Historian and analyst Matt Stoller joins The Margin of Error to discuss his recent article published in The Atlantic entitled “How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul.” The gang discusses how a flood of young idealistic cohort of Democrats swept into office in the wake of Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Dubbed the “Watergate Babies,” these former campus activists, civil rights organizers, and feminists not only challenged the corruption of the Republican Party, they also disrupted the New Deal establishment of their own party. In this episode, host Allan Branstiter talks to Stoller about America’s history of Populism, the merits and shortcomings of Watergate Baby reforms, and why Democrats should reclaim their anti-monopoly traditions in a post-Neoliberal era.
In this week’s episode Allan and Carson discuss policing and race in Wrigleyville, and the long history of American conservatives blatantly suppressing voters in disadvantaged communities. The gang explores the history and law behind the Republican’s 1982 consent decree, voter caging, conservative hostility to universal suffrage, and their willingness to violate said consent decree and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This episode ends with an conversation with freelance music writer Ben Sailer, who joins the show to discuss his latest article in the Alternative Press, “An Open Letter to Bands: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Skip Small Towns.”
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Historian and literary scholar Maximillian Alvarez discusses his open letter to Millennials published in The Baffler entitled “The Snarxist Temptation.” Among other things, the gang discusses how our generation’s embrace of ironic forms is preventing us from achieving our revolutionary potential, the shortcomings of the “Cult of Wokeness,” leftist self-promotion, group policing, and (most importantly) the role Millennials must play in bridging identity politics and any hope of a collectivist future. They also consider which past models today’s activists can use to organize effectively and the stunning effectiveness of Black Lives Matter.
Friend of the podcast and AgreeingLoudly.com writer Troy Olson joins Allan and Carson as the break down the third and final presidential debate. Who won? What moments stood out the most? Where does the Republican Party go from here? Who will win the Senate and House? Why is the GOP better at cultivating new talent than the Democrats? Join our discussion by sending us a tweet @moepodcast1 or leaving a message on our Facebook page!
Episode 6 is streaming on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube! Carson and Allan are joined by friend of the podcast and founding member of the League of Casual Observers Hayden McD to reflect upon the outcome of the second presidential debate, the joys of being a liberal in the Deep South, and Trump’s misogyny.