The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Mark Blyth of the Watson Institute at Brown University explains why the Brexit is the chickens coming home to roost on austerity and inequality. How Brexit and Donald Trump show the failure of austerity, Right Wing politics and Neoliberalism. Why the public does not and should not distrust the elite. Why the Euro is awful and the EU is good and why the UK had the best of both worlds. What happened to the Greek economy and the stupidity of Eurozone economics. The failure of UK's political class. Is the UK doomed? The politics of Europe. Where is the positive agenda. What's disturbing about the Hillary Clinton candidacy and is there a positive agenda for the future?

On The Fun Half: Alex Jones freaks out at Bill O'Reilly. Christian crazy compares marriage equality to terrorism. Sam debates a Libertarian and your calls and IMs.

 

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How Bernie's rhetoric successfully channelled anger toward left-wing goals. Why Hillary is the heavy favorite against Trump in a way that shouldn't limit criticism of her centrism. The tectonic shift in US politics as compared with European democracies. Hillary's troubling insistence on courting center-right voters. How accepting Hillary enthusiastically doubles-down on the conditions that led to our current state of affairs to begin with. Brexit and the backlash against institutions in the western democracies. The left case against the EU. The pretext for the Labour coup against leader Jeremy Corbyn, and how the MPs leading the coup failed to deliver their districts for remain. The elections in Spain with Podemos not making gains they hoped for. Elite contempt for democracy and how it related to their enthusiasm for Hamilton.

On the fun half - Marco Rubio is still mediocre, the dissolution of UK's political coalitions, US-backed death squads in Honduras, Hillary's VP favorites are really boring, plus your calls and IMs.

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Digby (Heather Parton) explains the politics behind the Brexit. Anti immigrant bigotry and the global crisis. The toll of austerity. How will Brexit effect American politics. Why Barack Obama saved us from the worst of austerity. Does Hillary Clinton understand that Neoliberalism failed? Are The Democrats getting more bold? How does Hillary Clinton win. Why Paul Ryan has no room to maneuver and why the base hates him. The Democrats sit-in the House and the future of Gun Control.

We meet our new intern Ethan an old friend of the show. Why Ethan started calling Sam's shows when he was thirteen. How many of Ethan's friends listen to the Majority Report and your calls and IMs.

Donald Trump has an incredibly stupid reaction to Brexit and your calls and IMs.

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Congressman Alan Grayson explains from the House Floor why Democrats are staging a sit-in to protest the Gun Lobby and create a safer America and debating the controversy of the terrorism watch list and the moral pressure that the Republicans are under.

Libertarian author and activist Darryl Perry explains why Libertarianism is the right path for America and he provides his definition of Libertarianism. Why Darryl does not trust Gary Johnson. What is property? How do we determine what property rights are and Darryl gets upset. Why "you can't" plan liberty and Darryl gets very, very, very angry.

On The Fun Half: we breakdown the breakdown. The Affirmative Action and the economics of college admissions. Louie Gohmert rants about "radical Islam" on the House floor and your calls and IMs.

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Julian Agyeman a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts and co-author of Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities, explains the problems with how we are shaping the "sharing" economy. Why cities are commons. What Medellin gets right and San Francisco gets wrong. How to build an urban commons. Why Mayors matter. C40 Cities and why cities can have a serious influence on controlling carbon. What Denmark understands about sharing space. What would a fair bike sharing program look like? How to regulate Airbnb. Why did Seoul ban Uber. Using Apps to avoid solving big problems. Shifting from traffic management to traffic reduction and the benefits of participatory budgeting.

On The Fun Half: The Orlando shooter was motivated by revenge according to a man who claims to be Omer Mateen's ex lover. Debunking the Isis narrative and the Orlando attack. Donald Trump explains Right Wing religious leaders that Hillary is a threat to Christianity. Right Wing Mandela calls out Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump would "rig" the economy for Wall Street as projection Tuesday continues. A Trump supporter goes on a racist rant. Will Trump get dumped at the convention and your calls and IMs.

