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Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), co-host of Chapo Trap House and co-author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason, joins us.

On today's show: Pete Hegseth can't stand these damn identity politics. An entire Fox News segment dedicated to exploring Pete Hegseth's genealogical identity.

Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House joins us for some wonkish talk of the 2020 field. Beto's appeal to voters What's the deal with #GravelGang? How about Andrew Yang? How much do the Democratic primary debates matter? What are Bernie's challenges at this point? How much does he need to win by to actually win?

Trump fumes and calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo "fake news" for grilling him on his attacks on John McCain. The MR crew is visited by a spirit that gives us insights into Trump one could only gain from another dimension.

On the fun half: Trump says Democratic candidates not attending AIPAC are anti-Jewish. Hegseth says candidates who skip AIPAC "may be anti-Semitic." One of Melania's platforms for her "be best" campaign is "opioid abuse." Trump explains how administration will cut off funding to colleges that de-platform right wing guests. Trump says he's been witnessing free speech problems for a long time, says he loves loans. Virgil recalls his run-in with the Yang Gang. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Richard Beck to discuss his essay, "The Korean Peace Process" published in n+1. Beck breaks down American foreign policy on the Korean peninsula and it hasn’t done any real thinking in two years. Beck explains how all parties involved in the recent Vietnam Korean Peace Summit were on different pages. Coming out of Vietnam each side is two steps back from where they started, each side at least now has a more realistic understanding of what a peace agreement might look like in the near future. Beck explains how John Bolton has made it his agenda to offer no concessions to North Korea and demanded full denuclearization, a position untenable to Kim and his negotiators. Brooks and Beck broaden the conversation of how our foreign policy leaders treat authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records and how it is used to legitimize US intervention. With all this in mind Beck argues US media coverage of the Korean peace process is an inaccurate caricature of itself. Kim and Trump approach and role within their respective governments are mostly opposite. Beck then explores the role of China and Japan and each country's position on achieving peace on the Korean peninsula. Ultimately, Beck believes that if left to his own devices Trump would likely give up whatever he needed to in order to get a peace deal and the real prize for Trump, a Nobel Peace Prize--someone just needs to convince Trump that John Bolton is a "real bad guy."

And in the Fun Half: will social democrats gain support in Florida, some good political rap artists, the new poll tax in Florida, how Bernie is running against Trump, Stuart Varney doesn't understand why can't the CIA just take on Maduro, Elliot Abrams struggles to explain why Guiado should be recognized at Venezuela's legitimate president, an update on Lula and unrest in Brazil, the problem with Yang Gang, Warren's positions on white supremacy and medicare for all, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Katie Pavlich says US deserves more credit for ending slavery.

Beto releases fundraising figures, doesn't say how many unique donors he had. Former Beto staffer writes Facebook post saying he's not a progressive. Warren wants to abolish the electoral college in favor of popular vote, combat voter suppression.

On the fun half: Dennis Prager thanks Dave Rubin for pretending to be a liberal. Jordan Peterson sells lobster-branded merch, poses with Islamophobic fan. Ronald Raygun on David Pakman's plagiarism of the MR set. 'Pakman fan' tells Dave about Raygun. Bolsonaro defends posting the Carnaval golden shower video on Twitter. Bolsonaro defends his anti-LGBT administration, says he believes in traditional family lifestyle.  Bolsonaro says military intervention in Venezuela "may not be debated publicly." Jamie Dimon says the Green New Deal is not responsible economics. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.''

On today's show: AOC talks about the scarcity mindset with regard to NYC public schools.

Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.'' The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but depression, anxiety and addiction are on the rise. For this book, Hari traveled around the world and interviewed experts to identify the sources of our pain, including: Lack of control over one's work conditions, childhood trauma, and the isolation of modern life. He traces many of these problems back to neoliberal capitalism, as well as forward to antisocial behavior as it manifests in the political sphere.

