How neoliberalism captured Democrats (with James Kwak)


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Democrats used to be known as the party of the working people—so how did they get so off track? Who took over the party, and why? Author and professor James Kwak joins Nick and Paul in a blistering analysis of the decline of the Democratic Party, and explains how we can get it back on track. This episode originally aired in January 2020.

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James Kwak is a professor at the UConn School of Law and the chair of the board of the Southern Center for Human Rights. He is the author or co-author of 13 Bankers, White House Burning, and Economism. His latest book, Take Back Our Party: Restoring the Democratic Legacy, is available for free online at The American Prospect.

Twitter: @jamesykwak

Read Take Back Our Party on The American Prospect:

Introduction - Restoring the Democratic Legacy:

Chapter 1 - Their Democratic Party:

Chapter 2 - Bad Policy:

Chapter 3 - Bad Politics:

Chapter 4 - Our Democratic Party:


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Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer

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