#1 David Coates: Wait a second… Is this guy a Marxist?!?

Podcast outro song: Double Life, by HASH / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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Show Notes

David Coates

David Coates

Dr. David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, David arrived at Wake Forest in 1999, where he teaches and writes extensively about public policy in the United States and the UK, about comparative political economy, and about the history of labor movements, among other subjects.

Dr. Coates is also the author of numerous books, including America in the Shadow of Empires. The book examines the empires of Rome, Spain, Britain, and Russia, and explores how and why these empires collapsed — and what America might learn from them.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • David’s new book: America in the Shadow of Empires (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Eileen

    (Note to file: On second thought, I think this song is about a different Eileen than the Eileen who married David. Must check.)
  • Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist theoretician and politician who helped lead the resistance in the 1920s against Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
  • The optimism and timeless wisdom of Audrey Hepburn
  • Progressivism
  • Karl Marx (and Friedrich Engels): The German Ideology
  • Margaret Thatcher‘s quote that “there is no such thing as society” (in context, via The Spectator):

    “I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first… There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate.”

  • Zig Ziglar: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” 
  • The trailer for Inequality for All (a documentary featuring Robert Reich)
  • David recommends: Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, by Robert Reich
  • More books by Robert Reich
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • David’s website
  • David on Twitter

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