Making Sense of the DSA

We talk with Dan La Botz about the state of the Democratic Socialists of America two years after the “Bernie Bump.” Dan La Botz is a prominent American labor union activist, academic, journalist, and author. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico.

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To what extent does U.S. prosperity depend on exploitation?

We called Arthur MacEwan to find out the answer. Professor MacEwan taught at UMass Boston from 1975 to 2008 and is now professor emeritus in the Department of Economics. His range of courses included those on economic development, macroeconomics, the economics of education, Latin America, economic history and Marxist economics.

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How the Swedes Do It

We talk with Monica Prasad about taxes in Sweden. Sweden has lower poverty rates, less inequality and higher mobility than the U.S. How do they do it? The answer is not what you expect. Monica Prasad is a professor of sociology and a faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and is the author, most recently, of “Starving the Beast: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution.”

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The Causes and Implications of Regional Economic Disparities

We speak with Gerald Friedman about the growing economic gap between the poorer states in the U.S. and the wealthier coastal regions. Gerald Friedman is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Friedman has research interests in the areas of economic history, specifically 19th- and 20th-century France and the US; political economies; and the economics of healthcare. He has drafted financing plans for single-payer healthcare systems, and has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

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Two events in NYC this week!

We speak with Garon Scott of the NYC DSA Racial Justice Working Group about two important events happening this week. On March 7th, the Elected Civilian Review Board Campaign will have a speaker at the police-accountability-focused Charter forum at City Council Chambers, and hopes to pack the chambers with at least 100 campaign supporters. On March 9th, the campaign against school suspensions will hold a public delivery of petition signatures on the steps of City Hall. Listen to the show for more details!

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The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism

We speak with Dr. Stephen R. Shalom about the weaponization of anti-semitism against supporters of BDS and critics of Israel. Steve Shalom teaches political science at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where he is director of the Middle East Studies minor. He's a member of the editorial board of the journal New Politics and works with the northern NJ chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. He has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and on the Middle East.

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Why the Democrats will win in 2020

We speak with Rachel Bitecofer on why the Democrats will win the 2020 election, whether Bernie is a good candidate, and the implications of a polarized America. Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), a political-science professor at the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, in Virginia, is the author of “The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election.” Professor Bitecofer successfully predicted the outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections months before 538 and other experts. We were introduced to her work when we read David Leonhardt’s column here and you can find her most recent NYT Op-Ed here.

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Operation Ajax

We speak with Bridey Heing about the CIA’s first coup. Bridey Heing is a writer and critic based in Washington, DC. Her writing on literature, culture, and politics has been published by The Economist, the Times Literary Supplement, and Pacific Standard, among others.

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Something Rotten: Danish Social Democrats Find Common Ground With The Far-Right

We speak with Martin Bak Jørgensen about immigration in Denmark. Martin Bak Jørgensen is an associate professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University. He is coeditor of Solidarity without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society and coauthor of Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe.

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The Zapatistas: 25 Years of Revolution

We speak with Hilary Klein about the lessons of the Zapatista Revolution. HILARY KLEIN spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Hilary compile a similar book for an outside audience. Hilary has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. After spending five years at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities, she joined the Center for Popular Democracy in May 2015.

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Neoliberal NYC Episode 1: In conversation with Kim Phillips-Fein

Ernest Leif Boyd speaks with Kim Phillips-Fein about her book Fear City. Kim Phillips-Fein teaches American history at New York University, where she is an associate professor in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  She is the author of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal (W.W. Norton, 2009).  She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians (2017 – 2020). Fear City was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for history and  was one of Kirkus Review's Best American History Books for 2017. 

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A New Understanding of Congress

This episode might radically change the way you think about Congress. We speak with political scientist Frances E. Lee about the new hyper-competitive nature of Congress and the implications of congressional parity. Professor Lee has been a member of the University of Maryland faculty since 2004. Her work has received national recognition, including the American Political Science Association's Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics in 2009, the D. B. Hardeman Award presented by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation for the best book on a congressional topic in both 1999 and 2009, and the APSA's E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American Politics in 1997. To watch an interview with Lee about her book Beyond Ideology on C-SPAN's Book TV, click here. To watch Ezra Klein's interview with Lee about presidential leadership of Congress on Vox.com, click here.

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Neoliberal NYC

We are joined by Acorrection team member Ernest Leif Boyd to discuss the episodes he will be producing for this podcast over the next few months. Ernest is a film editor, born and raised in New York City. He started out his career working in reality television for NYT Television where he was an instrumental part of Local 700, The Motion Picture Editors Guilds successful union organizing campaign.

His section of the podcast will lean towards, though by no means be exhausted by discussions of New York City and gentrification.

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Degrowth

We speak with Federico Demaria about the radical concept of Degrowth and the failure of “sustainable development.” Federico Demaria is an ecological economist at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of Research & Degrowth, and co-editor of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

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State Violence and Modernity

We speak with Maged Mandour about the huge upsurge in state violence in Egypt after the 2013 coup and the complicity of the middle class. Maged Mandour graduated from Cambridge with a Masters in International Relations. He is a political analyst and the columnist of “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” on openDemocracy. He is also a writer for Sada, the online journal for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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The Economics of the NBA

We talk with Matthew Miranda about the NBA. We discuss the salary cap, the economics of “small markets”, why some teams are fine with missing the playoffs and much more. Matthew Miranda writes about the NBA for SBNation, and teaches creative writing and English at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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How Fair Trade Favors the Rich

We speak with Ndongo Samba Sylla about the dangerous myths of the Fair Trade movement. Ndongo Samba Sylla is a Senegalese development economist. He is currently a Research and Programme manager at the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Dakar). He is the author of The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich.

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Winter Break Reading List

We thought it might be fun to put together a Winter Recess reading list. Here are the books that we’ve taken out from the library and have on our nightstands now. The list is broken up into fiction and non-fiction. We hope you enjoy them! Feel free to write in with suggestions for Feburary Break.

Non-fiction

King Kong Theory by Virgina Despentes

The Non-Jewish Jew by Isaac Deutscher 

Crashed by Adam Tooze

The Radical King edited by Cornel West

Digital Gold by Nate Popper

Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild

Fiction

Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

Loner by Teddy Wayne

Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Night Prayers by Santiago Gamboa

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