On this edition of Middle Theory, we cover a campaign stop with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, after which we weigh in on the economic implications of socialism.
This week, we begin with a look at items in the news including an “update” on the ongoing saga of Ben Shapiro’s swift departure from a recent BBC interview, as well as how one Democratic pollster has argued that Trump’s approval rating is one of the most consistent of any U.S. President in history. We then turn our attention to the hot-button issue of Alabama’s recent abortion law, and what its broader implications may be.
Then we return from the field at a recent campaign stop with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was in North Carolina drumming up support for his 2020 presidential bid. This roughly coincides with a special issue of the conservative magazine National Review giving a breakdown of the issues with socialism, why it has never worked, and why they feel it is wrong for America. Would Bernie’s vision of socialism in the United States be the same that has failed so many times in the past, often with devastating consequences?
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Finally, here are links to stories addressed on this week’s program:
- STEADY ROLLING: Trump’s approval more ‘steady’ than any other president in history
- ABORTIONATION: Alabama’s near-total abortion ban has no exceptions for rape or incest
- Alabama Aims Squarely at Roe, but the Supreme Court May Prefer Glancing Blows
- These Statements From Alabama’s Abortion Vote Are Infuriating
- Alabama ‘has gone too far’ with ‘extreme’ abortion bill, Pat Robertson says
- FEELIN’ THE BERN: Bernie Sanders makes campaign stop in North Carolina
- SOCIALISN’T: Socialism Is Not Democratic