Republican nominee for President, 1964; U.S. Senator from Arizona
Items from past issues of The Clarke County Democrat November 1964 58 Years Ago The 1964 presidential election was historic. President Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to a full fouryear term, carrying every state except for five southern states that went Republican for the first time in then-modern history. The states were Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina. They all voted for the Republican, Barry Goldwater. In Clarke County, Goldwater electors received 4,270 to 879 for the Democrat Johnson. Republican Jack Edwards was elected congressman of the First District, the first Republican in modern times, defeating the Democrat, John...Article Link
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20 years after high school, Stacy started at MassBay Community College. She decided to study science. The transition to college was hard, especially while managing a family with two very young children. Stacy joins our podcast to share her undergraduate experiences, UG Research experiences at MassBay Community College and UMass Boston, and winning the Goldwater Scholarship. In particular, we discuss the following with her: Overall Undergraduate Experience Going to College after a 20-Year Gap Research at MassBay CC and UMass The Goldwater Scholarship Advice to High Schoolers Topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to Stacy Okada, UMass Boston  Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights  Overall UG Research Experience  High School Interests  The 20-Year Gap  Motivation to Go to College  Transition to MassBay Community College  Introduction to UG Research  Research Impact  Goldwater Scholarship  GW Application  Transition from 2-year to 4-year college  The Classes  Peers & The Age Difference  Research at UMass  Majoring in Biochemistry  Skills from Research  UG Redo?  More Fulfilling?  Advice for High Schoolers  Memories  Our Guests: Stacy Okada graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Stacy received the Associate's degree in Forensic DNA Science from MassBay Community College. Stacy received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2016. Memorable Quote: “And I know there are other people out there like me who didn't get it right the first time. And community colleges are just so big on second chances. That's why I love them with my whole heart.” Stacy Okada. Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode's Transcript. Similar Episodes: College Experiences , UG Research Calls-to-action: Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast Newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. To Ask the Guest a question, or to comment on this episode, email email@example.com. Subscribe or Follow our Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
Perhaps you remember Sen. Barry Goldwater, the GOP's fringy, far-right-wing 1964 presidential nominee who famously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Today, however, the core of the Republicans Party has gone so far beyond the fringe that they would boo Goldwater's right-wingism as insufficiently rabid. Instead, their new rallying cry is: “Nuttiness in the defense of extremism is no vice.” The GOP's mainline officialdom now proclaim themselves The Party of Extremism. They are openly embracing The Crazy, including conspiracy theorists, neo-confederates, and Q-Anon cultists, hoping to harness the fanatical horsepower of these antidemocratic groups to the party's true purpose of entrenching the supremacy of corporate and moneyed elites. Now, this extremism is about to erupt in the GOP's presidential primary, for a whole covey of these cooing right-wingers have fantasies of taking the groups' radical agenda to the White House. All of them are trying to out-extreme each other with raw meat bigotry and autocratic posturing, but two wannabes have emerged as both the most bullish and bullying: Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida. For months, these big state governors have been locked in a far-right kook-off including outlawing free speech, banning books, viciously attacking immigrants, preempting local elections and governments, and denying health care to poor people. Bear in mind that Abbott and DeSantis are not merely pontificating, posturing, and promising what they might do in the White House–as governors they're actually practicing it right now! I don't know if Abbott and DeSantis are the worst that the GOP will try to put in the Oval Office in 2024, but please pay attention now, for today's Republican elites intend to pull our democracy down into the plutocratic, autocratic, and theocratic maelstrom they are creating.
Former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich on his battle to save the city's public electric utility. Julie Kohn on lessons learned from the Texas power grid failure. Dennis Kucinich In his new memoir, Dennis Kucinich writes about how he took on powerful interests to save a public utility. That happened over forty years ago, but the story still carries critical relevance today. Julie Kohn After a historic winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark and without heat, energy experts are looking for ways to stop it from happening again. Julie Kohn says that means rethinking the state's isolation from the nation's power grid. Jim Hightower Beware: The GOP Has Chosen to Embrace The Crazy Perhaps you remember Sen. Barry Goldwater, the GOP's fringy, far-right-wing 1964 presidential nominee who famously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Today, however, the core of the Republicans Party has gone so far beyond the fringe that they would boo Goldwater's right-wingism as insufficiently rabid. Instead, their new rallying cry is: “Nuttiness in the defense of extremism is no vice.” The GOP's mainline officialdom now proclaim themselves The Party of Extremism. Bill Press "Confidence Man" by Trump Biographer Maggie Haberman Confidence Man. The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America by the foremost interpreter of Donald Trump, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman. Haberman, a Pulitzer Prize winner, takes a different approach to the “Trump Book.” She goes all the way back to his days in New York to understand the man who became president. Who, she says, is not much different than the man who raged through New York in the ‘70's, ‘80's and ‘90's. If you want to understand Donald Trump, you have to understand Donald Trump in that uniquely New York milieu. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.
Kevin fell in love with Physics in High School. Space intrigued him to the extent that he entertained thoughts of being an astronaut. But above all, he loved teaching. So, when time came for college, Kevin looked for schools that would help him be a High School Physics Teacher. Today, he is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Kevin joins our podcast to share his undergraduate college journey, his UG Research in Physics at Truman State University, Winning the Goldwater Scholarship, Road to Internal Medicine, and his Advice for high schoolers. In particular, we discuss the following with him: Overall Undergraduate Experience UG Research The Goldwater Scholarship Physics Major to Internal Medicine Advice to High Schoolers Topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to Prof. Kevin Haworth, U of Cincinnati  Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights  High School Interests  Choosing Truman State University  Transition to Truman  UG Research Impact  Applying for Goldwater Scholarship  Why the Application Stood Out?  The Goldwater Scholarship Difference  Grad School to Study Applied Physics  Research Skills Gained  Skills for High Schoolers  Memories  Our Guests: Kevin Haworth is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Kevin is a graduate of Truman State University with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. He is the recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan. Subsequently he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. Memorable Quote: “..Sometimes I think maybe the reviewer had misread my application, or had it mixed up with somebody else.” Kevin Haworth on winning the Goldwater Scholarship. Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode's Transcript. Similar Episodes: College Experiences , UG Research Calls-to-action: Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast Newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. To Ask the Guest a question, or to comment on this episode, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe or Follow our podcasts wherever you get your podcasts.
#1484: Christina Sandefur of Goldwater Institute explains why you shouldn't support prop 209. Stan Pierce, Coconino needs election workers. + Deadly viruses, AZ polling data and evictions up. #1484: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Jeff shares election info 0:00-43:14, why Democrats are listed first in Coconino County and Republicans first in Yavapai County + new statewide polling data showing some very tight races, creating viruses in labs, housing sentiment drops and more! Christina Sandefur of Goldwater Institute 43:15-60:47 explains why Goldwater does not support Arizona Proposition 209. Stan Pierce with Coconino County Elections 60:48-69:06 is looking for election workers in Coconino County for Election Day. It's a long day but your service is needed if you are available. You do get paid for the day and can get info here…https://www.coconino.az.gov/196/Become-an-Election-Board-Worker Senator Wendy Rogers 69:07-74:06 shares info on CDC meeting tomorrow on possible adding Covid vaccine to children's list of recommended vaccines. Plus a listener shares comments on manipulating viruses in a lab. CDC meeting link https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html
Sophia's immediate family members have a neurological condition which motivated her to want to go to Medical School. When time came for college, Sophia decided to go to Pasadena City College for financial reasons. Sophia joins our podcast to share her undergraduate college journey, UG Research at Pasadena City College and UC San Diego, About winning the Goldwater Scholarship, and her advice for high schoolers. In particular, we discuss the following with her: Overall Undergraduate & Research Experience Research at Pasadena City College Impact of UG Research The Goldwater Scholarship Advice to High Schoolers Topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to Sophia Barber, UCSD  Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights  Overall Experience  High School Interests  Pasadena City College  UG Research at PCC  Impact of UG Research  Research & Internships  Intro to Bio Research at UCSD  Goldwater Scholarship  Why did the GW Application Work?  The Goldwater Scholarship Difference  Tough Transition from PCC to UCSD  Peers & Profs  Research at UCSD  What's Next?  About Awards & Scholarships  Skills Developed by Research  Advice for High Schoolers  Memories  Our Guest: Sophia Barber is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology at University of California San Diego. Sophia received the Associates degree in Biology from Pasadena City College. Sophia received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2021. Memorable Quote: “And so I think it's important when you're going to [a] lab to realize that you have just as much right to be there as everybody else. And that regardless of you know, you're going to make mistakes when you go in. And that's not a reflection on your person, your personal character or your abilities and lab because everybody makes mistakes. Yeah. And just, you know, enjoy the experience and work hard and it will pay off.” Sophia Barber. Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode's Transcript. Similar Episodes: College Experiences Calls-to-action: Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast Newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. To Ask the Guest a question, or to comment on this episode, email email@example.com. Subscribe or Follow us wherever you get your podcasts.
