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Episode 1022

Authority Question

Sep 22 2018

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Allie Gross

No winners here: Busts and blight in Detroit's new housing market.

Journalist Allie Gross surveys the chaos created by Detroit's speculative real estate market - turning tax-foreclosed homes into bundles of risk in a chaotic financial landscape, and emptying neighborhoods of people and families for a long-shot at profit for investor groups, often located far away from the damages of their actions.

Allie wrote the article Detroit real estate game creates chaos in neighborhoods for the Detroit Free Press.



Carol Anderson

Understanding the slow burn of racialized voter suppression.

Historian Carol Anderson examines the new mechanisms of voter suppression in America - as part of a continual campaign of disenfranchisement of the poor, Black and Brown stretching back to America's founding, and as a renewed front in the Republican Party's project to rule from the minority by choosing its own electors.

Carol is author of the book One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy from Bloomsbury.

Carol is on a book tour across the US this fall



Bruce E. Levine

Authoritarian times call for anti-authoritarian people.

Psychologist Bruce E. Levine examines the return of authoritarianism to the minds, and politics, of Americans - from the fear-driven mass compliance of the neoliberal era, to the tragedy of pathologizing the dissenters and resisters pushing back against the illegitimate orders of the anti-democratic ruling elite class.

Bruce is author of the book Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian - Strategies, Tools, and Models from AK Press.



Megan Erickson

Capitalism devalues the lives of children and the labor of their caregivers.

Writer Megan Erickson looks at the realities of childcare under capitalism in America - from the inconsistent patchwork of health and safety regulations over care facilities to the demands of profit that devalue both lives of children and the labor of the workers caring for them - and explains why only a universal childcare system can deliver a healthy, happy childhood for children, parents and society.

Megan wrote the article A Blueprint for Universal Childhood for Jacobin.



Jeff Dorchen

On microgenerations and kids these days, or whatever 'these days' means these days.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen invents the term microgenerations (please do not attempt to verify) and considers what happens when cultural time speeds up, and Lorde and Sia aren't new artists anymore, when Twin Peaks Season Three is perfect and ungraspable and the future doesn't exist and is butt-ugly to boot.

Read the transcript here