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A British man attempts to assassinate Donald Trump. The anniversary of the killings of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner and when Reagan campaigned on "states rights" in the same county where their killings took place. Did a Donald Trump pay the advertising firm from Mad Men for advertising? The Trump campaign scam and a Trump advisor says that its not a probably that Trump's campaign has no money on hand because he is a billionaire.

On The Fun Half: all Gun control measures fail in the Senate. The arms maker Remmington that made the gun Adam Lanza used for his killing spree in Newton, argues that they are immune from lawsuits. Gun advocate says bars need to sell less booze so people can be sober enough to carry guns. Donald Trump reflects on how being an "educated black" would be an advantage. Corey Lewandowski does not get while he is fired. Bernie and local party platforms. The Brexit campaign is full of lies. A young Muslim doxxed after a garbage Daily Caller story and your calls and IMs.

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Today we have Lina Srivastava (@lksriv on twitter) on to discuss the promises and limitations of digital activism and the state of the Syrian refugee crisis. How "voice of the voiceless" framing still leaves out community perspectives despite intending not to do so. Direct service and direct action in assisting unsettled communities. Migrant crises in America as opposed to in the Middle East and Europe. Using the arts and technology to help make new environments more welcoming to refugee children. The limited utility of hashtags.

On the Fun Half - Ivanka Trump gets her dad to fire Corey Lewandowski, Paul Ryan continues straddling the fence of dignity, Trump feels like a supermodel x 10, Elizabeth Warren roasts Scott Brown, and your calls and IMs. 

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Cliff Schecter explains what motivated the murder of UK MP Jo cox and the enduring threat of Far Right terrorism. The Orlando massacre and the problem with how we label these crimes. The problems with preventing gun violence without real reform. Can we follow Australia's lead in gun sanity. The marketing of weapons of mass violence. How to reign in the arms industry. The PR campaign against weapon company CEOs. The importance of the gun filibuster and debating guns and the terror watch list and Bernie Sanders spells out the future of the revolution.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains his latest eBay plan. What strange things is Sam texting Matthew? Matthew met Muhammad Ali when he was a kid! Bernie or Bust Bill Clinton gives a movie suggestion. Matthew has a new puppy! Also Matthew thinks we should watch, Son of Saul.

On The Fun Half: does Sam hate dogs? Are soda taxes regressive? Scott Brown makes fun of Chris Christie for getting Trump's McDonalds. Pat Robertson still a lunatic and still a scumbag. John McCain blames the Orlando shooting on Barack Obama. Cornel West calls for Palestinian human rights at a Democratic Platform committee hearing. Is Dug off of the "Trump train" and your calls and your IMs.

 

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Tamara Draut, the Vice President of Policy & Research at Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, to discuss the makeup of America's new working class and why America has always been a working class country. The divergence between the educated and non educated population. The college graduate debt crisis. Why the working class is worse off than in the 1970s. Why we need to start talking about the working class again. The emerging movements of working class. solidarity. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the "old" and "new" working class. Representing the working class in media. The Fight For $15, the future of labor organizing and why does Microsoft care about protecting McDonald's from paying higher wages? What the New Working Class needs and what's next for the Democratic Party and will the case against Donald Trump hurt pushing the Democrats to the left?

On The Fun Half: John Kasich is so sad that he can't endorse Donald Trump. Right Wing Mandela slays John Kasich. The Koch Brothers try to sound like Bernie Sanders. Alex Jones attacks the LGBTQ community for the Orlando attack. Looking for rationality in Trump supporters. A pastor is glad that the Orlando slaughter happened. Glenn Beck goes to the next level of insane and your calls and IMs.

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The lack of objective in US "jihadi" terror shootings. The instrumentalism of religion by ISIS leaders, and why it's a mistake to assume they are truly pious. How Donald Trump is playing a role that helps ISIL. Why Bill O'Reilly is wrong about how defeating ISIS works and saying they're the "same thing" as the Nazis. The operational reality in how ISIS is being rolled back: nobody likes them. The backlash against fundamentalist islam, even wearing beards, in primarily Islamic countries like Egypt. The incredible social change occurring in the middle east.

On the Fun Half - Obama gives an excellent speech on terror and the right's "radical Islam" obsession, Bill O'Reilly calls for gun laws, do we believe in Satan?, and your calls and IMs!

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