Wed, 19 April 2017
1574 - Ronnie Kasrils: Lessons From South Africa's Struggle & Benjamin Dixon: Building Progressive Politics
Ronnie Kasrils joins us from South Africa for the first part of the show. How Ronnie became involved in black liberation politics partially in response to the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa on March 21, 1960. Mandela's refocusing of ANC toward mass struggle. Ronnie's work for the ANC in exile. Ronnie's journey to radicalism and parallels with the corruption of the American system. The longterm failure of keeping people engaged in politics. Why Ronnie is impressed with the state of civil struggle in America.
Then, Benjamin Dixon joins us to gauge the political and ideological rumblings of the democrats after strong showings in historically strong republican party districts.
On the fun half - Bernie almost literally dragging Perez in a more progressive direction on Chris Hayes, Fareed Zakaria doubles down on calling Trump presidential for launching missiles, Lindsey Graham BFFs with Trump now because he calls and launches missiles, and Jeff Flake gets his dumb pedantry about Merrick Garland smacked down at a town hall.
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