Episode

5/9 How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism w/ Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski

May 9, 2019

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People’s Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

On today’s show: Fox News contributor says cartoons, children’s books and movies are “merchants of socialism.”

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People’s Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for SocialismAs we move through late capitalism, major multi-national companies are held up as the ultimate expression of free-market capitalism, but Phillips and Rozworski argue that the Walmarts and Amazons are the best centrally planned economies in the world. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic.

On the fun half: UK Momentum: “You are a socialist” ad. Kentucky Fried Comrade on why Nate Silver sucks so much now. Corbyn says why there must be a Labor Brexit, not a Tory Trump Farage Brexit. Mike Hanna: World reacts to Iran’s decision to abandon parts of nuclear deal. Pompeo criticizes Bernie and Corbyn on Venezuela. CT Rep. Joe Courtney explains the Stop & Shop strike and why it’s important for the right to organize. Delta union busting ad targets gamer union members. Trump reacting to supporters’ call to shoot migrants: “only in the Panhandle!” Trump’s rallies in battleground states are “fun.”

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