A new podcast, Class Matters, is asking the question: “What Would Our Country Look Like If It Were Governed By and For the Working Class?”


Working people in the United States, to an alarming degree, have lost faith in government’s ability to serve our needs. That is an understandable outcome of nearly a half-century of bipartisan government-bashing and attacks on public goods in service to a neoliberal agenda of retrenchment, privatization, and attacks on unions and workers’ rights.


If we cannot effectively address working people’s concerns with concrete, plausible programs and initiatives, those dangerous political tendencies are likely to grow in strength.


Class Matters: The Podcast exposes efforts to undermine worker faith in government and provides a forum to discuss a strategic road map for building a country that works for working people. 


We advocate a strategy based on solidarity, or what unites us, not what divides us. Join us for in-depth, insightful discussions with union leaders and members, with academics and with activists.


Class Matters: The Podcast examines meaningful topics to workers’ lives that we sometimes hear about but that are seldom addressed with respect to their impact on workers. Among such topics are:

* Private Equity – What is it and how is it turning our basic needs for housing, health care, education and more into sources of mega-profits at the expense of our health, safety, security, and quality of life?

* Universal programs vs. Means-Tested programs – what is means testing and how does it undermine solidarity?

* What’s going on with public programs like the Postal Service, Medicare, and Social Security? How are the attacks on our public programs linked to privatization? And how is privatization subordinating our basic needs to corporate profits?

* What would a working-class political agenda look like and what strategies will we need to win?


Episode One, “Have Workers Lost Faith in Government?,” features Adolph Reed Jr., Gordon Lafer, and Samir Sonti. 

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Class Matters is a project of the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute.

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