November 11, 2019

2217 - The Finance Curse w/ Nicholas Shaxson

Journalist and author Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer. On today's show: Jamie Dimon says he can't solve problems of wealth inequality with his compensation. Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer. How the world's major powers (minus the Soviet Union) established a postwar Keynesian economic consensus and imposed restrictions on finance at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944. The subsequent boom in economic growth. The rise of the private equity model and the use of tax havens by corporate interests. How the economy became increasingly financialized and what people can do to fight back. On the fun half: Bret Stephens and Anthony Scaramucci on why Bloomberg 2020 makes sense. Pramila Jayapal explains why "choice" in private healthcare is a fallacy. Joe Biden is going to stick it to "Boldesero." Lula speaks on Bolsonaro. John Bercow: "I do not believe Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic." Alabama student fakes being Trump supporter to say Epstein didn't kill himself. Don Jr., Charlie Kirk, & Kimberly Guilfoyle chanted down at book tour event. Trump on why he wanted DoJ to investigate Bidens/corruption in Ukraine. A call from the Little Rock teachers' strike. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: ExpressVPN is an app for your computer and phone that encrypts and secures your data If you care about your privacy and safety, you shouldn’t go online without ExpressVPN, Go to EXPRESSVPN.com/MAJORITY right now to arm yourself with an extra 3 months of ExpressVPN for free. Blinkist: With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non- fiction books. Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription Everlane only makes premium essentials, using the finest materials, without traditional markups, And right now, you can check out our personalized collection at Everlane.com/majority Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 2 minutes
November 7, 2019

2215 - Understanding Kashmir w/ Mohamad Junaid

Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Professor Mohamad Junaid to discuss the on-going situation in Kashmir. Brooks and Junaid begin their conversation with an overview of Kashmiri history, including its constitutional autonomy and the recent decisions by Modi's government to revoke the region's relative independence. Junaid explains that the Modi regime wants demographic transformation in Kashmir, moving Hindu Indians into the territory as a means to make way for industrialists to exploit natural resources and development opportunities in the region. Brooks and Junaid describe the Kashmiri history behind self-determination, and why the historiography of "India v. Pakistan" is not only misleading but erases the Kashmiri people and feeds into Indian and Pakistani nationalism. Broadening the conversation, Junaid explains the extent to which China has been a player in the Kashmir conflict over the past half-century. China has not been a stabilizing diplomatic force in the region despite its vast economic and trade interests in South Asia. Considering the nuclear threat and potential for "hot war" in Kashmir, how should the global community respond? Junaid argues that the rise of right-wing populism does not help the situation in Kashmir. He posits that our democratic institutions need to be more representative of our societies as a whole. A holistic approach centered on economic rights and human rights is the best antidote to the rash of right-wing populism taking hold of governments across the globe. And in the Fun Half: Ronald Raygun on Bernie Sanders' immigration plan, Bernie's workers Bill of Rights, Glenn Greenwald is assaulted by a Bolsonaro press apparatchik,  Dan Crenshaw values Israeli alliance over the 1st Amendment, Trump tells his supporters "we are the elite," Hillary and Chelsea are yucking it up with Trevor Noah about Jeffrey Epstein, Jesse Watters' mom is ashamed of her son, Laura Ingraham playing her old "demographic changes" white supremacy, Julian Castro roasts Mayo Pete on the Daily Show, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Subscribe to the AM Quickie here. Check out today’s sponsors: Norton 360 with LifeLock is a powerful ally to help protect you in today’s connected world. Sign up today for a Norton 360 with LifeLock membership and, as our listener, you’ll save twenty-five percent or more off your first year at Norton.com/MAJORITY. With Joybird, your personal one-of-a-kind style should match your furniture. Go to joybird.com/majority25 and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code MAJORITY25. Harry’s is a return to the essential: quality, durable blades at a fair price – just $2 per blade!  Listeners of my show can redeem their Harry’s trial set at HARRYS.COM/majorityreport. Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 4 minutes
November 6, 2019

