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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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Washington, DC

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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

Language:

English


Episodes

#1391 The Road to Sedition (Repost)

1/19/2022
Original Air Date 1/10/2021 Today, in our 15th-anniversary episode, we take a look at the years and years of warning signs we have been highlighting since 2006 that collectively predict the armed insurrection against the government as the natural endpoint for a radicalized, conspiratorial, White/Christian-supremacist, permanently-minoritarian political movement that has lost its ability to win power by legitimate means. Transcript SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: American Fascists, Chris Hedges -...

Duration:01:24:08

#1466 The Faustian Bargain of Technological Advancement and Societal Degradation

1/15/2022
Air Date 1/15/2022 Today we take a look at tradeoffs that are becoming ever more evident between the advancement of mass communication and social media technologies and the ways in which those advancements contribute to the degradation of social cohesion. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) Visit Bombas.com/Best for 20% Off! BestOfTheLeft.com/Advertise Sponsor the...

Duration:01:04:03

Sample Bonus 244 Come Correct or Not At All

1/12/2022
Original Air Date: 12-21-21 Today, I am joined by Amanda, Erin and Deon to discuss: - Empathy and the In-Group/Out-Group dichotomy - Santa's new side hustles - Races vs Racialized Groups - Representation: Who is allowed to do what to, or take what from, whom? References: YouTube burnout is real. Creators are struggling to cope ‘I am not gonna die on the internet for you!’: how game streaming went from dream job to a burnout nightmare Words Matter: Meaning and Power bySally...

Duration:00:15:34

#1465 Epidemic of Patent Protection and Propaganda

1/9/2022
Air Date 1/9/2022 Today we take a look at a few of the recent failures and challenges facing the Democratic Party in the face of an oncoming wave of anti-democratic forces bent on establishing an entrenched, minority-rule government through aggressive gerrymandering and voter suppression. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) BestOfTheLeft.com/Advertise Sponsor the...

Duration:01:11:56

#1464 Fighting to Preserve Democracy With Only Democrats to Turn To

1/5/2022
Air Date 1/5/2022 Today we take a look at a few of the recent failures and challenges facing the Democratic Party in the face of an oncoming wave of anti-democratic forces bent on establishing an entrenched, minority-rule government through aggressive gerrymandering and voter suppression. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Julie Hollar on...

Duration:01:12:50

#1402 Racism or Classism? Caste Explains that it is Both (Repost)

12/31/2021
Original Air Date 3/6/2021 Today we take a look at the origins of race and the building of a caste system in the US based largely on the lessons from Isabel Wilkerson, author of "Caste: The Origins of our Discontent" Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript MEMBERSHIP, Gift Memberships and Donations! Want to advertise/sponsor the show? Details -> advertisecast.com/BestoftheLeft SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: John Biewen: The lie that...

Duration:01:30:15

#1387 Hyper-Partisanship is Baked Into the System, Not a Result of Bad Actors (Repost)

12/28/2021
Original Air Date 12/15/2020 Today we take a look at the current state of hyper-partisanship and its origins. The system seems broken because it is broken and it was never designed to work this way in the first place. And what about that bygone era of bipartisanship? It's likely that was a fluke and the result of one-party dominance in the New Deal era, it is not the norm throughout history. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email...

Duration:01:17:52

#1390 Tell Stories, Not Myths: Our Second Founding (Reconstruction) (Repost)

12/25/2021
Original Air Date 1/5/2021 Today we take a look at the often-overlooked decade of Reconstruction in the wake of the Civil War. After hundreds of years of slavery, Reconstruction was a brief moment of relative democracy and equality before the white power structure reasserted itself and instated the policies that would be known as "Jim Crow Laws" which would last another 80 years. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript MEMBERSHIP,...

Duration:01:13:05

#1463 People Are Waking Back Up To The Need For Labor Unions

12/22/2021
Air Date 12/22/2021 Today we take a look at some of the history of labor struggles in America and the current wave of strikes that is giving renewed energy to the labor union movement and the struggle for better working conditions for all. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) Check out Coffee from the Unf*cking the Republic podcast! BestOfTheLeft.com/Store BotL...

Duration:01:15:19

Bonus Sample: Mighty White

12/21/2021
Original Air Date: 12-7-21 Today, I am joined by Amanda, Erin and Deon to discuss: - Old and new usages of "White" - A little-known version of class mobility in Spanish colonial America - The Great Resignation References: That's Mighty White of You! Buying Whiteness Loving Your Job Is a Capitalist Trap - The Atlantic Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at...

