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Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don’t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.

Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer Civic Ventures

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Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don’t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.

    Inequality is costing workers $50 trillion (with Carter Price)

    Inequality is costing workers $50 trillion (with Carter Price)

    Yesterday, a groundbreaking study by the RAND Corporation put the first-ever price tag on how much income inequality costs American workers. The bill? $50 trillion. You read that right: $50 trillion has been diverted from working Americans to the wealthiest 1% since 1975. To make sense of this staggering number, Nick and Goldy are joined by mathematician Carter Price, the study’s co-author. 

    Carter C. Price is a senior mathematician at the RAND Corporation. 

    Twitter: @CarterCPrice

    If you like the show, please consider leaving a rating or a review! RateThisPodcast.com/pitchforkeconomics 

    Further reading: 
    The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% - And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure: https://time.com/5888024/50-trillion-income-inequality-america/

    “We were shocked”: RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%: https://www.fastcompany.com/90550015/we-were-shocked-rand-study-uncovers-massive-income-shift-to-the-top-1

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 35 min
    Redefining rural America (with Olugbenga Ajilore)

    Redefining rural America (with Olugbenga Ajilore)

    Economist Olugbenga Ajilore explains how policymakers should be thinking about rural America (it’s not a monolith), and what interventions we should pursue to provide what he calls a “different kind of help.” 

    Olugbenga Ajilore is a senior economist at the Center for American Progress. His expertise includes regional economic development, macroeconomic policy, and issues in diversity and inclusion. 

    Twitter: @gbenga_ajilore

    If you like the show, please leave us some love! RateThisPodcast.com/pitchforkeconomics

    Further reading: 
    COVID and Rural America: https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/covid-and-rural-america/

    Congress Must Help Rural America Respond to the Coronavirus: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2020/07/27/488129/congress-must-help-rural-america-respond-coronavirus/

    Economic Recovery and Business Dynamism in Rural America: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2020/02/20/480129/economic-recovery-business-dynamism-rural-america/

    Rural Americans are Vulnerable to the Coronavirus: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2020/03/05/481340/rural-communities-vulnerable-coronavirus/

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 37 min
    Coercion in the workplace (with Elizabeth Anderson)

    Coercion in the workplace (with Elizabeth Anderson)

    What would the workplace look like if workers were truly free? Elizabeth Anderson, a leading theorist of democracy and social justice, joins Nick and Goldy for an exploration of the ethical limits of market, theories of value and rational choice, and true freedom. 

    Elizabeth Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), and a recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. 

    Further reading:  
    Private Government: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691176512/private-government

    The philosopher redefining equality: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/the-philosopher-redefining-equality

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 40 min
    Winning on growth (with Michael Linden)

    Winning on growth (with Michael Linden)

    In this special bonus episode, Zach talks to political expert Michael Linden about the message that progressives can, and must, hammer home to win. 

    Michael Linden is the Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, an organization working to advance an economic vision for strong, broadly shared prosperity and true opportunity for all. 

    Twitter: @MichaelSLinden

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 24 min
    Author Interview: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (with Zachary Carter)

    Author Interview: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (with Zachary Carter)

    Neoliberalism arose in the 1970s as a response to the failure of Keynesianism to deal with the effects of stagflation. But what is Keynesianism—and who is John Maynard Keynes? In this author interview, Goldy learns from the Keynes expert, HuffPost senior reporter Zachary Carter, how Keynes’ idea defined American liberalism for much of the 1900s. 

    Zachary Carter is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where he covers economic policy and American politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, ‘The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes’. 

    Twitter: @zachdcarter

    The Price of Peace: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525509035

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 38 min
    A long walk off a short economic cliff (with Trevon Logan)

    A long walk off a short economic cliff (with Trevon Logan)

    Recessions are inevitable—but the complete economic catastrophe that we’ve experienced for the last five months was not. Professor Trevon Logan explains where we went wrong, debunks myths about the federal unemployment benefit (no, it doesn’t disincentivize people from returning to work!), and calls on Congress to steer us away from this economic cliff. 

    Trevon Logan is a Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at Ohio State University, and Director of the American Economic Association Mentoring Program. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He specializes in economic history, economic demography, and applied microeconomics. 

    Twitter: @TrevonDLogan

    Further reading: 
    Vox: We are sleepwalking toward economic catastrophe

    Wall Street Journal: Lapse in Extra Unemployment Benefits to Hurt U.S. Recovery, Economists Say

    PBS NewsHour: The economics behind racial coronavirus disparities

    Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/
    Twitter: @PitchforkEcon
    Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics
    Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

    • 29 min

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Love this podcast

I often recommend this podcast because it takes a common sense approach to economics and highlights how corporations have systematically rigged our economy to benefit the few at the expense of many.

It is a stinging indictment of the failed trickle down economics model as well as the neo-liberalist movement that has taken hold of the Democratic Party.

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