Thoughts, opinions, and ideas of Martin Nutty, a Dublin-born and New York resident podcaster. Covering matters political, economic and social with a smattering of literature thrown in.
7: The Republican Coalition - Financiers and Foot Soldiers
All American political parties are made up of coalitions, or voting blocks, that are cobbled together to support either the Republican or Democratic Party. Looking at the Republican party I see it as broken down into two major groups which in turn can be subdivided. Understanding this particular coalition is to understand some of the peculiarities that make up the GOP
6: The Senate Filibuster - Jul 5, 2022
Why the Senate Filibuster needs to be eliminated. Why it's invoked more frequently by the Republican Party - the party of Non Governance. Understanding the 3 legs of Non Governance rule
Josh Marshall June 6th OpEd in the New York TimesBrookings Institute article on the filibuster contains a chart mapping the invocation of cloture votes to end Senate filibusters over the last 100 years
5: A Brief History of the Republican Party
How did the Republican Party become what it is today? Here's a quick sketch of its long, strange and troubling journey
4: Dead Cattle, Stranded Assets and Guts
Lets talk about the real crisis faced by American and Western Democracy
3: The House January 6th Insurrection Hearings
On Thursday evening June 9th, the US House of Representatives will hold the first of six hearings on last years January 6th insurrection. There have been accusations of partisanship, the usual political Kabuki and questions of whether these hearings have been hijacked for the upcoming Mid Term elections in November. Here are my thoughts on why I think these hearings are a pivotal moment for American democracy and why I think you should pay close attention.
2: Radical Centrism and Two-Thirds Politics - 2 Jun 2022
I wanted to talk about how Americans need to reorient toward radical centrism and practice two-thirds politics meaning the need to step away from the tired national dialogue stoked by fear mongers towards a place of engagement where a significant majority of Americans agree
In this episode, I refer to a couple of polls. Here's the links
Pew Research - Item 7 University of Texas - Gun Background Checks
Off to a great start!
Martin offers well reasoned, well informed insights on the big issues we confront in this world today, delivered with a deft turn of phrase and a voice that would make Liam Neeson green with envy.