Category Archives: Class Conflict

Debt Peonage as a Source of Revenue: Paying for Government by Fining the Poor — Podcast April 27, 2015

On the Backs of the Poor: The Great Recession and the Criminalization of Debt. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson analyze the effect on the poor, especially minorities, of the disturbing recent trend toward financing hard-pressed local governments through … Continue reading

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2014: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast December 29, 2014

Looking Back AND Forward: Democratic Perspective’s 2014 in Review. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the most prominent themes of Democratic Perspective’s broadcasts in 2014. From the growing inequality in income and wealth in the U.S. to dark money and phony Republican scandals in national … Continue reading

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President Obama and Edward Snowden: Two Perspectives On the State of the Nation — Podcast December 1, 2014

American Dream or American Nightmare? It Depends On Who You Ask: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino reflects on the story of the United States in the Twenty-First Century as told from two very different viewpoints: first, that of Laura Poitras’s film Citizenfour, about the fugitive NSA … Continue reading

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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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Poverty By Design: The Role of Public Policy in Income Inequality — Podcast June 9, 2014

Eradicating Poverty in America: Didn’t We Used To Be Better At It? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, and Gary LaMaster look at the astonishing figures on the growth of poverty in the U.S., the public policy decisions which lie behind those figures, and the terrible consequences … 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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The Gigantic Kochtopus.

In a series of 5-4 rulings, with conservatives in the majority, the US Supreme Court has opened the floodgates of political spending by corporations and billionaires. In Valeo v. Buckley, the Court essentially ruled that political spending is the equivalent … 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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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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