First, find out why BitNation, a utopian techno-libertarian project, dubbed "Governance 2.0" faces some big time skepticism. Then, find out how the widespread use of "forced arbitration" clauses means you may have already signed away your right to sue. Last, hear from The New Republic's Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig about Pope Francis and the legacy of Catholic leftism.
We revisit stories we've reported on in the past to reveal new developments. A rule about retirement account managers' responsibilities -- which we covered in Episode 3! -- got the endorsement of President Obama. The talks between SYRIZA and European capital -- which we covered like just in the last episode! -- concluded in a controversial deal. And we speak to two of the Corinthian 15, a group of people on a debt strike against a major for-profit college.
The Republicans are gunning for disabled people's Social Security payments, mega-bank HSBC is gunning for news outlets' ability to report on its crimes, and NYU's Nantina Vgontza joins to talk about SYRIZA, which is gunning for Europe's austerity-obsessed capitalist class.
Jesse and Alexis bring back their segment ADHDisCon, wherein they talk about everything from alternatives to CBO budget scoring to an anti-racist economic program to Alexis' hopefulness about the Democratic Party. Then they talk about how Antonio Weiss, seemingly defeated by Elizabeth Warren, may have won out after all. Lastly, they replay last year's interview with Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton), who has recently accepted a position as Chief Economics for the Senate Budget Committee's Minority caucus.