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21st Century Democrats is proud to bring you AmericasDemocrats.org, the weekly netcast for stand-up Democrats that explores progressive perspectives on public policy, economic debates, foreign affairs and national politics. With regular contributors who include Texan populist Jim Hightower and provocative media commentator Bill Press, AmericasDemocrats.org seeks to become a salon of the nation’s most prominent Democrats. We're all about giving progressive Democrats tools you need to fight back against the Tea Party Republicans. So progressives, populists, liberals, Democrats and independents, sit back and listen -- then stand up and fight!

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21st Century Democrats is proud to bring you AmericasDemocrats.org, the weekly netcast for stand-up Democrats that explores progressive perspectives on public policy, economic debates, foreign affairs and national politics. With regular contributors who include Texan populist Jim Hightower and provocative media commentator Bill Press, AmericasDemocrats.org seeks to become a salon of the nation’s most prominent Democrats. We're all about giving progressive Democrats tools you need to fight back against the Tea Party Republicans. So progressives, populists, liberals, Democrats and independents, sit back and listen -- then stand up and fight!

    How labor and climate activism must work together.

    How labor and climate activism must work together.

    How labor and climate activism must work together.   Joe Uehlein is the Founding President of the Labor Network for Sustainability. He tells us about why we need a “Just Transition” for labor and the climate crisis.
    Joe Uehlein The Labor Network for Sustainability is fighting for a sustainable future for the earth and its people. Joe Uehlein tells us why Democrats must “Go Big, Go Wide, and Go Far” for labor to adapt to the changing economy that climate change is creating.
    Jim Hightower  
    What’s the charitable thing to do about inequality?
     
    Our society has coined expressions like “philanthropist” to encourage and hail people’s charitable spirit.
     
    Look on the flip side of that shiny coin of generosity, however, and you’ll find that its base substance is societal selfishness. After all, the need for charity only exists because we’re tolerating intentional injustices and widespread inequality created by power elites.
     
    Ben Wikler On The Ground in the Fight for Democracy
     
    Control of the Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024 goes through Wisconsin. Very MAGA Senator Ron Johnson is, by most polling, the most vulnerable incumbent Senator in either party. The Democratic Governor Tony Evers is the firewall against the GOP-controlled state Legislature and is up for re-election in 2022. If he loses, the firewall burns down and voter suppression and election subversion will come to this battleground state that Biden won by only 20,600 votes. Ben Wikler is Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and he tells Bill what it's like on the ground in the fight to preserve democracy. 
     
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    • 31 min
    Why do we need a billionaire’s tax?

    Why do we need a billionaire’s tax?

    Why do we need a billionaire’s tax?
     
    Frank Clemente is Executive Director at Americans For Tax Fairness.
    Frank Clemente A Billionaire’s Tax could fund many policy objectives, including universal preschool, paid family leave, expanded Medicare services, making increased child tax credits permanent, and new policies to address climate change. 
    Jim Hightower  
    Alert: Kartoonus Americanus Is Going Extinct!
     
    Right before our eyes, an invaluable American species is fast disappearing from view. Kar-toon-us A-mer-i-kan-as.
     
    These are the newspaper cartoonists who’ve long delighted readers and infuriated power elites. And there’s nothing natural about their sudden decline – it’s not the result of a declining talent pool, and certainly not due to a lack of political targets. Rather, what’s happening is that their media habitat is being intentionally destroyed.
    Michael Steele A Deep Rot Inside the GOP Leadership.
     
    Michael Steele was the Republican Lt. Governor of Maryland and the Chairman of The Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is an MSNBC commentator and an advisor to the never-Trump Lincoln Project. He's not even sure "saving" the Republican Party is a good idea.
     
    If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.
     

    • 39 min
    A nation in a deep economic and moral crisis.

    A nation in a deep economic and moral crisis.

    A nation in a deep economic and moral crisis. 
     
    Celine-Marie Pascale is a professor of sociology at American University in Washington, D.C., and author of Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become a Way of Life.
    Celine-Marie Pascale Celine-Marie Pascale traveled the country to talk with people who are experiencing economic hardship. Her book Living on the Edge is about more than individual experiences. It’s about a nation in a deep economic and moral crisis. 
    Jim Hightower  
    How Corporate Greed is Causing Tornado Deaths
     
    Corporate America has proudly elevated good moral values to a special place. That place is the trash can.
     
