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Entertaining Daily Politics, Award Winning Long-Form Interviews and Irreverent, Independent Analysis. For more info see Majority.FM

    2729 - The Ideas Behind "Participatory Economics" w/ Michael Albert

    2729 - The Ideas Behind "Participatory Economics" w/ Michael Albert

    Sam and Emma host economist Michael Albert to discuss his recent book No Bosses: A New Economy For A Better World, on his theory of a third option of an allocation system, beyond free-markets and central planning, based around values of self-management, solidarity, diversity, equity, and a deconstruction of the division of labor. They begin by walking through what Albert means by “participatory economy,” and why the values he sets forwards are central to its functioning, before he, Emma, and Sam dive into why the demarkation of socioeconomic classes is so central to his program, looking at the alienating qualities of the concentration of power and decision-making in the professional-managerial class (what he calls the coordinator class). To emphasize this element, Michael Albert dives into experiences he had in Argentina in the wake of their 2001 financial crisis, working with democratized workplaces that found that, by maintaining the divisions of labor, alienation continued to find itself ingrained in unbalanced and task-based positions. Next, they dive into the role public schooling and higher education have in sorting and setting up the divide between the coordinator and task-compliant classes, before they move into the abolition of private property, but rather than putting it into the hands of the “state,” reserving it as a sort of “productive commons” where it is allocated based on responsible and socially valuable uses. Lastly, they dive into the allocation system that Albert envisions, as an evolving dialogue between workers and consumers that is aware of the necessity of pricing goods responsibly and clearly, and one that, unlike central planning or free-market systems, maintains dignity, empowers workers, promotes self-management, and maintains diversity and equity. Emma and Sam also dive into the disturbing instances of the Right’s Islamophobic abuses of Ilhan Omar, alongside the bipartisan establishment’s passive endorsement of this by refusing to hold GOP officials accountable.
    And in the Fun Half: Sam, Emma, and the MR crew unpack Michael Albert’s new economic system, Matteo from Slovenia gives Sam space to wax about tax as they discuss the differences between income and VAT taxation, and Dick Durbin ponders the state of one Joe Manchin. Tucker finally finds a soft spot in his heart for brothers who defend sexual predators, before he is awe-inspired by Jason Whitlock’s 40-second dash to replacement theory. Dr. Oz announces his candidacy in Pennsylvania, Jack from Albany calls in regarding the upcoming 2022 NY Primaries and Hochul’s role as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Nancy Mace and Marjorie Taylor Greene give Kevin McCarthy trouble Democratic voters only wish their leadership would be able to achieve, plus, your calls and IMs!
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    2728 - A Dramatic New Understanding of Human History w/ David Wengrow

    2728 - A Dramatic New Understanding of Human History w/ David Wengrow

    Sam and Emma host David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at University College London, to discuss his recent book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity that he co-authored with David Graeber. They begin by clarifying what the old history was, which Professor Wengrow describes the “broad sweep of human history” that we see starting all the way back in the Enlightenment, with Hobbes and Rousseau theorizing on the “state of nature” which was the origin of all humanity, and how the nature of inequality in civilization developed from there. He discusses how deep these theories, which were simply parables for their own time, have ingrained themselves into historical perspectives, structuring them into a constantly linear mold, and why the discussion of the “origin” of social concepts inherently implies this model. Emma, Sam, and he briefly touch on the massive impact of indigenous philosophies on French Enlightenment thinking, and how European elites worked to undermine this inspiration, making out their views of social and wealth equality to be a “romanticization,” and, in fact, a reflection of being on a lower tier of civilized society. Next, Professor Wengrow is able to dive into the narrative of the book, looking as far back as possible with cohesive archeological and anthropological evidence for social organization, and how we see - rather than a line from basic, equal, and free, to complex, stratified, and structured civilization - examples of societies that are experimental and fluid, changing political, religious, and legal systems as they migrate and the seasons shift their needs. After giving brief overviews of these examples, Sam, Emma, and David wrap up the interview by diving into the question of “how we got stuck” in a cycle of reinforcing and naturalizing the existence of inequality, debt, and other elements of our society. Sam and Emma also cover some updates on the Omicron variant, and the contrast with that and Biden’s consistently noncommittal responses to COVID.
    And in the Fun Half: Nomiki joins Sam and Emma as they cover her bout with Dan Bongino, Dana Loesch’s fable of Bongo the gorilla’s righteous segregation hyenas, and discuss Omicron. Lara Logan compares Fauci to Mengele in Fox’s conspiracy zone, the crew covers Chris Cuomo’s conflict of interest, and what the fallout will be, if there is any. Enes Kanter reminds Americans to appreciate their freedom… by not exercising it, plus, your IMs!
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    2727 - The Post-Thanksgiving Push Towards The Debt Cliff (Again) And A Government Shutdown This Friday