This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, Chuck and Sam are joined by Pardis Mahdavi, an Iranian-American scholar who recently published an incredible op-ed in the Washington Post, “When Iran's ‘morality police' came for me.” Later in the show, Matt Beienburg of the Goldwater Institute joins us with an update on Arizona's ESA program.-Pardis Mahdavi is the dean of the social sciences division in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, and a professor in ASU's School of Social Transformation. Mahdavi's approach to higher education has been informed by her personal journey as an Iranian-American woman growing up in the U.S., as well as her training as an anthropologist where she learned to be reflexive about complex power dynamics. She has focused her academic career on diversity, inclusion, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, feminism and public health.Prior to joining ASU, she was the acting dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Before coming to Denver, she was at Pomona College from 2006 to 2017, where she most recently served as professor and chair of anthropology, director of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, as well as dean of women.She has published five single authored books and one edited volume in addition to numerous journal and news articles. She has been a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has consulted for a wide array of organizations including the U.S. government, Google Inc. and the United Nations.-Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also serves as director of the institute's Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy. Published in local and national outlets, Matt's work focuses on promoting educational freedom, parental rights, and greater civic appreciation of America's founding principles.Prior to joining Goldwater, Matt served as a senior analyst at the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), where he regularly drafted fiscal estimates and briefed members of the state legislature on major policy initiatives in K-12 and higher education.Matt previously worked in human capital consulting for Mercer, where his projects included surveying teacher engagement and analyzing the competitiveness of staff salaries at low-income area charter schools in Los Angeles. He has also worked in Washington, D.C. with Imagine Schools and the Center for Education Reform.A native of Arizona, Matt earned a bachelor's in economics from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a master's in public affairs from Princeton.-Connect with us:www.breakingbattlegrounds.voteTwitter: www.twitter.com/Breaking_BattleFacebook: www.facebook.com/breakingbattlegroundsInstagram: www.instagram.com/breakingbattlegroundsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/breakingbattlegrounds This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit breakingbattlegrounds.substack.com
488. We talk to Angie Maxwell about her book, The Long Southern Strategy, with an emphasis on the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisiana. "The Southern Strategy is traditionally understood as a Goldwater and Nixon-era effort by the Republican Party to win over disaffected white voters in the Democratic stronghold of the American South. To realign these voters with the GOP, the party abandoned its past support for civil rights and used racially coded language to capitalize on southern white racial angst.... And when the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention became increasingly fundamentalist and politically active, the GOP tied its fate to the Christian Right. Republicans embodied southern white culture by emphasizing an "us vs. them" outlook.... In doing so, the GOP nationalized southern white identity, rebranded itself to the country at large, and fundamentally altered the vision and tone of American politics." This week in Louisiana history. September 25 1912 Grabow Lumber Shootout murder suspect Charles Smith, shot by Calcasieu Parish Deputy. This week in New Orleans history. Oswald Leaves New Orleans. September 25, 1963. This week in Louisiana. Beignet Fest New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds 4 Friedrichs Ave New Orleans LA 70124 September 24, 2022 10:00 am - 6:00 pm From traditional sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest features more than 25 beignet dishes from some of New Orleans' best restaurants, caterers and food trucks. In true NOLA style, the festival also features live, local music performances, a Kid's Village, Artist Market and Beer Garden. Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which was created to raise awareness and funds for autism programs. View Website Phone: 504-214-2454 Postcards from Louisiana. Congo Square on Easter Sunday.Listen on Google Play.Listen on Google Podcasts.Listen on Spotify.Listen on Stitcher.Listen on TuneIn.The Louisiana Anthology Home Page.Like us on Facebook.
Aaron always had an interest in Biology. He spent time outdoors chasing and catching bugs. He liked watching the Discovery Channel. Once he got to University of Florida, he found his research passion working on Regeneration. Aaron joins our podcast to share his undergraduate college journey, UG Research in Regeneration at the University of Florida, Winning the Goldwater Scholarship and his advice for high schoolers. In particular, we discuss the following with him: Overall Undergraduate Experience UG Research The Goldwater Scholarship Advice to High Schoolers Topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to Aaron Sandoval, U of Florida  Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights  Overall UofF Experience  Why U of Florida?  High School Interests  Transition to College  Peers  Professors & Teaching  Getting into UG Research  Research Topics  Impact of UG Research  Goldwater Scholarship  GW Process & The Difference  Picking Biology as a Major  Campus Activities  Marshall Scholarship  Applying to Med School  Advice for High Schoolers  Finding your Passion  Memories  Our Guests: Aaron Sandoval is a graduate of University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. He is the recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2018. As a Marshall Scholar, he received the Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Master of Science in Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapies from King's College, London. Aaron is currently at Harvard Medical School. Memorable Quote: “But whenever I got involved with an initiative or extracurricular, and I was working with [a] Professor to solve a certain problem, like a research problem, or to start a new organization, that's when I was able to really, really get to know my professor super well. Because I had a lot of one-on-one face time with them. And not for the purpose of having FaceTime with them, but for the purpose of solving a problem.” Aaron Sandoval. Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode's Transcript. Similar Episodes: College Experiences , UG Research Calls-to-action: Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast Newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. To Ask the Guest a question, or to comment on this episode, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe or Follow our podcasts at any of these locations: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify.
On this special edition of The Editors, Rich is joined by Goldwater's vice president of litigation, Jon Riches, and former NR writer, Christian Schneider. Among other things, they discuss how public schools are hiding information from citizens and what we can do to stop them from doing this.
