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Mike Konczal (Rortybomb, Roosevelt Institute) and Seth Ackerman (Jacobin)

On Fireside Chats, Mike talks to Seth, author of a recent article in Jacobin calling for a “feasible socialism.” Seth gives a short history of the utopian left in the 20th century, then reviews the failings of both centrally planned economies and market economies. Mike questions Seth about his proposal to socialize the financial sector. Is market socialism a better model than social democracy? They examine the current position of teachers in America as a frame for testing Seth’s idea. Finally, how should Europe’s path guide liberals in the US?

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Recorded:Jan 28    Posted:Jan 29, 2013
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Fireside Chats | Jan 29, 2013 | Mike Konczal & Seth Ackerman

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.

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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?