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The Public Sphere

Release Date: 03/11/2019

Alligator Tears for Sears show art Alligator Tears for Sears

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Pete and Luke talk about the death of Sears, which declared bankruptcy on Oct 14th. What's remarkable about the story is how the CEO, Eddie Lampart, who bought Sears in 2003, is poised to massively profit from the the destruction of the iconic American retail brand. The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers' Review.

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Pete and Luke talk about Elizabeth Anderson’s Tanner Lectures in Human Values: "Liberty, Equality, and Private Government." Anderson says we don’t really understand the relationship between the “free market” and some of our most cherished political ideals, namely freedom and equality. This has lead us to overlook how the modern workplace has become politically authoritarian even as it is championed by free market ideologues.

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Rafael Khachaturian and Sean Guillory visit to talk about their new article "Mapping the American Left." Both have been on the podcast before. Their article lists a few challenges faced by the Left in America.

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In a shorter episode, Pete and Luke are astounded by President Trump's declaration of a State of Emergency in order to find money for his border wall. The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers Review.

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Research Interests: Neoliberalism show art Research Interests: Neoliberalism

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A discussion about neoliberalism as a political and theoretical concept arising out of research research and reading. The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers' Review.

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Pete and Luke discuss a controversial article from Andrew Sullivan, "America's New Religions," in New York Magazine. They debate the differences between small-L liberalism and small-C conservatism in political theory. They also probe the role played by religion in providing the background cultural resources for stable political disagreements (as Sullivan seems to believe it must).

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Pete talks with frequent guest Wes Bishop about how politics (mis-)characterizes and stereotypes the working class.

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Pete and Luke discuss a few articles about party politics in America. The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers Review.

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Reconsidering Fascism in America show art Reconsidering Fascism in America

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On this episode, Luke and Pete discuss "Scary Clowns,” an article in the Baffler by Brendan O'Conner. Luke begins with a monologue about his growing fear of extremist right-wing violence. We consider the connections between more mainstream conservative groups and fascist groups like the Proud Boys. We discuss the racial polarization of politics, and how race has crystalized into a political differentiator. Finally, we consider the complicity by silence of the GOP.

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Ryan Zinke and Public Use show art Ryan Zinke and Public Use

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Pete and Luke discuss Ryan Zinke, the scandal-ridden Secretary of the Interior. What does "public land for public use" mean? What is an "America First" energy policy? They also briefly revisit last week's topic, Matthew Whitaker, the newly appointed acting Attorney General. The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers Review.

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Rafael Khachaturian and Sean Guillory discuss their new article "Mapping the American Left." Both have been on the podcast before. Their article lists a few challenges faced by the Left in America.

"Mapping the American Left," Социология власти [Sociology of Power] Том 30 No 4 (2018).

The Public Sphere is a podcast from Contrivers Review.

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