On August 19, 1964, Barry Goldwater opens his 1964 general-election campaign. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hugh Hallman, Attorney, Educator, and former Mayor of Tempe, joins Seth in studio for the full hour to talk about masks being forced back on to school children, invincible ignorance, and the nomination fight between Nixon and Goldwater in 1960. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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After high school, Justice was forced to take up a job. During that period, a number of personal experiences & trauma motivated her to want to become a brain scientist. So, after 6 years of selling insurance, Justice enrolled in Tulsa Community College, and opened the door to Research, The Goldwater Scholarship and more. Justice joins our podcast to share her undergraduate college journey, UG Research experiences at TCC and UNC. In particular, we discuss the following with her: Overall Undergraduate Experience Research at Tulsa Community College Impact of UG Research The Goldwater Scholarship Advice to High Schoolers Topics discussed in this episode: Introduction to Justice Robinson, UNC [0:46] Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights [1:51] Overall UG Experience [4:21] High School Interests [5:20] The Gap Years [7:08] Tulsa Community College [9:32] Why UG Research? [10:30] Kinds of UG Research [11:21] Impact of UG Research [14:05] Goldwater Scholarship [15:32] GW Application Process [19:31] Scholarship Impact [20:50] Transition from TCC to UNC [23:26] Peers [25:57] Research at UNC [27:29] How UG Research shaped her Education [30:29] UG Redo [32:23] Skills for High Schoolers [34:00] Memories [35:38] Our Guests: Justice Robinson is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Justice received the Associates degree in Biology from Tulsa Community College. Justice received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2020. Memorable Quote: “And so I am much more comfortable with not being perfect. And I think it's made a difference in my mentoring. And the way I address school where I'm not as stressed out, I'm planning things better. So taking a step back and kind of experiencing not being the best, really made me better all around, I think” Justice Robinson. Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode's Transcript. Similar Episodes: College Experiences , UG Research Calls-to-action: Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast Newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. To Ask the Guest a question, or to comment on this episode, email email@example.com. Subscribe or Follow our podcasts at any of these locations: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify.
Highlights this week. Interviews may be abbreviated. For the date and hour podcast to hear more, see the note 00:00 Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator under President Donald Trump from 2020 to 2021, admits she knew the COVID vaccine would not prevent against infection. How is this not leading every newscast and on the front page of every newspaper? (July 25, Hour 2) 13:51 Goldwater Institute
The one thing Trump manufactured successfully… “Former Republicans” Revisiting our interview with Author Rick WIlson on his book “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” Rick Wilson The presidency of Donald Trump has brought discord to a party known for its political discipline as critics within the GOP take aim at a President they feel is destroying their party. Among them is Rick Wilson. Never one to mince words, his book is a scathing critique of Donald Trump. Jim Hightower Beware: The GOP Has Chosen to Embrace The Crazy Perhaps you remember Sen. Barry Goldwater, the GOP's fringy, far-right-wing 1964 presidential nominee who famously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Today, however, the core of the Republicans Party has gone so far beyond the fringe that they would boo Goldwater's right-wingism as insufficiently rabid. Instead, their new rallying cry is: “Nuttiness in the defense of extremism is no vice.” Bill Press SCOTUS: "Outrageous. Aggressive." Bill and his guest Elizabeth Wydra runs down the major and disastrous decisions from this Supreme Court. Wydra is the Constitutional Accountability Center's President. From 2008-2016, she served as its Chief Counsel. Throughout her tenure she has filed more than 200 briefs on behalf of the Constitutional Accountability Center and clients, which include preeminent constitutional scholars and historians, state and local government organizations, groups such as the League of Women Voters and the AARP, and members of Congress. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.
Following the news on Roe v. Wade, Drew talks with Ryan about some book recommendations about the conservative movement and how it gave rise to the anti-abortion movement and Justice Clarence Thomas. Ryan also details his favorite of Rick Perlstein's books documenting the conservative movement from Goldwater to Nixon to Reagan, as well as Nina Easton's "Gang of Five." Go to BookOutlet to grab "Reaganland" and "Gang of Five" at affordable discount prices. Social media: Mars on Life: @marsonlifeshow on Twitter and Instagram Ryan Mancini: @mancinira (Twitter) and @manciniryan (Instagram) Andrew Martinez: @andrewomartinez (Twitter) Artwork by Zachary Erberich (@zacharyerberichart) "Space X-plorers" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mars-on-life-show/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mars-on-life-show/support
#1408: Cathi Herrod of CAP on SCOTUS abortion and right to pray decision. Matt Beienburg of Goldwater details ESA education expansion. #1408: Monday, June 27, 2022 SCOTUS decisions on abortion and praying and protests at the Capitol 0:00-19:46 where a group tried to kick the Senate doors in while the Senators were evacuated to the basement. Plus ESA (backpack funding) for education passes is Arizona. Jeff talks with Cathi Herrod, President of the Center for Arizona Policy about where Arizona stands as far as abortion goes after Fridays SCOTUS decision 19:47-43:29. Cathi also fills us in on the “right to pray” decision by SCOTUS and bills that passed the legislature from women sports to ESA's. Matt Beienburg of the Gold Water Institute gives details on the AZ ESA expansion 43:30-67:20 including private schools, homeschooling and more. Jeff reads some Listner comments 67:21-74:23
Emma hosts John S. Huntington, professor of history at Houston Community College, to discuss his recent book Far-Right Vanguard: The Radical Roots of Modern Conservatism. First, Emma covers Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling that protects federal law enforcement from civil rights lawsuits, the ACLU challenges Greg Abbott's directive to investigate the parents of trans kids, and the haunting reflections from Miah Cerrillo in the wake of surviving the Uvalde shooting. Professor John S. Huntington then joins as he and Emma unpack the gap in academia that inspired his project, choosing to look all the way back to the outset of the 20th Century for the origins of modern conservatism, rather than starting from Nixon, Reagan, and the birth of neoliberalism, discussing the groundswells of radical conspiracy theorists, white supremacy, and anti-communism that now define the contemporary right. Jumping back to the start of the 1900s, Professor Huntington and Emma contextualize the state of the two-party system as one with both conservatives and liberals on both wings, a form of US politics that is extinct today, leading up until the 1920s which saw a rebirth of the nativism and racism of the previous century with the second coming of the KKK and the release of Birth of a Nation, seeing Klansmen suddenly strewn throughout US society, from corporations to Congress, and building up through the 1930s, setting the groundwork for a coalition against FDR's New Deal democracy made up of businessmen, segregationists, and anti-communism conspirators. Emma and John then dive into the decentralized element of this conservative network, walking through the genuinely fascistic Klan supporters who wanted a renaissance of a white Christian America in contrast with the Jeffersonian Democrats who simply wanted to rescue their party from the commie that was FDR, with anti-communism as an easy rhetorical connection tieing them together against their enemies. After a discussion on the role of the first era of the red scare in setting up this rhetoric, Emma and Prof. Huntington dive deeper into the Jeffersonian Democrats' founder James Reed, as well as figures like J. Evetts Haley, Robert Welsch, and William F. Buckley as the innovators of the conservative movement, from the anti-communism of the early 1900s to the neoliberalism of Nixon and Reagan, funneled through organizations like Buckley's John Birch Society, and working to paint a picture of a “respectable” far-right that is different from the conspiracy kooks, who just happen to share the same policy ideas. This brings them to the era where academics tends to start their study, with the rhetorical shift to dog-whistle politics that occurs with the transition to neoliberalism under Nixon and in the wake of Goldwater's rise, before they wrap up the interview by diving into the state of the two parties today, and discuss why conservatism has had so much more success in ingraining their talking points in political discourse, and pushing their fundamentalist policy as the baseline of acceptability. And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt and Brandon as they cover Senators Lummis and Gillibrand deciding that NOW (in the wake of multiple massive crypto crashes) is the time to endorse Americans putting their retirement savings on the blockchain, Jack Del Rio claims 1/6 to be a “dust-up,” and Emma goes in on the exploitation of college sports. Devin from Alberta calls in to distill the idea of laying claim to right-wing claimed “space” to trigger the conservatives, Jay Z and Dorsey open a bitcoin academy (more similar to Trump University than any educational institution), and Kyle Rittenhouse sees little killers like himself facing backlash all across the US (presumably from Buffalo to Uvalde). Justin from Augusta discusses the Bill of Rights as inherently reactionary, Abby Martin takes on Sec. Blinken as he proclaims his support for Saudi Arabia and Israel at a freedom of the press conference, and Dennis Prager comes out as a baby-hater (those tiny-toed narcissists!) Emma and Matt discuss being called “groomers” by those that support pedophiles, plus, your calls and IMs! 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Bri spoke with aspiring entrepreneur Doug Goldwater about his startup idea, The You Frontier. The You Frontier sets out to create a physical social network through turning unused spaces and commercial buildings around the country into creative community hubs and cheap co-working spaces. It will be an alternative to the expensive world of corporate co-working and the online social networks that have only dispirited and divided us. The You Frontier differs from other co-working spaces in not only its price but it's flexibility- members will get the opportunity to decorate the space and shape its activities. Doug aspires to inspire Americans to pursue their dreams by creating supportive, physical communities that will facilitate fun events, new relationships, and big ideas. The You Frontier will allow you to be your own pioneer, and build your own future the way you see fit. To contact Doug: firstname.lastname@example.org
AG Brnovich on discusses his Senate run. (0:00-24:25) Mark Haughwout talks travel to Israel. (24:26-43:20) Jon Riches of Goldwater Institute discusses a case against the City of Phoenix (43:21-61:44) and a sweetheart property tax deal that they argued violates Arizona's gift clause. Kelly Broaddus gives a real estate market update (61:45-74:08) and a lawsuit that may impact HOAs.
