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Fighting Inequality with Dr. Arati Kreibich (e81)

We talk with Dr. Arati Kreibich who is running in NJ-5th’s Democratic primary on July 7th. She supports Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and against the influence of corporate money on government. She critiques some of inequities inherent in our response to the pandemic thus far, from bailing out corporate actors but only giving a one-time payment to individuals.

We also discuss how her primary opponent has asked that one of the Fed rescue programs be expanded to purchase assets from predatory installment lenders backed by a private equity giant.

On the second half of the show, we discuss how inequality is a policy decision: Canada, the UK, Europe are all choosing to put conditions on the bailouts and keep workers on payroll. We talk through all the ways structural inequality is further exacerbated with the unequal pandemic response. We also review how House Democratic Leadership narrowed the student debt cancellation in the Heroes Act, and speculate what it would take for the markets’ equity asset bubble to burst.

Finally, we make some recommendations for films and even video games.

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

​Dr. Arati Kreibich for Congress

Wall Street-Friendly Lawmakers Sought Bailout For Shady Lenders (Huff Post)

Private Equity, Lobbying the U.S. for Help, Is Mostly Hearing ‘No’ (NYTimes)

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Existing health and economic disparities are crushing. The virus is making things a million times worse.

Who has to work right now? Who can work from home? Who has lost their jobs? Massive overlap between people of color and service workers. Massive overlap in NYC between neighborhoods with lots of people of color, COVID-19 infected people, and people who work in the service industry.

We start off with the EARN IT Act, legislation that would give the government a backdoor to kill encryption.  We also discuss how Congress picked winners and losers in their student debt relief in the third coronavirus package. And we put out a call to action to free people from cages during the pandemic. And Alexis discusses Trump manipulating the stock market with lies about oil production cut “deals” between Russia and Saudi Arabia that…didn’t exist.

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