Category Archives: Political Polarization

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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Campaign 2016: Tomorrow Is (Finally!) The Day — Podcast November 7, 2016

Final Thoughts Before the People Speak: A Review of Where We Stand. Democratic Perspective welcomes Astrid Silva, Dreamer and Democratic Party activist, for a discussion of the state of the campaign for the presidency, and for control of the U.S. Senate, in … Continue reading

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Election 2016: The End Game — Podcast October 17, 2016

22 Days To Go: Have We Reached Peak Ugly Yet? Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, are joined by Susan Turnbull, former Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus, for a discussion of … Continue reading

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Marty Landa Interview — Podcast October 10, 2016

Think Globally, Act Locally: Climate Change and Stewardship In an Age of Indifference. Democratic Perspective welcomes Marty Landa, co-organizer of Inspiration of Sedona,  to discuss the response of his group to the need for ordinary citizens to address the critical issue of anthropogenic climate … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence: A Closer Look — Podcast October 3, 2016

We Have Some Decisions To Make: The Politics of Artificial Intelligence Deployments. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman discuss the unexpectedly early and widespread deployment of artificial intelligence applications, and their disruptive effect on familiar social and economic arrangements. A case … Continue reading

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Nikki Bagley Interview — Podcast September 5, 2016

Down the Stretch in LD 6: Nikki Bagley Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, talk to Nikki Bagley, Director of the Yavapai College Viticulture and Enology Program and former mayor of Jerome, about the crucial issues facing Arizona voters … Continue reading

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be … Continue reading

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The Democratic Convention: A Different America — Podcast August 1, 2016

The Democratic Party Holds Up Its Mirror To an America Which Isn’t Afraid, Isn’t Angry, and Isn’t All White or All Male: Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the Democrats’ vision of the American future. It’s quite a … 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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Hillary Clinton and the Machinery of Republican Character Assassination — Podcast June 27, 2016

Assessing Hillary Clinton’s Record: How NOT To Do it. Democratic Perspective recalls the sad history of over-the-top Republican caricatures of Hillary Clinton. How a 25-year campaign of snobbery, misogyny, and carefully crafted disinformation has altered public perceptions of what, by any honest standard, is a solid record … Continue reading

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