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Election Clapback (Part 1)

We can do better America…

The ClassofHC 2016 Election Clapback podcast series was inspired by a great book I read this summer. It was also provoked by a lot of the foolishness I saw in our politics this summer. 

So, I just finished the most useful book I’ve read all year. The goal of the book is to explain the history of the American economy in comic book form. And it does. I learned as much from this black and white comic book as I did from multiple economics classes in college.  I also learned more useful info from this book than I’ve learned in the past year of watching the news on TV.

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So, I’m calling this series Election Clapback because we can’t spend these last two months just arguing back and forth about whatever new and outrageous thing the presidential candidates did today. We really have to figure some stuff out…or at least we have try to understand the issues better. I think this book is a good place to start.

The book that inspired this podcast series, Economix by Michael Goodwin and Dan Burr:

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Disclaimer: I don’t know the authors, no one is paying me to talk about their book. But if this little podcast series works, then we might need to have a meeting or something!

I realize many of you don’t have the time to read a 300-page comic book about economics; but it was so well done that I think by pulling out just a few concepts from the book and sharing them with a wider audience (although the book has already been on the New York Times Bestseller List), we can help people understand a lot of the labels and talking points they hear often in political and economic speeches/arguments.

Ultimately, I hope this Election Clapback project will turn into one of many nation-wide spaces for people of good will and good sense (sorry haters and trolls) to spread the word about what’s working well around the country, learn about the best ideas for addressing our nation’s problems, and understand more about how our country actually works.

Either way, you’ll walk away with more useful questions from listening to this series (and reading the book Economix) than you would have by watching people argue on cable news.

Episode 1 explains what capitalism and the free market are, and why they matter. Let us know what you think!

Listen to Episode 1 (Capitalism and The Free Market)

– Day G.

Host, Class of Hope and Change podcast documentary

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