The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Author Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD) joins us to discuss her new book, Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity.

On today's show: Stock buybacks, legalized under Reagan, incentivize CEOs not to invest in workers. Even libertarians admit Medicare-for-all would save trillions of dollars from 2022-2031. Rudy Giuliani unsure whether collusion is illegal.

Author Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD) joins us to discuss her new book, Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. The rise of "mega-identities." How one's political party identification became a cultural marker. The shift of some of the working class (mostly white people) from Democrat to Republican. The racial and religious factors Mason believes are driving this. What's the strategy going forward? Why Mason doesn't believe class politics are going to make a difference for the Democrats. The crew discusses her take.

On the fun half: Sam hangs up on Old Man Racist. A caller on how the Republican Party chooses white identity politics over policy. Gorka honors his son's wish to "dab on them haters." Charlie Kirk wants socialist professors to work for free. Former ICE director Thomas Homan is not disturbed by crying children. NY Assemblyman says there's nothing worse than being called a racist. Pensioners who are losing their secure retirement on why the Butch Lewis Act must pass. How people learn (and fail to learn) about politics. A brave caller reports back from a Jordan Peterson event.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixonand Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) join us for Casual Friday.

Giuliani March 6 vs. Giuliani July 27: "I believe Cohen" vs. "He's lied all his life."

Benjamin Dixon, founder of ProgressiveArmy.com and host of The Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. The sex scandals as just the tip of the iceberg of Trump's malfeasance. The need to put pressure on "moderate" Republicans to become Independents, caucus with Dems. The Democrats' dual problem of bad messaging and wussbaggery. What's up with Brexit? The need for realignment of the Democratic Party by figures like AOC. The emerging left foreign policy showcased by Bernie and 28 other US lawmakers' letter in support of freeing Lula.

Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) joins us. Ben talks some shit on the Poconos. The sexual harassment allegations against Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle. Bill O'Reilly explains the latest ICE polling. Ben recommends two films: "Eighth Grade" and "Shock and Awe."

On the fun half: Matt's Twitter drama. Trevor Noah asks AOC why she has to be a socialist, how we will pay for all that stuff. Trevor Noah's HILARIOUS stand-up routine about the Marikana Massacre. Footage from the actual Marikana Massacre, a labor uprising in South Africa where the police murdered striking miners, then charged the survivors with their comrades' murder. Tom Reed blames government spending (not GOP tax cuts) for deficit, then says he supports bailing out farmers from Trump's trade war. Trump brags about ending the Obamacare mandate, taking healthcare away from people. Mike in Miami debates Bernie vs. McGovern with the crew. (Are Bernie & co too far left to win general elections?) Jeff in GA shouts out John Brown.

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Sam speaks with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, at the AFT conference.

On today's show: Betsy Devos' $40 million lake yacht vandalized. Sam speaks with AFT president Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) about the past, present and future of teachers' unions. The AFT's history and which workers it covers. How AFT is different from NEA. The precedent set by the Abood decision in 1977 and how Janus goes back on that. The GOP's disingenuous weaponization of the first amendment. What Weingarten and the AFT are doing to re-engage members in the wake of the Janus decision. What the recent wave of teacher strikes tells us about organizing in a post-Janus world. How Alito's dismissal of labor peace could lead to labor war.

On the fun half: Brenda on the need for a better atheist movement. Mad Dog Mattis says we need war with Iran because they align with Assad. CNN's Kaitlin Collins gets banned from White House for asking Trump about Michael Cohen. Fox News claims it stands in solidarity with CNN. Lou Dobbs blows it for Fox, says there need to be consequences for journalists who show "disrespect." Congressional candidate Kaniela Ing's powerful campaign ad. Why you should ignore centrists when they try to use identity politics against the left. Mehdi Hassan destroys former Trump advisor on President's racism. Sam Harris' eternal idiocy. Is Randi Weingarten an establishment sellout because she chose Hillary over Bernie? The advantages held by corporate Democrats and progressive challengers, respectively.

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Direct download: 7-26-18-Randi_Weingarten-pub.mp3
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Journalist Dan Kaufman (@dankaufman70) joins us to discuss his new book, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.

On today's show: Larry Kudlow shares "details" of Trump's tax break 2.0.

Journalist Dan Kaufman joins us to discuss how Wisconsin went from a union stronghold to a state ruled by the GOP and plagued by austerity. WI's history as a progressive bastion and its association with the early, labor-friendly version of the Republican Party. How the slow war of attrition turned hot in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party. The racism-fueled career of Governor Scott Walker. How Citizens United emboldened Republicans in 2010, and how establishment Democrats like Obama largely abandoned labor struggles during this time. How the decimation of unions swung working class voters from Obama to Trump and depressed turnout among Democrats. Why the militant energy petered out after the unsuccessful campaign to recall Scott Walker. What's next for labor in WI? Walker's vulnerabilities in his upcoming election.

