Rachel Maddow

Monday, July 02, 2012

Rachel Maddow, host the Emmy Award–winning "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, talks about the rise of executive authority and the gradual outsourcing of war to private contractors, and argues that this distances the American people from the human and financial costs of war. In Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, she makes the case that the priorities of the national security state have been allowed to overpower our political discourse. She'll also talk about the upcoming election, politics, and her show.


Rachel Maddow

Comments [12]


Does Rachel really believe that if Obama re-instated the draft, that all of these left-wingers who protested the wars during the Bush years (and rightly so, I might add) wouldn't be up in arms (no pun intended)? I think that this is the problem. Look at the war protests under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War because there was a draft.

I also disagree with her about the predominant use of drones. It does add another level of desensitivity (Is that a word?)to the U.S. people if they feel that at least few U.S. soldiers are being murdered in these (unwarranted, as far as I'm concerned) military attacks by the U.S. government.

Jul. 03 2012 11:34 AM
Brutus C. from Astoria

Dear Rachel:

Although you're very bright and articulate you sound very often like an automaton. Your cadence is much too rapid. Maybe that's part of your efficacy and charm: to speak intelligently but PDQ consequently leaving the listener stunned.
Ironically, as bright and articulate as you are: what are you specifically going to do to tangibly bring about change to anything?

Jul. 03 2012 09:49 AM
Tonero Wiliams

Always good Leonard, as you were with your Rachel Maddow interview.
You steer your interviews with a varied eagerness. Having your guest
openly speak of their life experiences and acquired knowledge.
Making for some chore stopping listening.

Jul. 02 2012 01:25 PM
David from New Jersey


I love your mind, I love the way you think, I love the way you communicate. You are female and gay and I am male and straight, but do I love you and how. My wife loves you too as do our adult children. Keep up the good work.

Rachel, you are one of the greatest!

Jul. 02 2012 12:49 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

What a great interview - Maddow is super-smart and hilarious. Thanks for re-airing, Leonard.

Jul. 02 2012 12:40 PM

Anderson Cooper just came out. You should probably ask her about that.

Jul. 02 2012 12:38 PM
John A

When I saw the segment come up I thought: July repeat. Not so. Two segments for the same book? I respect her as a hard worker for sure. Looking up her podcast site right now.

Jul. 02 2012 12:35 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

What are her academic credentials? Did she study Poltical Science, or World History, or have expertise in any particular field, or just another journalist who catches what she can?

Jul. 02 2012 12:32 PM
Jon from West Village

Love Rachel. LOVE her.

One point.
A draft has a greater effect than simply making those who decide think twice before sending other's kids into war.

There are many ex-military, Vietnam era vets who see the lack of a draft as giving rise to the incompetence and criminal behavior in both the government and private sector of the current generation. The thinking is that that much of this has run unchecked because the process and systems remain mystified to the outsider.

The "draft" argument posits that anyone who's been in the military knows that you must come to terms with an enormous, multi-layered political and corporate machine. Navigating it requires the learning of skills in corporate structure, procurement, managing budgets, negotiation, political wrangling towards a common goal, and of course the following of a rule-based and moral code to achieve the end-game.

Everyone who goes through that machine learns those skills. Without them, years of government incompetence and corporate criminal behaviour rise because there is no basis for for the average person to understand the systems where these problems become institutionalized. We end up with a feckless population unable and unwilling to demystify real problems and who feel helpless against it's whims.

This is why there are many who know that best way to control your population was to get RID of the draft.

If everyone on wall street [or the SEC :-) ] had served for a few years, do you think we would have ended up where we are? You think we would have had never ending wars going on everywhere? Some of the greatest voices for peace come from the military. Do you think our personal rights would have been sucked away over the last 20 years if there was a draft? Do you think there would be no accountability?

Jul. 02 2012 12:30 PM
Daniel from Manhattan

Can you comment on the long-awaited 'coming out' of Anderson Cooper?

Jul. 02 2012 12:24 PM
RJ from prospect hts

Don't forget Korea.

Jul. 02 2012 12:16 PM
Laura from UWS

Regarding the intro.....Rachel Maddow's "wit" is not her key feature. What makes Rachel Maddow = her intelligence, heart, conscience, and determination to get to the truth.

Her wit, laughter, and sense of fun are just icing on the cake.

Jul. 02 2012 12:11 PM

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