The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today’s Best of 2014!:

Sam Seder debates Professor Walter Block! In the discussion, Walter Block defends Libertarianism with a proposal that laissez faire free market exchanges are the best way to organize society, how Block thinks the United States limits freedom, debating the minimum wage, full time workers who live in poverty, debating minimum wages and job losses, what is the value of wages if they don’t provide a living? Professor Block explains his far, far, right views on slavery, Block’s stunning opposition to the Civil Rights movement, Block’s sort “amazing” point about bisexuality and the right to discriminate and debating car safety.

Also! The complete aftermath of the Professor Walter Block debate with listener’s IMs, phone calls, and more. Plus a breakdown of the stats of the Walter Block debate, a look at some of the Professor’s  strategy’s that he’s used in previous debates, and a special Libertarian debate remix!

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On today's Best of 2014!

Time Magazine political Correspondent and former Washington Monthly Editor Haley Sweetland Edwards, explains the roots of corporate “free speech” rights, how the corporate sector sought opportunities to devolve Free Speech law, the corporate sectors attack on the NLRB, the role of the assault on organized labor, the “Free Speech” rights of corporations, higher and lower standards of scrutiny in legal decision making, how corporations are using speech law to undermine all government regulation, how corporations are dodging public disclosure, Ralph Nader’s unwitting role in expanding commercial corporate speech, does the First Amendment provide rights to people or does it include corporate speech? Where corporations want speech rights to go and the problem with free speech purism.

Also! The Majority Report tackles the racists who stopped a bus of refugee children in Murrieta, Louie Gohmert's bizarre comparison of gays in the military to the ancient Greeks, a Libertarian calls in advocating for private militias and pro-bono lawyers to replace government (among other things!), and a story about Tea Party groups suckering their gullible followers out of money leads to a glorious appearance of Right Wing Mandela as he announces his new conservative group.

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On today's Best of 2014 as chosen by you!:

Professor David J. Blacker of the University of Delaware author of the new book The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame explains the roots of modern primary education in the United States, why changes in capitalist production drive education policy, what is the falling rate of profit? Why being exploited under capitalism is better than being disposed of, what neo-liberalism is a symptom of, why universal education is longer needed for modern capitalism and why we are moving towards an economy of eliminationism.

Also! Dr. Ben Carson's twisted view of history with a response from President George Washington, an awkward IM, Sam Seder "fires" a listener, and a classic debate with a Libertarian who believes "global warming is bullshit."

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Legendary blogger Digby, breaks down the year in politics and looks at what is coming next in 2015.

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Venture capitalist and Civic activist Nick Hanauer explains why the argument against increased worker pay is wrong, why we need increased worker pay now and how higher wages help the entire economy.

Journalist David Dayen breaks down how Wall Street has undermined finance reform.

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Bill de Blasio calls out the media for misrepresenting anti brutality protesters but still caves and calls for a break from protests. How Fox news affiliate in Baltimore smears and distorts an anti Police brutality rally. Film Guy Matthew Weiss and Isabel Gillies call in to share end of the year movie suggestions. Christmas for Jews and non Jews. Isabel suggested we all watch the Amazon streaming show Transparent. Matthew told us to watch Sam's Who's The Caboose and the Day of the Locust.

On The Fun Half: debating the purpose of freedom with Libertarians. Just how creepy is the Nutcracker. More movie suggestions for the Holidays. How Rudy Giuliani has always exploited Police politics to get himself elected in 1992 and your calls and IMs.

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Vanderbilt history Professor, Jane Landers explains why the Cuba embargo only hurts non powerful Cubans, what corporate interests want from a Cuba deal? What did the Castro government mean for average Cubans? The failures of the Cuban revolution. Cuba's role in revolutions in Africa. Are Cuba's accomplishments in health and education real? And what comes next.

On The Better Half: The insane far right blames Mayor Bill de Blasio for the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn. New York City Police Union head Pat Lynch says May de Blasio has "blood on his hands". Rudy Giuliani blames President Obama for the killings and we remember the role he played in Police riots against Mayor Dinkins. Ferguson prosecutor Bob Mcculloch admits he knew Grand Jury witness lied.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains what led to the fracking ban in New York and why taking on Andrew Cuomo was such a good idea. Why Single Payer isn't happening in Vermont. Did elizabeth Warren want Al Franken to endorse Hillary Clinton already? Why President Obama could give us a second stimulus right now with the stroke of a pen. What the new Cuba policy means and what actually changes now. The historic idiocy of the Cuba policy and the internal Republican and Democratic divisions on Cuba policy.

Tom Scharpling brings back The Best Show as a podcast. The time Tom lost money H Jon Benjamin. The future of the Podcast model. Who does Tom have a problem with? What to miss and not miss from terrestrial radio. Why Tom Scharpling is a big part of Sam's biggest career disasters. Our massive loss of privacy. Has social media robbed us of our ability to be critical. When will The Interview be available on streaming.  And Tom told everybody to watch the movie Blowout.

On The Fun Half: Bill O'Reilly claims victory in the War on Christmas. The head of the New York City Police Union accuses NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio of running a "revolution" out of city hall. Video shows NYPD officers holding and beating a twelve year old. Pat Robertson explains why Gay people are going "extinct". The FED punts on the Volker rule an your calls and IMs.

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Historian and author of An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz explains how the settler colonial history of the United States defines it. Why the US Military is rooted in wars and mass killings against Native Americans. The Indian wars and our policy and history of never ending war. Slavery and genocide of the Native American population and the mentality of white supremacy. Also what we can learn from "Indigenous socialism". How labor was organized in Pueblo City States. Why the great "inventions" of the United States came from the first Americans,  the core myths the justify the genocides that created America. Also why you need to understand Andrew Jackson to understand America.

On The Fun Half: American government back AQ members negotiating with ISIS for a release of a hostage, how anti fracking activists won in New York, Vermont gives up on single payer healthcare for now, the Sam Seder Libertarian learning annex opens again and your calls and IMs.

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Labor attorney and the author of  Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement Thomas Geoghegan explains what we need to be saved from in the post labor union economy, why the young are in the most danger in the new economy, the bogus arguments for increased job training, why the modern economy is built on undermining workers, how Keynes explains the problems with the financial sector dominance of the economy, what Dodd Frank does not do, why low wages explain the American economic crisis, why we need a brand new and empowered labor movement, why more college is not the answer! And how we can draw on the German model to save America from the inequality crisis.

On The Fun Half: President Obama announces major breakthrough in US and Cuban relations, Sam remembers his time in Cuba, we are working more and getting paid less and your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread

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