Category Archives: Capitalism

Sasha Abramsky Interview — Podcast October 13, 2014

Social Policy and the Shrinking Middle Class: Increasing Inequality Is NOT an Accident. Democratic Perspective welcomes author and journalist Sasha Abramsky back to talk about the consequences of the social policy failures outlined in his recent book  The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still … Continue reading

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Capital In the Twenty-First Century — Podcast May 5, 2014

Capital In the Twenty-First Century: A French Economist With a Lesson For Americans: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a look at Thomas Piketty’s new best-seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century. What they find is sobering: unless we make … Continue reading

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The Influence of Wealth on Public Policy — Podcast April 28, 2014

Yes, the Rich Really Do Run the United States: Are You Surprised? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss the implications of several recent studies on the influence of concentrated wealth on public policy making, including the very influential … Continue reading

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One Solution To Many Problems.

A study co-authored by Aaron Sojourner, a professor of labor economics at the University of Minnesota, and Greg Duncan from the University of California-Irvine recently published in the Journal of Human Resources shows the path forward to solving some of … Continue reading

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Income Inequality: Why It Matters — Podcast January 13, 2014

Income Inequality: The Threat to the Poor, the Middle Class, and To Our Democracy. Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino and  Steve Williamson document the increasing inequality of incomes in the U.S., and investigate the consequences for the economic and political health of the … Continue reading

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Growing Apart: Income Inequality In The US.

On January 13, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, examined the widening gap in incomes between ordinary Americans and the wealthy. It’s an issue that has been labeled the most significant problem of our time by both President … Continue reading

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Making Wall Street Pay.

On January 6, 2014, investor and financial consultant, John O’Donnell joined Mike Cosentino on Democratic Perspective to discuss the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The Financial Transaction Tax is also known by the misnomer, Robin Hood Tax. Although various forms of … Continue reading

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The Financial Transaction Tax: a Way To Guarantee That Wall Street Pays Its Fair Share? — Podcast January 6, 2014

The Financial Transaction Tax: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, or an Unfair Burden on the Financial Services Industry? Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino is joined by John O’Donnell, investor and financial consultant, in a discussion of the Financial Transaction Tax — … Continue reading

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Corporate Welfare — Podcast December 16, 2013

The Welfare Programs You Never Hear About: Are Government Benefits Payments Going To the Wrong People?  Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson, Chuck Williamson, and Bill Timberman take a look at the Federal Government’s subsidies to private industry. Why do they dwarf benefits … Continue reading

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Hunger in America — Podcast October 28, 2013

Hunger in America and in Arizona: Who It Affects, What Causes It, and What We Should Do About It.  Following up on our last program on poverty, Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson and Gary LaMaster discuss the statistics which reveal the shocking number … Continue reading

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