On the dismantling of the republic (‘Ask Greil’ – 01/09/17)

Trump has created a government that on paper is only steps away from realizing the dream of generations—the repeal not merely of Obamacare—the name of which trivializes it, as if it’s merely one man’s vanity project, not national policy, part of the republic—but of the New Deal and everything that flowed from it, the repeal of any notion of the Federal government playing an affirmative role in national life, “to protect the general welfare”: the repeal, in essence, of 20th century democracy.

Today in Ask Greil: GM on impending Trumpism, various encounters with Bill Graham, why the Roots are in a league of their own, and more.


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