ReConsider, by Xander and Erik, is a twice per month podcast in which we take on, in-depth, one pressing political issue facing western Democracies with a fresh, researched, and challenging perspective. We help listeners see the full context behind the issue and make up their own minds.
We had the pleasure of hosting Alanna McCargo, VP of Housing and Finance Policy at the Urban Institute to help us answer a listener question about wealth inequality, and Xander came across an incredible article with an important question: how does real estate impact the ongoing wealth gap between white Americans and Americans of color? And what drives the ongoing housing gap?
The answer is…. pretty darn complicated. Thanks as always to the Urban Institute for the really enlightening conversation and great questions. Alanna is awesome; this is definitely worth a listen!
With the Democratic 2020 Primary heating up (already), serious proposals about more free stuff in America have come to the front of the national conversation. What would free college look like? What about free healthcare? What would the impact be? We take an ever-so-shallow look at all of these to help you navigate through a few of the proposals.
There are, as usual, structural reasons why the election cycle is so long. This year's is bigger and earlier than ever. Has it always been this way? If not, what happened? FIND OUT HERE.
What have been the long term consequences of US and allied drug policy? In this episode we look at both domestic demand (The “War on Drugs” and foreign supply (The “Drug War”) efforts, and the results that have come from them.
This is all in a response to questions from listener Russell Waldman; keep them coming, everyone!
Many single-payer (nationally funded) healthcare systems pay a lot less for drugs, services, and equipment than US insurers do. They have a monopsony and therefore a lot of buying power--makes sense, right? Erik recently has a revelation that calls this logic into question... though without any clear answers.
You might feel pretty strongly about trade and immigration policy--either very happy or very cranky with the way things are currently being done. But you might be surprised to learn that your tribe might have felt very differently about it just a few years ago.
“Congressman Erik: just say no.”
Erik’s on the warpath over that darned image we got for the listener Q&A, so Xander and Erik are going to talk about how the US government actually spends its money. Prepare to be surprised!
Don’t wait until a week before midterms to start your research! Get a leg up on where to get accurate information on your (many) voting choices with ReConsider’s guide to the election this year.
Trade war’s on, baby. Why is it happening? What’s at stake? How does free trade even work?
Are tariffs against China The Art of the Deal, or the tantrums of a madman? Is China a trade cheater or is Trump just pandering to the base?
Time to get some context.
In this episode we answer some listener questions about the national debt! Namely:
How big is it?
How much does China/etc own and what does that mean?
But seriously guys are we in trouble here?
Learn all of this and more on today's episode!
Last time we interviewed Carlos Lara and Prof. Robert Murphy to give us the Austrian perspective on the boom & bust cycle. Today we’re going to see the another side of the debate, with the help of Jake Meyer, a Nobel Prize losing economist at California State University!
Probably our fiercest economics episode yet. We had a lot of fun.
In the past few episodes we've talked about a number of different economic theories about the trade cycle and the Fed's role in it. Today the Austrians have their say. We interview L. Carlos Lara (CEO of United Services & Trust Corporation) and Professor Robert P. Murphy (of Texas Tech), fellow podcasters and experts on Austrian economics, to get the lowdown of the self-styled heterodox school of economics.
The GOP Tax Bill was marketed to supercharge growth, help the middle class, and boost worker pay. It’s sold both as a “tax cut” and as “tax reform.” Some people really liked it, some people really hated it, but most people don't know much about it. Let's find out!
In this episode, Dr. Donald Marron of the Urban Institute joins us to help bring a big chunk of economic expertise to the discussion we've been having about economics and particularly monetary policy this year. We even manage to get him to crack a few jokes with us about topics from butter to Bitcoin.
Dr. Marron served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was Director of the Congressional Budget Office. As you can guess from all this experience, he's particularly great at explaining economics to smart people who aren't economists. We had a ton of fun and know you will, too.
Last episode we heard a lot of arguments in the favor of the gold standard as opposed to having a fiat currency. In this episode we'll understand the decline of the gold standard and the reasons behind it to learn some of the hurdles to returning.
Now that ain't workin'--that's the way you do it!
What the heck is fiat currency? Why are we on it? Can the US print money to pay its debts? Why do people want to return to the Gold Standard? Find out all of this and more as we kick off a series on economics that will include everything from inflation to interest rates to Bitcoin!
Do separatist movements in Catalonia, Basque, Lombardy & Venecia, and other places, constitute a larger threat to the nation-state? What drives people to move towards fixing a nation versus leaving it when they're fed up?
Catalonia declared independence. It didn't go well. But why did they? Why now? And what are the implications for the rest of Europe?
Ever wonder why the United States has a system with two parties and not more? Find out why the US system is the way it is, and why other countries are different.
"Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ [or ‘sham’]... “ -- Angela Merkel, 2015
Just after enacting the "open door" migrant policy, Angela Merkel and all of Europe faced a political backlash, including rising nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Europe took in a fairly small number of Middle Eastern refugees. Why has it been so painful?