In light of the growing normalization of white supremacy and related forms of bigotry in the United States, Jaye focuses on the debate between unfettered free speech and the regulation of hate speech. What does “free speech” truly mean in the US context, and why does it matter? Should “dangerous” speech be made illegal? Jaye also discusses libertarian ideology – specifically how, despite its emphasis on individual rights, it may fall short in the realm of free speech. In a corporatocracy, should we consider ensuring free speech rights in relation not only to government, but also to businesses, especially in the Internet age?

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When you hear the word “demagogue” – what comes to mind? Many of us think of demagogues as charismatic leaders who hold an extreme degree of power over their supporters, who will follow them no matter what the leader does. But why do people fall for demagogues?

In this episode, Jaye takes a deep dive into the subject of demagoguery – exploring the ways we debate political and social issues, and how that may lead to the rise of demagogues. What does a country run by demagoguery truly mean for democracy?

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In today’s episode, Jaye frames the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal and other sexual misconduct incidents currently in the news as part of a larger discussion on how we respond to oppression and violence. Why are many of us inclined to take the word of the accused if we can relate to them, or if they are powerful figures we like? At the same time, why do we hide behind “they weren’t convicted” or “I wasn’t there” to justify not believing the survivors? Jaye discusses the dynamic of privilege from a place of self-awareness and gives her thoughts on how we can better respond to people who share their experiences.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised.

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In today’s episode, host Jaye Pool analyzes how the Third Way of the Democratic Party and the Religious Right, aligned with the Republican Party, have led to a fractured, broken political system and democracy in peril. Delving into the histories of both movements that span several decades, Jaye argues that while these movements are different ideologically, both are rooted in a common choice to compromise on core values. Have these choices Democrats and white evangelical Christians made to compromise generations ago led to their logical conclusion in 2017?

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In Part 1 of our two-parter first installment of Riverside Chats, host Jaye Pool is joined by her husband Chuckles as they share with listeners just a little bit of their lively political conversations – as a couple with differing political views. Today’s episode includes debates regarding illegal immigration, the future of health care, the economy and jobs, student loans, Hillary Clinton, and Democratic Party strategy for 2018 and 2020. The Riverside Chats special format is brought to Potstirrer Podcast on occasion to include some diversity of thought to the show and to encourage learning and discussion outside of the “echo chambers” of the right and the left.

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In this first episode, Jaye Pool discusses the “Third Way” movement towards more conservative governance from the Democratic Party beginning in the 1990s, and how that movement led to Donald Trump’s win (and Hillary Clinton’s loss) in the 2016 US presidential election. Jaye also talks about the way forward so that the Democrats can get back in touch with what made them successful historically – and the American left can regain their voice.