Should Donald Trump Make Us Rethink the Reagan Legacy For the Worse?

September 29th, 2020
Screen%2BShot%2B2020-09-29%2Bat%2B3.36.20%2BPM.pngDay after day people ask “how we got here?” In fact we don’t need a time machine. All we need do is to look back at the political history of the past 50 years and and we can see exactly how we got here.
 
With the rise of Reagan in the mid 70’s we can see with almost GPS precision, that map that got us to our tribalism that so deeply divides us today. 
 
We see the meanness, the racism, the quest for raw political power, particularly on the right. And while Reagan may have masked it in sunny optimism to make it digestible, it would later become the stuff of talk radio and the exploitation of populist anger. 
 
All of this is captured by Rick Perlstein in his new book Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980  
My conversation with Rick Perlstein:

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