November 15 - Why the Democrats Lost the White Working Class; Will the Outsider Pick a Wall Street Insider as Treasury Secretary?; Has the Murderous, Foul-Mouthed Filipino President Gone Too Far?

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We begin with an analysis of why white working class voters rejected Hillary Clinton and voted for Donald Trump and speak with Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center of Worklife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. We discuss her article at the Harvard Business Review “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class” and analyze why Democrats have concentrated on race and gender issues and not addressed the concerns of the working class, and assess the risks of America’s continued class cluelessness in not bridging the class culture gap that is likely to turn dangerous when it becomes clear that Donald Trump will not bring jobs in steel back to Youngstown, Ohio.

 

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Part 2

Then we speculate on the likely choices for the top cabinet posts, Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury, and look into the resume of the frontrunner for treasury, Steven Mnuchin who served as the Trump campaign’s chief fundraiser and was an investment banker on Wall Street who profited from foreclosures following the 2008 housing crash. Bartlett Naylor, the financial policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division who was previously chief of investigations for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, joins us to discuss what the combination of a Wall Street insider chosen by the alleged outsider and Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand economic agenda will mean for the average American. 

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Part 3

Then finally we assess whether the murderous, foul-mouthed Filipino President Duterte has gone too far following his lightning romance with the Chinese after having insulted the U.S. president and the head of the U.N. and threatened to kick the U.S. out of the Philippines. Alfred McCoy, the Chair of History at the University of Wisconsin and author of “Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State”, joins us. We discuss the impact of the repudiation of Duterte by his mentor the former President of the Philippines General Fidel Ramos, who recently resigned as the country’s special envoy to China after blasting his former protégé in the press. 

 

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