Episode

2/13 Strikes in France and Why Single Payer is the Way w/ Eric Blanc

February 13, 2020

Happy Thursday! Michael Brooks hosts Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, to discuss his experience organizing, the state of strikes in France, and why single-payer is the way forward on healthcare.

On today’s show: Woman protests Bloomberg rally in Tennesee.

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, joins us. What’s going on with the protests and strikes in France? How Emmanuel Macron’s attacks on the French welfare state sparked an explosion in class struggle. How workers in red states managed to triumph in recent labor battles here in the US. How Medicare-for-all would help unions by taking healthcare off the bargaining table.

On the fun half: Bernie says he has more union support than Pete will ever have. Why the head of the Culinary Union in Nevada is spreading disinformation about Medicare-for-all. Bernie responds to James Carville’s crusade against the Sanders campaign: He’s a hack. One of Amy Klobuchar’s biggest backers is an evil agribusiness company. Warren impliesss that Bernie has super PACs and ssssucks up to wealthy donorssss. If Bloomberg gets the Democratic nomination, should people vote for him? Bloomberg responds to pushback over his racist 2015 Aspen Institute speech about stop and frisk. Jumaane Williams says Bloomberg had 10 years to apologize for bad policies, says Bloomberg can’t be bought because he’s doing the buying. The Fat Jew takes a stand.

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