Duration:00:13:50

#1462 There Will Be No Reichstag Fire

12/18/2021
Air Date 12/18/2021 Today we take a look at the roadmap to authoritarianism we are currently following including the detailed and multifaceted roadmap to a coup that was practiced leading up to January 6, 2021 and is being refined in preparation for the 2024 election. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) Get the Wisdom App for my Ask Me Anything event on Dec. 20 at...

Duration:01:08:09

#1461 Neoliberalism is Hanging on for Dear Life in Changing Times

12/15/2021
Air Date 12/15/2021 Today we take a look at the cracks and fissures appearing ever more quickly in the neoliberal order that was already widely criticized before the pandemic stripped it bare, exposing all of the inherent inequality and inhumanity baked right into the system. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows, Bonus Content and limited release wallpaper!) Get the Wisdom app to...

Duration:01:15:51

Year-End Membership Drive! Get our super-limited edition wallpaper!

12/14/2021
Become a sustaining member or upgrade today and get special wallpaper! Plus, as a thank-you gift during this drive, receive our special Best of the Left art for your phone or tablet when you sign up before the end of the year! In 2021, a distressing number of members had to downgrade or cancel their memberships because their financial situations had changed. Times are tough and uncertain, we certainly get that and are feeling the squeeze ourselves. So, if you CAN become a member today, we...

Duration:00:03:35

#1460 The Growing Threat of Minority Rule

12/12/2021
Air Date 12/12/2021 Today we take a look at the many structures of American government that tilt to favor minority rule and conservatism which, in our case, is one and the same. Some structures like the Senate and the filibuster were intentionally designed to give extra weight to the minority while others like gerrymandering and the influence of large-dollar political donors were, well, I suppose they were designed for about the same reason but just in a different way. Be part of the show!...

Duration:01:17:01

#1459 Disability Is Not Merely Physical or Mental But Is Also Social

12/8/2021
Air Date 12/8/2021 Today we take a look at the state of disability rights and reexamine what we thought we knew about what it means to be disabled in a society that is not built to accommodate various physical and mental disabilities. Is one inherently disabled by their condition or do they become disabled when they bump up against unnecessary barriers in society? Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support...

Duration:01:14:47

Bonus Sample #242 It's Always the Season for Male Supremacy

12/7/2021
Become a member for full bonus episodes! Original Air Date: 11-17-21 Today, I am joined by Amanda, Erin and Deon to discuss: - Breaking phone addiction - A comprehension quiz for our past two bonus episodes - Cartoon uteruses - Male supremacy, incels and violence - The socialization of attraction References: Interview with a bizarro conservative on The Ezra Klein Show Women's Clinic Logo Male Supremacist Terrorism as a Rising Threat by Alex DiBranco Does...

Duration:00:18:20

#1458 White Supremacy on Trial (Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Arbery Murder, Charlottesville Nazis)

12/2/2021
Air Date 12/2/2021 Today we take a look at the state of White Supremacy in the US through the lens of three recent trials; Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal for his role in the deaths of two and injury of one in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the conviction of the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery during what they claimed was a citizen's arrest, and a civil suit filed against White Supremacists for their role in the death and injuries during the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally and...

Duration:01:13:02

#1385 The Lost Causes of the Confederacy and the Forty Fives (Repost)

11/28/2021
Original Air Date 12/09/2020 Today we take a look in real-time at the construction of the world's newest Lost Cause narrative, the failed re-election of Donald Trump. This is not our country's first experience with Lost Causes and it's not, contrary to popular opinion, even our second connection to a Lost Cause narrative because we didn't invent the first one, we borrowed it from somewhere else and I will tell that story today. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or...

Duration:01:17:43

#1457 GOP Authoritarianism Will Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

11/25/2021
Air Date 11/24/2021 Today we take a look at the state of the ever-increasingly authoritarian Republican Party as they hack the media by being too terrible to hold to account, hack the democratic process through gerrymandering and endlessly rebrand because in their core they stand for nothing. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VISIT TENTREE.COM And use the code...

Duration:01:10:35

#1456 Capitalism and Colonialism vs Climate Progress

11/20/2021
Air Date 11/20/2021 Today we take a look at the state of international climate negotiations and the intersection of capitalism and colonialism in the role of indigenous peoples around the world in stewarding the lands in a climate-friendly way. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) BestOfTheLeft.com/Refer Sign up, share widely, get rewards. It's that easy! SHOP...

Duration:01:01:58