Ralph talks about fighting political corruption Texas-style with Craig McDonald, director of Texans For Public Justice and professor Brandon L. Garrett fills us in on the depth of American corporate crime with his book Too Big To Jail.
Ralph interviews Steven Shafarman, program director of an organization called Basic Income Action, who explains how we can solve a lot of our nation’s problems by guaranteeing about $1,000 a month to every citizen for food and shelter. Ralph also critiques the recent bankruptcy decision that shields General Motors from lawsuits stemming from deaths due to faulty ignition switches. Plus more of your Facebook questions.
Ralph talks to Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First about how to fight shady development deals in your community and along the way Steve and David find out that the New York Stock Exchange is actually a non-profit organization. Ralph also gives his review of the president’s State of the Union address, and we answer more listener questions.
Law Professor Rena Steinzor talks to Ralph about her new book, Why Not Jail? which makes the case for treating corporate criminal like we treat street criminals. We discuss the new opening up to Cuba and Ralph tells us about some of his personal encounters with Fidel Castro.
In a wide ranging discussion, we feel sorry for former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, who apparently can’t refinance his house. We also wonder why progressives are so bad at messaging. And Ralph tells consumers how they can free themselves from their shackles. Plus, your Facebook questions.
We discuss what came first, the corporation or the state; what they do in Brazil we never do here (hint: it has nothing to do with shaving); what you can do to help raise the minimum wage; and Ralph tells us how he once was the guest of honor at a Corvair convention and lived to tell the tale.
Ralph carves up Antonin Scalia and “Corporate Welfare King,” Rush Limbaugh, points out how Exxon actually made money on the Exxon/Valdez oil spill; and we discuss whether Germany actually won World War II, and the one position that Ralph took that he now regrets.