Apr 28, 2020
The election of Donald Trump shocked America and the world — and that included Dastardly Cleverness host Spencer Critchley. But Spencer believes now that we should have seen him coming, like we should have seen the approach of this hyper-partisan crisis of democracy we're going through.
He's written a book about it, called Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable & What Happens Next, available now at Amazon.com. We hear an excerpt from it in this episode.
In the book, Spencer explains why Trump or someone like him has been on his way since this country's beginning. The Founders thought they could design a new kind of nation, one based on the Enlightenment triumph of reason. But many Americans rejected the Enlightenment, and many of them still do. So the United States has never been truly united: it’s divided not just by race and class, but by culture and worldview.
Supporters and opponents of Trump see America, loyalty, and even truth very differently.
Uniting those nations is going to require that they finally learn to understand each other. I think that might still be possible.
For the sake of democracy, it has to be.