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'The Philosopher Who Predicted Trump (Maybe)' w/ David Rondel - Ep #53
Today we interview the social and political philosopher David Rondel, who has recently edited the 'Cambridge Companion to Richard Rorty'. Why did we want to interview one philosopher about another philosopher? Because Richard Rorty wrote a seminal essay on the decline of the Left in the West that serves as a blueprint for the rise of Trump, Brexit and authoritarianism. If we are to build a world where everyone is included, we'll need to think long and hard about how we're able to do that.
It's the first time we've had an interviewee come in to breakdown the work of a thinker in this way so please do let us know how it goes.
If you want to read up more on the Richard Rorty's predictions of the rise of the strongman in US politics here are two great starting points:
The Atlantic - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/advice-for-the-left-on-achieving-a-more-perfect-union/531054/
Vox - https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14543938/donald-trump-richard-rorty-election-liberalism-conservatives