The governmentality Podcast Has Launched!

Ok, I'm ready to tell you about my new podcast. For months, I've been working on a podcast about power, politics and ideas. Each show I'll talk with players in — and observers of — power in politics, business, global affairs, economics, culture and more to examine how power affects us all.

In this first episode, I interviewed Brooke Gladstone of WNYC's On The Media about the power of the media, the 2016 election cycle and the post-Stewart and Colbert world, among other things. And then, in the book chat, I talked with Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute about his new book, The Conservative Heart. 

Ok, go check this thing out

Big thanks to Jeremy Carlstedt for creating the theme song. 

The governmentality podcast is available in iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud and other places where podcasts are found. 

Please send any feedback to: hello@governmentality.net 

New Article On Bernie Sanders

I've got a new article over at OZY pondering the question of whether or not Bernie Sanders might be in a similar historical moment as Ron Paul in 2008 and in 2012 — and then asked the question of whether Sanders might be able to strengthen socialism in the same way Paul did with libertarianism. 

But the better question might be this: Can Bernie Sanders do for socialism what Ron Paul did for libertarianism — which is to say, take it from the fringes and turn it into a politically viable stance? After all, Paul’s years on the national stage coincided with a sharp rise in the number of Americans identifying as libertarian or with libertarian values, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Paul himself garnered 1.2 million votes in the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, and nearly double that in 2012 — arguably because his sincerity appealed “to a broad cross section of people who felt they had been lied to during the Bush-Cheney years,” says Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. Even if it hadn’t swept the country, libertarianism had at least overcome its reputation as an ideological sandbox where college boys played out their John Galt dreams.

Check out the rest of the piece over at OZY.com.

Politics & Pints Live in Brooklyn on March 10th!

Politics & Pints is a monthly live show hosted by journalist Allen McDuffee and msnbc producer and comedic writer John Flowers

WHAT: Part Charlie Rose, part @midnight, part Daily Show, Politics & Pints is a night of political discussion, comedy, games and music hosted by political journalist Allen McDuffee and msnbc producer and comedic writer John Flowers. For about an hour, Flowers and McDuffee take on the political events of the day, interview special guests and quiz contestants from the audience who compete for prizes. Comedian Kendra Cunningham emcees the night and house musician Jeremy Carlstedt and Depleted Planet rock the beat. 

And, yes, all with pints in hand. 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2014
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30

COST: Free! But space is limited, so please reserve your spot.
**Please note that this event is mixed seating and standing. Arrive early for the best seat selection.

WHERE: The upstairs event space at 61 Local, so grab a pint on your way up or come a little early for dinner. 
61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | www.61local.com

Transportation access: Right above the F and G lines at the Bergen stop and within short walking distance from A, C, N, R, B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 lines

New Year, New Design

Hi all and Happy New Year!

I'm kicking off 2015 with a fresh new design to give the site a more modern look and to put all my projects in one placeSpeaking of which, stay tuned to this page in the upcoming weeks for news about the launch of the governmentality podcast, news about my book project and some other surprises I can't talk about just yet.

But, for now, have a look around the site and visit governmentality early and often.