The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Writer Corey Pein (@coreypein) and Matt Christman (@cushbomb) of Chapo Trap House join the show today.

Reaction to the grotesque cruelty of the Senate "health care" bill. How this administration signals a retrenchment of capital.

Why we need to view the ongoing grotesque assault on the poor through a camera obscura of irony. Matt outlines the "sewer socialists" of Milwaukee in the 1910s and 20s. How class analysis has been blunted. Matt recommends the 2015 Green Room.

On the fun half - Mitch McConnell wants to kill disabled people, activists in wheelchairs get forcibly removed from McConnell's office, Shelly Capito listens to constituent about how BHRA cuts will kill her daughter, and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth), economist, and Senior Visiting Research Associate, ECI, Oxford University, joins the show. Why Adam Smith isn't the laissez-faire fundamentalist his reputation makes him to be. How the false idea of the purely self-interested "economic man" has negatively impacted humanity. The huge economic blindspots of classical economics about things like domestic labor done by women. Why GDP is an archaic metric for measuring economic well-being.

On the fun half - Labour MP defends retweeting 'burn neoliberalism', Michael Bloomberg wants to give Trump a chance, video emerges of Diamond Reynolds and daughter in back of police vehicle following Philandro Castile shooting, Kushner speaks, and your calls and ims.

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Are people starting to notice that Republicans are rushing health care destruction through the Senate.

Washington Post National Reporters, Dave Weigsl, explains how Karen Handal won in Georgia. Why Republicans run national and tribal campaigns. Do Democrats need a national message? What's a smart for Democrats to attack Trump. Stop pretending that moderate Republicans exist. Archie Parnell ran a strong race in South Carolina and Republicans run against Goldman Sachs? The Democrats have bad consultants and don't get unity and why the mainstream media keeps giving Paul Ryan a pass.

On the Fun Half: Sam's role in the Seth Rich scandal, Rick Perry talks amazing nonsense. Police Officer gets away with killing Philander Castile. Conservative resentment and voting. Senator Chris Murphy calls out Republican "moderates" for pretending to oppose how secretive the Senate health care bill is and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey

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Democrats start down the nuclear road in the Senate's health care bill. Kamala Harris outlines the disaster in the Senate bill. Why Republicans need to destroy the safety net for tax giveaways for the rich. Will the Supreme Court back Republican gerrymandering? Chuck Schumer tries to get assurance from Mitch McConnell that the public will see the bill. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren call out the grotesque Republican health care bill. The Republicans plan is all about tax cuts for the rich and Republican Senators can't answer basic questions about health care repeal.

On the Fun Half: How close is Jon Ossoff? YouTuber Tim Black calls in to Challenge Sam. Trump supporters on Fox want war. Sean Hannity is ow anti birther. Powerful ad from a candidate challenging Paul Ryan and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey

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Today, showrunner Anthony Lappé on his new documentary series, 'America's War on Drugs." The role of secret wars in American history in the cold war. The CIA's role in bringing LSD to America. "Operation Condor" in Latin America.

Then, Nomiki Konst, currently a correspondent with The Young Turks, updates on us about the ongoing trials of the democratic unity reform commission. The structural fights going on within Democratic Party.

On the fun half - Trump "reverses" some of Obama's Cuba policies, Jeremy Corbyn calls for seizing luxury properties to house Grenfell survivors, Megyn Kelly does an ok job interviewing Alex Jones, Dave Rubin thinks MLK would be conservative now, and your calls and IMs.

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Two interviews today. First is with K. Sabeel Rahman on his new book, "Democracy Against Domination," on how our public philosophy has forgotten important values of democracy and economic power, and what a more democratic approach to economic regulation might look like.

Then, Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us to talk his new book, "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate."

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Journalist and author Duff McDonald (@duffmcdonald) joins us to talk about his new book, "The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite."

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Leading voting rights expert and journalist for The Nation magazine Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us today. Who Kris Kobach is and why his racist, anti-democratic, Kris Kobach's time at Harvard with advisor and clash of civilizations theorist Samuel Huntington. Why Kobach's anti-black voter stridency seems to be about more than just winning elections for the GOP. Anxiety about fear for the future of the "white race" driving GOP voter suppression. The threat posed by Cross Check.

On the fun half - Jeff Sessions gets grilled by Ron Wyden and "hysterical" Kamala Harris, Rand Paul speaks out for Yemen, major fire in London  property long-complained about for awful safety conditions, plus your calls and IMs!

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Republicans move towards destroying health care  and Democrats need to slow them down. Ben Carson wants government out of health care, mainstream delusions about Democratic Party politics.

Assistent Professor of History Matthew Karp, author of, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, explains why scholarship is looking again at the Civil War. Our political moment and the South. Capitalisms origins. Slavery and capital. How the politics of slavery were viewed historically. John C Calhoun and America's slave based foreign policy. Using a Cold War lens to understand southern foreign policy thinking. The Texas treaty and the fear of anti slavery politics. British anti slavery and the fusion of moral and economic anti slavery arguments. States rights and federal policy and "big government" foreign policy on behalf of elites.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions set to testify in front of the Intelligence Committee. Donald Trump Jr, basically confirms what James Comey said. Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller. Alex Jones feels mislead by Megyn Kelly. Trump gets praised by his cabinet. Ivanka Trumo whines about how hard it is. Wayne Allen Root has weird ideas about dating. Joy Reid has insane arguments against Bernie Sanders. What happens when an Alt Right basement dweller meets real oath keepers? John Major concerned about the DUP propping up the Conservative government and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech, Kelly Carey @kellycarey 

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Writer Derek Davison (@dwdavison9318) joins us to discuss the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf States. Wahhabism in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Why Qatar irritates Saudi Arabia. The different reactions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Arab Spring. How Qatar's friendly relationship with Iran is complicating matters. Could Saudi Arabia be plotting a coup in Qatar?

On the fun half -  Bernie Sanders slams the Democrats at the People's Summit, Bill Maher takes Kushner's inherited privilege to the woodshed, Megyn Kelly grants exposure to Alex Jones, Owen Jones apologizes for doubting Jeremy Corbyn, and your calls and IMs!

 

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