On the fun half: Devin Nunes explains why he is suing Twitter. Brian Kilmeade says that Nunes is right to sue Twitter, says Covington kid won lawsuit. "Devin Nunes' mom" account mocks him with human centipede image. Court filing against "Devin Nunes' cow" account. "Devin Nunes' mom" account suggests Nunes frequents strippers in Vegas. Should the Democrats wait until after 2020 to try to impeach Trump? Hannity pokes fun at Glenn Beck's chalkboard days at Fox News. Glenn Beck spouts conspiracy theories about Ilhan Omar, socialism, et al. "Glenn Beck is sorry" image rehab tour (lol yeah right). Trump meets with Bolsonaro, craps on John McCain.

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Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel), author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us.

On today's show: Spotify sues Apple for monopolistic practices. Joe Biden's comments on New Left criticism: "Most progressive of anyone who would run."

Jason Hickel, author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us. Inequality between the global north and the global south has deepened since the 1960s. How colonizers enclosed common lands in India to force people to work for them. The process of colonization, resource extraction, and market opening that continues to enable the exploitation of the global south. How the US has rolled back the UN's reforms and propped up dictators. How the debt crisis of the '80s enabled a soft re-colonization. How Bill Gates and Steven Pinker are misrepresenting global poverty figures to make it look like everything's fine. Some policy prescriptions and how to sell them.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says it's unfair to say Trump inspires white nationalism. Trump in 2016 says, "We'll be looking at a lot of different things" to remove Muslims. Egg boy, legend, eggs Fraser Anning, the Steve King of Australia. Egg boy gets put in headlock by the fash. Fraser Anning called out at airport. Bolsonaro egged by a woman. Egg boy remix. A caller's experience with pharma price gouging. Betsy McCaughey urges Trump to pay for border wall by ending "this asylum scam" of people fleeing to the US. Sam is burning up the polls in the libertarian primary. Plus, your calls!

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Donny Deutsch says he'd vote for Trump over Sanders.

Digby (@digby56) joins us to break down the news. The horrific mosque shooting in Christchurch, NZ. Trump's fashy boast of military and police support. More 2020 analysis: Beto's lack of program, Biden's chances, and more.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk film. How are things going in his senior citizens' JCC Learning Annex film class? This week's pick: Posse (1975), a woke Western directed by Kirk Douglas,

On the fun half: Sean Hannity has a bug on his face. PSA's John Lovett says Venezuela is a scenario where Trump is right in the wrong ways. Fox News says NZ's struggles with "how to deal with the immigrants" may have contributed to Christchurch mosque shootings. The Christchurch shooter's opinion on Trump. Candace Owens denies influence on Christchurch shooter. Jamie says Trump is to barbarism as Bernie is to socialism. Tucker guest says parents cheated college admissions because of diversity "racial preferences." Fox News' Katie Pavlich defends Trump's plane expertise: 'The guy has owned planes his entire life." Mike Pompeo says Senate resolution shows senators don't care about Saudi lives. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Liz Franczak to discuss her new essay in the Baffler, "The Century of Spin," and the origins of neoliberal sociopolitical culture. Liz Franczak recounts the story of Edward Bernays, who “pioneered the field of modern public relations after serving under Woodrow Wilson during World War I, overseeing propaganda initiatives aimed at selling the war to the public and maximizing recruiting efforts.”  Bernays and his intellectual contemporaries felt that state managed economies and social democratic programs were a slippery slope to fascism. The masses needed to be guided by the intellectual class to stay away from what they thought was creeping fascism. This idea of "guided democracy" was developed by Walter Lippmann, a public intellectual and contemporary of Bernays, who sincerely thought he and his cohorts needed to take care of the unwashed masses. Which led to the summit at Mont Pelerin where Lippmann and leading classical liberal thought leaders (like Friedrich Hayek) convened to shape a new free market-based society committed to unwinding the post-war social democratic state in the West. Franczak argues the neoliberal rationality has created a new understanding of the Self as primarily itemized human capital. And while Europe has a longer historical understanding of the self to disentangle neoliberal culture, America does not have that advantage. Now several decades removed from the Mont Pelerin summit, what does our society look like? Franczak points out the failures of the neoliberal technocratic state and the nationalist populist rage railing against it, but wonders where does the rest of the country go? We run straight to the brands and things that make us comfortable Amazon Prime purchases, Instagram, and the things that provide us structure and security.

