#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men

Air Date: 7-11-2017

Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Call It Even - Scott Simons


Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland


Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17


Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists?

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Recommended Reading/Sharing:

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian)

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox)

The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times)

What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities)

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times)

Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2017-07-17 16:54:51 -0400
    I think your anger at the end of this episode is perfectly justified. I found the NPR/Medicare Researcher story especially odious. You definitely hit many of the points that, as was listening, I thought, “…but what about…” in particular, the flawed reasoning the economist used. A lottery method didn’t allow the researchers to determine the age, race, education, resident neighborhood, and many other demographic factors that might provide them a clear picture of the experimental vs. control group. And as you pointed out, the fact that people finally have insurance makes sense that they would use it. Those without insurance may be avoiding the emergency rooms because of the cost, that doesn’t mean the insured were now “abusing” access to emergency rooms. And, it seems that it was a pretty short-term study, I think the long-term effects would paint a clearer picture as to whether or not giving access to healthcare to people is a worthwhile endeavor. Sloppy science is what I heard in that NPR interview. One of the Koch brothers is on the board at NPR, no surprise their stories are going to have a more Libertarian spin.
  • commented 2017-07-15 09:07:10 -0400
    Jay,
    Not sure where else to post this, but it’s regarding your announcement and something from the rerun episode.
    1) I’m glad you’re taking time for yourself. Personally, I had no idea the amount of time you have to commit in order to put together a show. I appreciate your efforts and enjoy the shows.
    2) One of the clips from David Pakman was about Costco and Trader Joe’s. The argument he was making was about Costco’s membership and how people are using that as a way to explain their financial success. One thing that I don’t think was taken into consideration is that you actually get money back (well, a check to use at Costco) that is a percentage of the money you spend there. So, my membership costs $120/year. But. last year I got an $80 check to use to purchase things that I would be purchasing there anyway. And, while I know that doesn’t actually cost them $80, it does subtract from their profits. Also, people that use their memberships more than I do would get more back, up to $2k. Again, I understand the benefits to Costco, but it does need to be factored in to their bottom line. Just a small argument against the WalMart idea that they can’t pay their workers a livable wage.