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 tactical advice for a defense of progressive values. After an election which delivered both houses of Congress and the Presidency as well as a majority of state legislatures and governorships into the hands of the Republican right, an effective defense of these values is essential. With our electoral system structured the way it is, and the country as divided as it is, sitting at home and hoping for the best is simply not an option. If citizenship means anything, especially in times of adversity, it means taking action to ensure that what we believe in is represented on every local, state, and national agenda.

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2016: Democratic Perspective’s Year In Review — Podcast January 2, 2017


Things Fall Apart; The Centre Cannot Hold: Democratic Perspective’s 2016 in Review. The Democratic Perspective crew contemplates a year that has changed everything, albeit not in the way that we’d hoped for when we went to the polls on November 8th. Those of us who still hold to the principles of political and economic liberalism are now challenged not only to make sense of what has befallen us, but to live and act, in public, according to those principles.

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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 stuffed with quite a rogue’s gallery of right-wing ideologues. Clearly, much of what we’ve gotten used to over the past decades about the operations of the Federal Government is going to change, and not for the better. Democratic Perspective takes a closer look at the individual appointees and their past records for clues about what we should expect from the new Trump Administration.

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Alessandra Soler Interview — Podcast December 19, 2016


Now More Than Ever, the ACLU Is At the Forefront In the Defense of Our Civil Liberties, As It Has Been Since 1920: Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, returns to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the state of civil liberties in Arizona and the nation since the defeat of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the victory of President-Elect Donald Trump. Hard times may be upon us, but as always, the ACLU is hard at work doing what is necessary to defend the rights guaranteed us by the Constitution against the assaults of those who find them inconvenient.

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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 engulfed U.S. media during the lead-up to the elections of 2016. For the old Soviet Union, agitprop — agitation and propaganda — was an essential tool of foreign and domestic policy, fabricated and distributed under the absolute control of the Communist Party. With the advent of the Internet, anybody can play the agitprop game — from governments and well-funded corporate players with established political or ideological agendas to individual hackers, trolls, and racists, who may have no agenda at all beyond their own personal resentments. We used to be confident that we could tell which media sources were trustworthy and which weren’t. After 2016, we’d be well advised to think again.

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This Isn’t The World We Grew Up In: The Consequences of Disruptive Technologies — Podcast December 5, 2016


One Thing Is Sure: It’s Gonna Get a LOT More Complicated. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman continue their discussion of artificial intelligence with a closer look at how it’s already affecting our social, political, and economic relationships. In the absence of effective help from our existing institutions, how well we’ll adapt to the consequences of our own ingenuity remains an open question, one for which we’re unlikely to find any quick and easy answers.

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Steve Segner Interview — Podcast November 28, 2016


Public and Private Sector Partnerships: The Benefits of Collaborative Effort. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Steve Segner, owner of the El Portal hotel in Sedona, and committed community activist, for a discussion of what makes for successful collaboration between local government and businesses. Steve maintains that both have unique contributions to make to a healthy community, and as his involvement in remarkably successful community projects here in Sedona clearly demonstrates, good things tend to happen when people are committed to working together toward common goals.

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Sam Almy Interview — Podcast November 21, 2016


Demographics, Structural Issues, and Statistics: The Future of Electoral Politics in Arizona and In the Nation At Large. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson are joined by Sam Almy, Elections Director of the Arizona Democratic Party, for a detailed statistical analysis of the 2016 election results. What do the statistical patterns tell us about the impact of demographic changes, registration and voting trends, and structural impediments like gerrymandering, voter suppression, and Electoral College anomalies, on the future prospects of the Democratic Party in Arizona and the rest of the nation?

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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 for over 50 years, for a discussion of what happened last Tuesday, and why it happened. Germany, the country of Klaus’s birth, experienced in World War II and its aftermath  the worst imaginable consequences of widespread economic distress and the subsequent rise to political dominance of right-wing populism, yet survived it all to become a model of liberal civil society. With that experience as part of his heritage, Klaus brings some new and valuable insights to the post-election analysis of our regulars, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson. How does a country as divided against itself as ours is today successfully deal with future challenges? Unfortunately, that’s a question no single person, however wise, can answer.

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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 her home state of  Nevada. Thanks largely to a massive voter registration and GOTV effort among the Latino population, things are looking pretty good for the Democratic Party in Nevada, and Astrid is confident that a win is in the offing for Hillary and for Catherine Cortez Masto, the Senate Democratic candidate. On the home front, here in Arizona, things seem considerably iffier. Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a look at the polls, calculate the odds, and hazard a glimpse at what we can look forward to — or not — come Wednesday morning.

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