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Jack returns from The Perfume Nationalist to ponder what is wrong with Joan Didion, what is depressing beyond belief about that Netflix documentary that memed her, and what rings true and timeless and based and redpilled about her classic book Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), written when she was a Goldwater girl with a little secret. This is the first hour only. To listen to the whole thing, plus all the other bull sessions and premium episodes that complete the adventure, subscribe at patreon.com/filthyarmenian Follow Jack @lotue__oint on Twitter and follow me @filthyarmenian Please rate, review, and spread the word :)
Baylor students have set an incredible standard this year in the number of prestigious scholarships and fellowships received—Fulbright, Goldwater, Churchill and more. In this Baylor Connections, Andy Hogue, who serves as Associate Dean of Engaged Learning in the College of Arts & Sciences and directs Baylor's Office of Engaged Learning, highlights the meaning and impact of these honors and examines the reasons these numbers continue to grow.
In the early 1960s, Orange County became the hub for both white evangelical Christianity and libertarian politics. It was the epicenter of the John Birch Society and the Goldwater campaign. This history is crucial for understanding the rise of the Religious Right throughout the 80s and beyond. It was from this soil that Reagan and his evangelical coalition took over the GOP. The racism, conspiracies, and extremism of 1960s libertarian evangelicals in Southern California has remained part of the GOP and the Religious Right from Goldwater to Reagan to the Tea Party and the presidency of Donald Trump. For access to the full series, click here: https://irreverent.supportingcast.fm/products/the-orange-wave-a-history-of-the-religious-right-since-1960 Interviewee: Dr. Gerardo Marti is a L. Richardson King Professor of Sociology at Davidson College, President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (2021-2024), Editor of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2012-2021), Chair of the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association (2019-2021), Co-Chair the Religion and Social Science Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion (2009-2016), and Executive Council of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2007-2010). Suggested Reading: Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (WW Norton: 2010) Gerardo Marti, American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency (Rowman and Littlefield 2019). Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton University Press 2015)
In the wake of the 1964 Goldwater campaign, three young men decided to start the Council for National Policy in order to take back the country for God--and themselves. They joined forces with an army of clergy, big donors, and media moguls in order to take back America. This "shadow network," as the journalist Anne Nelson calls it is the secretive, but pervasive force that has overtaken the GOP and infiltrated every level and every corner of this country's politics. Interview: Anne Nelson, author of Shadow Network, and faculty at Columbia University. For access to the full series, click here: https://irreverent.supportingcast.fm/products/the-orange-wave-a-history-of-the-religious-right-since-1960
One of our Travelers and her husband came down to our Arizona meet and greet about a month ago, and gave us a beer. While handing over Goldwater Brewing's Hazy IPA "Hop Chowda," they exclaimed that it was the "best Hazy IPA in Phoenix." During the same exchange, Dolan, one of our Brand Specialists, said "Really? Even better than Fate Brewing's "False Promises?" Brought to you by Traveling nurse, Heather Campbell and her husband, Tory Campbell, this is "Hop Chowda" vs. "False Promises." - The Battle of the Arizona Hazy IPAs. Who wins? Listen to find out as Rich and Brian, who have never had either beer, blind taste test them on this episode of "A Beer with Atlas." A friendly "Beef" between travelers and their agency. Jokes aside, shout out to Heather and Tory. They are super amazing people and we are so very thankful for their friendship and the beer. Keep killing it guys, we are enjoying all of the posts during your travel adventures.
Kendra Riley joined Chris to talk about her daughter's journey treatment for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy and an effort with Goldwater for "Right to Try" legislation. For more information on this journey, visit rileysroad.com Chris rounds up the local news with a recap of production of HBO series Duster, film incentives, Southern New Hampshire University leaving Tucson...and Tia Gloria and the story of the song Scotch and Soda along with YOUR concert stories!
CEO, wife, mom, and Digital Influencer Alyssa Goldwater kicks off Season 3 of Parently with a little bit humor and a whole lot of candor! Nothing could have prepared her for her son's T1D diagnosis and the whirlwind that followed. Navigating her new normal of blood sugar testing, label reading, and insulin injections, Alyssa shares how T1D has impacted her family as well as some helpful advice for those in the thick of it. @alyssagoldwater https://aglassofgoldwater.com Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
Matt Continetti is a Senior Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a contributing editor to the National Review and Commentary magazine. In his latest book, The Right, he traces the evolution of the American Conservative movement from 1920s populism, through the Goldwater and Reagan eras to the populism of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. A comprehensive, well researched and documented study of American Conservatism's roots. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message
It's a small world after all. So small we can go from Florida to Alaska to Arizona to California in one episode. A magically tragic journey through American politics and history. Brad and Dan begin the road trop in Florida, where Uncle Ron DeSantis has labeled Disney the wokest place on earth due to its opposition for the Don't Say Gay bill. Marjorie Taylor Greene stated that Disney wants to indoctrinate children with sexual filth. While it's laughable to think of Disney as "woke," the absolute temper tantrum GOP leaders have thrown over this matter is reflective of how extremism has become the only virtue in GOP politics. In order to understand how this works and where it came from, Brad and Dan turn to the news that Sarah Palin is running for Congress in Alaska. While this may not seem like big news nationally, it opens a window into the "Palinization" of politics over the last fifteen years. Brad and Dan recall how and why John McCain chose Palin as his running mate and what this unleashed in the Republican party: Birtherism, the Tea Party, obstructionism, xenophobia, and so on. From an examination of McCain, they look to his predecessor in the Senate, Barry Goldwater, who also ran for president and courted radical White Christians in order to get ahead in the polls. What emerges from this picture is a look at American politics that shows how for 65 years Republicans have tried to use extremists for political gain, only to unleash a disease on the American body politic. Link to Satanic Panic Episode: https://getpodcast.com/podcast/straight-white-american-jesus/satanic-panic-then-and-now_1c0f630e61 Link to the Graham and Dias article at NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/us/christian-right-wing-politics.html Link to Goldwater's remarks on regretting alliance with White Christian nationalists: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/16/us/excerpts-from-goldwater-remarks.html To Donate: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BradleyOnishi For an ad-free experience and to support SWAJ: https://irreverent.supportingcast.fm/straight-white-american-jesus-premium To become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/straightwhiteamericanjesus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://swaj.supportingcast.fm
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock's face; Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell floating the idea of kicking out every Russian student from America; students from America's top universities rejecting free speech . . . So what do they have in common? Goldwaterism! What's that? Goldwaterism is named after Barry Goldwater, the conservative Republican senator from Arizona in the latter 20th century, who famously said something that, ironically, is vigorously practiced by the people on the Left. So what did Goldwater say? Well, check our my videoblog and you will understand how Smith, Swalwell and many university students have become Goldwater's unwitting disciples.
