Right after the 2016 election, Krystal Ball wrote a HuffPost essay titled “The Democratic Party Deserved to Die.” As you can imagine, the post went viral … and out of it came a new book AND a new political project.

The book is entitled Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World, and it has drawn widespread praise for its honest assessment of the state of the party AND what to do about it.

The new project is The People’s House, a project to challenge incumbent Republicans throughout Appalachia and the Midwest. The project is just launching, and you can visit the web site here.




In our interview, Krystal Ball discusses her move to Kentucky, the People’s House project, and her insights into the party and how to rebuild it. She also spends some time talking about the economic plight facing so many of our citizens, and how automation is going to make their situation even worse, and we take some time to talk about Social Security for All as an answer to the coming loss of jobs caused by automation.

This is a wide-ranging and rich interview — give it a listen!

The episode at LibSyn, our hosting site.

Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016.
He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.