The Hudson Institute, a right-wing think tank in the United States, has published an interesting podcast with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the liberal and conservative hosts of Hill TV’s online morning show Rising, where the pair discuss their new book The Populist’s Guide To 2020: A New Right and New Left Are Rising. Over the last several months Ball and Enjeti have earned a fair reputation for skewering some of the more outrageous distortions, falsehoods and biases to be found in US politics and the press. And the duo are among a small number of mainstream journalists in America to accurately report on the continuing popularity of Bernie Sanders with rank and file members of the Democratic Party. (While also noting the disdain of the “liberal establishment” in America for the Vermont senator, reflected in the hysteria that has gripped the MSNBC network where Sanders’ supporters have been compared to “Brownshirts” while others have implied that a “socialist” presidency would lead to the execution of journalists in Central Park!)
The fifty-minute video is well worth a watch, especially as we grapple with the challenge to the two-party system in this country posed by Sinn Féin and other groupings of the Left, and the complicity of the Irish press in maintaining and defending the Establishment duopoly of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Both of which now seem prepared to enter into an unprecedented coalition government with each other, crystallising the real division in modern Irish politics: between the parties of the rich and the soon-to-be-rich and the parties of everyone else.