This week, Simone is joined by two CLC experts, Erin Chlopak and Brendan Fischer, as well as attorney Peter Earle and “BadAss Grandmas” Ellen Chaffee and Dina Butcher. These guests help explain two key instances in which big money spending impacted local communities. Importantly, they also explain how every day citizens can make their voices heard.Campaign finance can sometimes seem like something far removed from our everyday lives, maybe something that only matters in Washington. But there's a lot going on at the state and local levels, too, and there's a lot that everyday citizens can do to influence things and ensure their community's voices are heard. Guests:Dr. Ellen Chaffee is a consultant to university governing boards after a long career in higher education research and administration. This included two university presidencies, presiding over two national professional associations, and serving on boards of directors. After decades of political independence, she agreed to be a running mate to a gubernatorial candidate, which taught her "too much" about how the current political system works and how unsuited she is for that arena. Her alter ego, BadAss Grandma for Democracy, works to improve America's flawed democracy, which is a root cause of most social problems.Dina Butcher's grandson's friend dubbed her BadAss after seeing her picture on a brochure promoting an initiated measure to amend the ND Constitution regarding having an ethics commission and requiring transparency in political influence on elections. This 2018 campaign led to many of her fellow Republicans questioning her loyalty. As a first generation American, born to German-Jewish refugees who fled Germany in 1939, she feels she needs to speak up against the militant right infiltration of the Republican party. Since she tended a Goldwater campaign headquarters “trailer” in King George County, Virginia with a pause while her husband served in the FBI, she has been a Republican activist, run for elective office in 1996 and served in three Republican administrations. This graduate of Skidmore College with teaching credentials earned at Minot State College, says her daughters say “she has lost her filters and gained her voice” in this her ninth decade.Erin Chlopak leads CLC's work to promote and defend strong campaign finance laws and ensure that existing laws are enforced. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, Erin works with CLC's campaign finance team to make our political system more transparent and accountable, and to protect the right of every American to participate in the democratic process.Read her full bio here.Peter Earle was born in Mexico City on June 22,1950, and emigrated to the United States in 1955. He graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with High Honors in 1988. As an attorney, Mr. Earle has been selected for an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell each year for the last 30 years. Mr. Earle has also successfully litigated numerous individual lead poisoning cases resulting in the expansion of the risk contribution doctrine in cases where the plaintiff is unable to identify the manufacturer of the product that actually caused the injury. Thomas v. Mallett, 701 N.W.2d 523 (WI 2005); Gibson v. American Cyanamid, 760 F.3d 600 (7th Cir. 7/14/14). He is widely regarded as an aggressive bilingual lawyer dedicated to enforcing the rights of working people and holding accountable those who abuse authority.Brendan Fischer currently serves as Deputy Executive Director at Documented, having served as Director, Federal Reform at CLC from 2016-2022. He has expertise in campaign finance, government ethics, lobbying and political transparency issues, and is a frequent commentator for national news publications. He also has spoken at conferences and events nationwide on money-in-politics issues. Before CLC, Brendan was General Counsel with the Center for Media and Democracy, where he led the watchdog group's legal research and advocacy efforts. Links for Part One:“Bad Ass Grandmas Say Alaskans Should Vote for More Transparency in Elections” (Campaign Legal Center)“How Our Government Put Money and Oil Before the People of North Dakota” (Campaign Legal Center)“Ballot Initiative in North Dakota Aims to Increase Transparency” (Campaign Legal Center)“Badass Grandmas” on Facebook“North Dakotans for Public Integrity” on FacebookAbout the North Dakota Ethics Commission Links for Part Two:“Secret Money Puts Our Health and Safety at Risk” (Campaign Legal Center)“Senate Must Act to Bring Dark Money to Light” by Peter Earle (Daily Kos)"Poisoned by their homes: how the US is failing children exposed to lead” (The Guardian)Lead-Safe Wisconsin About CLC:Democracy Decoded is a production of Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization which advances democracy through law at the federal, state and local levels, fighting for every American's right to responsive government and a fair opportunity to participate in and affect the democratic process. You can visit us on the web at campaignlegalcenter.org.
Pastor Daniel Williamson discusses running for Flagstaff Mayor. Goldwater Institutes Matt Beienburg discuss curriculum transparency. #1321 Friday, March 11, 2022 0:00-14:45 Jeff recaps a few of the weeks biggest news items. 14:46-43:22 Pastor Daniel Williamson, Candidate for Flagstaff Mayor. 43:23-58:09 Jeff and Olivia pick this weeks $40 Nimarco's Pizza winner. 58:10-74:14 Goldwater Institute Director of Education Policy Matt Beienburg joins us to discuss curriculum transparency and a bill at the legislature that would require teachers to post the curriculum online.
Richard Nixon seemed poised to heal the divisions in the Republican Party after the landslide defeat of Goldwater. He said all the right things to win his party's nomination, but once in office he proved himself to be a snake in more ways than one. Support the show on Patreon for episode scripts and supplementary content!
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” - Barry Goldwater If you don't know the name Barry Goldwater, you should. In 1964, a fifty-three-year-old Republican senator from Arizona absolutely burst onto the national political scene and ran for president against Nelson Rockefeller in the primaries and then Lyndon Johnson in the general election. Goldwater captivated conservatives. It wasn't so much his personality (as was the case with Trump) but his platform: antitax, antigovernment, anti-anything that smacked of socialism! And Goldwater benefited enormously from the backlash against the Civil Rights Movement. Even though he lost, his words and ideas started nothing short of a revolution in the Republican Party, and particularly its elected representatives, who ever since have been pursuing the extremes of his agenda. By strictly adhering to his immortal words, no amount of cutting social programs, dismantling civil rights law, or privatization was too much for a Goldwater conservative. What can also be described as a streak of anarchy (my way or burn it all down) played well in the segregationist and radical rich circles. The White backlash voter of the 1960s finally had a candidate who would reverse desegregation. And immoderate conservatives finally had an ideologue who believed that government should be gutted and destroyed from the inside. This episode will discuss 1. Who is Barry Goldwater? What is Goldwaterism and why did it come about? I will discuss this wildly popular Republican figure and the significance he has within today's GOP. He is one of the most influential figures in the party and his legacy is still felt today. 2. The tenets of Goldwaterism and how, taken to their extremes, they make for an ungovernable country. It is not possible for our two parties to co-exist thanks to this kind of radical extremism. How Goldwater played to the worst instincts of the base: unabashed racism. After the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, there were a lot of scared white people irrationally wondering if they should fear newly emancipated Black citizens and Goldwater riled them up a coach and a high school football team before the state championships 3. Libertarianism and how it appeals to rich white guys – the "haves" of society. Appeals through procedurally neutral language about free markets and every man for himself make their beliefs sound principled, but don't be fooled, they are used as a way to eradicate all protections afforded to the poor and middle class.