    Indeed, free market gurus assert that the only ethical obligation a corporation has to society is to deliver as much profit as possible to its big investors – everybody else be damned.
    Robert Costa A Nation in "Peril."
     
    The transition from Trump to Biden was one of the most dangerous periods in American history. "Peril" tells that story. The book's co-author (with Bob Woodward) is Robert Costa, a national political reporter at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2014. He previously served as moderator and managing editor of Washington Week on PBS and as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. 
     
    If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

    • 38 min
    The best interviews of 2021 - Part 2

    The best interviews of 2021 - Part 2

    A historic fight against privatized public services. Moving toward a racial justice agenda. How the rich rig the tax code and the millionaires who want it to stop. 
    Dennis Kucinich In his new memoir, Dennis Kucinich writes about how he took on powerful interests to save a public utility. That happened over forty years ago, but the story still carries critical relevance today.
    Ben Jealous Ben Jealous welcomes efforts at the federal level to rein in abusive policing but says they won't go far enough unless they are matched by transformative reform at the local level. 
    Erica Payne In 2010, Erica Payne organized some of the richest Americans to demand higher taxes on millionaires like themselves.  Her new book offers an insider’s view of how the wealthy have rigged the tax code in their favor and offers a blueprint to unrig it.

    • 51 min
    The best interviews of 2021 - Part 1

    The best interviews of 2021 - Part 1

    The best interviews of 2021 - Part 1
     
    This week we discuss Voting rights with Amel Ahmed and David Daley. And Greg Sargent discusses how President Biden is reaching out to rural America with his policy agenda.
    Amel Ahmed The passage of H.R.1 would mark a necessary advance in defense of the right to vote.  But does that go far enough? Amel Ahmed says more can be done to go on the offense in the struggle over voting rights. 
     
    David Daley In his newest book, David Daley tells important stories about activists who are winning crucial battles for voting rights. And as they do, Daley says Republicans continue to rig the rules in their favor and put democracy at risk.
     
    Greg Sargent President Biden’s Covid policy includes a significant focus on rural America. Greg Sargent says it’s an excellent example of how Biden’s policy agenda can unify a divided America. 
     

    • 54 min
    Rethinking the role of immigrants in the U.S. labor market.

    Rethinking the role of immigrants in the U.S. labor market.

    Rethinking the role of immigrants in the U.S. labor market.
     
    Why the old narratives about immigration need to be changed.
    Ruth Milkman Ruth Milkman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. She is the co-editor, with Deepak Bhargava and Penny Lewis, of Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future.
    Jim Hightower  
    Special gifts for special people
     
    Ho-Ho-Ho, wait till you hear about the gifts I gave to some of America’s power elites for Christmas.
     
    To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that from now on they receive the exact same income, health care, and pensions that we average citizens get.
    Jonathan Karl Trump's "Betrayal" of America
     
    Bill Press says Jonathan Karl’s new book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, is the best book on the final year of the Trump Presidency. Karl was the Chief White House correspondent for ABC News through the end of the Trump administration. He is now the ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent. 
     
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

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I think this is a great podcast to listen to. Even though I am a Republican and I don’t agree on everything he says it’s great to hear the other side to get the full picture of whatever story is being talked about. I think the problem with a lot of stuff happening right now is not knowing the full picture and not getting all the information. It would be great to listen to both sides. If you will start listening to both sides I would suggest Ben Shapiro. He’s great to listen to and has some good points as well as this podcast. Warning: Ben talks pretty fast😂

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Utter waste of time

Im generally a more conservative voter, but I try to see both sides… this being the largest democratic podcast i tried it out to get a better look at the lefts views. Seriously? This is propaganda at its very finest. Every story in here is biast and tailored to fit the media’s anti America, anti white, and anti freedom views. Do not listen to this trash heap. And if you are brainwashed enough to listen to it, at least take the time to check their facts!! And you’ll see that every single one of them is a lie.

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