Discussing Trumpism


I'm sorry I haven't been producing more content lately, either in written or podcast form. I've got a new Consider the Ray Gun about 95% done, discussing Dune with James Murphy, and the next Searching For Fuchal has been recorded, although I haven't even begun to edit yet. I've also got an upcoming Oi! Spaceman on The Space Museum, and it looks like 2017 is going to be the year I take a systematic look at Quentin Tarantino and other 90s-vintage indie filmmakers. 

Jack, Kit, and I had been planning to do a US election podcast for the last couple of weeks, and suffice it to say this is not the episode I was hoping to produce. This was recorded late Friday night, and I think all three of us consider this to be a bit of a rough conversation about the issues discussed here, rather than a nuanced and final opinion on them. We chat about whether Trump's presidency will be truly fascist (probably not), how opinion polling failed, the meaning of the safety pin, systemic issues with late-stage capitalism, and my experiences in dipping into the Fash the Nation podcast. It's rough, both in content and form, it's meandering, and it's nearly four hours long. I think it's pretty obvious that we'll all be writing about and discussing these issues for at least the next four-to-eight years, assuming our ability to do those things lasts that long. 

Here's a direct download if that makes it easier. And if anyone has a good source for county-level election results going back several cycles (that are either free or very cheap) please let me know, as I'm working up a much more detailed look at the mechanics of the 2016 election. 


Larry Franzon 4 years, 2 months ago

It depends on how detailed information you want. The Wikipedia articles for each election have a series of maps on the candidates' relative vote share per county. I think you could get a pretty good general idea of the changes in voting habits since pretty far back.

For a more detailed look at each county, I found this site:
Whoever made it seems to have swapped the party colors for some utterly bizarre reason, but it has all the (presidental) election results listed on a county-level ever since 1956, and in a pretty easily-accessible way, too.

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Larry Franzon 4 years, 2 months ago

I just got far enough in the podcast to know why you wanted the data.

The link I gave seems to lack turnout for this election. Not much use, then.

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Anton B 4 years, 2 months ago

Very much looking forward to you and James's Dune chat. Just the novels or the movie and TV series too?

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John 4 years, 2 months ago

As far as I'm concerned, the only analysis of US elections worth reading continues to be Greg Palast.

Not in a position to provide links, as his site is being blocked by the wifi I'm using, but the tl;dr is that the Exit Polls et al were accurate, however the spoiled ballots of non-white votes in GOP-controlled states was larger than the margin of victory, and whilst this happened in 2008 and 2012, the higher turnout back then meant it only served to reduce Obama's margin of victory than swing the result.

For all his shouting about a rigged election, the deck was always stacked in Trump's favour.

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