My guest on this program is Paul Pierson. He is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and co-author with Jacob Hacker of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper.They explore how America’s prosperity has long rested on robust capitalist enterprise, supported, supplemented, and regulated by government. This “mixed economy” channeled the powerful but volatile engine of capitalism into broad-based growth and healthy social development. But the anti-government advocates have undermined this productive and necessary relationship.
My guest on this program is Joseph Heath, director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, where he is also a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He has an acute capacity to debunk widespread ideas on environmental, economic, social and political issues. He has authored numerous scholarly and mainstream works that ask fundamental questions about society and how to make it more just. One of his more recent books published here in the U.S. is Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism.