal international system. Kilcullen also examines the catastrophic consequences that could come from rising tensions within the country and between the U.S. and China. Hussain is also joined by Indian writer Pankaj Mishra, author of many books including “From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia.” Mishra lays out how the rise of free market ideology in the U.S. and Britain has undermined democracy and diminished social protections for ordinary people. He dismisses the idea of a Joe Biden administration as any departure from the status quo and describes how hope lies in the power of nonviolent social movements.

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