Brook Sayen

The Destructive Power of Belief

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana’s creative maxim is overused, but as the 21st century lumbers through avoidable catastrophe after accidental nightmare, it isn’t overstated. The rest of the world watches with alarm as we openly flirt with fascism, fail to protect crumbling institutions, and stumble over the…

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Why We Need to Defeat Proposition 22

This week on the podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jess Kutch, co-founder of CoWorker.org. We focus on building worker power and the unique ways technology is both removing worker voice and strengthening it in various sectors of the economy. Future Hindsight · Digital Labor Organizing: Jess Kutch CoWorker.org is a digital organizing…

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How the Supreme Court Might Change, and How We Can Fix It

This week, we talk with Adam Cohen about the conservative tilt of the Supreme Court and the harm it has caused Americans. It’s a fascinating conversation, but we’re focusing on a different angle in today’s blog: the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a bulwark of liberal ideals, and her passing marks an immeasurable…

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What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

A real democracy finds bureaucrats and grassroots activists working together to advocate for impacted communities and make sure legislative priorities match the needs of everyday Americans. According to our guest this week, K. Sabeel Rahman, the intersection of bureaucratic federal agencies and constituencies is one of the pillars of a functioning democracy. This symbiotic relationship…

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How ALEC Helped Enron

This week, Mila recorded a stellar interview with Columbia associate professor and author Alexander Hertel-Fernandez. Alex recently wrote an illuminating book called State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States — and the Nation. In it, he describes the troika of conservative organizations working to forward pro-business goals, and…

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What is the Fraternal Order of Police?

This week, our guest is the legendary scholar Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. We were lucky enough to sit down with her and Caroline Tervo, both co-editors of the new book Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to…

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