Global Policy Watch: Joan Didion On MoralityInsights on global issues of the day- RSJI want to write about the Andhra Pradesh cinema ticket price cap kerfuffle this week (read here for context). A regular reader, Prem Sagar, wrote to us last week giving us a picture of what was happening in Tollywood. All the great ingredients of a timeless PolicyWTF have come together there - good intentions, political games, conspiracy theories, a government order on price controls that Indira Gandhi would have been proud of and the inevitable unintended consequences. I wept with joy going through them all. But before that Joan Didion. The great chronicler of American life passed away a couple of weeks back. Why Joan Didion in a public policy newsletter, you may ask? Public policy is an interdisciplinary science. At the heart of it is understanding the public - the basis for its motives, its fears and insecurities and its wants. There was no one better than Joan Didion to show a mirror to a society in prose that was unsparing, sparse and crystalline. Didion didn’t go looking for grand narratives. There was no conscious painting of a big picture. She was intimate in her approach and got busy with the minutiae. But from that appeared something that made you rethink your priors. She wrote as she saw it. And she saw a lot. From the underlying vacuity of the unrest in colleges in the late 60s, the hollowness of the counterculture movement in California, the depravity hiding under Kennedy’s Camelot, the absence of any ideological truth bar nihilism among Black Panthers, the mendacity of Nixon and the arriviste pretensions of the Reagans. She covered them all with insight and acuity. Not many realise today that Didion grew up as a Goldwater conservative who wrote quite often in that conservative bible, the National Review during the late 50s and 60s where she reviewed films, eviscerated other authors and their books (her takedown of Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye is one for the ages), championed individual liberty and cautioned against the inevitable disorder that stems from collective self-righteous passions. No one was spared. Later in her life, she would turn that flint-edged gaze onto herself in her collection of essays ‘Where I Was From’ where she reflects on the myths and beliefs of the old California way that shaped her person. And on how wrong she could have been. Didion On MoralityAmong her essays, a particular favourite of mine is On Morality (in the anthology Slouching Towards Bethlehem) where she holds the word morality in her finger and turns it over and over again against the cold light of the day to make sense of it. I often think of it as a short cultural companion piece to Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments in its dissection of morality. She writes:“What does it (morality) mean? It means nothing manageable. There is some sinister hysteria in the air out here tonight, some hint of the monstrous perversion to which any human idea can come. “I followed my own conscience.” “I did what I thought was right.” How many madmen have said it and meant it? How many murderers? Klaus Fuchs said it, and the men who committed the Mountain Meadows Massacre said it, and Alfred Rosenberg said it. And, as we are rotely and rather presumptuously reminded by those who would say it now, Jesus said it. Maybe we have all said it, and maybe we have been wrong. Except on that most primitive level—our loyalties to those we love—what could be more arrogant than to claim the primacy of personal conscience?At least some of the time, the world appears to me as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch; were I to follow my conscience then, it would lead me out onto the desert with Marion Faye, out to where he stood in The Deer Park looking east to Los Alamos and praying, as if for rain, that it would happen: “...let it come and clear the rot and the stench and the stink, let it come for all of everywhere, just so it comes and the world stands clear in the white dead dawn.”She then agonises over the frequency of the word ‘morality’ appearing in politics, media and everyday lives. Like most timeless pieces, there’s both prescience and a definite universality in her analysis of morality. She puts her finger on the performative nature of those sermonising others in society:“You see, I want to be quite obstinate about insisting that we have no way of knowing—beyond that fundamental loyalty to the social code—what is “right” and what is “wrong,” what is “good” and what is “evil.” I dwell so upon this because the most disturbing aspect of “morality” seems to me to be the frequency with which the word now appears; in the press, on television, in the most perfunctory kinds of conversation. Questions of straightforward power (or survival) politics, questions of quite indifferent public policy, questions of almost anything: they are all assigned these factitious moral burdens. There is something facile going on, some self-indulgence at work. Of course we would all like to “believe” in something, like to assuage our private guilts in public causes, like to lose our tiresome selves; like, perhaps, to transform the white flag of defeat at home into the brave white banner of battle away from home. And of course it is all right to do that; that is how, immemorially, things have gotten doneYou don’t have to look too closely at that passage to find its echo in today’s India. She warns as she concludes the essay:“Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. And we suspect we are already there.”The only thing constant about Joan Didion’s work over half a century was her honesty. She didn’t lie. She told us no stories to make us feel better or righteous. She changed her views of people and she changed herself. She didn’t belong to camps. She was fiercely her own person. She could not be appropriated. She was an original. RIP.PolicyWTF: The Disuse of Knowledge in SocietyThis section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen?- RSJ & Pranay KotasthaneOkay. Back to the A.P. Government’s decision to cap the price of film tickets in the state. Here’s the order. How many different ways can you say WTF while reading a government order? Let me count the ways.There’s a maximum ceiling rate of film tickets that’s set by a committee that was constituted vide G.O.Ms No.42, Home (Gen.A) Department, dt.09.03.2020 under the Chairmanship of Special Chief Secretary to Govt., Revenue Department. Whenever I read the word ‘vide’, I feel a surge of power flowing through me. Nothing says sarkaari power more than ‘vide’. Mere reading it makes you picture a Turkish towel on the backrest of your chair and a glass of water with a coaster on top of it. Now, this committee has divined the fixed rates for admission into cinema theatres based on geography (municipal corporation area, nagar panchayat area et al), on theatre type (Multiplex, Ac/Air Cool, non-AC) and on ticket class (economy, deluxe and premium). The prices range between Rs. 5 (gram panchayat, non-AC, Economy) to Rs. 250 (municipal corporation, multiplex, premium). The management is at liberty to charge lesser rates but before doing that they should inform the Licensing Authority and take an acknowledgement.Any violation of the maximum rates can lead to penal action. Of course!The theatre management must make provision for online ticketing. It gets better. The AP government is now planning to launch an online portal (like IRCTC) which will be the only portal that will sell cinema tickets in the state. Yes, there’s so much state capacity lying idle that we can now afford to have the government run the business of selling cinema tickets.The number of shows in a day is restricted to 4. Why? Because 4 is perhaps the lucky number of someone in administration. The maximum retail price of any item should not be exceeded while selling refreshments to the customers. Free drinking water and clean restrooms must be provided. Yeah. 75 years of independence and many governments later, the state hasn’t provided clean drinking water to homes of people but now it can demand private establishments to do so.A.P. Government short films must be screened for 120 seconds before the start of the show and for 30 seconds during the interval of the show. Good. Hopefully, the propaganda short films would be about how price caps on cinema tickets are helping Telugu biddas. The maximum retail price of any item should not be exceeded while selling refreshments to the customers. Free drinking water and clean restrooms must be provided. I know this is the same as #5 above. But this isn’t a typo on my part. The official government order has this point repeated twice at sections 2 (iv) and 2 (vi). I am assuming there’s a deeper meaning hidden here because I start with the assumption that the state can do no wrong. The entry and exit into the theatres should be such that traffic around the theatre does not stop or slow down. Sure. Because there are no traffic jams elsewhere in AP. Autobahns all over the state.Sufficient parking must be provided and the parking charges should be reasonable. Why not? Why leave parking out of all this?All The Wrong ReasonsI grew up with more than a handful of Telugu speaking friends around me (the late 80s and early 90s). Films were a bit more than entertainment to them than any other community in our small town. This meant they were often the ones who would rent a video player for 24 hours (fixed cost) and a movie marathon would ensue with whatever videotapes we could get our hands on. This led to the happy circumstance of me watching the greatest hits of Chiranjeevi and the entire canon of ‘Rowdy’ films (Rodwy Alludu, Rowdy Gari Pellam, State Rowdy, Assembly Rowdy et al). Those were the days. I digress. Anyway, so films are big in A.P. There are thousands of cinema theatres in the state with millions directly or indirectly employed. There’s a material impact on livelihoods because of a bad policy decision. But here we are.There are three reasons given for this move by the state government. One, the pandemic has been tough on people and the prices of tickets are prohibitively high. So, the government is doing this to make cinemas affordable for people. Two, there’s