When Meritocracy Breeds Greed…

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Date: July 07, 2022

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“Journalist Steven Brill discusses how the U.S. lost sight of the common good.

When people use their success to only help themselves and not the common good, is meritocracy failing?

According to journalist Steven Brill, that is cause and consequence of much of what ails American society today. Joined by INET President Rob Johnson and Better Markets President and CEO Dennis Kelleher, Brill discusses his new book Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It (Knopf, 2018).

Brill chronicles the erosion of the common good in American society. Congressional representatives are more in touch with their donors than their constituents. The executives who caused the financial crisis have avoided any criminal responsibility. And the middle class dream—that our children will be better off than us—is, in Brill’s words, “just not happening.” But, Brill also offers a hopeful look at the resilience of people who are speaking truth to power and challenging the economic, political, and social institutions that have fragmented the U.S.”

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BEING HUMAN ARCHIVE

We Are Entering a New Economic World…

Date: July 07, 2022

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“Economics Nobel Laureate Michael Spence discusses the profound changes that are rippling through the global economy as we emerge from the COVID recession, where economic growth will have to rely more on productivity gains instead of the incorporation of excess labor capacity and what this would mean for countries around the world.

Luohan Academy event referenced in the episode:
https://www.luohanacademy.com/media/videos/1c0a858ef426753e

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Progressive Organizations Self-Implode while Roe is Overturned – with Ryan Grim…

Date: July 07, 2022

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“The Intercept’s Ryan Grim shares his new article Elephant in the Zoom, which explains how internal struggles have progressive advocacy groups at a standstill during a critical political moment. He argues that workplace problems, while important to deal with, are distracting these groups from the issues they were created to fight for.

And while progressives are doing internal evaluations, do you think Republican groups are analyzing their micro-aggressions or are they busy seizing power?

Plus, Grim ‘calls out’ the left’s call-out vs call-in problem, explains why the left is ditching their anti-war stance to escalate the proxy war in Ukraine, and why journalists are fine with the recent extradition of Julian Assange, which is, of course, and attack on a free press. Subscribe and watch the full interview to get it all.

Oh yeah, and Aaron’s now a top conspiracy theorist, according to the great journalists at The Guardian.

It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.”

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Richard Wolff: This Is the Worst Economic Period in My Lifetime…

Date: July 07, 2022

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“Americans are deeply pessimistic about the economy despite the attempts of many commentators to highlight how “good” the economy is on paper. Richard Wolff discusses why so many people feel the economy is not working for them, and what socialist should do to rally voters around a program that will make the economy work for everyone.”

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Lewis Lapham: Can America Survive the Rule of a “Stupified Plutocracy”?…

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Date: July 06, 2022

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“When author and journalist Lewis Lapham, founder of Lapham’s Quarterly and former editor of Harper’s, turned his shrewd gaze on the go-go ‘80s in “Money and Class in America,” he never imagined the era’s avatar of greed would one day become President Donald Trump. Three decades later, Lapham shares his views on the decades-long deterioration of democracy in an interview with INET’s Lynn Parramore. An expanded and revised edition of his book is now available with a new foreward by Thomas Frank from OR Books.”

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BEING HUMAN ARCHIVE