The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Matthew Blackwell(@Matt_Blackwell), Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University and co-author of "Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics" joins us to discuss the book.

Why do certain parts of the US seem to be particularly "conservative" when it comes to race. "Behavioral path dependence" and the importance of institutions on behavior. How the growth of US slavery centuries ago still affect politics today. The linear relationship between the increase in enslaved african americans in a area to current racist political attitudes today: the more the whites where outnumbered by slaves, the more racist they became. The extreme reaction by white southerners to emancipation. The persistence of racist attitudes the originated during slavery and emancipation/reconstruction.

For members: From 1/7/05 Peter Balakian and Larry Moss talk to Sam and Janeane about their play on the Armenian genocide, 'Beast on the Moon'

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Historian of paramilitary social movements and author of "Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America," Kathleen Belew joins us today to discuss her book. How a 1979 Greensboro, NC was a spiritual precursor to the recent Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist meet-up. White nationalism as an unpatriotic desire for an Aryan Nation as opposed to America as a multicultural state. How America's foreign military deployments fed white power movements in the US, in all the 20th century conflicts but particularly Vietnam. US failure in Vietnam and the sense of betrayal on the right. What is the "business model" of white power movements and how is it propagated? Our collective amnesia of the Oklahoma City bombings.

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Alexandra Natapoff (@ANatapoff), Law professor at U.C. Irvine, criminal law scholar, and author of "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal," joins us to discuss her book. What is a misdemeanor, and how is it distinguished from felonies? The "unprincipled," hodge-podge nature of US misdemeanor law. The alteration to a persons rights merely getting arrested creates. How Stop-and-Frisk fed the problem. Race and class oppression and the misdemeanor system. Ferguson, MO and the monetization of poverty by law enforcement. The piling up of fees by the legal system. Reform and the test "from a veil of ignorance." The importance of local criminal justice reform alongside more visible federal reform efforts.

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First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam for part 2 of their discussion on stock buybacks.

Duke professor of History Edward Balleisen joins us to discuss his book "Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff." What is fraud in a legal sense, and in America specifically. The "caveat emptor" beginnings of America. Markets and the growing problems of asymmetric information. Why private quality control and branding was insufficient for industries like fertilizer. Mail fraud and the falling reputation of business. The Great Depression and the rise of the FTC. The American "disclosure" model of business. The significance of race and class barriers to the legal system. Why the entities committing fraud appear to be getting larger and larger. Enron and 2008 and the rate of amnesia.

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First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam to discuss stock buybacks.

Then, Michael E. Staub joins us. With his 1994 book "The Bell Curve," Charles Murray became the most visible proponent of what's now widely understood to be heavily compromised, ideologically driven "science" on race and IQ. But this work of pop science wasn't created in a vacuum. In "The Mismeasure of Minds," Michael E. Staub traces how the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v Board of Education set off decades of deeply flawed research around race, class and IQ, the discriminatory effects of which are still being felt to this day.

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The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss Elliot Abrams' war crimes. Also: Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) returns to discuss her new book 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.'

On today's show: Alex Jones declares war on Joe Rogan. Ilhan Omar bravely questions Elliot Abrams on war crimes, lies about war crimes.

The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss the career of Elliot Abrams, Trump's pick for special envoy to Venezuela. From Guatemala to Nicaragua to El Salvador, Abrams has a long history of supporting atrocities and genocide when it has furthered US interests to do so. He was also convicted of lying to Congress about the US role in the Iran-Contra affair. Alterman goes over this man's crimes and explains why his career has proven so durable. Spoiler alert: It's a club, and he's in it.

Trump talks about declaring a national emergency, references the Muslim ban. Would the Supreme Court dare to set such a precedent?

Actress and author Isabel Gillies (@IsabelGillies) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.' Channeling the Danish idea of "hygge," Gillies seeks to help people with the task of "learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment."

Trump installs indoor golf simulator in White House. Mike Pence says (in 2014) that the President should not handle immigration by executive order. Nancy Pelosi explains how the Dems will provide legal challenges to Trump's national emergency. Amazon pulls out of NYC, local communities celebrate! Fox and Friends express sour grapes, say "AOC won." Brian Kilmeade says Amazon is like a top draft pick or a free agent: "You gotta over pay." Cuomo blames "local socialists" for killing the deal; Jamie says thanks for the free PR. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day! On today's Majority Report, Michael Brooks is joined by Professor of Middle East History Djene Bajalan to discuss what's happening at the US-led Middle East (minus Iran) "peace and security" conference in Warsaw. Michael and Djene begin with an autopsy on the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions  pushed by the American NatSec community and its allies like BB Netanyahu and how they're spinning the same tale today in the context of Iran. Michael explains how the campaigns from 16 years ago differ now with our policies towards Iran while Bajelan says people are right to be extremely concerned with Netanyahu's comments in Warsaw yesterday. This latest escalation shows what the gulf alliances are looking to do in the face of an already a fraught moment between Israel and Iran. Even if there isn't an all out war, gearing up for conflict and suffocating the Iranian regime will only further destabilize the Middle East and will hurt the millions of civilians living in the region. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation with an update on Kurdistan and the threat that Turkey poses once US forces withdraw from the region.

In the Fun Half: allowing 2020 candidates to evolve their policy platforms without condemnation, an update on the Spanish snap election, Bakari Sellers poo-poo's the Amazon's NYC withdrawal, all of Elliot Abrams war crimes and the NatSec careerists that insulate him, an update on Lula's incarceration and the state of Brazilian politics, how to deal with third-way friends and contemporaries, Duncan Hunter wishes combat had no rules of engagement,  a caller proposes a 2-state solution for Israel, Jonathan Chait's college peer reminds us the New York Magazine writer is always wrong, an update on the Sudanese protests, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us.

On today's show: Sam on Olbermann throws to Sam the Weatherman.

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us. We are facing a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. Record high temperatures, insect die-offs, and increasingly volatile weather patterns paint a grim picture. A recent NASA report blamed the oil and gas industry for the majority of methane emissions. Mann outlines the scope of the problem, then posits some solutions, including a carbon tax, tax incentives for clean energy, and a Green New Deal.

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On the fun half: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway tries to dredge up Sam's old tweet. Fox News tells Americans to stop complaining about their shrunken tax refunds. Stephanie Ruhle says we should hate the game, not the billionaire players; Anand Ghirardardas clarifies it's the system that's immoral. John Barrasso says Green New Deal will abolish ice cream, cheese burgers. Kevin McCarthy and GOP celebrate in Rose Garden after House Obamacare repeal. What have the members of the MR crew done for economic democracy? A short debate with a libertarian. Plus, your calls!

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Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition.

On today's show: Lou Dobbs advises Candace Owens against invoking Hitler: Anyone who does, "loses."

Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. The idea of "free market competition" is heavily associated with American capitalism. And yet, everywhere you turn, our lives are dominated by monopolies and duopolies, especially in the tech sector. In this book, Tepper argues for a return of vigorous anti-trust policies to restore competition to the marketplace and fight inequality. The crew weighs in with their takes at the end.

On the fun half: Thomas Friedman uses AIPAC to describe the problems with Citizens United/campaign finance in 2013. Rep. Max Rose calls out Republican double standard: "Can't be chicken sh*t" with anti-Semitism. Kevin McCarthy tweets about Soros buying elections days after Tree of Life synagogue shooting. WV Rep goes full Bolsonaro, implies he would drown his kids if he found out they were gay. Joy Behar shuts down Meghan McCain: "If you're going to have a hissy fit, we can't continue." Surrogates defend Amy Klobuchar for being horrible to staff. A spirited discussion of the solutions set forth by Tepper. MAGA chuds form human border wall. Trump at rally: "We won't abolish ICE." Man flashes white power sign at Trump rally. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning, on today's show, Michael Joseph Roberto, author of The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940. Roberto traces his definition of fascism to the American financial system in 1920s. Life in America in the 1920s was the epicenter of capitalism, this is period of great prosperity for Americans. The financial system during this period consolidated and became the most essential actor in the American economy, something most every American depended on. While most American understand fascism as a bottom-up and petite bourgeois movement like what transpired in Italy and Germany, Roberto argues that American fascism is a top-down, namely protecting the interest of Big Business. This American fascism involved the extreme concentration of money and power in corporate monopolies, bent government policy to serve the nation’s wealthiest citizens, contributed to the suffering of the Great Depression, and also included fascism’s characteristic efforts to control public perception.

And in the Fun Half: how to risk the imagination of new kind of possibility, Kamala Harris smoking mids, Mick Mulvaney says we cannot rule out a second shut down at the end of the week, the "unwilling to work" part of AOC's Green New Deal, Northam calls slavery "indentured servants," according to Joe Crowley AOC is who she is because of him, Elizabeth Warren officially announces her presidential campaign, Jamie Raskin asks Matt Whitaker if Sheldon Adelson is behind his former non-profit the  Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, Rep. Veronica Escobar explains why the "Remain in Mexico" is such a awful policy for any asylum seeker, Charlie Kirk has a boomer problem, the wall is now ICE detention bed, plus your calls and IMs!

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