1/5/18 JP Sottile on the welfare/warfare state and Trump’s presidency

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JP Sottile, editor of NewsVandal.com , returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “The US Military is the biggest Big Government” entitlement program on the planet.” Sottile argues that the U.S. military has developed constituencies throughout the country by employing millions of Americans and that Donald Trump’s presidential victory was the result of paradoxically promising to grow the military and reducing U.S. intervention around the globe. (Guess which promise he kept.) Sottile then looks at American prospects for the future—whether the fall of the dollar may not come sooner than people expect, Michael Wolff’s new book and the Trump phenomenon, and whether the United States’ hard power approach to the world is being overtaken by the soft power approach of China. Finally Sottile looks forward to the coming 2018 and 2020 elections and explains why he’s optimistic that a true third party might be on the horizon.

JP Sottile is a freelance journalist, published historian, radio co-host and documentary filmmaker. He runs the site NewsVandal.com. Follow him on Twitter @newsvandal and sign up for his email list.

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Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,000 interviews since 2003. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s.

Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna.