Sounding the Alarm

At a time when democratic institutions and norms are under siege, authoritarianism and white nationalism are on the rise, the COVID-19 pandemic is killing hundreds of thousands of Americans, and climate change is ravaging our planet, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton sounds the alarm about the dire stakes of the 2020 election. Dr. Lifton is a National Book Award–winning psychiatrist, historian, and public intellectual whose latest book is, Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry.

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If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more from Dr. Lifton, we recommend listening to his plenary address, Owning Reality–Reflections on Cultism and Zealotry, from the American Psychoanalytic Association 2020 Meeting (New York City, February 2020).