    2727 - The Post-Thanksgiving Push Towards The Debt Cliff (Again) And A Government Shutdown This Friday

    Sam and Emma catch up on the big Thanksgiving weekend's worth of news! They begin by looking forwards, running through what we might see in the upcoming Senate session, before Sam reflects on the anniversary of Mike Cernovich’s attempted canceling of him (also known as Sam’s birthday). Next, they move onto the state of the GOP after Lauren Boebert’s increasingly Islamophobic statements about Ilhan Omar saw an absence of blowback from both sides, and cover Tulsi’s sharp shift to the right as she discusses the Ahmaud Arbery case as proof of a lack of racism in the US. They wrap it up by covering the Omicron variant, the necessary steps Biden should take versus the ones he will, and how his press-release presidency has proved increasingly useless in the eyes of the American public, which they emphasize with a discussion of his Build Back Better plan and the obstruction of the Senate Parliamentarian, who was hired by his own party. They also touch on some special and not-so-special guests for the upcoming MR live show.
    And in the Fun Half: David from South Africa discusses global sanctions on his nation, and the absurdity of punishing a nation for having the proper infrastructure to discover new variants – which the US does not – and how this works with the Donald Trump “if we don’t test, there won’t be any issues” argument, as highlighted with a Jeanine Pirro guest. Alexis calls in from the non-ceded Spokane nation on recent fascist platforming going on in the area, including at the comedy club where she worked, and the MR team explores the incredible boost from the third shot, and Nick Fletcher whines to British parliament about being a man. Roy from the Country calls in to discuss the problematic connections between judges and landlords, and Eyo calls in to tackle some hard issues in the current civil war between Tigray and Ethiopia, before Sam and Emma explore the spirit of Thanksgiving coming together with the Dave Rubin Jimmy Dore reconnection, plus, your calls and IMs!
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    2726 - Return the National Parks To Indigenous People & The Steven Donzinger Case w/ David Treuer & James North

    2726 - Return the National Parks To Indigenous People & The Steven Donzinger Case w/ David Treuer & James North

    Sam sits down with Ojibwe author and historian David Treuer, author of the piece "Return the National Parks to the Tribes" in The Atlantic. Then, Emma sits down with James North, reporter at The Nation, to discuss his work covering Steven Donzinger.
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    2725 - The Campaigns Against the Post Office and American Democracy w/ Christopher W. Shaw

    2725 - The Campaigns Against the Post Office and American Democracy w/ Christopher W. Shaw

    Sam sits down with historian Christopher W. Shaw, to discuss his recent book First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat, on the rise of one of the most popular public services, and its precarious state in an era of privatization. They begin in the 18th century, with the beginnings of the postal system as a tool for patriot communication and military strategy, before it was picked up by the US government under George Washington, pivoting to the duty of transporting mail and, more importantly, news and newspapers, seen as a key element in linking and informing the population. The service spent the next century continuing to ingrain itself in the daily lives of Americans, regardless of economic success, with an 1851 law officially stating that deficit should not come into play with postal expansion, and following policies to continue to drive down the price of postage, including reduced pricing on paperback literature and the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) service. Working through the early-20th century, the postal service was seen as the role of the American government, until FDR’s social policy expanded on that greatly, and then two world wars saw the US take on an international-military role, greatly expanding the role of its legislative and executive branches. This brings Shaw and Sam to the mid-1900s, and a pivot towards privatization with neoconservatism and neoliberalism taking hold of US politics – they explore how the impact of a shift from railway to highway infrastructure and the 1971 shift to self-funding through postage that created the USPS as we know it, before they look at the influence of Reaganomics and how the postal service was seen as a key arena in the goals of privatization. After touching on the developments in the service over the last couple of decades, Christopher and Sam dive into the current state of the USPS in the wake of the Trump administration and a massive shift in the importance of mail-in voting. They wrap up the interview by looking at the development of postal banking, and discussing what types of expansion the postal service could and should employ moving forwards.
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    2724 - How To Explain The Explosive Growth Of School Vouchers In The U.S. w/ Ursula Hackett

