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PATCO In 22 Minutes

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On December 19, 2019
I’ve spent some time lately consulting with NPR’s Planet Money for an episode on the 1981 PATCO strike, when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers and changed the history of American labor for the worse. That episode is now out and you should check it out. They did a really great job on it.

Happy Contra Day!

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On November 23, 2017

While you are enjoying your dry turkey this evening, don’t forget to give thanks to Ronald Reagan, who ordered the CIA to establish and train the Contras to overthrow the Sandinistas in Nicaragu

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Today is our annual reminder that the conservative cooptation of Martin Luther King continues in its grotesque march forward away from the truth into a fascist candyland of “colorblindness” to serve the purposes of white supremacy. How did this begin? I am always skeptical of monocausal explanations, but its pretty clear that Grandpa Caligula played […]

Thorne Auchter

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On August 7, 2014
When we think back to the Reagan Administration, there are so many loathsome characters. Oliver North. John Poindexter. James Watt. Jeane Kirkpatrick. Ed Meese. We could go on and on. But as happens in any modern Republican administration, there are all sorts of really powerful appointees who go totally under the radar. Because of my […]

Monopoly 101

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On June 30, 2014

Good conversation between Thomas Frank and Barry Lynn over the history of monopoly and politics in the United States connecting the two Gilded Ages, how Americans tamed monopoly, and how monopoly came

On August 3, 1981, the nation’s air traffic controllers went on strike in arguably the greatest disaster in the history of American organized labor. Ronald Reagan’s busting of the union led to a new period of corporate anti-union attacks and served as a precursor to the current Republican-led campaign against public sector unions in Wisconsin, […]

Reagan’s Blood

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On May 22, 2012

I can think of plenty of good jokes to tell here, but I think we need a contest in the comment section over who can set up the best movie scenario around a vial of Reagan’s blood: A British auct

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