Whoo-hoo—new podcast! In this week’s awesome hour of audio from Dakota Free Press, local music teacher Joe Berns tells us what he learned about the Koch Brothers’ vision of “capitalism” at an astroturf meeting in Aberdeen last week. As he critiques some of the claims raised by the Americans for Prosperity speakers, Berns leads us through a delightful adventure in economic philosophy (and really, how could such a philosophical discussion not be delightful?) as we consider “systematic coercion,” slavery, class struggle, Germany, and how maybe healthy capitalism depends on strong labor unions to protect us workers from our corporate overlords… or a world in which there are no giant corporations and we all run our own businesses.
Wow—that by itself is worth ringing the Blog Tip Jar!
But first, co-host Spencer Dobson and I recap the Aberdeen election, Trump’s proposed cuts to rural economic development, Bob Ellis’s departure from right-wing blogging, and the First Amendment implications of blocking people from the President’s Twitter account. Listen here:
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Aberdeen Election Results (and an invitation to Pope Francis and future contenders to the papacy to join us on the podcast!) [2:15]
Trump Budget Attacks Rural Economic Development [5:00]
- DFP post on cuts to USDA Rural Development, including links to Trump budget
Bob Ellis Quits Blogging [11:20]
The First Amendment, Twitter, and Responsible Presidential Communications [15:45]
Interview: Joe Berns [33:10]
- Joe’s really good essay on what he learned from the Koch Brothers: “Listening to Koch Astroturf on Capitalism, Coercion, and Child Labor,” Dakota Free Press, 2017.06.06.
- Cory’s preview of the Americans for Prosperity event.