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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Jun 1, 2017

KGNU's Claudia Cragg discusses tackling the interconnected issues of globalization, neoliberalism, and declining public institutions with Corey Dolgon @cdolgon1 who argues that, for the most part, American citizens now readily accept reform policies that destroy the public sector.

In his new book, Kill It To Save It, Dolgon argues that this is done seemingly in the public interest and in a political culture that embraces what Stephen Colbert calls "truthiness"--a willingness to agree to arguments that feel right "in the gut" regardless of fancy science or messy facts.

This narrative that stretches from the post?Vietnam War era to the present parade of political reality TV and debates over Black Lives Matter, Dolgon dismantles US common-sense cultural discourse. His original, alternative account reveals that this ongoing crisis in US policy will not cease until a critical mass of American citizens recognize what has been lost, and in whose interest.

For decades now, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied?

And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages--even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism's triumph over democracy.