The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Yesterday, after an important campaign speech in Washington, Bernie Sanders joined Sam to discuss what Democratic Socialism means in the 21st century and why freedom in America is predicated on economic Bill of Rights. Sanders looks at the biggest changes in America's history and explains why change does not happen from the top down. Instead, the key to social revolution and real change always happens from sustained grassroots efforts advocating of behalf of working people.

Contributing Editor at New York Magazine Andrew Rice joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "The McKinsey Way to Save an Island," on how one consultant agency is charging more than a billion dollars for expert advice on how to make the island solvent once again. Much of Puerto Rico's debt trouble stems from the byzantine status of the island's bonds which were once seen as a safe investment for investors became a playground for more "creative" bonds like a rum and sale tax bond. Over the past several decades Puerto Rico has racked up $74B in bond debt and is now bankrupt. Rice and Brooks explore how Puerto Rico's vague colony status has created a precarious legal and financial situation for the island, its government, and ultimately its people. Rice goes spares no detail when describing the austere program prescribed by McKinsey and implemented by the US government oversight board known locally as la junta.  While cuts to schools, public safety, and privatizing the electrical grid are bad on their own, it's that much worse when it looks like McKinsey stands to directly benefit from its policies in Puerto Rico via its Investment Office. Turns out that the McKinsey Investment Office was highly invested in Puerto Rican bonds dating back to the 80s! McKinsey and the Oversight Board (after an internal investigation) both claim that there is no conflict of interest between the Investment Office and the firm's role in restructuring the Puerto Rican government. Rice and Brooks consider the role of consultant firms like McKinsey in government and whether or not their work ultimately benefits the public good and what a changing public perception means for the managerial class moving forward.

And in the Fun Half:  Nancy Pelosi's political malpractice, Trump's still open to opposition research from foreign countries, Tom Perez says Jay Inslee's climate debate is ultimately self serving, Marco Rubio says Democratic Socialism is incompatible with American values, Bernie channeling his inner FDR and the champions the former president's Economic Bill of Rights, Trump has another "pump me up" cabinet meeting session, Michael breaks down Lula's political prisoner status, plus your calls & IMs!

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Direct download: 6-13-19-Bernie_Sanders-Andrew_Rice-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion.

On today's show: #NoKidsInCages installation outside Barclays Center. Citizenship question in census revealed to be geared toward helping GOP, non-Hispanic whites. Elijah Cummings explains why oversight committee needs census citizenship question documents, despite Trump admin's claim of executive privilege. AOC asks why the citizenship question was rushed into the 2020 census.

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion. The meaning of the book's title and why Block chose to echo Freud's 1927 book on religion. While most people believe that capitalist economies are autonomous, self-regulating and unchanging, they are actually plagued by contradictions and heavily shaped by government policy. In this book, Block makes the case that greater democratic control over the economy would help it function better, not worse, should the world's superpowers manage to implement sweeping redistributionist and environmental reforms like the Green New Deal.

On the fun half: Jon Stewart asks Congress why they have not reauthorized 9/11 victims comp fund. Mitch McConnell acts surprised that the fund has nearly run out. Trump waves secret agreement with Mexico in front of press pool. Biden finger wags at young woman asking about reproductive rights. A call from our friend the Mooch. David Pakman wants listeners to stop asking other progressive hosts to answer questions about things he did not say. A plug for Extinction Rebellionl; get involved here. Fox News guest says nobody will work if Rashida Tlaib's UBI bill becomes law. Tiffany Caban explains why her candidacy for Queens DA goes beyond her and why she is ready for the office. Hong Kong protests against Chinese extradition law.

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Direct download: 6-12-19-Fred_Block-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Ruben Andersson, anthropologist and associate professor at Oxford University's Department of International Development, joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics.

On today's show: Reince Priebus joins the Navy. Matt Gaetz gets owned by John Dean: "Actually, Nixon did have a healthcare plan."

Ruben Andersson joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics. How Andersson's last book led him to write this one. The history of cartography and the idea that monsters lurk at the edge of the known world. How these ideas were repurposed in the age of colonialism. How interventions like the War on Terror and militarized "border security" carry old methods of control into the present. How politicians use the rhetoric of emergency for short sighted political and economic gains. The need for a new narrative around concepts of "the other."

