Episode

12/7 The Mass Work Exodus And Lina Khan’s First Big Stand At The FTC w/ David Dayen

December 7, 2021

Sam and Emma host David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent project “The Great Escape”, about the mass quitting trend in the labor market, as well as his new piece “Lina Khan Cashes in Her Chips.” They begin by confronting the numbers of the recent wave of resignations, including 4.4 million in the month of September, breaking the record set in August, making it a total of 3.3% of the American workforce leaving their jobs over those two months. David then dives into his research behind this movement, looking at both the more obvious reasons for this mass exodus, including the pandemic inflammation of already horrendous working conditions and wages, before getting into the more emotional revelations that have taken place over the workforce, including the pandemic’s emphasis on the dignity of their work in rhetoric, while in reality they were continuously exploited, as well as social media’s role in bolstering labor solidarity movements. This brings David and Sam to bring us back to their childhood, exploring the parallels we see with the pandemic of the Black Plague in the 1300s, which inspired England’s first labor laws, and saw a period of wage improvements among the serfs and peasants. They wrap up the interview by looking at David’s article on Linda Khan’s FTC filing an anti-trust suit in a bipartisan show of power against vertical mergers. Sam and Emma also cover Jen Psaki’s insane condescension in the face of a very reasonable question regarding federal COVID infrastructure.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki joins Sam and Emma as they explore the next steps for the Cuomo brothers (perhaps as guest lecturers at the University of Austin) and Don Lemon falling into the exact same corruption Chris did. Sean Spicer gets Trump to ramble against Pence, before getting into the real insurrection that happened on November 3rd, then the crew discusses the developments around the Army’s obstruction of the facts about Jan 6th, and John Eastman’s role in Pence’s blueprint. They also cover how progressive policies have trickled out of Biden’s agenda, and the state of vaccine skepticism today, and its base in Trump’s undermining of the public health response, before touching on Boris Johnson’s detective moment, as he breaks out the monocle magnifying glass to look for evidence of cocaine on parliament’s toilet seats, plus, your calls and IMs!
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