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On the fun half: John from San Antonio on a potentially misleading poll from Chris Cillizza that ranks Joe Biden as the #1 frontrunner for the 2020 nomination. Ronald Raygun cheats on us, calls into C-SPAN. Third Way convention makes a plan to fight back against "Sanderism;" Sam and Briahna Grey discuss on MSNBC. Meghan McCain freaks out about "socialism," doesn't realize the Bernie way is the nice way. Chris Cuomo reveals Cohen and Trump tape talking about Karen McDougal payment. The Nixon smoking gun tape. BBC anchor Emily Maitlis to Sean Spicer: "you have corrupted discourse for the entire world." Trump announces farm subsidies. Swedish student's plane protest stops Afghan man's deportation "to hell." A listener recalls being hit in the face by right-wing comedian Owen Benjamin.

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Direct download: 7-25-18-Dan_Kaufman-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Trump threatens to strip security clearance from former officials. Federal government goes after California's ability to regulate pollution on the state level. Paul Manafort's court date delayed. Strong progressive Barbara Lee runs for Democratic caucus chair. US supercharges arms sales. Trump frustrated over lack of North Korea progress.

Daily Caller editor describes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rally, makes it sound pretty good. How Kavanaugh's confirmation could be the final nail in the coffin of the Voting Rights Act. Manchin and Heitcamp to meet with Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's troubling assertion that Richard Nixon should not have had to hand over the Watergate tapes.

On the fun half: Infamous scab Mark Janus leaves his job to become a senior fellow at Illinois Policy Institute. Sean Spicer can't say words. Jamie discusses her Ozyfest ordeal. Trump can't believe computer screens, loves American-made products, says "rich guys love rockets." Ari Fleischer says US should destabilize Iran to bring about regime change. A caller corrects Jordan Peterson's misrepresentation of the Frankfurt School. A caller on the lasting impact of her Cold War childhood. Another unarmed black man murdered by the police. How close are we to another financial crisis, and what would need to happen to bring about a revolution in the US? A caller on the demoralization of Chicano youth.

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Direct download: 7-24-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Journalist, poet, and the executive editor of The Economy Hardship Reporting Project Alissa Quart joins us to discuss her new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America, a timely release that explores the shame and anxiety felt by a plurality of Americans who despite being "middle class" are just getting by, what she calls "The Middle-Class Vortex." Quart details the lives of this precarious vortex: the teachers who need to drive Uber on the weekends, homeless adjunct professors, and how formerly prestigious (or at least stable) jobs can no longer provide the stability they once did. Quart also details the new phenomena of "1% TV" and how shows like Billions, Succession, and Downton Abbey have become the opiate of the middle class, a projection of the lives we're made to desire. Quart also details a dystopian reality we're already living in, including GoFundMe school lunch campaigns, 24-hour daycare centers, and crowdsourced baby supplies. Check out Alissa's latest piece, "Do you have student debt? There's a reality TV show for that" in the Guardian.

And in the Fun Half: Matt shares the kink etymology  "unicorn," Texas Civil Rights Project shares an asylum reunification video, the role of capital is mass incarceration and a police state, increasing the numbers of immigration judges, Old Man Racist he just keeps calling to talk,  Sasha Baron Cohen has completely exploited the GOP's hero fantasy complex, woman at Pompeo's Iran speech protests asylum seeking detention, California Congresswoman Karen Bass gives an impassioned immigration speech from Brownsville, can religious arguments swing people to the left? Trump's economic advisor really thinks Trump wrote "Art of the Deal" himself (and/or really likes his ghostwriter), Michelle Wolfe's "ICE is..." sketch is very good, American opposition to ICE is growing rapidly, Mike from PA tells us about the fall of Wilkes-Barre, PA and the rise of the barbell society, and the rest of your wonderful calls and IMs!

 

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Alex Pareene (@pareene) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Journalist Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us to give his take on Russiagate and more. Michael Cohen taped Trump talking about payment to Playboy model. Is this a warning shot from Cohen's team? The pile up of evidence of widespread corruption touching much of the Republican Party. Andrea Mitchell reveals Putin will be visiting the White House to bewildered DNI director Dan Coats. The hyperfocus on Russia by both the dumb dumb left and brain worm center. Julian Assange might be leaving London for Ecuador. Pareene's take on Republicans who are glad Russia tampered with the election.

Andy Kindler, host of Thought Spiral, joins us for a classic Dennis Miller burn session. Bill O'Reilly says his Irish ancestors were oppressed, ergo white privilege is a lie. Bill's sad web show featuring a sad, defeated Dennis Miller, who may or may not be Skyping from the toilet. Miller and O'Reilly complain about PC culture, lament Mel Brooks comedy. Church bells remind Richard Dawkins how much he hates Muslims. Dave Rubin complains about "demonetization" by Youtube. A new Jimmy Reefercake song is played.

