Bill Maher with Adam Schiff: Authoritarianism vs. Democracy

May 13, 2017




9 Responses to “Bill Maher with Adam Schiff: Authoritarianism vs. Democracy”

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  2. Great discussion.

    Personally, I am finding it difficult to feel anything but anger lately. The Republicans, in my view, are destroying this country. Not just Trump, but the whole lot of them, with few exceptions. They have always had authoritarian tendencies, but they’ve never before been in a place where I feared for our democracy for an extended length of time

    This thing has now gone so far, I don’t know if we can pull it back.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    When Angela Merkel met the US president, Politico’s headline was: “The leader of the free world meets Donald Trump.”

    Says it in one.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    In 2011 Bill Maher also said: “Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into a mental hospital.”

    “What we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who arenโ€™t being served by the Democrats, because bottom line: Democrats are the new Republicans.”

    • Mike Male Says:

      I can’t really comment with any authority as here in Australia, we don’t really get the whole story on the shifts on the political spectrum in the US, but if what we see through the media is true, it would seem to be the case in many western countries. In Australia, our mainstream (formerly) left leaning party, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) used to be what would classically be described as “centre-left”. They are traditionally supported by trade unions and what we call blue collar workers. The ALP still try to sell that image. The other mainstream party, the misnamed “Liberal Part of Australia” (LPA) used to be centre-right and they still try to sell an image of liberal conservatism. What we have experienced though, is a large shift to the right by both of these. The ALP are now centre-right and the LPA are a whisker short of outright fascists and yet, the gullible public still believe the conjob both are selling.

      • … and also unsurprisingly the somewhat extremist minor parties (greens on the left and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to the right) are getting more of the disaffected vote. Though not quite enough to do what just happened in France.

        • Mike Male Says:

          The Greens can hardly be described as “extremist” and I am often puzzled by this description of them. They do have some socialist policies (not necessarily a bad thing) but on the whole they seem quite reasonable and often when I urge people to go to their website and read their policies they are often surprised to find they don’t want us all to live in caves, hug trees and sing Kumbaya.

  5. skeptictmac57 Says:

    Up front I have to say that Maher is a mixed bag for me, and an imperfect messenger.
    But, this was a really great interview, and Adam Schiff was terrific!
    Maher is not really a reliable critical thinker as much as he wants to be, and he has shown bad judgement on several issues, which compromises his image. It is very frustrating, because when he is right, it makes it easy for others to dismiss his views, and importantly his guests who might not deserve to share his baggage.
    Adam Schiff may well come out of this being a contender for our highest office if he is the real deal. I don’t really know a lot about him other than his recent performances in the hearings. But he has shown good leadership there.

    • Mike Male Says:

      He certainly speaks well and comes across as rational and calm, but I get the impression that the USA needs a revolution of sorts and for that they need a firebrand who can ignite passion and get people to turn up and vote. He seems altogether too mild for that. DISCLAIMER: I’m in Australia so don;pt know the mood of the country but if I was there, I’d be looking for a revolution…… ๐Ÿ™‚

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