Category Archives: Social Contract

Steve Ryan Interview — Podcast January 30, 2017

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security: Regardless of What Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Tell You, These Programs May Be All That Stands Between You and A Genuinely Miserable Old Age. Steve Ryan, a local Sedona attorney, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, … Continue reading

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2016: Democratic Perspective’s Year In Review — Podcast January 2, 2017

Things Fall Apart; The Centre Cannot Hold: Democratic Perspective’s 2016 in Review. The Democratic Perspective crew contemplates a year that has changed everything, albeit not in the way that we’d hoped for when we went to the polls on November 8th. Those of us who still hold to the … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence: A Closer Look — Podcast October 3, 2016

We Have Some Decisions To Make: The Politics of Artificial Intelligence Deployments. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman discuss the unexpectedly early and widespread deployment of artificial intelligence applications, and their disruptive effect on familiar social and economic arrangements. A case … Continue reading

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be … Continue reading

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Rosemary Papa Interview — Podcast February 8, 2016

The State of Education in Arizona: Ground Zero Is Not the Goal. Democratic Perspective talks to Dr. Rosemary Papa about the woeful state of public education funding in the state of Arizona. Dr. Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in … 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

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The New Gilded Age: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme — Podcast August 17, 2015

Oligarchs Then and Now: Democracy and the Distribution of Wealth. Democratic Perspective goes another round with the oligarchs. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss what’s driving the increased concentration of wealth in the United States today, and why it poses … 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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Arizona’s Child Protective Services: Is There Any Hope? — Podcast January 20, 2014

Child Protective Services in Arizona: Underfunding, Overwork, and the Governor’s Promise of Reform. Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino and  Steve Williamson discuss the history of ineffective government support for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Arizona, and Governor Brewer’s recently signed … Continue reading

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