The Field and the Knee: Trump, Football and the Eschaton

Why does the emperor turn the circus against him? In conventional narratives of authoritarianism, sports are a tool of reinforcing uncritical patriotism and keeping entertainment wedded to the heights of performative nationalism. Yet Donald Trump, a man seen as representing the ruddy faces of America’s red state white male fathers, who all tune in to sports to avoid politics, has made the players of the sport a symbol of counterculture. Colin Kaepernick, now dozens of others, have made kneeling for the national anthem a symbol of the players against the masters, the black men asked to blow apart their bodies on the field instead turning toward the flag and rejecting its false promises. How did we get here?

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The Trumpland Podcast

The Trumpland Podcast chronicles the weeks following Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 election. The goal of the podcast is to hold the Democrats accountable, expose neoliberalism and oligarchy, and offer some hope for a progressive future in light of the global rise of far-right populism.


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(Full of the usual wrong predictions about a Clinton presidency, but a valuable analysis of Trump’s bravado, persona, and marketing brand nonetheless)

(Very important for progressives who know Sanders would have won, he was cheated, and he should have acted in ways to deny Clinton her atrociously named ‘firewall’ in the primaries)