Professor and historian Harvey Kaye and Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America Alan Minsky join us on episode seventy-two of Krystal Kyle & Friends. These two give their sharp insight into how Democrats are doing on the issues we care most about, like economic inequality and poverty — and how they’ve positioned themselves on these issues in the past.
Dr. Kaye, whose work focuses on FDR, the Progressive tradition, and the Four Freedoms, among other things, gives us the historical background on the progressive demand for an economic bill of rights, and a survey of how poverty in rural and urban areas has shaped our political terrain. The eagerness of this party to act like Republicans at best, as Harvey puts it, has laid the groundwork for our current politics of austerity and privation. Meanwhile, Alan helps us get a sense of how the Democratic Party is currently failing to fight back against this politics, and how it should take up the mantle of demanding economic justice. We discuss how the economic component of this agenda has fallen to the wayside and how it should be reclaimed at the heart of our politics.