The Case Against Trump — Podcast October 16, 2017


The Madness of King Donald and the Politics of the Unthinkable: Can We Actually Get Rid of This Guy Before His Term Is Up, and If So, How?  Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, go where an increasing number of people, however reluctantly, now seem willing to go. If the increasing evidence that Donald Trump is unfit for his office overwhelms the constitutional barriers against removing a sitting President, what is likely to happen?

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Bigotry, Constitutional Issues, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Education Funding, Ethics, Global Warming, Health Care Policy, Health Insurance, International Relations, Middle East Policy, Military Policy, Misogyny, National Politics, Nuclear Weapons, Paul Gosar, Podcasts, Political Lies, Presidential Elections, Tax Law, Tax Revenues, Taxation, Taxes and the Deficit, Women's Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scott Thomas Anderson Interview — Podcast October 2, 2017

The Cutting Four-Piece: Scott Thomas Anderson, Investigative Reporter, On the Crime and Tragedy of Prison Overcrowding.  Mike Cosentino interviews Scott Thomas Anderson, crime reporter for the Sacramento News and Review. His book, The Cutting Four-Piece, offers an illuminating tour through the horrors of the American prison system left in the wake of decades of underfunding, misguided political initiatives, and predatory capitalist hucksterism. What a dedicated reporter with years of experience on the frontlines of the American injustice system knows that no one else can be bothered to tell us.

Posted in Corrections Policy, Criminal Justice Reform, Digital Revolution, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Journalism, Judicial System, Justice System, Law Enforcement, Mass Incarceration, National Politics, Penology, Podcasts, Policing, Private Prisons, Public Accountability, War On Drugs | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indivisible Sedona: Focus on Climate Change — Podcast September 25, 2017


This Is America: When Elected Representatives Refuse To Do What Needs To Be Done, Citizens Have Other Options. Democratic Perspective talks to three representatives of Indivisible Sedona, Peggy Chaikin, Pam Drake, and Frankie Riemer, about local efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change, and to hold the climate change deniers amongst our elected officials accountable for their lack of action.

Posted in Arizona Politics, Biodiversity, Bureau of Land Management, Civil Society, Climate Change, Community Activism, Democratic Governance, Department of the Interior, Domestic Policy, Energy Policy, Environment, Environmental Issues, Environmentalism, Federal Lands, Global Warming, Interviews, Local Politics, Podcasts, Public Health Policy, Public Lands, Public Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, U.S. Forest Service, Water Policy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friends of Verde River Greenway: The Real Work of Environmental Preservation Starts Here — Podcast September 18, 2017


Think Globally, Act Locally Is More Than Just a Slogan: How Focus, Dedication, and Collaboration Are Making the Preservation of the Verde River and Its Watershed A Reality. Democratic Perspective welcomes Chip Norton, President, and Brent Bitz, Board Member, of the Friends of Verde River Greenway, and Bob Rothrock, President of Verde Valley Land Preservation, to talk about the recent consolidation of Verde River preservation organizations, and what it means for the future of preservation efforts in Arizona’s Verde River watershed.

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Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast September 11, 2017


The Shock Doctrine and Global Warming: Matt Goodwin on Naomi Klein’s Critique of Predatory Capitalism and Its Reaction (or Lack of Reaction) to a Genuinely Existential Threat.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Matt Goodwin, Professor of Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, and one of the founders of SPEX, the Sedona Philosophy Experience, back to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the philosophical implications of Naomi Klein’s books The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything. What happens when private corporations use natural disasters as pretexts to turn the public services poor and working people depend on into commercial profit centers, or displace those same people from their ravaged communities in favor of real estate development? What happens when coal and oil companies deny the reality of global warming in order to preserve the profits from their sunk-cost investments in fossil fuel extraction and refining? The answer, of course, is nothing good — unless the people who stand to suffer from their callousness organize to defend themselves.

Posted in Capitalism, Climate Change, De-regulation, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Economic Theory, Energy Policy, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Global Warming, Interviews, National Politics, Philosophy, Podcasts, Privatization, Public Accountability, Regulatory Agencies, Renewable Energy, Social Services, Sustainable Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast September 11, 2017

Katie Hobbs Interview — Podcast September 4, 2017


Putting an End to Incompetence in One of the State’s Highest Offices: Katie Hobbs Is Running for Arizona Secretary of State. In a wide-ranging discussion with Katie Hobbs, Arizona State Senator, and Democratic candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson address the state legislature’s continuing assault on Arizona’s constitutionally mandated initiative and referendum process, its unconscionable underfunding of the state’s public education system, and other equally egregious examples of the contempt so many elected Republican officials express for their constituents. Ideological constipation, is, however, not the only problem afflicting our state government, The administrative incompetence of our current Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, is a legend on both sides of the legislative aisle. Virtually everyone agrees that it’s time for a change, and Katie Hobbs is ready, willing, and able to provide it. Go Katie!

