Episode 29 - Are We Watching American Democracy Die? With Constitutional Scholar Bruce Ackerman

The perils of run-away executive power, the demise of journalism, and political campaigns being ruled by corporate finance rather than a citizen’s vote.  Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Bruce Ackerman, discusses safeguards against despotism in a democracy during times of pandemic and crises and offers an alternative solution to ending big money in politics. 

In this episode of Politics, Meet Me In The Middle we re-visit with Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, Bruce Ackerman with hosts, Bill Curtis, Ed Larson, and Jane Albrecht to discuss safeguards against despotism in a democracy during times of pandemic and crises. Bruce Ackerman, who warns us, in a scholarly lecture, on the perils of run-away executive power, the demise of journalism, and political campaigns being ruled by corporate finance rather than a citizen’s vote. Professor Ackerman also offers an alternative solution to end big money in politics.

TIMESTAMPS:

(2:00) The history of political crises
(6:30) Presidential powers during wartime
(9:30) No democratic guarantees
(11:30) Responsibilities of citizenship
(14:30) Corporate money and Campaign Finance Reform

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