Steve Segner Interview — Podcast October 30, 2017

If We Knew Who They Really Were, We Wouldn’t Elect Them: A New Arizona PAC Aimed At Exposing the Toxic Agendas Behind the Public Posturing Of Our Republican State Legislators.  Steve Segner, progressive Sedona businessman, and one of Democratic Perspective’s sponsors, talks to Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson about why he decided to start a new 501 (c)(4) political action committee, AZ Elections 18.

Sometimes all you need to defeat the kind of dysfunctional state legislators we have here in Republican-dominated Arizona is to publicize what they say when they think voters aren’t paying attention. To do that in the age of TV and social media campaigns, though, you need money. That’s what the AZ Elections 18 PAC is designed to do, to raise enough money to expose legislators like Sylvia Allen, Brenda Barton, and Bob Thorpe for the reactionary wreckers that they really are. If the PAC succeeds in that task, Steve is confident that the voters will take care of the rest.

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Nancy MacLean Interview — Podcast October 23, 2017

The Leninist Libertarian: James McGill Buchanan and the Subversion of Representative Democracy.  Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, talks with Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson about the origin and methodology of her new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

What happens when a minority of right-wing billionaire ideologues decide to fund a decades-long project to undermine representative government in the U.S.? The short answer is nothing good. The long answer, eloquently presented in Professor MacLean’s book, and discussed at some length with her in this week’s show, is a carefully plotted campaign of institutional subversion that would be the envy of V. I. Lenin himself. The bottom line: beware oligarchs who call themselves libertariansIn the real world, a libertarian oligarch is at best an oxymoron, and at worst, which is exactly what we get with people like the Koch brothers, a threat to everything a believer in democracy holds dear.

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The Case Against Trump — Podcast October 16, 2017


The Madness of King Donald and the Politics of the Unthinkable: Can We Actually Get Rid of This Guy Before His Term Is Up, and If So, How?  Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, go where an increasing number of people, however reluctantly, now seem willing to go. If the increasing evidence that Donald Trump is unfit for his office overwhelms the constitutional barriers against removing a sitting President, what is likely to happen?

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Scott Thomas Anderson Interview — Podcast October 2, 2017

The Cutting Four-Piece: Scott Thomas Anderson, Investigative Reporter, On the Crime and Tragedy of Prison Overcrowding.  Mike Cosentino interviews Scott Thomas Anderson, crime reporter for the Sacramento News and Review. His book, The Cutting Four-Piece, offers an illuminating tour through the horrors of the American prison system left in the wake of decades of underfunding, misguided political initiatives, and predatory capitalist hucksterism. What a dedicated reporter with years of experience on the frontlines of the American injustice system knows that no one else can be bothered to tell us.

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Indivisible Sedona: Focus on Climate Change — Podcast September 25, 2017


This Is America: When Elected Representatives Refuse To Do What Needs To Be Done, Citizens Have Other Options. Democratic Perspective talks to three representatives of Indivisible Sedona, Peggy Chaikin, Pam Drake, and Frankie Riemer, about local efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change, and to hold the climate change deniers amongst our elected officials accountable for their lack of action.

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Friends of Verde River Greenway: The Real Work of Environmental Preservation Starts Here — Podcast September 18, 2017


Think Globally, Act Locally Is More Than Just a Slogan: How Focus, Dedication, and Collaboration Are Making the Preservation of the Verde River and Its Watershed A Reality. Democratic Perspective welcomes Chip Norton, President, and Brent Bitz, Board Member, of the Friends of Verde River Greenway, and Bob Rothrock, President of Verde Valley Land Preservation, to talk about the recent consolidation of Verde River preservation organizations, and what it means for the future of preservation efforts in Arizona’s Verde River watershed.

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Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast September 11, 2017


The Shock Doctrine and Global Warming: Matt Goodwin on Naomi Klein’s Critique of Predatory Capitalism and Its Reaction (or Lack of Reaction) to a Genuinely Existential Threat.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Matt Goodwin, Professor of Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, and one of the founders of SPEX, the Sedona Philosophy Experience, back to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the philosophical implications of Naomi Klein’s books The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything. What happens when private corporations use natural disasters as pretexts to turn the public services poor and working people depend on into commercial profit centers, or displace those same people from their ravaged communities in favor of real estate development? What happens when coal and oil companies deny the reality of global warming in order to preserve the profits from their sunk-cost investments in fossil fuel extraction and refining? The answer, of course, is nothing good — unless the people who stand to suffer from their callousness organize to defend themselves.

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Katie Hobbs Interview — Podcast September 4, 2017


Putting an End to Incompetence in One of the State’s Highest Offices: Katie Hobbs Is Running for Arizona Secretary of State. In a wide-ranging discussion with Katie Hobbs, Arizona State Senator, and Democratic candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson address the state legislature’s continuing assault on Arizona’s constitutionally mandated initiative and referendum process, its unconscionable underfunding of the state’s public education system, and other equally egregious examples of the contempt so many elected Republican officials express for their constituents. Ideological constipation, is, however, not the only problem afflicting our state government, The administrative incompetence of our current Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, is a legend on both sides of the legislative aisle. Virtually everyone agrees that it’s time for a change, and Katie Hobbs is ready, willing, and able to provide it. Go Katie!

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David Lujan Interview — Podcast August 28, 2017


Sabotaging the Arizona Public Education System: 25 Years of Republican Ignorance, Ideological Intransigence, and Corruption. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson interview David Lujan, former Arizona State Legislator, and former President of the Phoenix Union High School District School Board, about the chronic underfunding of Arizona’s Public Education System by Republican ideologues, who’ve somehow managed to convince themselves, if not the rest of us, that cutting taxes on their friends is the solution to every problem. Whatever outcome it is that they expect, the truth is that they’ve set fire to their own grandchildren’s future, and to the future of of every other Arizonan’s grandchildren as well. David Lujan’s new organization, The Arizona Center for Economic Progress, is dedicated to not letting them get away with it. He and his organization could use our help.

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Stephen Nuño Interview — Podcast August 21, 2017


How “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door” Became “Build the Wall!”: A History of U.S. Attitudes Toward Immigration. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino speaks with Northern Arizona University Professor Stephen Nuño about the history of U.S. attitudes toward immigration. Economic and political failures elsewhere, as well as the need for labor on an underdeveloped continent, have always contended against racial and cultural antipathy in determining both official policies and public attitudes toward immigration. What can an unbiased historical analysis tell us about what, if anything, distinguishes attitudes today from those on the day Emma Lazarus first published “The Colossus”?

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