The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 16: What Rough Beast? Contending with Trumpism

A sequel to our first, live, election-themed episode of the podcast (Slouching towards Election Day), Episode 16 responds to the urgent need for critical reflection in the wake of the recent, deeply divisive presidential election. Guests Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung), Donna Murch (Rutgers), and Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) convene with BISR faculty including Tony Alessandrini, K. Soraya Batmanghelichi, Raphaële Chappe, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Samantha Hill, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Suzanne Schneider, and Jude Webre. What went wrong in the lead-up to the election? And what is to be done in its aftermath? How should we define Trumpism and and how can we understand it? In addition to contending with these questions, this panel wrestles with the implications of an increasingly authoritarian executive branch, the problems of political resistance, and the question of how afraid we should really be.

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Episode 16: What Rough Beast? Contending with Trumpism


Technical Details: Recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn on December 7th, 2016 with the gracious help of Bell House staff, a live audience, and a full spectrum of beer. This episode of the Podcast for Social Research was edited by Susan Lee.

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Theodor W. Adorno, The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture, ed. Stephen Crook (Routledge, 1994).

Anthony Alessandrini, “Internationalism after Trumpism,” Jadaliyya (1st December 2016).

Kazembe Balagun at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York Office

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Vintage 1962/93).

Moustafa Bayoumi, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin, 2008).

Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,”ed. Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zohn,  Illuminations (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1968).

Raphaële Chappe and Ajay Singh Chaudhary, “The Supermanagerial Reich,” Los Angeles Review of Books (7th November 2016).

Ajay Singh Chaudhary, “What a proper response to Trump’s fascism demands: a true ideological left,” Quart(17th November, 2016).

Cooperation Jackson

Etymology of demagogue/demagoguery

Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince connection

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks. Trans. Richard Philcox (Grove, 2008).

Masha Gessen, “Autocracy: Rules for Survival,” The New York Review of Books (11th November 2016).

Samantha Hill, “On the Election of Donald Trump: Reflections on Love, Language, and Listening,” (13th November 2016).

Robin D. G. Kelley, “Trump Says Go Back, We Say Fight Back,” Boston Review (15th November 2016).

Kingsborough Community College Committee on Sanctuary

Philip Mirowski, Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso 2014).

“Moving Forward: Education is Part of the Answer,” a statement from the Brooklyn Institute.

Donna Murch, Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (The University of North Carolina Press 2010).


Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, trans. Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap/HUP 2014).

Bhaskar Sunkara at Jacobin

Sanders statement on Trump

Astra Taylor, “Against Activism,” The Baffler, No. 30 (Winter 2016).

Wu-Tang Clan

W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming.”