Episode 4: Green New Deal—Interview with Brendan Cooney
RFH co-host Brendan Cooney has written and spoken extensively about “left economic populism,” including the Green New Deal (GND). In this episode, Andrew interviews Brendan about the GND, both as environmental policy and as left-populist politics. The interview includes a discussion of Brendan’s provocative call for “More Green, Less New Deal,” Bernie Sanders’ GND plan, the lack of realism of GND proposals (and why that matters)—and much more.
In this episode’s current-events segment, Brendan and Andrew discuss Paul Heideman’s recent Jacobin magazine article on “white working-class” Trump voters, which doesn’t quite promise that a Democratic Party committed to economic populism would win many of these voters back.
Cooney, Brendan. “Against Left Economic Populism,” With Sober Senses, Aug. 10, 2017.
Cooney, Brendan. Apr. 13, 2019 conference presentation, in “Video: MHI Panel at Jacobin/Historical Materialism Conference: ‘Fighting Trumpism and Left Accommodation.’”
Cooney, Brendan, June 30, 2019 conference presentation, in “Video: MHI Panels at Left Forum Conference—Confronting Right & ‘Left’ Authoritarianism, Confronting Trumpism.”
Heideman, Paul. “What Liberals Miss About Trump Country,” Jacobin, Oct. 15, 2019.
Kliman, Andrew. “The Baseness of Trump’s Base: a review-essay on Sides, Tesler & Vavreck’s Identity Crisis,” With Sober Senses, Dec. 17, 2018.
Marxist-Humanist Initiative. “Economic Mythology of the Left-Populist Alternative to Neoliberalism,” Part III of Resisting Trumpist Reaction (and Left Accommodation): Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s Perspectives for 2018, Dec. 2017.
John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck. Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2018.
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