The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Day 2 with Sam in New Orleans at Netroots Nation, with the MR crew in studio. Sam is joined by a host of left political heavy hitters including Alex Lawson (Social Security Works), Michelangelo Signoreli (SiriusXM Progress), Deb Haaland (Democratic Candidate for NM-1), Dean Obeidallah (SiriusXM Progress), John Fetterman (Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov), and Cynthia Nixon (Democratic Candidate for Governor in New York).

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Direct download: 8-3-18_Sam_Netroots_pub.mp3
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Sam is broadcasting from the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans and the crew is in studio.

We're kicking off Netroots right! We got an MR buffet of left media personalities and some of our favorite journos. On today's show we're joined by RJ Eskow from The Zero Hour, Dave Weigel from WaPo, Amanda Terkel from HuffPost, Sam Stein from the Daily Beast, and Mark Thompson of SiriusXM Progress.

RJ Eskow and Sam forecast how the American Left and the Democratic party will change their tune towards Israel in the coming years and administrations. While Weigel, Terkel, and Stein debate the relevance of "socialist" in American politics, Chuck Schumer's future, as well as which 2018 races they're watching closely. And finally, Mark Thompson and Sam discuss the NY Governor's race and the importance of left radio in 2018.

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Direct download: 8-2-18_Sam_Netroots_pub.mp3
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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1, "What a Long Day, Now Pizza!"

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Author Francesco Pacifico (@fzpacifico) joins us to discuss his latest piece from n+1. In this piece, Pacifico explores the social media practices of the leader of Italy's xenophobic Lega party, Matteo Salvini.  While Trump fires off tweets straight from his id, Salvini's tweets "can reconcile a family-friendly likability and the sternness of a patriarch with cheap but carefully targeted insults." Michael and Salvini discuss the various factors contributing to Salvini's success, how he's using social media to his advantage, and the new political ecosystem in which he operates. More at n+1.

On the fun half: A caller "defends" Dave Rubin. Is the US more multicultural than Europe? Trump says we need voter ID laws because we need ID to buy groceries. Trump supporters yell at Jim Acosta. The crew delivers some left-criticisms of UBI. Dave from Jamaica and the crew discuss how to deal with racism. VA Congressman Dave Brat preaches work requirements for Medicaid expansion. More on how to fight racism. Ron DeSantis MAGA Florida governor's race ad. The AFL-CIO releases a statement of solidarity with imprisoned Brazilian politician Lula.

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Annie Lowrey (@annielowrey), author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, joins us to discuss UBI.

On today’s show: Giuliani on collusion: “even if he did it, it’s not a crime.”

Annie Lowrey joins us to discuss her book on universal basic income. How a UBI could end poverty, boost middle class wages, compensate people for their reproductive labor, and increase people’s dignity and freedom. How a UBI could help the economy. Debunking the right-wing critiques of UBI. Promising examples of UBI programs around the world. Lowrey fields left-critiques of UBI. How stock buybacks incentivize destructive corporate behavior. For more, check out Lowrey’s latest article in the Atlantic, “Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?

On the fun half: Jesse Watters: Trump wants the “best and brightest” immigrants, not “some guy’s uncle from Zimbabwe.” Sam and Jamie’s New Orleans stories. Central NJ DSA’s plan to protest ICE. Trump attacks the Koch brothers on Twitter. LeBron James funds a school in Akron, OH. Owen Benjamin explains comedy in new Prager U video, rants against Eric Weinstein and Sam Harris. The NYT’s bad take on how to talk to racists. Should the left compare surplus value to taxes? An aspiring writer has his free speech violated in poetry class.

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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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Direct download: 7-30-18-Lilliana_Mason-pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 7-27-18-Ben_Dixon-Mankiewicz-pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 7-23-18-Alissa_Quart-pub.mp3
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