huge tax evasion by theatre owners and the state barely gets the tax revenues it should. Three, the YSRC government feels the film industry leans towards the opposition parties (TDP, Pavan Kalyan) and this is its attempt to bring it under their thumb. These are specious and plain stupid. Like we have written umpteen times here, the price isn’t set by someone who knows better. No one knows better. It is a signal that sends information to buyers and sellers. When supply or demand changes, market prices adjust to reflect the new reality affecting the incentives of buyers and sellers. Nobody needs to set this. It happens on its own in a market system. But this is an idea that never finds acceptance in India. The public often expects the government to set price caps and governments feel it is their duty to make sure ‘corporates’ aren’t gouging customers and making huge profits.Price Is Not For You To SetWe have written about this in edition #140 with an extract from Hayek’s landmark essay ‘The Use of Knowledge in Society’. The essay explains that the price system is a decentralised coordinating mechanism for society. As he wrote in the essay:“Assume that somewhere in the world a new opportunity for the use of some raw material, say, tin, has arisen, or that one of the sources of supply of tin has been eliminated. It does not matter for our purpose—and it is very significant that it does not matter—which of these two causes has made tin more scarce. All that the users of tin need to know is that some of the tin they used to consume is now more profitably employed elsewhere and that, in consequence, they must economize tin. There is no need for the great majority of them even to know where the more urgent need has arisen, or in favor of what other needs they ought to husband the supply. If only some of them know directly of the new demand, and switch resources over to it, and if the people who are aware of the new gap thus created in turn fill it from still other sources, the effect will rapidly spread throughout the whole economic system and influence not only all the uses of tin but also those of its substitutes and the substitutes of these substitutes, the supply of all the things made of tin, and their substitutes, and so on; and all his without the great majority of those instrumental in bringing about these substitutions knowing anything at all about the original cause of these changes. The whole acts as one market, not because any of its members survey the whole field, but because their limited individual fields of vision sufficiently overlap so that through many intermediaries the relevant information is communicated to all.”Every time the government interferes with the price system, the information residing in the price gets diminished. The real-world implications of this loss are all too familiar — price caps lead to shortages and poor quality, price floors lead to wasteful expenditure. Distorting prices costs lives.And it is funny but sad when the government complains of large scale tax evasion as the reason for doing this. The solution to tax evasion is simpler taxes, an efficient mechanism to collect them and a clean administrative machinery. To give more power to a corrupt and overbearing administration to lord over license distribution, do surprise raids and be all-powerful is to invite inspector raj all over again. The unintended consequences are already showing up. Cinema halls are shutting down because the prices are unviable. Distributors and exhibitors who are still reeling from the impact of pandemic and lockdowns on their business are exiting. Raids and fines have become common. Soon there will be an artificial scarcity of tickets created and a black market will emerge. The quality of production will go down because who will invest in a high-quality product when the profits are capped. Good content will go to OTT or its supply will go down. The state government will neither get more taxes and the people will lose out on quality entertainment. Everyone loses. We have seen this movie before. But governments never tire of showing this to us again and again. There’s never any cap on that.Addendum: — Pranay KotasthaneThe creator of the idiom “We’ve seen this movie before” obviously lived in a place where movie price tickets weren’t capped. Hat-tip to two readers of this newsletter for alerting us about this issue, which has been simmering over the last eight months. RSJ has already covered the important points of the saga. Nevertheless, this policyWTF was too inviting a rabbit-hole. So here are some more points to consider. Some personal context first. Like RSJ, I too have Telugu friends who love cinema dearly. Back in my college days, every hostel block had a “TV Room”. Except on cricket match days, only one other item ran on that TV: Telugu movies. So powerful was the pull of the movies that any person trying to locate a batchmate from Andhra Pradesh would begin their search from the TV Room. So I don’t find it surprising one bit to see journal papers with titles like Box-Office Revenue Estimation For Telugu Movie Industry Using Predictive Analytic Techniques. Or that both Telangana and AP have a ministerial portfolio for cinematography. Or that capping movie tickets would make for a popular policy.What should surprise us is how bad ideas regurgitate from state to state. AP is but just one of the many states that impose price caps for cinema tickets. Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, all have their own versions of movie ticket price regulations. Based on news reports, I was able to compile this table.Not only do some states impose price caps, but they also impose price floors i.e. no theatre can show a movie for prices below the government-mandated price, even if they wished! Also, note that Kerala — a state one would expect to administer prices enthusiastically — doesn’t. Instead, that state prefers to collect higher entertainment tax and use the collections for other policy purposes.My colleague Anupam Manur had anticipated the unintended consequences of such policies way back in 2017 when the Karnataka government joined the bandwagon. Let me summarise the main points below.Since they can’t change ticket prices, theatre owners will be incentivised to showcase movies that are guaranteed to run full houses. Movies with time-tested stories and superstars win. Consumers lose as their choices shrink. (Someone should create a Herfindahl–Hirschman index to track how such price caps help incumbent production houses).Tickets will be sold in “black” to people who are willing to pay higher than the price cap. The price of complementary goods — popcorn, cola, parking — will increase.It will have the Bombay Rent Control Act effect — theatres will spend less on maintenance and safety. Some of them might close down due to low profitability, further reducing consumer choice. Increasing price caps in the future will become a centralised political question rather than a decentralised economic question. This is the case in TN where — much like the Central Pay Commission revision — price caps were hiked after a full 10 years in 2017.Reflecting on the CausesThere are three larger points to ponder why despite these obviously anticipable effects, controlling movie ticket prices remain popular. First, the inequality argument. “If actors can become billionaires due to astronomical signing amounts, why are they opposed to lowering down prices for the average cinema-goers?” This is a classic moralising stance completely devoid of economic logic. The causation actually flows the other way. It’s because there are enough and more people willing to buy tickets that producers are confident to remunerate actors better. Nevertheless, “protecting the interests of the common man” is an evergreen justification for terrible policies.Second, “protecting the culture” argument. While the linguistic organisation of states perhaps helped India stay together, state governments consider themselves not just as administrators of federal units but as custodians of local culture, language, and cinema. Besides capping prices, governments don’t bat an eyelid before making it mandatory to screen movies in the state language.Third, the fascination with low movie ticket prices. That one could see a movie in Tamil Nadu at ₹120, was seen as a matter of the state’s pride and neighbours’ envy for a long time. The question we really need to ask is — why should it be the government’s responsibility to equalise everyone’s chances for watching the “first-day, first-show” of a movie? Until we, the citizens don’t appreciate what we lose when prices are kept artificially low, governments will gleefully administer prices. Thus it’s not the first time that we’ve seen the fracas over movie ticket prices. In fact, it’s probably the first time that this policyWTF is facing spirited and united opposition from a cinema community. Hopefully, the movie stars will be able to impart some Economics101 gyaan to us all. My best wishes are with them.Announcement: Puliyabaazi with Jairam Ramesh on the 1991 Reforms— Pranay KotasthaneOver at Puliyabaazi, Saurabh and I hosted member of parliament and historian Jairam Ramesh for a chat on the politics of 1991 economic reforms. Having served as an officer-on-special-duty in Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s office at the time, he closely witnessed — and shaped — several conversations around the reforms. I have quoted from his 2015 book To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story on many occasions in this newsletter. So it was an absolute delight to discuss these topics with him. In particular, his story about getting his ideas on industrial delicensing approved by the cabinet tells a lot about the importance of narratives in public policy.Do not miss this episode and yes, do subscribe to the Puliyabaazi YouTube channel.India Policy Watch: Upgrading the Reform Narrative Insights on burning policy issues in India— Pranay KotasthaneMarketcraft is a brilliant new term I came across recently, courtesy of fellow traveller Rohit Chandra’s newsletter for The Morning Context. Rohit’s description of the term covers the main idea quite well:“Markets are not birthed spontaneously