Beyond the Liberal Constitution: The United States

Taking the Bullying Pulpit
John W Adams, Chairman, FLJS and Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University

The people are angry and want change. Across Europe and the United States, the people are demonstrating their discontent and disenchantment with some of the ideas and institutions at the foundations of contemporary Western societies. 

Whether it be a growing intolerance of difference and the revival of nationalist sentiments, disaffection with the institutions of government and demands for more direct forms of democracy, or fears over national security and the emergence of populist, charismatic leaders, such illiberal trends have gained significant traction in recent years.

In this podcast, Adjunct Professor in Political Science John W Adams discusses the rise of populism in the US that led to the election of Donald Trump as President. He asks: can the US Constitution survive the shocks inflicted on it by Trump's challenging the validity of the election result, his threats to have Hillary Clinton imprisoned, and the possible involvement of Putin's Russia in disrupting the electoral campaign?