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Mike Konczal (Rortybomb, Roosevelt Institute) and Jeremy Kessler (n+1, Yale University)

On Fireside Chats, Mike talks to Jeremy about law and the left. With regard to opponents of Obamacare, Jeremy discusses deficiencies in the conservative conception of freedom, and Mike wonders why Chief Justice Roberts ruled in favor of the law. Should liberals have been hoping for SCOTUS to strike down the individual mandate? And how has the notion of liberty changed since the Lochner era of the Supreme Court? Mike and Jeremy consider dissenting leftists, like civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald and the anti-statist members of Occupy. Finally, Mike turns a critical eye to the right-wing revolution in policing that’s taken place over the last 30 years.

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Recorded:Nov 21    Posted:Nov 26, 2012
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Fireside Chats | Nov 26, 2012 | Mike Konczal & Jeremy Kessler

Foreign Entanglements

Make corporate America protect Bangladeshi garment workers

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Erik Loomis, author of the new book Out of Sight, explains how to hold multinational corporations accountable in the developing world.

Is “death with dignity” a distraction?

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Derek Ayeh and Dr. Sean Morrison discuss whether the medical profession should focus its energy on palliative care instead of on assisted suicide. Plus: The biggest problems with American healthcare.

Woodruff & Strauss

Distortions of the DC/NY media hive mind

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Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell consider whether the national media overrates Chris Christie. Plus: The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage.

The Bernie Sanders coalition: A bunch of white people?

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Harold Meyerson and Jack Ross discuss whether Sanders’s class-based approach to politics may hinder his ability to form a racially diverse coalition.

The DMZ

A conservative’s lament: “When does it end?”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate progressive change in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage. Plus: Will Chris Christie play nationally?

The Glenn Show

Obama’s brilliant artifice

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Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Rational Actors

Passing the “ideological Turing test”

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Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

The future of conservative healthcare reform

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With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.

The DMZ

Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?