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi is sick of talking about impeachment while we're trying to lower the national debt. Should Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders agree not to attack each other in the primary? How has knowledge of leftist movements of the past informed the MR crew's current outlook? Former ICE director Tom Homan says Trump's "bluff" worked, immediately walks it back. Trump says Mexico will stop denying secret aspects of tariff agreement soon. Sarah Sanders asked about details of secret Mexico Trump agreement: "Not going to get ahead of President Trump." Tammy Bruce is mad that California is expanding healthcare to some undocumented immigrants. A caller refutes Ben Shapiro using facts and logic. YouTube CEO can't give a coherent answer to question about LGBT issues on the platform. Bernie Sanders explains again that Medicare-for-all is not socialism.

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Direct download: 6-11-19-Ruben_Andersson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us.

On today's show: Jonathan Swan shows that Bannon hasn't done shit on his European vacation.

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us. The AOC quote that inspired the book's title. How the leadership of the Democratic Party resisted Jesse Jackson's progressive 1988 campaign. Are the differences within the Democratic Party dispositional or ideological? How party elites are still using McGovern's failed 1972 campaign as a cudgel against the left. How the DCCC blacklist made it harder for Bernie Sanders to find campaign staff. Joe Biden's atrocious record on issues important to progressives. Elizabeth Warren's history as a legislator and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

On the fun half: Rep. Katie Porter dunks on Bill Maher not being aborted by his mom. Ronald Raygun on the dangers of bigotry against idiots. Sam breaks down his arguments against Dave Rubin. Dave Rubin edits his video titles to make far right guests seem less extreme. Blaze correspondent wants crusade against Teen Vogue for its pro-choice content. Acting ICE director assures Fox that there are special provisions in the migration agreement that we don't know about. Sad Beto claims to be unfazed by sinking poll numbers in Iowa, which really excites Jamie for some reason. Brian Kilmeade rants against California offering Medicaid coverage to young undocumented immigrants, accidentally makes it sound good.

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Direct download: 6-10-19-Ryan_Grim-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

American Prospect Executive Editor David Dayen (@ddayen) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says he can no longer support the Hyde amendment.

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss Joe Biden's retrograde "limited exposure" campaign. What effect will the debates have? What are his vulnerabilities? Also: Jay Inslee as single-issue climate change candidate, and Dayen's take on YouTube's response to Steven Crowder's homophobia. 

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us to discuss how his therapy is going, his complex feelings about Obama, his old friend Nick di Paolo, and Bill O'Reilly teaming up with Dennis Miller. Check out Andy's podcast, Thought Spiral.

Joe Rogan asks if harassing Carlos Maza is the same as calling Dave Rubin stupid.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro doesn't understand why Crowder can't call someone a queer. Glenn Greenwald defends Crowder's right to be on YouTube (and monetized) on Tucker Carlson. Claire McCaskill derides partisanship, says Barack "Hussein" Obama did nothing to help it. Trump calls asylum seekers at the southern border "an invasion." AOC asks FBI why white supremacy is not domestic terrorism. Why is single-payer the only way to get everyone insured?

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Direct download: 6-7-19-David_Dayen_Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government.

On today's show: Bernie says the Waltons have not heard his message. Walmart worker shares her experience working for almost no money at all.

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government. Bolsonaro's unpopularity with the people and the mass demonstrations against him uniting student, unions, and the poor. The far-reaching implications of Marielle Franco's assassination. The hollowness of the charge of "corruption." The Bolsonaro government's underhanded treatment of Lula de Silva, illegal wiretapping, and petty moves to separate him from his girlfriend. The New York Times' shoddy reporting on Brazil. Brazil as a model for social democratic movements worldwide.

On the fun half: Bernie backed abortion rights a year before Roe v Wade. Elizabeth Warren explains how the Hyde amendment impacts poor women and women of color. Sudanese activist explains state of Sudan protests. Trump thinks the Irish border wall will work out well this time. Lauren Carlson explains on Democracy Now why US tariffs on  Mexico are "economic blackmail." Vic Berger's sad compilation of Steven Crowder's CPAC stand-up: "It's sad that kids who look up to @scrowder will only learn to hate, not to empathize." The Serfs explain YouTube's hate speech policy reform with the opening scene of Chernobyl. NY Public Advocate Jumaane Williams arrested outside Albany capitol while protesting for universal rent control. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a progressive running to primary Pelosi in 2020.

