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#26 - Why Conservative Politics Are Going Extinct

#26 - Why Conservative Politics Are Going Extinct

February 25, 2020

Conservative politics are going extinct.Β  The central philosophies behind the practice are incompatible with our way of life today for two reasons - technology and the crisis. We'll discuss why these beliefs are doomed from the perspective of our present place in time.Β Β 

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Sources:

[1] Ray Kurzweil' The Singularity is Near', Penguin Group (2005) p7

[2] Trump said he wouldn't cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3. By Tara Golshan Vox 3/2019 https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/12/18260271/trump-medicaid-social-security-medicare-budget-cutsΒ 

[3] TAX CUTS FOR WHOM? HETEROGENEOUS EFFECTS OF INCOME TAX CHANGES ON GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT by Owen M. Zidar Journal of Political Economy 3/2015 https://www.nber.org/papers/w21035.pdfΒ 

[4] Betsy DeVos and her No Good, Very Bad Record on Public Education by National Education Association Education Votes https://educationvotes.nea.org/2019/03/22/devos/Β 

[5] 45 unreal photos of 'billionaire bunkers' that could shelter the superrich during an apocalypse by Aria Bendix Business Insider 6/2019 https://www.businessinsider.com/billionaire-bunkers-shelter-wealthy-during-apocalypse-2019-6#the-entire-compound-consists-of-575-bunkers-each-with-enough-space-for-10-to-24-people-21

#25 Easy & Effective Task Management

#25 Easy & Effective Task Management

February 18, 2020

This week we're taking a slightly different direction to share an easy and effective method I created to manage tasks. By maximizing our time we give ourselves more opportunity to do good for the world and the movement.

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#24 (Our) Two Apolitical Futures

#24 (Our) Two Apolitical Futures

February 11, 2020

Apolitical eras have occurred in our past and will occur in our future. The question is when and how? In this essay/episode we'll explore two potential scenarios that will trigger apolitical action in the United States.

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[1] Public Trust in Government: 1958-2019 Pew Research Center April 2019 https://www.people-press.org/2019/04/11/public-trust-in-government-1958-2019/Β 

[2] Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/Jan/Renewable-power-generation-costs-in-2017

[3] Giving or Getting? New York's Balance of Payments with the Federal Government by Laura Schultz & Michelle Cummings Jan. 2019 Rockefeller Institute https://rockinst.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1-7-19b-Balance-of-Payments.pdfΒ 

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#23 Exploring Rudimentary Utopias

#23 Exploring Rudimentary Utopias

February 4, 2020

Utopia comes in many forms, but the one we are closest to achieving could be described as a rudimentary utopia.Β  In this episode we'll explore some of the features and systems that would exist in this initial stage of transformation.Β 

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[1] Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissionsΒ 

#22 Reimagining Utopia

#22 Reimagining Utopia

January 28, 2020

The word utopia conjures up visions of the ideal but carries with it the stigma of impossibility. This is simply false. In this episode we explore what Utopia is and is not, focusing on why it's important that we reimagine the word to meet the needs of the present.

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[1] Zizek On Utopia by Slavoj Ε½iΕΎek Vimeo https://maquinasdefuego.blogspot.com/2011/08/slavoj-zizek-on-utopia.html

#21 Affordable Housing & Generational Ideals

#21 Affordable Housing & Generational Ideals

January 21, 2020

In this episode we’re going to be talking about affordable housing and generational ideals. Affordable housing is a problem that many areas in the United States are struggling with today.

Today our struggle with housing is less about economics and resources, and more about the beliefs of an aging generation. We'll discuss why these ideals are creating unnecessary challenges and how we can overcome them.

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[1] Urbanization and the Mass Movement of People to Cities by Brett Boyd Grey Line Group

Β https://graylinegroup.com/urbanization-catalyst-overview/

[2] The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018 by The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University Harvard University http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/Harvard_JCHS_State_of_the_Nations_Housing_2018.pdfΒ 

[3] U.S. Census Table 22. Homeownership Rates by Race and Ethnicity of Householder: 1994 to 2016Β  https://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/files/annual16/ann16t_22.xlsxΒ 

[4] More Renters Give Up on Buying a Home By Laura Kusisto April 2018 Wall Street Journal Β https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-renters-give-up-on-buying-a-home-1522773685Β 

[5] Home prices are rising faster than wages in 80% of U.S. markets By Alcynna Lloyd Β  Β  January, 2019 Housing Wire https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47878-home-prices-are-rising-faster-than-wages-in-80-of-us-marketsΒ 