in the absence of the state; as political scientist Stephen Vogel has argued, most countries have actively constructed, governed and shaped markets in underdeveloped sectors rather than just blindly deregulating them, a process he calls marketcraft. While discarding the legacies of state ownership and Plan-based micromanagement may be part of marketcraft, so is creating an efficient legal system to resolve disputes, changing bureaucratic mindsets that tend to regard the private sector with suspicion, and creating a level playing field to prevent large corporations gaining excessive market power. Marketcraft is as much about building institutions as it is about doing away with previously interventionist regulation.”Caricatures of capitalism in India suggest that it is a system where matsyanyaaya reigns — rapacious businessmen run amok while the government is happy to sit out. Marketcraft instead emphasises that even the US — the poster child for free-market economies — is in fact, heavily governed. Not everything that Vogel writes applies to the Indian context but there’s one idea that resonated with me — the need to change the narratives we use for talking about reforms. Decades of dissing markets have resulted in a deep distrust for markets in India. The 1991 economic reforms have had limited success in changing this narrative. There is still more-than-enthusiastic support for price-fixing, bans, and government-run enterprises. Nothing scares people more than typeset phrases of the capitalist canon; “leave it to the market”, “trust markets”, “privatisation” are terms that evoke fear rather than hope. They conjure the image of being abandoned by one’s parents in a mela (the government is maai-baap after all). In response, policy analysts sing in the praise of markets using the same vocabulary that most Indians either find foreign or deeply distrust. Hence, it’s not surprising that reforms are episodic and often done through stealth rather than conviction. Since using standard free-market vocabulary is not quite effective, what we direly need are new narratives that make the case for reforms in a language India can understand. This table from Marketcraft gives an idea of how it could be done. There is merit in finding similar phrases that would make the language of reforms less alienating. Aatmanirbhar, Make in India are some good examples that could’ve been deployed for this purpose. Alas, they morphed into protectionism and industrial policy measures instead of building the case for markets. Another way to make reforms more palatable is to lay stress on the improvements in regulatory capacity when reforms are articulated. Take the case of the now-abandoned farm laws. The government spoke about the need to reduce intervention but failed to assuage farmers on dispute resolution. Moreover, replacing the jurisdiction of civil courts with a complex method under the full control of a bureaucrat fanned fear among the farmers. Crafting the right narratives is a much more difficult task than coming up with catchy slogans or spiffy abbreviations. It’s time we rise to that challenge.HomeWorkReading and listening recommendations on public policy matters[Paper] An economic guide to ticket pricing in the entertainment industry[Article] Anupam Manur’s article on why fixing movie ticket prices is a terrible policy.[Podcast] We’ve started a new 15-minute episode series on Puliyabaazi, where we discuss one public policy question every week. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit publicpolicy.substack.com
Here's a thought experiment: If the Constitution were re-written according to modern libertarian standards, how would it be different? The idea of a "libertarian Constitution" may seem redundant – the Founders were forerunners of the classical liberals, who in turn paved the way for the libertarian movement.The National Constitution Center, however, recently posed this challenge to a group of libertarian legal scholars, along with two other groups of scholars: one progressive, and one conservative.Timothy Sandefur, along with his Cato colleague Ilya Shapiro and Brooklyn Law School professor Christina Mulligan, drafted their version of the Constitution to include additional protections of individual liberties (unsurprisingly). In hindsight, we can see that the founders were insufficiently wary of executive authority – except for perhaps George Mason. They left the door open for the erosion of the separation of powers, especially by the administrative state – something corrected in the proposed Libertarian Constitution. Furthermore, Sandefur et al.'s "Ellis Island Clause" would restore immigration to early 20th-century policies, and limit arbitrary federal restrictions on who can move to the United States.I spent the hour with Sandefur – the Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation – expanding my sense of possibility, and exploring what we can learn from various state constitutions in working towards a more perfect union.Be sure to follow Timothy on Twitter: @TimothySandefur and subscribe to the Goldwater Institute's newsletter.
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Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also serves as director of the Goldwater Institute's Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy. Published in local and national outlets, Matt's work focuses on promoting educational freedom, parental rights, and greater civic appreciation of America's founding principles. Prior to joining Goldwater, Matt served as a senior analyst at the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), where he regularly drafted fiscal estimates and briefed members of the state legislature on major policy initiatives in K-12 and higher education.But, prior to all of that, way back in fourth and fifth grade, Matt was one of Mr. Brown's students. Having survived that ordeal, and finding a real voice as a culture-influencer on the national stage, Matt joins Mr. Brown for the second of a two-part Kingdom Culture Conversation that encompasses school choice, educational freedom, the 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory, and the impact of educational transparency.For more information about The Goldwater Institute, please click on this link.To learn a bit more about Matt Beienburg specifically, please visit this site.For more information on Frameworks, please visit: https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, please visit: https://www.ncsaz.org/
Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also serves as director of the Goldwater Institute's Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy. Published in local and national outlets, Matt's work focuses on promoting educational freedom, parental rights, and greater civic appreciation of America's founding principles. Prior to joining Goldwater, Matt served as a senior analyst at the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), where he regularly drafted fiscal estimates and briefed members of the state legislature on major policy initiatives in K-12 and higher education.But, prior to all of that, way back in fourth and fifth grade, Matt was one of Mr. Brown's students. Having survived that ordeal, and finding a real voice as a culture-influencer on the national stage, Matt joins Mr. Brown for the first of a two-part Kingdom Culture Conversation that encompasses school choice, educational freedom, the 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory, and the impact of educational transparency.For more information about The Goldwater Institute, please click on this link.To learn a bit more about Matt Beienburg specifically, please visit this site.For more information on Frameworks, please visit: https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, please visit: https://www.ncsaz.org/
Not since the Civil War had America been this divided. The decisions to both go to war in Vietnam and to pass several Civil Rights Bills that changed how America interacted socially led to an explosive Presidential Election year. Never had their been a campaign with more extreme lows as this one had. First came a major offensive by the enemy in Vietnam during the Vietnamese New Year known as Tet. The offensive was actually a military failure but you would never convince anyone of that in the United States. It led to an upstart Senator from the State of Minnesota named Eugene McCarthy to challenge his own party's President in the New Hampshire Primary. He nearly won capturing over 40% of the vote. That brought in the younger brother of the slain former President, the former Attorney General turned New York Senator, Robert F. Kennedy into the race for President. Over on the Republican's side, several Governors, George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller and even the new California Governor Ronald Reagan saddled up to run against Lyndon Johnson, but on that side of the aisle there was one clear front runner, Vice President Richard Nixon. Just six years before, in 1962, Nixon had lost a bid for the California Governorship and appeared totally washed up in politics. He had appeared to be a loser. But after the Republican's nominated an extremist candidate for President in 1964, Senator Barry Goldwater, many Republicans had abandoned the party and voted for President Lyndon Johnson in an unprecedented landslide election. Richard Nixon had not. He stayed loyal and worked harder for Goldwater than Goldwater did. He then went out and campaigned all over the country for Republicans in the 1966 mid terms. Now Nixon was back, rested and ready, with a platform he had developed over many years in the wilderness and he, like all the democrats in the race, set dead aim on Lyndon Johnson, but LBJ had a surprise for them and when he bowed out it turned the entire election upside down. Sadly, just a few days later the Civil Rights Leader who had led a movement of nonviolence and helped change the country for the better, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. It set the country on fire, and was just the first of many tragedies that 1968 would see happen. Relive this period of tumult in this first episode examining the critical year of Upheaval that was 1968.