Episode

10/6 The Rot At The At The Democrats’ Center w/ Ed Burmila

October 6, 2022

Emma hosts author Ed Burmila to discuss his recent book Chaotic Neutral: How the Democrats Lost Their Soul in the Center. Emma first dives into updates on OPEC continuing their price gouging (and the Biden Administration’s response), a renewed attack on DACA by the right, progressive action in the UK, and Putin claiming control over a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, before diving deeper into the ever-developing Herschel Walker controversies, as he doubles down on not knowing the mother of one of his children (whom he also purchased an abortion for) in a speech on how he is “forgiven” and not ashamed. Then Ed Burmila joins as he dives right into his concept of “chaotic neutral” as a guiding element of Democratic governance, as they publically flail for solutions while always settling on the same prescription of moving to the center. Next, he dives into how the Democratic party got here, less than a century after their New Deal glory days, exploring how the progressive social movements of the 1960s and ‘70s supposedly pushed out the hard-hat white-working-class from the party, whereas their simultaneous response to these movements – following the conservative economics of the Democratic Leadership Council and leaving behind the New Deal policy bolstering the power of the working class – had absolutely nothing to do with such a phenomenon. This, of course, was cemented with the rise of DLC Democrats like Gore and Clinton, icing out any social welfare or big gov policy, despite that being what gave them their working-class base in the first place. After a brief conversation on the misguided nature of Pelosi’s statements on a “strong Republican Party,” they tackle the Democratic Party’s selective relationship to public opinion, their obsession with institutionalism (as seen particularly in the Senate and Supreme Court), and their fear of alienating the theoretical white-working-class-moderate. Wrapping up, they explore how the 2016 elections have not changed Democratic messaging nearly as much as it should have, and the generally ossified state of the Democratic leadership.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon and Matt as they discuss the US’ refusal to discuss the reveal that, yes, it was Israel that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, the rise of inceldom with the disappearance of the public sphere, and dive deep into the great (but very obvious) reveal of Velma’s sexual orientation, exploring the blow-ups on the right before diving into the cultural impact and evolution of the Scooby-Doo franchise. Ron Johnson continues to tip top around gay marriage, Steven from West Virginia talks modernist art and Jordan Peterson, and Cue from Georgia calls in for a very created Halloween costume workshopping session. Donald Trump and Herschel Walker’s frenemies-to-lovers ship is revealed, Matt from Salt Lake City discusses the dry-up of said lake, and the crew has an extended discussion on how to approach the Russian invasion of Ukraine from a genuinely anti-war perspective, plus, your calls and IMs!

Check out Ed’s book here: https://bookshop.org/p/books/chaotic-neutral-how-the-democrats-lost-their-soul-in-the-center-ed-burmila/18687576?ean=9781645030027&sscid=a1k6_4qmgk&utm_source=ShareASale&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=389818&utm_term=1535322

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