Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy


Sasha Abramsky: Jumping at Shadows

In this episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer speaks with Sasha Abramsky, a journalist, professor at UC Davis and author of several books, most recently “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.” Scheer and Abramsky discuss how issues like immigration and income inequality have festered in the U.S. for decades, and helped lead to Donald Trump’s election as president.

Abramsky says, “And coming back to this notion of whether or not Trump supporters are ‘deplorables,’ clearly you can’t say all 60 million-plus people who voted for one candidate share all of the same set of values. It’s too simplistic. But I think it’s fair to say that anyone who voted for Donald Trump was, at the very best-case scenario, willing to turn a blind eye to a stupendous catalog of bigotries.”

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