Episode 276 – What Democracy? with Aaron Good

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Aaron Good, a political scientist and historian, talks with Steve about the US political system and power dynamics. They explore the roles of the deep state and oligarchy in policy-making and the suppression of democracy. 

“This is a very low point in the history of democracy. Perhaps the lowest point ever, if you put it in a historical context. The United States was never really a democracy. Democracy isn’t so much an either/or proposition, I would say it’s a continuum …  

“Even in the generic sense of political rights and universal suffrage and basic ‘one person, one vote’ rules, the US comes up short. The electoral college is a ridiculous system. There are barriers to getting on the ballot.” 

The conversation includes a discussion on the role of empire and the pursuit of global dominance in shaping US politics and policies. Aaron argues that the US prioritizes its imperial ambitions over domestic issues, resulting in a loss of political power for most of the population. 

Aaron Good holds a doctorate in political science from Temple University. He is the author of American Exception: Empire and the Deep State. Find his podcast at patreon.com/americanexception  

Follow Aaron’s work at americanexception.substack.com/ 

@Aaron_Good_ on Twitter

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Aaron Good, a political scientist and historian, talks with Steve about the US political system and power dynamics. They explore the roles of the deep state and oligarchy in policy-making and the suppression of democracy. 

“This is a very low point in the history of democracy. Perhaps the lowest point ever, if you put it in a historical context. The United States was never really a democracy. Democracy isn’t so much an either/or proposition, I would say it’s a continuum …  

“Even in the generic sense of political rights and universal suffrage and basic ‘one person, one vote’ rules, the US comes up short. The electoral college is a ridiculous system. There are barriers to getting on the ballot.” 

The conversation includes a discussion on the role of empire and the pursuit of global dominance in shaping US politics and policies. Aaron argues that the US prioritizes its imperial ambitions over domestic issues, resulting in a loss of political power for most of the population. 

Aaron Good holds a doctorate in political science from Temple University. He is the author of American Exception: Empire and the Deep State. Find his podcast at patreon.com/americanexception  

Follow Aaron’s work at americanexception.substack.com/ 

@Aaron_Good_ on Twitter

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