On the fun half: NH governor Chris Sununu signs poll tax law he previously opposed. John from San Antonio analyzes the data on AOC. A Swede warns us about climate change. A caller questions Andy's Venezuela segment. A caller problematizes the liberal adulation of the deep state.

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Nick Martin, a staff writer for Splinter and Deadspin, joins us to discuss the first part of his new series State of the Nation, "How Jesse Helms Invented the Republican Party," which focuses on the 5-term North Carolina GOP Senator whose bigoted opposition to any policy he considered "liberal" gave him the nickname "Senator No." Martin's exhaustive account of Helms uses the senator as the figurehead of an increasingly stubborn GOP party that went from policy to dogma in the years following civil rights movement through the accession of the neocons. Helms was the prototype for media scion turned policymaker in North Carolina. His campaign methods became a blueprint for conservatives in the 21st century, edging towards the far-right ideologies all the while. In his 1972 campaign, Helms popularized racist attack ads against his opponent and goes to work on the Senate Rule Book, railing against voice votes and adding absurd amendments which helped him cultivate a national following. Helms was every word you could throw at him, but ultimately he was good at what he needed to do: getting elected. Although Democratic candidates won't be running on white identity politics or aggrievement, they can use ideology and strong conviction to win in a demographically shifting America.

In the Fun Half: A wild Scaramucci sighting in NYC, ICE is terrorizing Americans, K-File strikes again, Jeff Glor gloms onto Trump, F0x & Friends supercuts aren't helping exonerate Trump, Raygun describes how USCIF is weaponizing its immigration policies, Alex Jones calls Tucker Carlson "The King," Michael Tracy: the pathological contrarian, right-wing media parasites and their slush fund, reading 5-star reviews from TMBS iTunes show, MGM bringing a preemptive lawsuit against victims of Las Vegas shooting is peak late-capitalism, and Sam Harris' ego made him a white nationalist.

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Linda Gordon, Florence Kelly Professor of history at NYU and author of 'The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of The 1920s and the American Political Tradition,' joins us.

On today's show: Trump says he misspoke at the Putin press conference when he said "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia," meant to say "wouldn't."

Linda Gordon, professor of history and the humanities at NYU, joins us to discuss the history of the KKK in America, particularly in the 1920s. The three waves of KKK activity -- the late 1800s, the 1920s, and the 1950s -- and the characteristics of each. The KKK's 1920s expansion from an underground terrorist organization to a mainstream group with a long list of enemies including blacks, Jews, Catholics, and all non-Protestant immigrants. The factors driving the group's 1920's expansion. How the KKK became a hub for networking and social activities for its largely middle class membership. The ignorance and conspiracy theories driving fear of the "other."  The role women like Alma White played in the organization. The KKK's racially and religiously motivated raids on saloons. The parallels with what's happening now and how the 1% uses mass bigotry as a tool to make gains for themselves.

On the fun half: Trump and Tucker Carlson dog whistle white supremacy, claim "mass migration" is "destroying the culture of Europe." Trump defends Russia because of its role in WWII, steals valor from Stalin. Lights go out in White House when Trump says "I have full faith in our intelligence agencies." MSNBC visits Missouri nail factory strangled by tariffs, asks Trump voters if they stand by their decision. Dissident Peasant on race and voting rights. A caller deciphers what Trump crossed out in his Russia speech. Should we abolish the Supreme Court? Jamie makes a case for anarcho-syndicalism, promises not to call it libertarian socialism. A caller tries to deflate the Putin hysteria. Richmond man calls cops after a hard foul in pickup basketball. Chicago man calls cops on black woman for trying to use a coupon at CVS.

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Direct download: 7-18-18-Linda_Gordon-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Woman named Maria Butina unmasked as Russian spy and arrested! Mary Lou from CT thanks Russians for interfering in US election because Hillary is terrible. Trump tells Hannity Putin denied meddling: he was "very, very strong." Updates on the DoJ's Russia investigation: Butina's ties to GOP leaders, how she may have funneled Russian money through the NRA, her on-video interaction with Trump. Indications the Republicans (Priebus, Nunes) are planning their escape routes. Ajit Pai's efforts to distance himself from Jared Kushner. Signs the Democrats are set to make gains in the House, even in places like Texas.

On the fun half: A fan-edited video of MR's "zero sum game" leitmotif. Tucker Carlson claims Mexico interferes "more successfully" than Russia in our elections. Steve Bannon defends an anti-Islam activist on British TV. Dave Rubin seeks an "objective" news article about Trump's Helsinki summit. Racist old man calls in to argue some more about race, IQ and policy. A caller pretends his opposition to the $15/hour minimum wage is based in concern for workers. Diver in Thailand says Elon Musk can stick his submarine "where it hurts." Alexandria Ocasio Cortez flubs Palestine interview question with GOP operative host Margaret Hoover; a caller says this shows the limitations of socialist participation in government.

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Direct download: 7-17-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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