2214 - The Blue Wave Crashes Once More In Swing States & Red States

On today's show: Trump rally for Bevin on Monday: On prospect of Bevin losing: "You can't let that happen!" Andy Beshear declares victory in Kentucky. Matt Bevin in August: "If you support Andy Beshear you support Bernie Sanders' communism." PA swing districts swing to the Democrats. Dems flip seats in VA house of delegates, state senate. Bernie gains on Warren and Biden in latest Monmouth poll. Amazon spends $1.5 million to kill Kshama Sawant's campaign. Sondland revises his testimony to say there was a quid pro quo. On the fun half: Mike from PA calls in to break down the issues at play in the PA elections and around the country, including: The preponderance of evidence that Berniecrats can win, the four types of voters, and why "turnout" campaigns make more sense for the Democrats than "persuasion" ones. Check out Mike's Twitch channel at twitch.tv/central_committee! "Independent voters" in PA swing districts do CNN focus group on impeachment, Trump, divisiveness. Ainsley Earhardt can't believe Warren is polling so well with progressive policies. Gorka kicked off YouTube for continuing to play Imagine Dragons during show break. Audience member asks TPUSA how gay sex helps win the culture war. Plus, your calls! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Subscribe to the AM Quickie here  Check out today’s sponsors: Brooklinen: 0ffers luxury sheets, robes, loungewear and more without the luxury mark ups, Get 10% off AND free shipping, anytime when you shop at Brooklinen.com and use promo code MAJORITY.  Embark: Developed by doctors and veterinarians, Embark tests for over 250 breeds and 170 genetic health conditions, Go to Embarkvet.com and use promo code MAJORITY to save 15% off your Dog DNA Test Kit Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael on The Hill on the global uprisings here Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 4 minutes
November 5, 2019

2213 - Homewreckers: How Wall Street Kingpins Suckered Millions out of the American Dream w/Aaron Glantz

Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.' On today's show: Leon Cooperman is upset that Warren is going after billionaires. Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.' The 2008 financial crisis saw countless Americans lose their homes while the banks that caused it suffered zero repercussions. Glantz outlines how crooks like Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross caused the crash by preying upon the average American via poorly regulated financial products, and how the government then let them shift 100% of the blowback onto regular people. The alternate model set forth by FDR in which homes were saved. The story of Sandra Jolley, a consumer advocate who secured an $89 million whistleblower settlement on a reverse-mortgage foreclosure scheme by Mnuchin's bank. On the fun half: John from San Antonio discusses activating non-voters, Matt Lieberman's GA Senate run. James O'Keefe leaks Amy Robach audio of ABC quashing Jeffrey Epstein investigation. Rally for Matt Bevin re-election in KY: Trump brags about Lou Dobbs calling him best president ever. Lou Dobbs calls Trump "president of 'we.'" Ilhan Omar: "Here in Minnesota we don't just welcome refugees, we send them to Congress." Ilhan says she endorses Sanders and his vision to end Western imperialism. Do former Trump voters deserve forgiveness (and universal programs)? CNBC report: Is the US still a "safe" country for refugees to apply for asylum in Canada from? Fox News guest, dog handler, ends interview with PSA about Jeffrey Epstein. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Subscribe to the AM Quickie here  Check out today’s sponsors: Liquid I.V. is the fastest-growing wellness brand: It’s a great, healthy alternative to traditional sugary sports drinks – perfect for fueling tough workouts, preventing muscle fatigue, and promoting healthy post-workout recovery. Right now, our listeners get 25% off at LiquidIV.com when you use my code MAJORITY at checkout With America’s #1 Acne Brand, Proactiv has helped fight Acne for almost 25 years! Right now, our listeners can go to Proactiv.com/majority to receive an EXCLUSIVE “On the Go Bag,” which features Proactiv's T-Zone Oil Absorber, Body Acne Wipes, and Green Tea Moisturizer Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael on The Hill on the global uprisings here Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn  
  • 58 minutes
November 4, 2019

