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Cleaning Up Trump’s Mess

Ralph welcomes back Professor Adolph Reed to talk about whether Biden’s racially and gender diverse cabinet will actually translate into a real shift of power to the people or follow the same old corporatist playbook. And Constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein, returns to argue for a full impeachment and conviction of Donald Trump no matter how long it takes.

Professor Adolph Reed is Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a volunteer on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and a co-organizer of Higher Ed for Bernie. He is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with race and class in American society and writes regularly for The New Republic as well as The Nation.

“When you get down to it, Biden, like any one of these elected officials at… any level is going to be as good or as bad or as strong or as weak as the political forces that he feels he has to respond to.”

Professor Adolph Reed, Professor Emeritus in political science at the University of Pennsylvania

“Once you accept and even find a way to craft a… left politics around a fundamental mindset that corporate power is just nature and there’s nothing we can do about it– except maybe make some little penetration against the very edges of it, or reshuffle allocations within the fundamentally unequal regime of corporate power– then you can’t go anywhere. You can’t do anything. You can’t win anything. You can’t challenge it.”

Professor Adolph Reed, Professor Emeritus in political science at the University of Pennsylvania

Bruce Fein is a Constitutional scholar, who previously appeared on this program in 2019 to outline thirteen articles of impeachment for President Trump, and October 2020 to outline fourteen reasons President Trump was a “clear and present danger” and should be removed from office. Mr. Fein was Associate Deputy Attorney General under Ronald Reagan and he is the author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire: Before the Fall.

“It’s important that the House present the case solidly with evidence. There’s no need to rush it really fast to accommodate Mr. Biden’s program. If it takes a little bit longer, it does. Because this impeachment trial is for the ages. It’s for a precedent that hopes to prevent a reoccurrence for a hundred, two hundred years for posterity. And we can’t compromise their liberty because Mr. Biden wants to get a few weeks’ advance running start on his domestic program. That can wait.”
Bruce Fein, author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy

“Lets face it, Biden has a very easy act to follow.”
Ralph Nader

“Our civil service has been degraded, devastated, hollowed out. A lot of great scientists and other professionals in the federal executive branch have been pushed out or just retired in disgust because they were basically overridden, like a lot of the scientists at the centers for disease control. Or they were given window (dressing) jobs… they were put in an empty office and shunted aside and not allowed to do anything… There’s going to be a lot of that and we’ve got to see what it is.”
Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour Ep 359 Transcript (Right click to download)

6 Comments

  1. Mark Hughes says:

    “Diversity without a difference” is a perfect term so sum up the typical American liberal (aka, centrist). It’s always been identity politics minus meaningful economics. While the Fight for Fifteen is admirable, as well as debt elimination, all of which I support, the discussion around them never delves into their deeper economic roots. For instance, debt elimination to the centrist and especially to the Right sound laughable, until you read the Bible (Leviticus 25) and discover that debt elimination, aka Jubilee, was around thousands of years ago. Something the Christian Right has conveniently missed due to its religious preening; I guess their Nazi leaders like John Hagee and Paula White prefer to indulge in pulpit politics, thereby deliberately sidestepping their duties to educate their congregations.

    Fight for Fifteen is also something that sensible people support, but you must also realize that’s nowhere near enough. If the federal minimum wage kept up with worker productivity, the minimum wage would be in the mid-20s, which is barely known. Even less known is if it kept up with money printing, it would be probably in the 60s or 70s per hour by now, in light of the trillions manufactured thanks to the CARES Act which was the largest upward transfer of wealth in history. Either way you cut it, it’s a relative pittance. Not to mention the fact that they’ll likely have the Fifteen actually kick in around 5-10 years from now, by that time that money is just as worthless as it is today due largely to permanent QE that continues unabated.

    Nevertheless, Adolph and Ralph’s discussion about what’s going on today in light of the post-election and inauguration is pretty apt. It’s reminiscent of what Eric Weinstein calls “Wokestan”, the left’s pitiful answer to what he calls Magastan. It’s preening and LARPing, and it’s pathetic and gets everyone nowhere. No one’s grown up.

  2. Don klepack says:

    I feel any talk of impeachment at this time of Donald Trump would be a rush to Judgement and it should be tabled until the Justice Department completes its investigation into the siege of the Capitol Building. It’s obvious to me that this was not a spontaneous act and if Trump only said, thanks for coming and go home in peace, the siege will still have happened. With regard to Giuliani involvement, he has is own radio show where he answered all the accusation in including trial by combat remark”. I propose a commision to investigate the election of 2020 since it’s not like any other election we ever had with mass mailings and very early voting. I propose Greg Palat and Rudy Giuliani be part of this commision.

  3. Ben Leet says:

    Restoring the income distribution ratios of the period 1946 to 1973, when wage growth and productivity growth grew in tandem, is the most important Biden era goal. This R. Nader Radio Hour might invite the RAND Corporation scholars to explain their conclusion to their study “Income Trends between 1975 and 2018”: they claim that the average yearly income for “Full Time, Full Year, Prime Age” workers grew from $42,000 to $50,000 between 1975 and 2018, when it could have grown to $92,000 in 2018 had wage growth matched productivity growth, as it had 1946 to 1975. There has been a massive shift in income, that is the biggest story; the net result is the semi- or actual impoverishment of about half of working America. There are many studies that detail the shift of income from the lower-earning 90% to the top 10% and mostly to the top 1%. This shift is $2.5 trillion per year, RAND claims. The Piketty, Saez study claims that a 12% to 17% shift occurred, a drop from 55% to 37% of total income that enriched the top 10%. The United Way charity study called ALICE says that by January 2021 perhaps 50% of American adults will live in poverty or with significant hardship. That’s the big story happening in the country. (I write a blog, Economics Without Greed, part two, I try to document and show this shift.)

    I should also say that the UBI doesn’t and will not work. Let’s say each adult receives $10,000 a year in UBI. That would cost $2.4 trillion and most receiving it would not need it, it would be wasted. It would also cancel out the existing social benefit programs, injuring the poorest. That brings me to the NLRAct of 1935, the Wagner Act.
    I listened to Ralph dismiss the Democrats for failing to fix the National Labor Relations Act.

    An article at The Century Foundation by Moshe Marvit, May 5, 2019, says the PRO Act, “Protecting the Right to Organize”, has 100 co-sponsors including 39 senators. It corrects alterations made to the original Wagner Act by plugging
    “the loopholes, weaknesses, and myriad faults that have developed in the law after eight decades of near constant attack. . . . It does so by overturning several major Supreme Court decisions, reversing problematic provisions of the 1947 Taft–Hartley Act that allowed state “right to work” laws and limited solidarity actions, and, finally, by treating labor rights like other civil rights.”
    “The PRO Act also restores workers’ rights to strike and fully engage in concerted activity. . . . The PRO Act would prohibit employers from permanently replacing striking workers. Furthermore, it would restore workers’ long denied right to engage in secondary or solidarity strikes in support of other workers. . . . Perhaps most importantly, the PRO Act would treat labor rights as civil rights and provide workers access to courts [not only the NLRB] when their rights are violated and the NLRB fails to act. . . . the idea of reforming the law so that labor rights are treated as civil rights. . . . The PRO Act would adopt this recommendation and allow workers to have their cases heard before a judge, . . .”

  4. Demetrio says:

    Nader mentioned at the end that he’s in favor of obligatory voting as in Australia. That’s outrageous. I would never support it.

  5. Afdal Shahanshah says:

    Speaking of people with credible accusations of sexual assault against them, don’t forget Joe Biden.

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