July 22, 2012

The role of corporations is looming large in the presidential campaign. Today, we learn about the history of corporations from author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, who says since the Middle Ages, corporations have tried to prevent the rise of a middle class. A historian who writes about FDR links him to President Obama in terms of the paranoid hatred that both engendered among Republican extremists. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.”

 

 

Douglas Rushkoff

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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has written a book called, “Life, Incorporated.” In it he explains how corporations that arose in the Middle Ages have, through today, acted against the interests of the middle class.

http://www.rushkoff.com/

 

Sally Denton

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Historian Sally Denton traces “the paranoid style” in American politics from FDR straight through to President Obama. While things were worse in the Thirties, she says, Obama was slow to recognize the depth of hatred emanating from his political opponents.

http://www.sallydenton.com/

 

Peter Welch

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Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.”

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://welch.house.gov/

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Vic Fingerhut

Fingerhut is a veteran Democratic political consultant.  He helped design the 1995 national TV ad campaign that attacked and defeated Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.”  Here he discusses what Democrats in the United States can learn from Canada’s progressive third-party’s recent sweeping victories.

Maegan Carberry

Maegan Carberry is a media strategist and commentator focused on politics, media and tech with a flair for pop culture.  She presently serves as Rock the Vote’s Communications Director.  We’ll talk with her about proposed state laws across the country to shrink the number of young people casting votes in the 2012 election.

U.S. Representative Peter Welch

An interview by Bill Press with U.S. Representative Peter Welch from Vermont, whose bi-partisan letter to the President argues: With bin Laden dead, it’s time to change U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.