“Voter suppression is simply class war by other means.”
Greg Palast is an investigative journalist who has written for the Guardian, BBC Television, Democracy Now!, Rolling Stone, and more. In 2001, he exposed how Florida was stolen from Al Gore, and since then, one of his main focuses has been voter suppression in the US. On this topic, he has few peers and has unearthed numerous scandals that deserve greater attention.
Mr. Palast’s new book, “How Trump Stole 2020: The hunt for America’s Vanished Voters,” was released this week, and is available at gregpalast.com. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy from Seven Stories Press so I had a chance to read it before this interview. As with Palast’s writing in general, it achieves that all too rare combination of being both informative and entertaining.
We discussed the moneyed interests behind voter suppression, including the Koch brothers, Paul “the Vulture” Singer, Georgia Pacific (the logging company), Georgia Power (the utility); the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013; how exit polls show widespread voter suppression in 2016; the problems with mail-in voting; and how voter suppression is class war. At the end of our conversation, he extends an offer for how to get the audio book for free if you purchase the hard copy during this first week of release.
(One clarifying note: Mr. Palast talks to me here as though I’m an official staff member of Counterpunch, even though I’m merely an unpaid contributor. I didn’t intend for him to get that impression, but that explains how he talks to me in a couple places.)