Category Archives: Cultural Change

The Republican Convention: Postscriptum or Postmortem? — Podcast July 25, 2016

Peak Lunacy: Trump Takes the GOP Over the Edge. Democratic Perspective commentators Gary LaMaster, Chuck Williamson and Steve Williamson review the week Republicans succumbed to the right-wing populism they’ve been exploiting for almost 40 years. Their karma has just run over their dogma, and … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton and the Machinery of Republican Character Assassination — Podcast June 27, 2016

Assessing Hillary Clinton’s Record: How NOT To Do it. Democratic Perspective recalls the sad history of over-the-top Republican caricatures of Hillary Clinton. How a 25-year campaign of snobbery, misogyny, and carefully crafted disinformation has altered public perceptions of what, by any honest standard, is a solid record … Continue reading

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The Sanders Campaign: Is It Really Over When It’s Over? — Podcast June 20, 2016

Bernie and Hillary: In Politics, as in Asymmetric Warfare, Declarations of Victory Can Sometimes Be Premature. Democratic Perspective looks at the passions driving the Sanders campaign, the threat of a permanent schism in the Democratic Party, and what effect — if any — committed Sanders supporters will have on … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Rights, Climate Change, Conservative Paranoia, Conspiracy Theories, Cultural Change, Democratic Governance, Digital Revolution, Economic Policy, Education Policy, Elections, Energy Policy, Environmental Issues, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, Global Warming, Government, Gun Control, Health Care, Industrial Policy, International Relations, International Terrorism, Iran, Islamic Republic, Labor Unions, LIberals and Conservatives, Mass Incarceration, Mass Shootings, Minimum Wage, National Politics, National Security, Podcasts, Policing, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Poverty, Propaganda, Public Education, Renewable Energy, Social Contract, Sustainable Development, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

Politics and the Environment: a Review — Podcast October 5, 2015

Are We There Yet? Opinions May Be Changing, But Meaningful Action Seems As Far Away As Ever, Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster look at the politics of planetary stewardship. Can the gridlock of conflicting interests be broken in time to save what’s left … 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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2013 In Review. What The Mainstream Media Didn’t Tell You.

For our year-end show, on December 30, 2013, Gary LaMaster and Dick Searle joined Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson to discuss the stories that were unreported, under-reported or misreported in 2013. There were an abundance of candidates: … Continue reading

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Old Town Renaissance: Cooperative Development in Cottonwood, Arizona — Podcast October 14, 2013

Imagination, Hard Work, and a Little TLC From Local Government: How One Town in Arizona Turned Itself Around. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson interview some of the business and government leaders responsible for the remarkably successful re-development of Old Town … Continue reading

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Wine in the Verde Valley: What Successful, Sustainable Development Looks Like — Podcast September 16, 2013

Viticulture and Winemaking in the Verde Valley: a Dream, a Passion, and a Successful Business Model. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome five people to the show who’ve been instrumental in the rise of the wine industry in Arizona’s Verde … Continue reading

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