The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Sam hosts HuffPost journalist Zachary Carter to discuss his new book, The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard KeynesCarter and Sam explore the life of Keynes and his role in developing the concept of Macroeconomics and the social implication of economics. Keynes' thinking on how to deal with crises and emergencies during the Spanish Flu pandemic and WWI are particularly applicable to our current moment. Carter breaks down Keynes' philosophy of "the good life" and why all could enjoy the finer things in life like art and leisure to the benefit of society writ large. Sam and Carter make a distinction in Keynes's belief in who gets to regulate the macroeconomy. Keynes generally did not believe the proletariate was not the most effective way to deliver the good life to the masses; the government and its officials must provide material benefits to society. The two conclude their discussion considering the Keynes model of economics after his death and its perception contrasted with the neoliberal model promoted by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. 

And in the Fun Half: Birding while black, upcoming Democratic primaries, a voting rights victory in Florida courts, Obamagate sizzles out, Jimmy Dore's unscientific response to shelter-in-place, states cooking infection data, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam recaps the week's biggest stories with Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty) of The Discourse podcast, and Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) shares his latest movie picks for shelter in place.

On today's show: Trump's Abbott and Costello explanation of his most recent Covid test.

Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty) of The Discourse joins Sam to discuss the week's big stories: Trump tries to make hay from Obamagate. Folks say racist things about Obama in Sarah Palin report by Al Jazeera during 2008 election. Biden ends interview with Charlamagne tha God saying black people should vote Biden or "they ain't black." The Democratic Party's attitude of entitlement toward black voters.

Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) joins Sam to update us on his life in the quar and recommend some movies: Forest for the Trees, Melancholia, and California Split.

On the fun half: How to talk leftists into voting for Biden. Costco Garrett calls in to make the case for why being forced to wear a mask in Costco violates his civil liberties. Michigan AG threatens Trump if he refuses to wear mask at Ford plant. Tucker Carlson says there's no evidence the lockdown saved lives. Michael Knowles says Democrats made "Faucian" bargain during Covid response. QAnon Senate candidate in Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins, wins GOP primary. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts The Nation's John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) to discuss his upcoming book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics

On today's show: Trump says voting is an honor, should not be a write-in thing.

The Nation's John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) joins Michael to discuss his upcoming book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist PoliticsHenry Wallace was a progressive figure who served as Secretary of Agriculture under FDR, as well as VP and later, Secretary of Commerce. His politics were in many ways ahead of their time, as he took a truly intersectional view on fighting corporate interests, racism, and imperialism, at home and abroad. Looking at Wallace's political career, as well as those of other progressives like Jesse Jackson and George McGovern, Nichols lays out a case for how politicians like Bernie Sanders and AOC can fight for change both within and against the system.

On the fun half: PBS Lula package and interview: Lula says Bolsonaro thinks Trump is "a higher being," copies the US President. Glenn Beck says ending social distancing is a new Civil Rights movement. Klob & co try to solve the crisis with $4k job training tax credit. Striking McDonald's worker explains demands. Mike Pompeo denies that firing IG was retaliatory, says media reports are "crazy."

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Sam hosts Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser to discuss the 2020 Supreme Court term, including Trump v. Mazars USA, LLPTrump v. Vance, and what we can expect from the court going forward. We're live at noon EST.

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Sam hosts Yale epidemiologist, Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, to discuss the prospects of "reopening America" and what to expect during the summer months in the age of COVID.

And in the Fun Half: the Trump hydroxychloroquine saga, Pelosi gets her meme points, the Right's efforts to undermine Biden are not working, Sherrod Brown takes on Steve Mnuchin, why privileged people need to show outrage too, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Enjoy a 20% discount at Nathan Tankus' substack here! (https://tinyurl.com/y76aljt4)

On today's show: Eric Trump claims coronavirus is Democratic hoax, will ‘magically’ vanish after 2020 election.

Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Nathan goes over the basics of MMT, including: What is money? What gives it value? The relationship between debt and savings. Why the US government could, if it wanted to, use massive deficit spending to fund recovery programs without suffering the rumored ill effects of inflation. And more.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi says all Dems wanted stabilizers for HEROES but they couldn't because of budgetary rules. Tim Ryan gives impassioned speech calling out GOP reps on House floor. Kevin McCarthy says HEROES Act is "socialist wishlist," cites weed, prisoners, illegals, and voting. Trade advisor Peter Navarro says death rate is high because more people are killing themselves, because of "stay at home" orders. A discussion on the merits of voting for Biden in the general. HHS Secretary Alex Azar does race science, says we're a "diverse population" and minorities have high co-morbidities.