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Direct download: 6-6-19-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

On today's show: Bernie goes to Walmart shareholder meeting. Walmart CEO calls for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

Joe Biden drops in the polls, plagiarized many of the plans on his website. May 8: Biden tells ACLU rep in South Carolina he'd repeal the Hyde amendment. Biden's campaign says he still supports the Hyde amendment. Biden jokes about being in a woman's personal space at his townhall: "She pulled me close." GOP obstructs decent DACA bill. YouTube finds Steven Crowder's videos do not violate its hate speech policy. Jimmy Dore says Carlos Maza is a stooge who works for a military industrial complex media company, asks "what the fuck is wrong with you?" YouTube says it will now block supremacist content, demonetize other questionable content, including Steven Crowder. Maza calls YouTube's response "a joke."

On the fun half: Trump tells Piers Morgan the US has the best climate. Trump says tariffs on Mexico will bring companies back to the US...says he doesn't believe when others say Mexico is run by the cartels. Mitch McConnell says his party does not have much support for Trump's tariffs. Chris in Taiwan gives background on the Tiananmen Square protests: They were protesting for democracy, but also against neoliberalism. (Read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"!) Trump says he barely saw any protesters in London. Laura Ingraham goes to plan B, says the protesters "didn't seem British."

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Direct download: 6-5-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.

On today's show: Trump endorses the Chinese government's crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters in 1990 Playboy interview.

Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the US, but it's often swept under the rug as a private matter. The history of the laws around spousal abuse, which only became a crime in 1984. The income disparities in who gets charged and convicted. Some myths about domestic violence, and why they are wrong. Systemic changes that would reduce intimate partner violence and help victims get the services they need.

On the fun half: Trump says a new trade deal with UK would put NHS on the table. Corbyn says hands off NHS at anti-Trump rally in England. Boy says he "skipped A-level revision" to mow giant penis for Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders supports the Buzzfeed union. ICE detainee deaths were preventable: document. Ilhan Omar responds. Jared Kushner calls Russian contact in 2016 "a hypothetical." Hickenlooper booed after saying "socialism is not the answer."

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Direct download: 6-4-19-Rachel_Snyder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Author and documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor (@astradisastra), joins us to discuss her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone.

Despite having existed for a long time as a concept, true democracy has rarely been put into practice. Capitalism is inherently undemocratic and other truths popularized by Occupy Wall Street. Why OWS happened when it did. What kinds of lessons and political organizations came out of Occupy? What should have been done differently? Why the left can and should change the rules of the system to benefit the 99%.

On the fun half: Jared Kushner can't say what he thinks about birtherism or the Muslim ban. GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz gets an unspecified drink thrown at him. 2020 candidate John Delaney gets booed at CA's Democratic convention. Bernie says there's no middle ground on healthcare, abortion, other important issues. Warren swipes at Biden: "The time for small ideas is over." What is neoliberalism and why is it bad? Brian Kilmeade thinks it's crazy that Anand G criticized finance capital and Morehouse grad Robert Smith paying off student loans. Kirsten Gillibrand takes on Fox's fake news about infanticide during Fox appearance, Chris Wallace gets pissed. Iran foreign minister says Trump will not be making deals with Iranian leadership like he did in real estate.

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Direct download: 6-3-19-Astra_Taylor-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) from Hullabaloo and Salon.com and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join Sam to discuss the week in news.

On today's show: Supercut of Stephen Crowder's homophobic rants against gay Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the news, including Mueller's press conference and the Democrats' cowardice. They don't want to impeach but have no alternate plan. What gives?

Michael Brooks calls in from his silent meditation retreat.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for our semi-regular catharsis. Where are the Democrats' balls? Meghan McCain says it's troublesome if there's a culture of hiding USS John McCain patches in the military. A discussion of Judy's new book, "Yes I Can Say That: And F*ck U If U Can't Take a Joke."

On the fun half: Bill Barr says he can so exonerate the president. Lou Dobbs reads Trump's mindless tariff tweet a few times as his brain ossifies. Elizabeth Warren explains wealth tax to "The View" audience. Bernie defends his efforts to get Hilary elected in 2016 after town hall participant calls him out. Megachurch pastor Kenneth Copeland can't explain why he should have a private jet. Gorka is mad about Mueller's press conference: "a disgrace to the uniform he once wore." A caller gives his perspective on religion and politics in the South.

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Direct download: 5-31-19-Digby_Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT