Tag Archives: Koch Brothers

Rise of the Oligarchs – July, 16, 2018

The Democratic Perspective team addresses some of the things that have diminished the power of voters and led to an oligarchy (a nation controlled by the moneyed class) as determined by a peer-reviewed study. Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino … Continue reading

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Samantha Parsons and Matt Garcia Interview – Podcast April 23, 2018

Fighting For Academic Freedom Against The Koch Brothers’ Billions. Democratic Perspective host Steve Williamson welcomes Samantha Parsons, co-founder of Un-Koch My Campus, and Dartmouth Professor Matt Garcia, author of A World of its Own: Race, Water and Citrus In The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Steve Segner Interview — Podcast March 27, 2017

Carnival Barkers Make Lousy Presidents: Donald Trump Tries Governing a Country of 325 Million People With Tweets, Executive Orders, and a 36 Year Old Son-In-Law. Steve Segner, community activist, owner of the El Portal hotel in Sedona, and a valued sponsor of Democratic Perspective, joins Mike … Continue reading

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Harriet Young Interview — Podcast April 11, 2016

On Being More Careful What We Wish For: What Electing an Ignorant and Corrupt Republican Legislative Majority Has Cost Arizonans. An impoverished public education system. Incompetently managed private prisons. Denial of health care to needy children. Hysterical ideological crusades against the federal government. Voter suppression laws. Gun-nuttery. … Continue reading

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Oligarchy: A Greek Name for an American Tragedy in the Making — Podcast August 10, 2015

If Government By the People Is For Sale, Shouldn’t the People Be Getting a Higher Price? President Jimmy Carter said recently that the United States has become “an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president … Continue reading

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The Confederate State of Arizona — Podcast March 16, 2015

The Payback for Dark Money in Arizona: More Corporate Tax Cuts, Continued Defunding of Public Education, and Yahoo! a Secessionist Republican Legislature. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson dissect the results of the 2014 election in Arizona: a seemingly endless stream of bills from both houses of … Continue reading

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The Gigantic Kochtopus.

In a series of 5-4 rulings, with conservatives in the majority, the US Supreme Court has opened the floodgates of political spending by corporations and billionaires. In Valeo v. Buckley, the Court essentially ruled that political spending is the equivalent … Continue reading

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The Kochtopus and Its Tentacles — Podcast April 7, 2014

The Kochtopus: Buying Our Democracy With Dark Money. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined by producer Gary LaMaster for an analysis of the shell organizations Charles and David Koch, Koch Industries, and other wealthy individual and corporate players use … Continue reading

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