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How Trump Stole 2020: Greg Palast & Noam Chomsky, moderated by Amy Goodman

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On Zoom the evening of Bastille Day, which commemorates a victory of democracy over monied interests and monarchism, Greg Palast and Noam Chomsky discussed Palast's new book published today, How Trump Stole 2020.**

Amy Goodman was a superb moderator.

The event was sponsored by Seven Stories Books, Jacobin magazine, and Project


Palast began by reading from his page 2, which asks how such a psychotic narcissist (the verdict of

professionals; GP's language is far more colorful) was able to win in 2016--how could we

have allowed this to happen?

Well, it isn't our fault, the author reassures us. Clinton lost in 2016 but millions of votes

were stolen in myriad ways I gave up counting years ago. We must wise up to make sure this grim history doesn't repeat itself.

Professor Chomsky was hardly a cheerleader. In a grim, aged monotone, he said that the

bottom line of this country from its beginnings was hardly democracy but rather to keep

the super-rich happy so that money won't leave our shores. The GOP is dedicated to the welfare of corporations

and these tycoons. The Republicans are principled people, dedicated to protecting the minority from the majority, and originalists, hearkening back to the intentions of the founding fathers, who opposed the depredations of democracy.

Chomsky quoted one source, Michael J. Klarman's The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United

States Constitution. According to democracy theory, he said, the majority are stupid and should be

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