2212 - The Enigma of Clarence Thomas w/ Corey Robin

Author Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin) joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. On today's show: Kevin McCarthy indignant about impeachment, Steny Hoyer says GOP is just getting mad now. Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin), professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. While Clarence Thomas is currently the longest serving justice on the SCOTUS, he is not widely studied or understood. In this book, Robin explores the experiences that shaped his views and decisions, tying together strands including black nationalism, Afro-pessimism, patriarchy, and a belief in unfettered capitalism and state authority. At base, Robin argues, Thomas' belief in racism as an individualized, transhistorical, and impossible-to-vanquish force is similar to what liberals believe, yet also a primary driver of his conservative ideology. On the fun half: How will impeachment affect 2020 turnout? Ben Shapiro on Sept 24: "No quid pro quo, no impeachment...no moving goal posts." Shapiro moving the goal post Nov 1: "There was a quid pro quo...the question is whether it was corrupt." Bernie says he wants to pay for m4a in a progressive way, but doesn't want to explain that now. Bernie explains costs difference for private insurance vs. m4a health coverage. Yang on m4a: "I'm adopting the label but not the bill." Buttigieg says Democrats need "humility" in new healthcare policies. Pelosi aide Wendell Primus' anti-m4a talking points. Pelosi does not support m4a in 2020 election. Graph: US life expectancy vs. that of other developed nations. Pelosi pledges commitment to pay-go and infrastructure week. MTA turnstile protest. Follow the organizers and get involved at decolonizethisplace.org! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out today's sponsors: Everlane only makes premium essentials, using the finest materials, without traditional markups: right now, you can check out our personalized collection at Everlane.com/majority Capterra: Capterra is the leading, free online resource to help you find the best software solution for your business, Visit Capterra.com/MAJORITY for free, today, to find the tools to make an informed software decision for your business Subscribe to the AM Quickie here  Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael on The Hill on the global uprisings here Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 35 minutes
November 1, 2019

2211 - Capitalists Kill Deadspin & Warren's M4A w/ Digby & David Roth

Digby a.k.a. Heather Parton (@digby56) of Salon.com and David Roth, former Deadspin editor, join us. On today's show: Joe Rogan has had it with "classical liberals." Digby (@digby56) a.k.a. Heather Parton, of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the latest impeachment news. Also: Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all plan. David J. Roth (@david_j_roth), former editor of the recently gutted Deadspin, joins us to discuss the sad fate of his website and the media business in general. The untimely execution of Gawker and subsequent desecration of its corpse by Univision. The false idea that journalists don't know how to run their own business. The pugnacious, erratic CEO Jim Spanfeller and how he terrorized (and ultimately ruined) Deadspin. The inherent grift of the big tech business model. On the fun half: Chilean protester disables surveillance camera, is caught by crowd. Elderly couple applauds protesters in Chile. Katie Hill's final address at the House of Representatives. Alaska Rep. Don Young head butts constituent asking questions. Your Kickstarter Sucks and Chris James on the power of the Majority Report fanbase. Ken Klippenstein's reporting on internal FBI memos re: "black identity extremists" entered into the Congressional record. Ayanna Pressley asks Cuccinelli about WH decision to end medical deferred action for deportees. Plus, your IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com  Subscribe to the AM Quickie here  One of today’s sponsors is BetterHelp, which is giving our audience 10% off their first month when you go to BetterHelp.com/MajorityReport Check out today's sponsor Blinkist: With Blinkist, you get unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non- fiction books: Go to Blinkist.com/MAJORITY to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your new subscription Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s new piece in the Jacobin, “Bernie Has Called to Free Lula. Why Won’t the Rest of the Democratic Field?” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 56 minutes
October 31, 2019

2210 - Halloween Scary News Special w/ ???

