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Welcome to Trickle-Down Socialism, where we discuss how the US currently has a system of socialism for the super rich and corporations, we try to defang the term “socialism” and explore how government, with a slight tweak in priorities, could be a force for good in all of our lives. Capitalism kills, economic justice, campaign finance reform, Progressive politics, Labor Unions, Labor Movement Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/trickledownsocialism/support

Trickle-Down Socialism Pat Donohue and Dan Goldsbury

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Welcome to Trickle-Down Socialism, where we discuss how the US currently has a system of socialism for the super rich and corporations, we try to defang the term “socialism” and explore how government, with a slight tweak in priorities, could be a force for good in all of our lives. Capitalism kills, economic justice, campaign finance reform, Progressive politics, Labor Unions, Labor Movement Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/trickledownsocialism/support

    Ben Burgis: "Cancel Culture" or Crumpled Lists | How Purity Tests and Virtue Signaling Hinder Left Unity

    Ben Burgis: "Cancel Culture" or Crumpled Lists | How Purity Tests and Virtue Signaling Hinder Left Unity

    CMoney Burns interviews Ben Burgis: philosophy professor, host of "Give them an Argument" podcast, and author of "Canceling Comedians while the World Burns: a Critique of the Contemporary Left." In the interview, Burgis explains key ideas from his recent book, including how the phenomena that the Right has dubbed "Cancel Culture" might not be the best use of time and energy on the Left, but that it comes from a place of frustration, lack of policy wins, and a desire to see at least some results from activity on the Left. Burgis uses the example of Bernie's recent interview with Maureen Dowd of the NYT, in which Bernie demanded that the interview stay focused on policy proposals that Senator Sanders was trying to include in legislation in the Senate rather than cultural 'distractions' like the #FreeBritneySpears controversy, to demonstrate what discipline on the Left looks like. Also mentioned in the interview: Stalin's recent rise to "trending" status on Twitter and how Burgis doesn't think trotting out Stalin is the best way to convince new people to join the Left. 

    Burgis writes for Jacobin in addition to his recent book on Cancel Culture. You can find him on Twitter @BenBurgis and his book is available wherever you get your books. 

    This episode was edited, mixed, and mastered by CMoney Burns. For help with your audio needs, feel free to contact him on Twitter at @CMoneyBurns


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    Send Teachers to Congress w/ William Compton for Congress in KY-02

    Send Teachers to Congress w/ William Compton for Congress in KY-02

    Pat speaks to William Dakota Compton, candidate for Congress in Kentucky's 1st district. Compton is a public school music teacher who has seen first-hand how the move to defund schools has affected the quality of education for our nation's youth. He worked as a fast-food worker through college and grad school, and speaks about the grueling and demanding nature of such jobs, the need for more unions, and the need to pay all workers a living wage. Compton is openly gay and his candidacy represents hope and recognition for countless youth and adults in his district, state, and the South in general who are questioning their identities or sexualities and who might not feel safe in their homes or communities to say anything about it or come out publicly. 

    Also - Dan is back from the wilderness of New Hampshire - back in time to argue the finer points of Student Debt Cancellation. Up next for TDS podcast: philosophy professor and author of Give them an Argument: Logic for the Left will sit down with CMoney Burns of the TDS pod to talk about the Left, about Cancel Culture, and about how to forge ahead without getting into the traps of Left in-fighting. After CMoney's conversation with Ben Burgis, we will feature an interview with Kurt Andersen, author of "Evil Geniuses: the Unmaking of America." Stay tuned - subscribe, rate, review us wherever you get your podcasts. 

    To learn more or support William Compton's candidacy, you can find him here: https://www.williamcompton.com/

    or follow him on twitter @Compton4KY2022 

    As always, this episode was edited, mixed, and mastered by CMoney Burns, who has an incredible audio studio in his apartment. For rates on your own audio editing, mixing/mastering follow him or say hello on twitter: @cmoneyburns or send him an email at cmoneyburns@gmail.com 

    Remember - the level of inequality in our country has not always been this high and it doesn't have to be. We the people can decide we want to live better than this. 




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    Tenant Unions to Fight Mass Evictions with Dan Pecora

    Tenant Unions to Fight Mass Evictions with Dan Pecora

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    In Episode 10, Pat talks to Dan Pecora, member of Central CT DSA's Tenant Organizing Commission about how to organize tenants to push back against the mass evictions that now threaten to leave 15% of the US adult renter population out on the street. Dan Pecora, in concert with members of his DSA group and others, was able to successfully petition Connecticut state legislature to pass a Right to Counsel bill, ensuring that tenants who face evictions could have representation during evictions cases. Because of the fact that housing cases are tried in the Civil Court system across the US, public defenders are not provided. Very few families who are facing eviction tend to have resources to hire an attorney. The bill that Dan Pecora discusses with Pat changes that fact and guarantees that families have a fighting chance in court. A number of other benefits of Tenant Unions are discussed: petitioning landlords for safer, better maintained apartments, pushing back against exorbitant rent strikes, and an increased sense of community in apartment complexes. 
    You can find a link to Dan Pecora's podcast, Snowflake Sports, here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/snowflake-sports-podcast/id1476612592
    The TDS Podcast is mixed and mastered by C Money Burns at Cosmic Black in Portland, Maine. For inquiries on audio production, mixing, mastering and post for podcasts and music, please contact cmoneyburns@gmail.com or say "hi" on Twitter @cmoneyburns.
    Covid relief, tenant organizing, Rent Control, Eviction Moratorium, Tenant Unions, Central CT DSA, Waterbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Landlords, Right to Counsel, Housing Justice, Homelessness Crisis, Democratic Socialists of America, Housing Court

