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Democracy Sausage: Judging America’s democratic decline

05 July 2022

On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Jennifer Hunt joins Mark Kenny and Marija Taflaga to discuss recent events in the United States, including the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v Wade, loosening gun control, and the Capitol riot hearings against the backdrop of the health of the country’s democracy. 

Is former President Trump’s influence only now finding its full expression? Is the politicisation of the Supreme Court diminishing the separation of church and state and chipping away at the bones of democracy? How closely do Australians share values with Americans, and will tendencies of tyranny or patriotism creep into Australian politics too? Jennifer Hunt joins Professor Mark Kenny and Dr Marija Taflaga to discuss these questions and more on this episode of Democracy Sausage. Listen here.

Jennifer Hunt is a Lecturer at the US Studies Centre and a Lecturer at Macquarie University’s Department of Security Studies and Criminology. Recently she worked with the World Health Organization on combating COVID-19 disinformation, publishing a report with the Global Health Security Network examining the national security ramifications of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

Marija Taflaga is the Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a Lecturer at ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Mark Kenny is a Professor at ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, and The Canberra Times.

Show notes | The following publications and articles were mentioned in this episode:

Guns Became the Leading Cause of Death for American Children and Teens in 2020, Josiah Bates, New York Times, (2022) .

Incendiary Republican ads boasting of ‘hunting’ rivals raise fears of violenceEric Berger, The Guardian, (2022).

Laboratories of AutocracyDavid Pepper, St. Helena Press (2021).

Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016Pew Research Centre, (2016).

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report (the Brereton Report), (2020).

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