On today's program, we planned to discuss, The Fallacy of Dynamic Scoring in Social Security and why we should use the first scenario in the Social Security trustee report, with Dr. Leonard Fleishman. Unfortunately, Brendan chewed through critical ethernet cables. The interview was lost, the show halted, and the MR team pivoted to its backup programming, Stoughton, Massachusetts' own Ken, Ken & Ken show.  On the Ken, Ken, & Ken show, Ryan Grim joins the Deuce to discuss the vicious Squad and why ISIS and ICE are the same--unbelievable. The boys then explain the cruelty of the ABA in the face of Lawrence VanDyke's confirmation hearing to be a federal judge. Plus, the latest hot single from Lil Trump, "Impeach Deez Nutz." The gang also gets to your calls and IMs about all the lib losers who run our culture and the deep state.  Check out today's sponsors: Introducing NetSuite, by Oracle: the business management software that handles every aspect of your business in an easy to use cloud platform and gives you the visibility and control you NEED to GROW. That’s Netsuite.com/MAJORITY to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” Cariuma, marries old school designs with new-school ethics, They want the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable, and provide effortless style, They want the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable, and provide effortless style, For a limited time, our listeners can get an exclusive 15% off your first pair of Cariuma sneakers! • Go to CARIUMA.com/majority to get 15% off Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s new piece in the Jacobin, “Bernie Has Called to Free Lula. Why Won’t the Rest of the Democratic Field?” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channelfor all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 17 minutes
October 30, 2019

2209 - Dave Rubin Blames 'Wokeness' For CA Fires & Chicago Teachers Revolt

The MR crew breaks down the news. On today's show: Tucker Carlson and Dave Rubin blame diversity and "woke" culture for California fires. Vindman testifies the Ukraine phone call transcripts have omissions he tried to correct. Police arrest Chicago teachers engaged in civil disobedience. Sex trafficking victim sues hotel chain for profiting off of sex trafficking. Rex Tillerson to appear in court for Exxon climate change case. On the fun half: Meghan McCain dares Cory Booker to try to take her brother's gun away. Bill Hammer'd can't figure out this new NCAA student athlete pay resolution. A report from the Chicago teachers' strike. Biden gets laughs saying his hypothetical daughter pulled over by cops would be Caucasian. South Bend black community calling for release of South Bend police tapes. Kimmel mashes up Obama & Trump Bin Laden & al-Baghdadi speech. Has Trump cleared the way for the next president to reset foreign policy? A caller reports on the impending teachers' strike in Little Rock, AR. Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com  Check out today's sponsors: Babbel: Choose from 14 different languages – including Spanish, French, and Italian – and speak your new language within weeks. go to Babbel.com, Once you try for free and are ready to sign up, select the three-month option and Babbel will give you 3 additional months for FREE with promo code MAJORITY Norton 360 with LifeLock: Sign up today for a Norton 360 with LifeLock membership and, as our listener, you’ll save twenty-five percent or more off your first year at Norton.com/MAJORITY Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s new piece in the Jacobin, “Bernie Has Called to Free Lula. Why Won’t the Rest of the Democratic Field?” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channelfor all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by and serving the needs of migrants, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tijuana-kitchen Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 3 minutes
October 29, 2019

2208 - Make America Radical Again w/ Harvey J. Kaye

Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and author of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, joins us. On today's show: John Yoo and Laura Ingraham insinuate Vindman is a double agent. Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, joins us to discuss his book, Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. Max Lerner and the tradition of the "Marxist Democrat." The similarities our current crisis bears to that of the 1930s. FDR as political vehicle for worker self-activity. How Bernie Sanders has updated FDR's economic bill of rights. Thomas Paine's radical impulse. Bernie says "damn right" establishment Dems will support his agenda once he's in. On the fun half: Fox says millennials support socialism because they have a "poverty mindset." Iraqi president dismayed by Trump's statements on Kurds' status. Kevin McCarthy says that even though Dems are starting a formal inquiry, it's still a sham. Kilmeade also insinuates Vindman's loyalty should be questioned. Former Congressman Sean Duffy questions Vindman's loyalty to America. TP USA debuts Instagram pop culture show, "POPLITICS." Jesse Lee Peterson says he'd moderate a debate between Sam and Steven Crowder. CBP changing communications policy, acting commissioner says "every state is a border state." Jeremy Corbyn lays out Boris Johnson's long list of lies. Plus, your calls! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com  Check out today's sponsors: Get 12 weeks for just $6, plus the New Yorker tote bag, weekly home delivery of the print edition, and unlimited access to newyorker.com – with 10-15 exclusive site-only stories every day – when you go to newyorker.com/ majority and enter the code MAJORITY Babbel: Choose from 14 different languages – including Spanish, French, and Italian – and speak your new language within weeks. go to Babbel.com, Once you try for free and are ready to sign up, select the three-month option and Babbel will give you 3 additional months for FREE with promo code MAJORITY Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery subscription box that immerses you in an ongoing detective experience: Right now, just for our listeners, you can go to HuntAKiller.com/majority for 20% off your first box Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s new piece in the Jacobin, “Bernie Has Called to Free Lula. Why Won’t the Rest of the Democratic Field?” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channelfor all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Go here to donate to El Comedor, an autonomous mutual aid center in Tijuana run by, and serving the needs of, migrants. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn
  • 1 hours, 18 minutes
October 28, 2019

