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Sectarian Review 80: Liberals, the Left, and Russiagate

Sectarian Review 80: Liberals, the Left, and Russiagate

Ed Simon joins the show again to discuss Trump, Putin, and Russiagate. Liberals, eager to find a way to impeach Trump have been focusing on the investigation in all its minutiae, valorizing the American intelligence community, and finding conspiracy around every corner. Leftists, on the other hand, have been largely dismissive of the story, accusing Liberals of losing sight of more tangible, more structural issues. This episode, while agreeing that Liberals have gone a bit over the top, questions whether the Left is too dismissive of possible collusion between Trump and Putin’s forces.

Ways in which the Left has a point about Liberal fixation on Russia.
The Intercept, Glen Greenwald, and Lefty critiques.
Why McCarthyism is a terrible word to use in this case.
Is anybody really “running on Russia”?
Why Left skepticism of the facts defies logic.
But isn’t there a weird problem with this new “liberal patriotism” that valorizes the CIA and FBI?