845: Racketology Shows


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Christopher Sprigman: “We stayed out of the international copyright system because we had a specific view of how a limited copyright system would aid in our development. At some point, we chucked that. Why? Because we developed a huge, domestic innovation industry that became very politically powerful. “

Legal scholar Christopher Sprigman explores the upsides of copying – from increased innovation in technology and fashion, to kickstarting developing economies – and explains why America went from ignoring international copyrights to imposing them on the rest of the world.

Christopher is co-author (with Kal Raustiala) of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.

Christopher Sprigman is a law professor at New York University Law School.



Matt Kennard: “Within the Financial Times, you have to believe in very rigid ideas about how the global economy works to be able to prosper and have a career there. If you don’t, you get ejected. This is how all power systems work – by replicating themselves, exactly as they are. They don’t work by promoting dissidents or people who think differently from everybody else.”

Journalist Matthew Kennard tells his story of abandoning a prestigious job at a consent factory and discovering capitalism’s silent rulers working beyond democratic restraints, then surveys the vast apparatus dedicated to consolidating money and power in the hands of the global elite.

Matthew wrote the stunning new book The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs the Masters of the Universe.

Matt Kennard is an investigative journalist and a fellow at the London-based Centre for Investigative Journalism.



Nicole Aschoff: “The reason why I talk about people like Sandberg and Winfrey and Gates is not because I’m trying to demonize them. They are doing things, but they are doing things in a way that makes it difficult for other people to organize and to offer alternative strategies and alternative political visions.”

Sociologist Nicole Aschoff dissects the ruling class’s dominant narratives about capitalism – from the market-based philanthropy of the Gates Foundation, to Sheryl Sandberg’s corporatized feminism – and warns that their attempts to soften the harsh edges of capitalism only strengthens and prolongs it.

Nicole’s new book is the highly recommended The New Prophets of Capital.

Nicole Aschoff is a sociologist, writer and editor at Jacobin.



Ian Haney López: “Clinton adopts the Republican themes, and since then, it’s largely been the case that Republicans and Democrats have been competing with each other to convey to white voters that they’re really on the side of whites, that they’re really hostile to the interests of minorities. Both parties have been doing this through coded racial appeals.”

Law professor Ian Haney López explores the history of racism in the modern political process, from Nixon’s Southern Strategy to the cynicism of Clinton’s welfare attacks, and explains why fear and racism succeed in getting Americans to vote against their own interests.

Ian is author of the book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

Ian is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley



Steve Horn: “While they look like they were written by your senator or representative on the state or federal level, in reality these letters were written by lobbyists who work for lobbying or PR firms.”

Journalist Steve Horn reports on a series of identical letters sent by government and industry officials supporting a coal-friendly policy, and explains why this copy-paste job mirrors a larger, incestuous relationship between the energy industry and politicians.

Steve just wrote the DeSmog Blog article “Carbon Copy”: How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups.

Steve Horn is an investigative journalist and research fellow at DeSmogBlog.




  • http://happydoya.com/ Robert Run

    Haney is totally on when he talks about the dog whistle language re: “reagan democrats”. white democrats voted for him because of race fears. but this thing is happening because it’s a control mechanism for both parties.. the polarized culture and language between the two parties is also engineered. the elite wealthy control both the right and the left. that’s why the right keeps winning, because they form the discussions and arguments that the democrats follow into.. whoever defines the issue, wins, period. the right controls the left in the us, there is no actual left or liberal movement in the us.. you are all working for the same people. haney came really close to getting to that conclusion just after he described the language of clinton. but the right wing language and the politically correct identity politics of the left are all control mechanisms for the wealthy and anyone who understands that can have power.. think the mayor of chicago and the powerful illinois senator and the powerful chicago congressman from the near west side.. they know who butters their bread. they know how to trigger you and keep you suspicious and contemptuous, and most importantly, keep you blind, with the best of them, just like the republicans do it to their followers.

  • http://happydoya.com/ Robert Run

    So many smart people do this really stupid thing in conflating libertarianism with fascism and 19th century feudalism. it’s so dumb. fascists lie about every gad damn thing in life, and you know this. but when they use the word libertarian to describe themselves, for some reason you believe it. why do you do that? that is another example of the way the right wing controls the language of the left wing, because they tell you a lie and you believe it and argue their false argument for them.. no wonder you can’t beat the bush family and scott walker and rahm emmanual.