Brook Sayen

Unfortunately, Prop 22 Passed. Get Ready For More.

As the nation watched Trump flail through democratic norms in a pitiful attempt to undo the will of more than 80 million Americans, it missed something with a more harmful long-term impact: the passage of California’s Proposition 22.  Prop 22 creates a special employment designation for gig-workers like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash drivers. It forces…

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The New Robber Barons

“You need strong antitrust laws as a democracy protection,” author, professor, and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout told Mila during our recent interview. “People hate corporate monopolies, and it’s actually one of those areas where the people are way ahead of politicians in understanding the power structures in this country.” Listen to our interview with…

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How Keynes Influenced FDR’s New Deal

John Maynard Keynes lived a remarkable life as an intellectual titan of a bygone era. He married Europe’s most famous dancer, held lifelong friendships with English writers and thinkers like T.S. Elliot, Virginia Wolfe, and George Bernard Shaw. His bold ideas pulled England out of a debilitating financial crisis in the aftermath of the First…

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5 Reasons The 2020 Election is Not Like 2016

Biden is up in the polls, but so was Clinton four years ago. Why is this election different, and what does it mean for the Democratic challenger this time around? Well, this is it. We’ve dropped our final episode before the 2020 presidential election, and this is the last blog post before the big day….

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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 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 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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