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Chris Hayes is, of course, the host of the MSNBC primetime show, “All In.” He’s also the author of the new book “Colony in a Nation,” as well as (the extremely prescient) Twilight of the Elites.
But beyond the bio, Chris is a crazily smart and insightful thinker on US politics and society, and he's in rare form here. Among our topics:
• The way Donald Trump’s success represents both the problems of elite power and elite weakness
- Who even counts as an elite, anyway?
- How people decide what to trust
- The difficulties of trying to approach politics with decency and charity in the age of Trump
- Why the key to “law and order politics” isn’t law, but order
- The underestimated power of humiliation in daily American life, and during America’s founding
- How Chris would cover Trump if he were a White House correspondent
- The ways in which the media actually can be unfair to Trump
- Why the fight between Trump and the press is more a staged WWE-match than an actual war
- The power of seeing politics as a zero-sum competition, even when it isn’t oneAnd much more. This conversation is dense and it’s fast and it’s interesting and it’s fun. Enjoy!Books:
“Democracy for Realists,” by Chris Achen and Larry Bartels
"Locking up our own,” by James Forman
“Racecraft,” by Barbara Fields and Karen Fields
"Ghettoside,” by Jill Leovy
75 episodes available. A new episode about every 6 days averaging 78 mins duration .