Donald Trump’s Great Harm to America and the World

Nationwide locations — An emergency conference took place a few days ago, assembling some of the best minds in the country.  This is “the most important election of the era” and “the very fate of the U.S. and the world are at stake,” to quote a few.

It follows up on an historic event that took place at the National Press Club Grand Ballroom, on 19 March 2019: 13 leading experts from fields as diverse as psychiatry, law, history, political science, economics, journalism, propaganda studies, social psychology, climate science, and nuclear science came together in unprecedented ways to discuss the unfitness of a president.  The three-hour conference was broadcast in full on C-SPAN.

One-and-a-half years later, they reassemble on 24 October 2020, this time through Zoom because of the pandemic.  They review the harm that has been done and what we can do to prevent further harm in these dangerous times.  John Dean and Noam Chomsky join as special guest speakers for the occasion.

To watch short clips of the event, please click below:

To watch the entire live stream, please click below:



Bandy Lee – Leading Forensic Psychiatrist, President of the World Mental Health Coalition, and Author of “Profile of a Nation: Trump’s Mind, America’s Soul

John Dean – former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon, Leading Political Thinker, and Coauthor of “Authoritarian Nightmare

Jeffrey Sachs – Leading Economist, University Professor at Columbia, and Coauthor of a recent landmark report on Avoidable Covid-19 Deaths in the U.S.  Click here for his “First 100 Days” recommendations, presented at the conference.

Richard Painter – former Chief White House Ethics Counsel for the Bush/Cheney Administration, Professor of Law at University of Minnesota, and Coauthor of the recent devastating report on the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr

Ruth Ben-Ghiat – Leading Historian, Professor at New York University, and Author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

Jason Stanley – Leading Philosopher of Language and Epistemology, Professor at Yale University, and Author of “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Gar Alperovitz – Leading Political Scientist, former Professor at the University of Maryland, and former Legislative Director of the U.S. Congress and Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of State

Joseph Romm – Leading Climate Expert, Physicist, former Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Editor-in-Chief of Front Page Live

David Cay Johnston – Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist; Reporter on Worldwide Tax, Public Finance, and Business; and Founder of DC Report

Philip Zimbardo – Leading Social Psychologist, Professor Emeritus at Sanford University, and Principal Investigator of the famous Stanford Prison Experiment

Noam Chomsky – Leading Linguist, Cognitive Scientist, and Cultural Critic


For Highlights from the previous conference, “The Dangerous State of the World and the Need for Fit Leadership,” click here.

Special thanks to Claire Finkelstein, Leonard Adler, and Mark Bruzonsky