Category Archives: National Security

Trump and Russia — Podcast June 12, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Entanglements, Russian Edition: Is There a Bottom To These Stories, and If So, How Do We Get To It?  Democratic Perspective takes a critical look at the allegations concerning President Trump and his Russian connections. Who’s telling the stories, where … Continue reading

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Paul Lenze Interview — Podcast May 15, 2017

Sorting Out the Threads in the Middle East: Proxy Wars, Ethnic and Sectarian Alignments, Failed States, Realpolitik, and the Agony of Millions of Refugees.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome  Dr. Paul Lenze, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, back … Continue reading

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Doug Ballard Interview — Podcast April 3, 2017

After the Debacle of 2016, It’s Clear That the Democratic Party Has Problems: Does It Have Any Solutions? Doug Ballard, Arizona Democratic Party stalwart, former chair of the Coconino County Democratic Party, Democratic Candidate for the Arizona State Legislature, and currently Arizona … Continue reading

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Steve Segner Interview — Podcast March 27, 2017

Carnival Barkers Make Lousy Presidents: Donald Trump Tries Governing a Country of 325 Million People With Tweets, Executive Orders, and a 36 Year Old Son-In-Law. Steve Segner, community activist, owner of the El Portal hotel in Sedona, and a valued sponsor of Democratic Perspective, joins Mike … Continue reading

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Indivisible: Tactics for the Anti-Trump Resistance — Podcast January 9, 2017

Don’t Mourn, Organize: Answers For Those Who Want To Know What We’re Supposed To Do Now. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss Indivisible: a Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, a 26 page document by former Congressional staffers which provides … Continue reading

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The Upcoming Trump Administration: What Should We Expect? — Podcast December 26, 2016

Billionaires, Generals, and White Supremacists: Donald Trump Introduces the Ship of State to Its New Crew. Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson look at President-Elect Trump’s picks for Cabinet and senior advisory positions. Compared to past administrations, this one appears to be … Continue reading

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Fake News and Racism: The Evil Twins of the 2016 Election Cycle — Podcast December 12, 2016

On the Internet No One Knows You’re a Dog: On Facebook, a Lie Looks Just Like the Truth. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino joins fellow regulars Gary LaMaster and Klaus von Stutterheim via call-in for a discussion of the avalanche of fake news and bigotry that … Continue reading

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The First Draft of History: Post-Election Analysis, 2016 — Podcast November 14, 2016

What Happened Last Tuesday Is Clear Enough. Why It Happened Is Not: Democratic Perspective is joined by Klaus von Stutterheim, who despite his very German name, has been a U.S. citizen since his early 20s, and has lived and worked in this country … Continue reading

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The Republican Convention: Postscriptum or Postmortem? — Podcast July 25, 2016

Peak Lunacy: Trump Takes the GOP Over the Edge. Democratic Perspective commentators Gary LaMaster, Chuck Williamson and Steve Williamson review the week Republicans succumbed to the right-wing populism they’ve been exploiting for almost 40 years. Their karma has just run over their dogma, and … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

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