Welcome to Liberally Correct!
In the third episode of Liberally Correct, Eric Mack and Brett Madsen get into the finer details of Bernie Sanders’ proposed revolution and whether people actually want what he was proposing. Brett contrasts his recent year in China with some of the goals of the Sanders campaign.
They then examine income and wealth inequality and discuss the historical role that the industrial revolution played in the writing of The Communist Manifesto in 1848. They also wonder how much the current economic anxiety has to do with the digital/information revolution and whether the current income and wealth inequality will even out over time, as it did after the industrial revolution ended.
Eric and Brett then list several things we need to do to have a better democracy. Finally, they ask the question, “Would Bernie have won against Trump?”
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Books Mentioned That Are Worth Reading
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Published in French in 2013; in English in 2014)
Think Pieces Mentioned That Are Worth Reading
America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny by Andrew Sullivan (Appeared on nymag.com on May 1, 2016)
This Episode’s 45 RPM Single
In each episode, we will create a 45 RPM single with the intro and outro music (each typically taken from the same album). The intro music is the A-side; the outro music is the B-side. We believe music should be more relevant when it comes to politics, so we’re showcasing some songs we like each episode.
Even though this technically violates copyright law since the songs are not “podsafe,” you have options below to stream or buy the album or songs in order to offset any potential revenue lost on the part of the artist or record label. (Hopefully this will keep them from coming after us to cease and desist for, you know, giving their music free advertising.)
If you like what you hear, give it some extra spins (and let us know in the comments below that you’re buying or streaming the songs so we can actually have a legal defense in the future).
A-side: “Superman” by R.E.M., from Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) [Originally by The Clique]
B-side: “Begin the Begin” by R.E.M., from Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)