How Political Instability Affects The Economy : The Indicator from Planet Money We're only seven days into the new year and we're off to a bumpy start. But as chaos rages through the capitol, the stock market and other signs of economic growth continue.
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How Political Instability Affects The Economy

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How Political Instability Affects The Economy

How Political Instability Affects The Economy

How Political Instability Affects The Economy

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.(Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
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We're only seven days into the new year and 2021 is starting off with a bang — a violent one.

An angry mob of President Trump's supporters stormed our nation's Capitol building this week in something of an attempted coup — their words, not ours.

But in all the commotion, we also saw the stock market reach record numbers early into the year. Oh, and in case you missed it, Joe Biden was also officially confirmed as President by the U.S. Congress.

We have a lot of questions.

So today on the show, we talk with Dan Drezner. He's a professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He's also a columnist for the Washington Post.

We ask him about economic growth, political instability and the indicators he's watching.

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