Peter LaVenia is the NY State Green Party Co-chair, and was not a candidate in the 2016 election. Peter talks about his hypothesis that it is the Democratic Party that is in meltdown, not the Republican party. He talks with David about the problems with both Trump and Clinton, and how the two party system does not offer a choice on most issues. Lastly they talk about the breaking news that the Green Party (I swear that I did not know this when I invited Peter to be interviewed) is challenging the election results in at least Wisconsin. Peter is on twitter as @votelavenia.
Paul Street is an independent researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City and Chicago. He is the author of seven books on politics and history, as well as many articles in various media, and teaches history at colleges and universities in Chicago. David and Paul talk about the Electoral College, because this year’s election resulted in the winner of the popular vote not winning the Electoral College. They also discuss other problems with the electoral system, including the influence of money, the role of the media, voter suppression and alternative voting systems such as Instant Runoff or Proportional Representation. They also talk about the particular characteristics of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that made the choice of who to vote for particularly difficult this year.
Paul Street’s website is http://paulstreet.org
There is a transgender bathroom war in the USA, and a transgender pronoun war in Canada. Some transgender or non-binary people do not want to be referred to as ‘he’ or ‘she’ and others refuse to use alternatives, such as ‘they’. This head butting is centered at the University of Toronto, in Canada. David talks with Lee Airton, who has a blog, http://theyismypronoun.com, that discusses why they have chosen ‘they’. While some people have taken rigid, opposing extremes on this issue, it does appear that there is a middle ground.