2207 - Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy w/ Matthew Stoller

On today's show, Matt Stoller, author of Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, joins Sam to discuss the history and future of antitrust and monopoly in America. Stoller says the inspiration for his book started with his work as a congressional staff member during the 2008 financial crisis and the Democrats' failure to hold the big banks accountable for their actions. Sam and Matt begin their conversation with the 1912 presidential election and the different regulatory responses from Teddy Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson to the Robber Barron capital consolidation of the past decade. Moving forward to the 1930s, Stoller argues that capital powers (Mellon, Rockefeller, and JP Morgan) controlled much of federal policy. The New Deal was the experiment that showed democracy could work--breaking up financial autocrats, utility monopolies, and more. To quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Sam and Matt then explore the story of Wright Patman, a populist democratic congressman from Texas, whose life work was to hold powerful banks and corporations to account through rigorous regulations from his seat as Chairman of the Banking Committee. Patman was forced out by the younger generation of Democrats in the 1970s, which Stoller refers to as the "Baby Watergate" generation of elected officials who championed racial justice at the expense of holding capital accountable. Stoller argues that the anti-monopoly and regulatory measures pushed by Patman and their material implications are critical to racial justice, and something that is missing from our discourse on race in contemporary America. Sam and Matt conclude their discussion with how conservative intellectuals reframed American history to minimize the victories of workers' rights, antitrust, and regulation efforts of the New Deal. And finally, Stoller explains how people can begin to understand themselves as members of a free and fair democracy and how to fight the manipulative efforts of financier and oligarchic class.  And in the Fun Half: Donny Deutsch thinks M4A will sink Democrats in a general election, the new IMF chief applauds Trump's tax cuts, Dr. Drew says housing is not a solution to homelessness, Washington Nationals fans cheer "lock him up!" to Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough's textbook false equivalency on the "lock him up" chant, Chris Coons is sad Trump was booed at the baseball game because he's a traditionalist, Joe Biden actually asked Obama not to endorse him, and how SuperPACs are just a fact of life for Biden, plus your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Don’t forget to subscribe to Majority.FM’s new morning podcast the AM Quickie! Check out today’s sponsor: Quip: Brush better! go to GETQUIP.com/majority to get your first refill FREE Kettlebell Kitchen: Kettlebell offers the nutrition you need without any of the hassle! • Their goal is to help you achieve yours, with meal plans that are tailored to your needs. • Sign up for a plan or order a la cart – no long-term contracts required! Go to kettlebellkitchen.com and enter code MAJORITY for $25 off each of your first two orders for new customers Babbel: Choose from 14 different languages – including Spanish, French, and Italian – and speak your new language within weeks. go to Babbel.com, Once you try for free and are ready to sign up, select the three-month option and Babbel will give you 3 additional months for FREE with promo code MAJORITY Hunt A Killer is the murder mystery subscription box that immerses you in an ongoing detective experience: Right now, just for our listeners, you can go to HuntAKiller.com/majority for 20% off your first box Get your tickets to the Michael Brooks live show in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) with special guests Krystal Ball and Emma Vigeland! Get your tickets here. Check out Michael’s new piece in the Jacobin, “Bernie Has Called to Free Lula. Why Won’t the Rest of the Democratic Field?” Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or the new Antifada Youtube channel Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @_michaelbrooks @MattLech @jamie_elizabeth @Bf1nn  
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