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Episode 53 - The Cycles of Constitutional Time with Jack Balkin

Why do American politics seem especially fraught right now? Legal scholar, Yale Law Professor, and author, Jack Balkin, joins for a discussion about the constitution, political polarization, impeachment, and The Cycles of Constitutional Time, to help explain, and help us weather, this waxing and waning of political polarization.

"American democracy has weathered these cycles before, and we'll get through them again." - Jack Balkin

 

Politics: Meet Me in the Middle is back for 2021: a new administration, another impeachment, and the same old politics.

 

Legal scholar, Yale Law Professor, and author, Jack Balkin, joins Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht and Professor Ed Larson for a discussion about the constitution, political polarization, impeachment, and The Cycles of Constitutional Time, to explain, and help us weather, this waxing and waning of political polarization.

 

Episode Timestamps:

3:26 Why Jack wrote The Cycles of Constitutional Time

4:19 Jack explains how we got here, politically.

4:53: The shifts between political parties over time.

6:18: What causes a party to die-off

6:52: Republicans are in the middle of a civil war

7:27: Political Polarization’s history

9:09: What is constitutional rot?

10:02: The Rough Framework or Outline of the Constitution

11:50: Checks and Balances

14:30: Political reform and renewal of party

16:04: What is constitutional time and outlining the cycles?

18:16: How are party coalitions the victim of their own success?

19:00- The Great depression

19:20- The impact of the media “Yesterday and Today”

20:30: 1930’s newspaper & radio polarization

22:20: The Gilded Age

23:30: A second progressive era and the insurrection

24:23: The issues of impeachment

25:40: 14th amendment Section 3

27:13: Republicans will not behave

29:45: Believing the election was stolen is political rot

31:00: What did the mob want with the Capitol?

32:00: Lunatic Fringe (radical and lunatics)

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