May 10, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 3 (Rail Rate Wars) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 307

Description: Rachel and Bill discuss the railroad shipping rate discount wars of the 1870s northeastern United States and their role in the rise of Standard Oil. (See also part 1 and part 2.)

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 3, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 2 (Rise of Standard Oil) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 306

Description: Rachel and Bill explain how Rockefeller pushed his way to the top position in the early U.S. oil industry in the early 1870s and began to form a monopoly. (This episode is a continuation of the narrative in part 1.)

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 26, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 1 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 305

Description: With crude oil prices crashing into the negatives for the first time ever, Rachel and Bill go back to the industry’s volatile beginning — the Pennsylvania oil rush.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 19, 2020 – Interstate Compacts, Revisited – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 304

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss why coronavirus pandemic coordination between governors is not technically an “interstate compact” and what the 19th century Supreme Court said about interstate disease control.

AFD Ep. 304 Links and Notes (PDF):

Return to episode 92 from July 2014:

Original theme music by Stunt Bird.

April 12, 2020 – Hospital Economics – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 303

Description: What the coronavirus pandemic highlights about the problems of privatized and semi-privatized healthcare, especially in the management and operation of hospitals. Greg, Rachel, Bill.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 29, 2020 – Bring to Birth a New World from the Ashes of the Old – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 302 EXTENDED

In this extended episode, Bill and Rachel discuss the failure of market liberal democracies to prevent or respond to the pandemic adequately and how the overnight unique economic collapse is forcing employers and employees alike to rethink how we organize our society.

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Return to Lend-Lease 20: Climate Change and the End of Liberal World as We Know It. External podcast episodes referenced this week: Trashfuture Season 3 Premiere Line Go Stop; Trillbilly Workers Party 139 Trial Balloon for a Climate Disaster.

Opening theme music by Stunt Bird. Closing music this week is “Solidarity Forever.”

Mar 22, 2020 – More on Tax Havens – AFD 301

Description: Rachel and Bill continue their discussion of corporate and individual tax avoidance in the US, including offshore havens and onshore havens like Delaware and Nevada.

Ep. 301 Links and Notes (PDF):

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Return to ep. 298. Return to ep. 147 (Oct 2015).