#811 The affliction of wealth on people and society (Economics)

Today we look at some of the reasons why rich people have a tendency to be some of the worst people on the planet and how their actions make things worse for everyone, including themselves.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The persecuted rich - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-30-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perfect Balance (Population Ballroom Mix) - Perfect Balance - EP

Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Do Crazy Rich People Keep Talking About Nazism? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Friends and Neighbors - Ain't She Sweet

Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Wolf Of Wall Street Comes Clean In Op-Ed - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Philosophy - Ben Folds Five

Ch. 8: Act 4: Affluenza vs Impoverbetes - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date 12-16-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: My Wealth Comes to Me - Dear Companion

Ch. 10: Act 5: They're Bigger Assholes Than You Ever Thought | Wall Street Secret Society Infiltrated - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Game Is Rigged - Badly Stuffed Animals

Ch. 12: Act 6: Citizen’s United Take Two via @CommonCause - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? - TEDx - Air Date: 12-2013


Ch. 15: Coverage of Ukraine dropped the ball - Issac from DC

Ch. 16: Thoughts on Joss Whedon's speech - Rosa from Denver, CO

Ch. 17: The cold war then and now - Maureen from Mass

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 18: Final comments on my bad mood leading to today's fuck-the-rick episode

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


Take Action on McCutcheon v FEC from Common Cause

Sources/further reading:

McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission from SCOTUS Blog

"Scalia’s looming fiasco: Obscure new SCOTUS case may be worse than Citizens United" by Josh Eidelson

"Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term” by Jessica Mason Pieklo

"How Much Did Sheldon Adelson Really Spend on Campaign 2012?” from ProPublica

”Who Is Foster Friess? Seven Facts You Need to Know” from


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-04-29 15:43:22 -0400
    Call to action for fighting economic disparity. As a contemporary professional I have divested from my company’s 401k. If we all can stop funnel in money to wall street we may be able to change the economic system with investing in local co-ops or in the people around us.
  • commented 2014-03-25 10:24:18 -0400
    Good program but I would stop just short of calling affluence an affliction, the SOBs will want it covered by insurance and the rates will go up for the rest of us.