Can a Return to Rational Political Debate be Achieved?


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On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss how our modern political discourse has been hijacked by propaganda, disinformation, and uninformed commentary. Will the end of the Mueller probe allow for a transition to more productive debate, or is this still a stretch in the current political climate? Guests: Piers Robinson - Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism at The University of Sheffield | Attacks of Anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn & The Ongoing Information War Dr. Bosworth - Internal Medicine Physician & Author | How to Raise Smart Kids James Corbett - Founder of | Breaking Down RussiaGate and its Lasting Legacy Danny Sjursen - Retired U.S. Army Officer and Former History Instructor at West Point | The Quest for a Progressive Foreign Policy Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, has been under attack by a sustained campaign seeking to brand him as anti-semitic. Professor Piers Robinson joins the show to talk about these ongoing attacks against Corbyn, efforts to shutdown rational debate on highly charged political issues, and the propaganda/information war related to the framing of events in Syria and elsewhere around the world. Early childhood development and high-quality education can have a major impact on children and how successful they will become as they move into adulthood. Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Bosworth returns to the show to discuss different strategies for improving brain development in children, why parents need to be engaged in this process, and the benefits of speaking more than one language which can include learning sign language. Despite Robert Mueller's Investigation failing to uncover evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, some high-profile members of the mainstream media such as Rachel Maddow continue to double down on false narratives and unproven conspiracy theories related to RussiaGate. James Corbett, Founder of, joins today's program to discuss how the mainstream media has reacted to the end of Mueller's Investigation, give his his take on the entire RussiaGate affair, and explain how the public can be manipulated into supporting international conflicts and wars. For the final segment, Garland and Lee are joined by Retired U.S. Army Officer Danny Sjursen for a conversation about the problematic nature of the current US foreign policy empire. Is this current global militaristic trajectory likely to continue for the foreseeable future, and how might the RussiaGate debacle impact US foreign policy for the remainder of President Trump's first term in office?

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