    2724 - How To Explain The Explosive Growth Of School Vouchers In The U.S. w/ Ursula Hackett

    Emma hosts Ursula Hackett, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway University of London, to discuss her recent book America's Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide The State. Emma starts the show by touching upon the seemingly endless Chris Christie Redemption Tour that ends with Laura Ingraham grilling him as to whether he'll fall in line when Trump inevitably runs in 2024. Then Emma starts out her conversation with Ursula by discussing the early history of school vouchers, and how since 2010 the concerted effort by the far-right, both politically and judicially, sped up the prevalence of them in the United States significantly. They then touch on how this phenomenon is uniquely American, and that historically voucher programs started before the Brown v. Board of Ed decision, but continued as a concerted effort to block de-segregation efforts through privatizing education. Ursula speaks to the idea of "attenuated governance" and the "submerged state", where social spending gets diluted through privatizing, and where a citizenry doesn't attribute policy prescriptions and benefits to the people who actually enacted them because they're so obscured in bureaucracy and red tape, something that Emma sees as a real failure of Congressional Democrats and Dems in general. They then touch on some of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's policies like her failed attempt to install educations savings accounts in her home state of Michigan, and then end on the importance of the coordinated effort, that being one of many, of the right to sideline and demonize teacher's unions in favor of "school choice" and privatization.
    Emma then discusses Kyle Rittenhouse talking out of two sides of his mouth regarding the politicizing of his fateful (and fatal) night in Kenosha Wisconsin before being joined by Nomiki! They tackled Steven Crowders scorching take that American slavery had nothing to do with race (the 3/5ths Compromise would like a word...), Josh Hawley's cringey podcast about the Bible's take on men where he definitely lets his wife speak (she was silent the entire clip), and the Peng Shuai situation in China and how CNN is being censored on Chinese airwaves from even covering it. Plus, your calls and IM's!
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ETseven ,

Required Listening!

The Majority Report has had a huge influence on my political awakening in the past 5 years. Sam and Emma, plus all their guests, are so knowledgeable. Then of course the Fun Half is just the best. It’s my first priority listen every single day. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed.

midwestBlue ,

11.22 pod

I am a WI resident. my blood pressure goes up anytime i hear the name rittenhouse becaise i hate blatant injustice. rittenhouse is a murderer of 2 victims and maimed the 3rd victim. 1. he got away with it because he is a a poser and a liar. 2. add to that a judge who was politically slanted to the right and seemingly unfit per my feelings all judgeships need term limits. 3. provocation is part of the WI law with self defense. rittenhouse lived in IL, drove across state lines to WI with an AR-15 to insert himself into something that did not personally involved him. in other words him coming here provoked the deadly gun encounters. rittenhouse blathered some nonsense about protecting a car dealership; however, the owner said in a video interview he did not put a callout for citizenry protection help. 4. why did the cops drive right by rittenhouse with his ar-15 in plain open site even if ipen carry is legal you stop and ask what are you doing. we know, there is no way the cops would not have been all over him if he had darker skin. i want the maimed victim and the families of the 2 murdered to get justice. do you realize a WI jury let a person murder another person because he feared for his life because the person had a skateboard in his hands. all 3 of rittenhouse’s victims were commiitting self defense against rittenhouse and his ar-15. what about their self defense due to him threatening their lives?!! crying poser boy pulled that off to a very stupid jury. THAT is outrageous and the whole proceeding is kangaroo court. 5. the prosecution sucked. it presented a weak case when they could have presented a strong case of provocation and the victims rights to self defense. blahh grr

Chuck Ge. ,

This show is the best

I was listening to crowder one day, when suddenly Sam appeared , and through his magical gaze showed me the light, and made Steven quiver with fear.. I was so dry downstairs after seeing Steven wimp out, I canceled my membership, and Purchased one for the majority report!

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