Category Archives: Political Theory

The Failure of Ideologically-Driven Public Policies: Minnesota vs. Arizona — Podcast January 11, 2016

Red States and Blue States: Ideology vs. Service to the People. Democratic Perspective looks at why the ideological preoccupations of the Republican right have proven so disastrous for the people who live in red states. Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster compare unemployment, wealth distribution, health … Continue reading

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The Republican Presidential Candidates, All 17 of Them: Podcast August 3, 2015

The Greatest Clown Show On Earth: The Republican Presidential Lineup for 2016. Democratic Perspective takes a long, flabbergasted look at the list of seventeen Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016. Should we laugh, cry, or, like Madame Defarge, go quietly back to our knitting? We … 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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Corey Robin Interview — Podcast July 15, 2013

What Conservatives Want, and Why They Want it: Corey Robin, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, talks to Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson and Bill Timberman about the thinking that led to his 2011 book, The Reactionary Mind: … 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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