Allen Ruff interviews journalist and political commentator Thomas Frank , author of the recent “Listen, Liberal or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People.” The book gives a historical look at the rise of the “professional class” in the Democratic Party, the abandonment of the party’s traditional popular base, and the results.
Both political sides have made their voices heard over the years when they thought the government wasn’t serving their interests. The Occupy movement on the left made talk of economic inequality commonplace. The Tea Party put the fear of God in GOP politicians. One movement steered clear of involvement with elections, and the other jumped […]
Wisconsin is a shadow of its former self. Once known as a beacon of clean and open government, an industrial powerhouse, and a leading force in the dairy industry, much has changed. The state provided Trump a surprising victory, showing that voters want change. In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean Nation explains why Wisconsin […]
The November election showed that many Americans are not happy with the two major democratic parties. How can our democracy empower third parties? Guest host Bert Zipperer takes on ranked-choice voting, a system allowing people to vote for a second choice after voting for who they really want, and helps assure all representatives have over […]
Changes to our health care system will affect millions of American citizens who are dependent on accessible and affordable health insurance. Republicans are determined to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but haven’t yet found a good solution as to how to accomplish that. In this commentary, Mike McCabe of BlueJean Nation gives his […]
We need to talk about privilege. For someone who is white and poor, talk of white privilege makes no sense. When you’re white and can’t afford to send your kids to college, your home town is dying, and you can’t get the necessities to live comfortably in the 21st century, the term white privilege has […]