Category Archives: Economic Theory

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 … 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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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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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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This Explains Everything.

Ever wonder why conservatives often seem to vote against their self-interest? Why people who are struggling financially vote to protect the wealthy? Why conservatives dislike government programs even though they benefit from them? Why the wealthy and the powerful believe … Continue reading

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Real Utopias. Real Democracy.

On June 10, 2013, Democratic Perspective hosted University of Wisconsin Sociology Professor, Erik Olin Wright about his book, Envisioning Real Utopias. Asked to define the term “utopia” Wright said, “It’s meant to be a provocative oxymoron. The Greek roots mean … Continue reading

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Erik Olin Wright Interview — Podcast June 10, 2013

Erik Olin Wright: Why Real Utopias? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Bill Timberman and Steve Williamson talk to University of Wisconsin Sociology Professor Erik Olin Wright about his 2010 book Envisioning Real Utopias. As Professor Wright sees it, political and economic systems should be judged … Continue reading

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Should We Tinker with Capitalism or Replace It With Something Else? — Podcast May 27, 2013

Erik Olin Wright: The Failure of Imagination Among Our Political and Economic Elites. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson discuss University of Wisconsin Sociology Professor Erik Olin Wright’s 2010 book Envisioning Real Utopias. Capitalism, which has been so successful in creating … Continue reading

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