[6] The Neighborhoods Where Housing Costs Devour Budgets by David Montgomery April 4, 2019 City Lab https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/04/affordable-housing-map-monthly-rent-home-mortgage-budget/586330/Β 

[7] Older Buyers Near Pre-Recession Levels by Derick Moore August 13, 2018 U.S. Census https://census.gov/library/stories/2018/08/homeownership-by-age.htmlΒ 

[8] Boomers, Millennials, and the McMansions No One Wants By Christine Romero | Jun 7, 2017 Realtor.com https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/boomers-millennials-and-the-mcmansions-no-one-wants/Β Β 

[9] Property value in low-income housing debate by Noel King Dec. 21, 2015 Marketplace https://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/21/property-value-low-income-housing-debate/Β 

[10] There Doesn’t Go the Neighborhood: Low-Income Housing Has No Impact on Nearby Home ValueBy Cheryl YoungΒ  November 16, 2016 Trulia https://www.trulia.com/research/low-income-housing/Β 

[11] Income tax rates were 90 percent under Eisenhower, Sanders says By Joshua Gillin Nov. 15th, 2015 Politifact https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/nov/15/bernie-s/income-tax-rates-were-90-percent-under-eisenhower-/Β 

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#20 Let it Go Millennial (and Gen Z too)

#20 Let it Go Millennial (and Gen Z too)

January 14, 2020

The struggle for transformation can mean many things to many people.Β  So much of our present reality, our belief in what is, and is not, possible is defined by the institutions that we were born into.Β Β  Before we can be better we must first let go of the concepts that are holding us back.Β  In this episode we'll explore why our generations should be rejecting the ideals and beliefs of the past in order to realize a future that will redefine the human experience.

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[1] I’m an evangelist and a Trump voter. But Trump as the β€˜second coming of God’ is blasphemous. By Jay Lowder Washington Post August 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/08/22/im-an-evangelist-trump-voter-trump-second-coming-god-is-blasphemous/

[2] The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Julian P. Boyd et al. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950 http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch2s23.html

[3] What Percentage of Americans Owns Stock? by Lydia Saad Gallup Sept. 2019 https://news.gallup.com/poll/266807/percentage-americans-owns-stock.aspx

[4] List of Religious Populations Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations

#19 How to Prevent War: Socialize Weapons Manufacturers

#19 How to Prevent War: Socialize Weapons Manufacturers

January 7, 2020

In era of global crisis the very idea of war probably seems insane to you. That’s because it is. So how do we begin to free ourselves from the war machine? In this episode we’ll explore one potential economic and legislative solution to cripple the profit seeking war machine in the United States. Socializing the weapons manufacturers.

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[0] Weapons Manufacturers Stock Charts: https://bit.ly/2QsseoG

[1] Donald J. Trump Official Twitter Account Twitter Jan 2019 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1213689342272659456

[2] U.S. Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Camp Were First Sold to France By Eric Schmitt and Declan Walsh July 2019 New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/world/middleeast/us-missiles-libya-france.html

[3] Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy By Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, Mohamed Abo El Gheit and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/02/middleeast/yemen-lost-us-arms/

[4] Article One of the United States Constitution Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_One_of_the_United_States_Constitution#Section_8:_Powers_of_Congress

[5] The SIPRI Top 100 Arms-Producing and Military Service Companies by Aude Fleurant, Alexandra Kuimova, Nan Tian, Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 2017 https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/fs_arms_industry_2017_0.pdfΒ  p2

[6] List of modern armament manufacturers Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_modern_armament_manufacturers

[7] Lockheed Martin Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results Lockheed Martin Jan. 2019 https://investors.lockheedmartin.com/news-releases/news-release-details/lockheed-martin-reports-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2018

[8] Top Defense Spenders on Political Campaigns OpenSecrets.org https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?Ind=D

#18.5 Setting Intentions for our 2020 Season

#18.5 Setting Intentions for our 2020 Season

January 1, 2020

Welcome back to the 2020 season of the Thinking Progressive podcast. This episode is a brief primer on the direction and focus of our efforts in 2020.

We'll be removing our weekly progress report (current events) and focusing more on creating better content under the larger theme of progressive transformation of ourselves and our institutions.

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#18 Readjusting to Routine:  Life After Entrepreneurship

#18 Readjusting to Routine: Life After Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2019

Thinking Progressive isn’t only about politics.Β  It’s a way of approaching change. Today’s episode is a story about how I coped with a fairly radical shift in my professional routine.Β  It’s a story that some of you may find relevant to your lives today or your future plans. More importantly, I’m going to share some of the darker times I went through during the process of transitioning and the methods that I used to push through.Β 

This is the final episode of our 2019 season, looking forward to continuing with exciting new content in 2020!

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