And in the Fun Half: the Senate votes to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, Howard Schultz's Make-A-Wish campaign lays out its policy platform, Anand Giridharadas's warning to Beto O'Rourke, thoughts on DNC super delegates, nuclear energy waste and private ownership, another failed Brexit vote, how Andrew Yang's UBI misdiagnoses systemic economic problems, Laura Loomer's latest investigative flop, and how a high schooler got the GOP Lt. Governor of Texas to pose with an "Abolish ICE" painting, plus your calls and IMs!

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Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us.

On today's show: Nancy Pelosi says she's never wanted to impeach a president.

Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us. In his book, Bregman argues for utopian thinking and posits some big ideas for progress. Universal basic income: its curious history and how it could improve people's lives, if implemented properly. The 15-hour work week: how we could take advantage of automation technology to perform less wage labor without being thrown into poverty. The ideology that keeps both capitalist and centrally planned societies from shooting for a post-work horizon. The value of an open borders policy. Do we need to subjugate capitalism? And some commentary on Bregman's infamous Tucker Carlson appearance.

Breaking news about Paul Manafort.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson's racist rant about Iraqis. Dave Rubin defends Tucker's non-apology. Sean Hannity congratulates Tucker on his vacation. Tucker calls Brian Stelter a eunuch. Jacob Wohl calls in fake death threats on himself using a "diversity officer" sock account. Fox's Liz Peek complains that the college admissions scandal will "become another cudgel" used for "beating up successful Americans." Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how the college admissions process is already wildly unequal. Meghan McCain defends legacies. GOP wants to pass "Cradle Act" where you can dip into your own Social Security money to pay for family leave.

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On today's show: New app to help Trump supporters find MAGA-friendly restaurants. Larry Kudlow explains that cuts to entitlements are necessary. OMB acting director claims that budget is not cutting Medicare or Medicaid spending. Joe Biden says he'd stay away, but he saw Trump's budget proposal. Some things you should know about Biden's record. A new fun half song is debuted.

In the fun half: John from San Antonio on Bernie's promising numbers. "Jesse Lee Peterson" calls into the show. A depressing story about insurance company monopolies. Trump promotes "Jexodus" after Fox and Friends segment. Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says most Democratic money comes from Jews. Does neoliberal ideology conflict with MMT? Charles Payne compares Facebook removing Warren ads to kid taking off a "kick me" sign. Arkansas lawmaker enraged by rushed through stand your ground legislation. Spy master Evan McMullin figures out DSA is socialist. Ilhan Omar denies equating Obama and Trump: "one is human, the other is really not." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public Health.

On today's show: John Hickenlooper declines to say whether or not he's a capitalist.

Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public Health. The history of public-private partnership in the UK and US. The contradictions that arise when an industry tasked with making profits claims to operate in service of the public good. How public-private partnerships have undermined public health. How this dynamic plays out in research universities. Some ideas for a solution.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz says Hickenlooper's interview proves Democratic Party now belongs to Bernie. Schultz's definition of socialism is "Venezuela." Debbie Wasserman-Schultz & Shalala go to Venezuela, film concern-trolling video on the humanitarian bridge. NYT video contradicts Trump admin claim that Maduro burned aid to Venezuela. Tucker Carlson misogynistically defends Warren Jeffs' child brides on Bubba the Love Sponge, does not apologize, is a hypocrite (ex: his "Ghosts of Biden past" segment). Trump does awful Jeff Sessions impression, signs Bibles at Alabama church for tornado survivors. Stuart Varney says Warren's wealth redistribution programs are "pure socialism." AOC explains how Reagan used racism to divide the working class. Al-Jazeera's Medhi Hasan's follow up questions reveal Erik Prince's lie to Congressional Intelligence Committee about August 2016 Trump tower meeting.

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Direct download: 3-12-19-Johnathan_H_Marks-pub.mp3
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