Posted in Arizona Budget, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Budget Negotiations, Campaign Finance, Constitutional Issues, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Initiative and Referendum, Interviews, Podcasts, Political Candidacy, Political Gaffes, Political Parties, Political Polarization, Public Education, Tax Revenues, Taxation | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Katie Hobbs Interview — Podcast September 4, 2017

David Lujan Interview — Podcast August 28, 2017


Sabotaging the Arizona Public Education System: 25 Years of Republican Ignorance, Ideological Intransigence, and Corruption. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson interview David Lujan, former Arizona State Legislator, and former President of the Phoenix Union High School District School Board, about the chronic underfunding of Arizona’s Public Education System by Republican ideologues, who’ve somehow managed to convince themselves, if not the rest of us, that cutting taxes on their friends is the solution to every problem. Whatever outcome it is that they expect, the truth is that they’ve set fire to their own grandchildren’s future, and to the future of of every other Arizonan’s grandchildren as well. David Lujan’s new organization, The Arizona Center for Economic Progress, is dedicated to not letting them get away with it. He and his organization could use our help.

Posted in Arizona Budget, Arizona Politics, Child Protection, Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Interviews, Podcasts, Political Polarization, Privatization, Public Education, Public Policy, Tax and Investment Policy, Tax Revenues, Taxation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on David Lujan Interview — Podcast August 28, 2017

Stephen Nuño Interview — Podcast August 21, 2017


How “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door” Became “Build the Wall!”: A History of U.S. Attitudes Toward Immigration. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino speaks with Northern Arizona University Professor Stephen Nuño about the history of U.S. attitudes toward immigration. Economic and political failures elsewhere, as well as the need for labor on an underdeveloped continent, have always contended against racial and cultural antipathy in determining both official policies and public attitudes toward immigration. What can an unbiased historical analysis tell us about what, if anything, distinguishes attitudes today from those on the day Emma Lazarus first published “The Colossus”?

Posted in Agricultural Policy, Arizona History, Civil Liberties, Cultural Change, Cultural Diversity, Democratic Governance, Domestic Policy, Homeland Security, Human Rights, Immigration, Industrial Policy, International Terrorism, Jobs and Employment, Justice System, Labor Shortages, National Politics, National Security, National Sovereignty, Podcasts, Political Gaffes, Public Policy, Racial Discrimination, Racism, Social Services, U.S. Court System | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Stephen Nuño Interview — Podcast August 21, 2017

Toni Denis and Paul Schwartz Interview — Podcast August 14, 2017


As Large As the State of Delaware: The Yavapai County Democratic Party Has a Lot of Ground To Cover In the Age of Trump, and We’re Not Talking Just About Geography. With both our regular co-hosts back in the saddle after well-deserved vacations away from the craziness of politics in the Trump era, Democratic Perspective welcomes Toni Denis, the Chair of the Yavapai County Democratic Party, and its Marketing Chair and Verde Valley Liaison, Paul Schwartz, for a discussion of the Yavapai County Democratic Party’s plans for what’s beginning to look like a very turbulent future.

Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Democratic Governance, Digital Revolution, Domestic Policy, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Health Care, Health Care Delivery, Health Care Policy, Income Inequality, Industrial Policy, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Local Politics, Podcasts, Political Clubs, Political Lies, Political Parties, Political Polarization, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Public Lands, Public Policy, Underemployment, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toni Denis and Paul Schwartz Interview — Podcast August 14, 2017

Is There a “New” New Left Emerging? — Podcast August 7, 2017


They’re Baaack! Why Socialism Is Again a Topic of Serious Discussion Among the Young. Host Steve Williamson and Bill Timberman, Democratic Perspective’s webmaster, discuss what appears to be a growing reluctance on the part of young people to accept at face value the reassurances of a neoliberal political class which can’t seem to admit to its past failures, let alone learn anything from them.

The list of those failures is long: endless war, decreasing public investment, stagnating wages, a failing health care system, government sanctification of racists and misogynists, the blatant militarization of civil society, and last, but not least, an irresponsibly tepid federal response to the existential threat of global warming. Small wonder that many young people are again rummaging through historical leftist critiques of the established order, hoping to find in them some better way to avoid the future disasters that we all fear.

We look at why this is happening now, examine such historical precedents as exist, and ask whether or not we’re seeing early signs of a serious resurgence of left-wing political activity in the U.S. Given that the Left hasn’t any significant political influence in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left of the 1960’s, this may seem unlikely, but simple extrapolation from the status quo, especially in troubled times, has never been a reliable guide to what may happen in the future.

Posted in Capitalism, Civil Rights, Class Conflict, Democratic Governance, Economic Theory, European Union, Global Warming, Human Rights, Hunger, Income Inequality, Labor Movement, Labor Unions, National Politics, Podcasts, Political History, Political Theory, Public Policy, Social Democracy, Socialism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is There a “New” New Left Emerging? — Podcast August 7, 2017