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Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, and Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable.

On today's show: Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright says winter 2020 could be "darkest in modern history."

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, joins Sam to break down the House Democrats 'HEROES' act and the political malpractice it represents. From the bill's corporate focus to its pre-emptive compromises, it's clear Pelosi and the centrist Democrats are trying to make sure the crisis does not lead to structural change. Meanwhile, Pramila Jayapal and the progressive caucus have mounted a hapless opposition. And Joe Biden is doubling down on being Joe Biden. What a mess.

Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable (and MR alum!) joins Sam to discuss his televised "discussion" with Brandon Straka (remember him?) and the conspiracy theories driving Boomer politics, from Pizzagate to Q-anon.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio wonders if Americans will ever express their anger over Covid politically. Ronald Raygun plugs GoFundMe for striking agricultural workers; donate at GoFundMe.com/didyoueattoday. Dr. Bright shares email correspondence with industry executive saying "we are in deep shit." Dr. Bright says administration was warned about PPE shortages were coming in January. Trump and Kayleigh McEnany describe Obama pandemic response as "paper packet." McConnell admits he lied about Obama plan for pandemic. Trump says we have the best testing, but it is overrated, complains he doesn't get enough credit. Trump says we'd have fewer cases if we did less testing. Trump denies talking to anyone at DOJ regarding Richard Burr stepping down from Senate Intel chair. Biden says he wouldn't vote for himself if he believed Tara Reade. Indiana Senator Mike Braun objects to demands to release CDC guidelines to reopen country, blames COVID outbreak on bureaucratic stodginess. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Tim Shorrock of the Nation to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe.

On today's show: Trump says Obamagate was the "greatest political crime in history," Obama officials would be in jail if he were a Democrat.

Tim Shorrock of the Nation joins Michael to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe. How South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was elected on a platform of expanding the welfare state and normalizing relations with North Korea. The steps the President has taken to fulfill these promises in office and his resulting popularity. SK's relationship with China. The aggressive program of testing and contact-tracing that enabled South Korea to flatten the curve without draconian lockdown measures.

On the fun half: Trump moves the goalposts, now says over 100k deaths is not bad. Trump says Fauci concern over reopening schools "not an acceptable answer." Trump says mail-in voting is a Democrat ploy to stop GOP. Senate votes that the government can now look at your web browsing data without a warrant. Pramila Jayapal explains her proposals to expand HEROES stimulus. Jim Clyburn says he likes Jayapal's bill and all, but "we have to pay for all these things."

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Sam breaks down the week's top headlines with Michael Brooks, including Pelosi's next round of stimulus spending, the Senate HELP hearing, and the on-going Supreme Court cases.

On today's show: People who strongly dislike both candidates are breaking for Biden. MONDAY: Trump's "transition into greatness" rollout, "a phrase you're gonna hear a lot." Establishment Dems don't want to talk about what's in the HEROES Act: 60-80% of tax benefits go to top 10%, no public option or protection against rising ACA premiums...Sam and Michael break it down.

On the fun half: Fauci says if we don't respond in an adequate way we will have a resurgence. Tucker attacks Fauci, reminds people he was not elected, suggests he's a dictator, no better than your average epidemiologist. Mike from PA on special election to fill Katie Hill's seat: can anything be extrapolated? Rand Paul accuses Obama of coordinating against Trump and Flynn, asked about evidence, Paul says he has a strong feeling. Right wing media site claims stealth Trump voters are the president's secret weapon. Responding to Trump's "ask China" remark to Asian reporter, Don Jr. says media is race-baiting president. Mitt Romney calls out WH testing czar for misleading statements about testing data. Situationist supercut of brands saying we're all in this together. Should Michael stop defending Glenn Greenwald?

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Sam hosts historian Walter Johnson to discuss his new book The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States and how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted black Americans. Johnson describes the history of St. Louis and his theory of western anti-black racism, one of expulsion and white nationalism, rather than southern racism, which depended on slave labor. Sam and Johnson also explore how real estate development and municipal ordinances helped formalize St. Louis's institutional racism. Sam and Johnson conclude their conversation assessing covid19's disproportionate impact on black America and the Ahmaud Arbery lynching. 

And in the Fun Half: the real Obamagate, Trump's "Mission Accomplished" moment, Trump tells an Asian American reporter to direct her question to China, Stuart Varney says direct cash payments are equivalent to buying votes, today's special elections, Dave Rubin ties himself in a logic knot, the Biden voting rationale, plus your calls and IMs!

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