Free Lil Nas XThe Bruenigs add
The gang talk about Lil Nas X's unjust ejection from the country charts, the hilarious Mueller report, and Pete's gayness.
College Cheating, Beto Flailing, and New ZealandThe Bruenigs add
The gang is back.
Valentine's Relationship Advice (Q&A)The Bruenigs add
The wacky twosome answer your relationship-related questions in this valentine's special. They also talk hot topics, including Ilhan Omar, and close with a flourish about the late great Lyndon LaRouche (may he RIP).
Tricked by Measurement: The Story of the EITC and Baby BondsThe Bruenigs add
Matt is here with a solo ep (dual ep releasing soon) about one of his great wonk irritations: policies that seem to have a big impact only because they take advantage of quirks in the way we measure certain things like poverty and wealth inequality. These policies achieve great "success" defined as getting a certain statistic to move a lot but actually do not meaningfully address the bigger evil -- the reduction of material deprivation in the case of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the wealth difference between the black and white community in the case of baby bonds.
Working Women and the Conundrums of Family BenefitsThe Bruenigs add
The dynamic duo discuss the interesting philosophical and policy questions that flow from the fact that some people (disproportionately women) prefer to be stay-at-home parents. Is this a preference that should be respected and with benefit systems built around it or is it a preference that should be discarded as patriarchal? If you do build a benefit system around it, how should you do so?
These become important questions when talking about paid leave and child care policy and were both questions Matt had to confront when writing his Family Fun Pack paper.
Review of Liz Warren's Book: The Two-Income TrapThe Bruenigs add
The gang (mostly Matt, apologies in advance) talk about Elizabeth Warren's book The Two-Income Trap. As with most things, the book errs in not recognizing the superiority of the welfare state in solving the problems identified.
Lib Paranoia Ramping Up; Sawhill's A Modest ProposalThe Bruenigs add
The crew commemorate the anniversary of Josh TPM's porn tweet, talk about liberal paranoia ramping up around the election, and Sawhill's modest proposal to reduce poverty by giving poor woman IUDs, which the NYT gave new life this month.
The World According to MattThe Bruenigs add
In this rare solo episode, Matt outlines his whole vision of what's the chief problem with capitalism and how best to tackle it. He starts with a discussion of capital's share and wealth ownership and then turns towards his neo-Hilferdingist vision of exploiting finance capital to socialize the means of production.
It's truly wonderful listening.
Christmas Special ft. Lapland Santa (Antti Jauhiainen & Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen)The Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt are joined by Antti and Joona of Parecon Finland.
The GOAT Ralph NaderThe Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt have a wide-ranging discussion with citizen advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. We ask him about his views on recent trends in the Democratic party and play a game: Nader 2000 Platform Item or Fresh New Democratic Idea.
Nader has a new humor book out called How The Rats Reformed Congress here: https://ratsreformcongress.org/.
Fashing Out with Guest Tom FrankThe Bruenigs add
The crew sits down with Tom Frank (Listen Liberal, What's the Matter with Kansas?) and have a sprawling conversation primarily about fascism, the subject of Frank's next book.
Apologies for the slight audio issues on this one. They are fixed going forward.
Matt is Cancelled + Will Butler of Arcade FireThe Bruenigs add
The gang discuss Matt's cancellation over his blog post about student debt forgiveness in the first half of the episode.
Will Butler of Arcade Fire comes on in the second half of the program to discuss the suburban gothic, Betomania including The Beto Tweet, and his experiences with Canada Medicare system and welfare state.
The Hedonic BlitzkriegThe Bruenigs add
In their thanksgiving special, Liz and Matt eschew hot topics in favor of a full episode on the pitfalls of consumer markets. The jumping off point for the discussion is the recent writing about the Decline of Sex, but your wacky hosts think these articles miss the fact that the Decline of Sex is not a sui generis phenomenon, but is instead an outgrowth of consumer capitalist encroachment that we see in many areas of life.
Theme song was created by Tom Weyman (@tomweyman on Twitter).
Creepy AOC Tweet; White Women Be Like; Hygge ThanksgivingThe Bruenigs add
The wacky crew is at it again. Come for the theme song. Stay for the top notch discussion of politics and culture.
Generation Wealth, NationalizationThe Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt discuss hot topics, Lauren Greenfield's Generation Wealth, and the underrated policy instrument of self-regulation via nationalization threats.
Along with the bonus episode, The Bruenigs produced a record 1 hour and 20 min of content this week. This extra productivity does not get recorded in the national accounts however.
Generation Wealth Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyfC1AVhfb8
Kids + Money on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/22811/55556079
Hello, It's HalloweenThe Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt discuss Halloween happenings, the DC elections (poorly), the strange socialist posturing in climate policy, a philosophical tension in competition, among other things.
The gas company (aka the Russians) interrupt the podcast midway through by jackhammering the street outside our dwelling. But Matt powers through to finish the episode.
Dems Love Amazon; Bernie v. Warren; Catholic Sex AbuseThe Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt discuss a recent poll showing Democrats have more confidence in Amazon than any major US institution, the opening shots in the pundit effort to distinguish Bernie from Warren, geoengineering, some the Catholic sex scandal, and the CEA's socialism report.
Bernie v. Warren pieces
1. Dayen: https://newrepublic.com/article/151871/essential-difference-bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren
2. Sunkara: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/23/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-democratic-party-2020-differences
3. Pollitt: https://www.thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-meets-the-lefts-circular-firing-squad/
Warren DNA Debacle and Child Allowance > *The Bruenigs add
We discuss the hot topic of the Warren DNA debacle, our 5 year old run in with Gavin McInnes, the Kamala Harris LIFT credit, the superiority of the child allowance over other welfare state programs, Matt's political platform he calls the Family Fun Pack, and then finally Christmas decorations and our struggling plants.
Political Correctness and Alcoholic Free WillThe Bruenigs add
Liz and Matt go through the usual hot topics, discuss an inane survey about "political correctness," and talk about how Liz got in trouble with the internet for saying alcohol consumption contributes to a lot of social problems.
Listen to Our Newest Episode on Patreon (For Real)The Bruenigs add
After joking about it for a dozen or more episodes, Liz and Matt now does have a Patreon for the podcast. Episodes will now release on Patreon first and then after a delay to the public. Please support us on Patreon to get the episodes when they are released, to get bonus tidbits, and to support our work. https://www.patreon.com/thebruenigs