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    Lourin Hubbard on the Intersectionality of Progressive Solutions

    Lourin Hubbard on the Intersectionality of Progressive Solutions

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    Pat talks to Lourin Hubbard, who is running for the Democratic Nomination for US Congress in California's 22nd District, about why big Progressive ideas are interconnected in terms of the impact they could have on communities. Mr. Hubbard has served the public throughout his entire career and has seen the urgency for action on the climate crisis and infrastructure in his role as Operations Manager for the California Water Department. If Hubbard wins the Democratic Nomination for CA-22, he would face off against Devin Nunes - a GOP Representative who has shown himself interested in serving Trump's interests, but who hasn't seeemed interested in actually helping the people of California's Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley.) Learn More about Lourin Hubbard here: https://www.lourinhubbard.com/

    Pat, Dan, and CMoney Welcomed Jordon Barney as guest co-host in the open. Jordon's Leftist Podcast can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/805uncensored/id1471552828

    Topics discussed: Homelessness, Medicare For All, Efficiency in Government, Retirement in the United States, Defund the Police, Allocation of Resources, the Modern GOP, Free Higher Education, Free Public Colleges and Universities, QAnon and the consequences it has had on the electorate and families, the Infrastructure Bill, Water Scarcity, Climate Change, the Green New Deal, Housing First, Housing as a Human Right. 


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    The Framers were Afraid of Democracy with Robb Smith: Census, Redistricting, Apportionment

    The Framers were Afraid of Democracy with Robb Smith: Census, Redistricting, Apportionment

    Pat talks to author and Union Attorney Robb Smith about the history of the Census, Redistricting, Apportionment, and Gerrymandering. Robb gives an in-depth understanding of where the census comes from, some of the pivotal court cases that have shaped the redistricting process, and why the Framers of the Constitution were afraid of true Democracy. Robb Smith can be found on twitter at @RobbSmithIdeas and his Margin of Error Blog is available on Substack at https://moeblog.substack.com/

    In the Open, Dan, Pat, and CMoney Burns couldn't help but talk about the MarkeyVerse group of 16 year olds making change through online campaigns - giving us hope that the kids will be alright. Also discussed: the implications of the the 2020 Census and Apportionment, and how it seems like we're headed for absolutely no accountability on the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol. 

    TDS is mixed and mastered by C Money Burns at Cosmic Black in Portland, Maine. For inquiries on audio production, mixing, mastering and post for podcasts and music, please contact cmoneyburns@gmail.com or say hi on Twitter @cmoneyburns.


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    Mayor Strim: Start Local, Swing Harder - Progressive Gains through Direct Democracy and Organizing

    Mayor Strim: Start Local, Swing Harder - Progressive Gains through Direct Democracy and Organizing

    Pat interviews Former Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling (Mayor Strim) about People First Portland, Maine DSA, and his experience running a small city. Mayor Strim explains why Portland is so welcoming to immigrants, regardless of immigration status, and why welcoming immigrants has been to the benefit of the economy and the overall health of the city. While Portland is a Progressive city, the structure of the city government was directly affected by the Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Ku Klux Klan and xenophobia directed at Irish Catholic immigrants in the 1920s. Mayor Strim recounts the challenges he faced as mayor and the difficulty of being mayor in a city that has an unelected city manager who has executive power. 

    When Mayor Strim left office, he engaged with Southern Maine DSA (Now Maine DSA) to work on electoral strategy. In concert with DSA and People First Portland, Mayor Strim helped get a slew of Progressive measures on the 2020 ballot: a local Green New Deal, a $15 an hour minimum wage, Rent Control, and a ban on Facial Surveillance technology. The ballot measure passed with an average of 60% of the vote. 

    In the open, Dan, CMoney, and Pat discuss this type of direct democracy, some quirks of Portland politics, NIMBYism, and the Universal Pre-K that is included in Biden's American Families Plan, which has yet to pass both houses of Congress. A slightly new format is used in this episode, with no interview debrief. 

    If you're interested in supporting People First Portland, you can learn more here: https://peoplefirstportland.me/

    For Maine DSA: https://www.smdsa.org/

    Follow Mayor Strim on Twitter: @mayorstrim 

    The TDS Podcast is mixed and mastered by C Money Burns at Cosmic Black in Portland, Maine. For inquiries on audio production, mixing, mastering and post for podcasts and music, please contact cmoneyburns@gmail.com or say "hi" on Twitter @cmoneyburns.

    Direct Democracy, Socialism, Democratic Socialism, Democratic Socialists of America, Maine DSA, People First Portland, Mayor Strim, Ban Facial Surveillance Technology, Housing, Rent Control, Limit Air BnB, Green New Deal, Progressive City, Sanctuary City, Fight for $15, Housing First, KKK, Xenophobia, Ku Klux Klan in the North, Irish Catholic Immigrants, Strong Mayor system, City Manager, Corporate Influence. 


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