7/7 Not-So-Free and Fair Elections & the Assassination of Jovenel Moïse w/ Mark Joseph Stern & Brian Concannon w/ Mark Joseph Stern & Brian Concannon

July 7, 2021

Sam and Emma host Slate’s Justice and Courts writer Mark Joseph Stern to dive into last week’s SCOTUS rulings on voting rights restrictions and then Brian Concannon from Project Bluelight, joins to discuss Haitian Prime Minister Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Emma, Sam, and Mark pick up their discussion from last week on the heels of two massive SCOTUS decisions centering on free and fair elections. They first touch on Justice Roberts’s 40 year battle against Section 2 of the VRA, coming to a close in Brnovich v DNC where the Court ruled that disparate impact cannot apply to forms of voting (absentee and early) that were not present during the 1982 writing of the law. Next, they explore the Americans for Prosperity v Becerra ruling that takes on the only regulations left by Citizens United, overturning the disclosure requirement, before Stern looks forward from these decisions towards the conservative Court’s target of campaign finance laws. Brian Concannon then joins to help us contextualize the assassination of Haitian President-turned-Dictator Moïse within both Haitian domestic politics and as a result of centuries-long destructive intervention and by the U.S. Emma and Sam round out the first half by previewing Sam’s debate with Yaron Brook, and admiring JD Vance’s ability to prove mainstream media wrong about “reasonable” conservatives once again.

And in the Fun Half: Libertarian and Chairman of the Board at the Ayn Rand Institute Yaron Brook joins to debate Sam on the validity and possibility of free markets, where the internet came from (sorry Al Gore), why the correlation between the development of capitalism and the triangle slave trade actually DIDN’T build immense wealth for the Global North, because it also destroyed the South, and whether or not every-day citizens should be responsible for the knowledge of the experts they are advised by, and if society should mitigate mistakes that people make. Then, the crew reflects on the conversation, before pondering the deeper reasons that folks like Tucker Carlson’s and Matt Walsh’s desire to watch children, TX Gov challenger Allen West reminds us of the horrors of Marx’s ultimate weapon of… progressive income tax, plus, your IMs!

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