Description: From Covid to Climate, planned economies are the future, but who will do the planning and who will benefit? We go back to the 1870s and the rise of corporate bureaucracy. Bill, Rachel, Kelley.
Description: Nate reviews two books on political genocides of Southeast Asia during the Cold War: “The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anti-Communist Crusade and the Mass Murder that Shaped our World” by Vincent Bevins (2020) and “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung (2000, adapted as a movie in 2017).
Description: Bill, Rachel, and Kelley discuss airline deregulation and bankruptcies, the post-9/11 and covid-19 airline bailouts, and why the US should obviously nationalize the passenger airline industry.
Description: Beyond “natural monopolies,” the second industrial revolution beginning in the 1870s probably required the formation of monopolies like Standard Oil, but did those monopolies have to be in private hands? Bill and Rachel investigate.
"We must be the great arsenal of democracy. For us this is an emergency as serious as war itself. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war."
-Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 29, 1940