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?
Time for Part 2 of the rise of separatism in Europe, where we have a lively debate with Fonseca about the movement of Europe into the future!
Map of separatist movements in Europe:
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!