China's Corrupt Leaders Double Down on Censorship
We begin with the Chinese governmentâ€™s desperate efforts to suppress any inkling of the revelations in the â€œPanama papersâ€ that expose the hypocrisy of the Communist leaders who have stashed billions abroad, particularly the family of the current leader Xi Jinping who is casting himself as the new moralistic Maoist out to purge China of the rampant corruption by going after what he calls the â€œtigersâ€ and the â€œfliesâ€, top party leaders and small-time corrupt local officials alike. Joining us isÂ Perry Link, one of the worldâ€™s foremost experts on Chinaâ€™s language, culture and people, who edited the â€œTiananmen Papersâ€ which were leaked to him by a high-level Chinese official and resulted in Perry being blacklisted by the Chinese government in 1996. We discuss the battle between Chinaâ€™s censors and â€œnetizensâ€ as Xi rolls back the clock imposing greater party control over information as he encourages nationalism and xenophobia to bolster the Chinese Communist Partyâ€™s credibility and authority over a people and economy that is more and more connected to the outside world.
Rewarding Plutocrats While Inverting Freedom Into Sacrifice for the Rest of Us
Then we examine the reasons behind the decline and fall of Americaâ€™s middle class and the downsizing of working Americans that are similar campaign themes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but are seen very differently by their supporters in this election season.Â Wendy Brown, a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley joins us to discuss her latest book, just out, â€œUndoing the Demos: Neoliberalismâ€™s Stealth Revolutionâ€ and how in spite of the celebration of democracyâ€™s triumph at the end of the Cold War, democracy itself is very frail and can be undone and hollowed out from within as it has been in recent decades from neoliberal polices that have rewarded a global plutocracy while inverting freedom into sacrifice for the rest of us.
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