To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change; and The Federalist Society, Charles Koch, The Bradley Foundation and The U.S. Supreme Court

To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change

Today we speak with University of Wisconsin history professor Alfred McCoy about his new book To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change. The United States of America has been governing the globe now for 80 years, since World War II. This is about to end. By 2030, China will have the worlds largest economy and hold more riches than the U.S., which is deeply in debt.

The America we know will change drastically as a world power just as the previous world powers, the British, and before them the Dutch, and before them the Spanish and the Portuguese, all saw their empires end.

Climate change will upend the world. It has already started. The effects of climate change on the population of the world, especially China, will be catastrophic. The great coastal city of Shanghai, where 18 million people reside, will sink, uprooting millions of the 400 million Chinese people in the North China Plain.

What can we learn from the demise of the great world powers in the past? Where is the United States headed and how soon? What might be done to ameliorate this dire future? Only a prodigious historian could undertake to answer these questions.

Guest ” Alfred W McCoy holds the Fred Harvey Harrington chair of history at the University of Wisconsin. He has written 20 books, including The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, for which he became well-known, and recently, In the Shadows of the American Century.


The Federalist Society, Charles Koch, The Bradley Foundation and The U.S. Supreme Court

The nation is still reeling from the Trump administrations assaults to the rule of law, and their ripple effects on democratic institutions. But these attacks were the result of strategic planning over decades, and the handiwork of networks of well-funded think tanks and lobbyists. Some of the countrys richest and most conservative individuals are, with so-called Dark Money, anonymously supporting these efforts.

Chief among these forces is the Federalist Society. Not well known until recently, the Society has worked quietly since the Reagan administration to overhaul the Supreme Court into a bastion of conservatism. Enriched with Dark Money, its had an outsized impact on the composition of the federal and the Supreme Court. Recently, weve witnessed how hard-fought social gains of the 20th century have been taken away from Americans, and landmark Supreme Court decisions have been overruled such as Roe v. Wade and a womans right to reproductive freedom, and Lemon v. Kurtzman, guaranteeing the separation of church and state.

Guest ” Attorney Lisa Graves, is the founder, director, and editor-in-chief of True North Research. Her analysis of such research has been cited by every major newspaper in the country. She has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of government. Lisa served as chief counsel for the US Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Patrick Leahy. She was also a career deputy assistant attorney general the US Department of Justice. Lisa has spent the past 12 years examining the impact of dark money on judicial selection.

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