Democracy

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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Supreme Inequality: Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen, senior writer for Time magazine and prior member of The New York Times editorial board, is the author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America. We discuss the power of the Supreme Court, the far-reaching consequences of the court’s decisions, and the decades-long consistency of rulings against America’s poor.

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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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State Capture: Alex Hertel-Fernandez

Alex Hertel-Fernandez is Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and the author of State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States – and the Nation. We discuss the efficacy of controlling state legislatures and implementing public policies to reshape the political terrain.

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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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Surveillance Capitalism: Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff is a Harvard Professor emerita and the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. We discuss the creation of a human futures market by surveillance capitalists and the pursuit to replace democratic governance with computational governance by instrumentarian power.

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