Episode 123

Episode 123: Georgia Senate Runoff Elections

Published on: 14th December, 2020

We cover the Georgia Senate runoff elections of Jon Ossoff (D) v. incumbent David Purdue (R) and Raphael Warnock (D) v. incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R).

The incumbent Republicans are two of the most conservative in the country. Both have refused to acknowledge that Trump lost the presidential election, thereby refusing the acknowledge their own constituents' votes. Both have refused to work on passing another round of federal support for the millions of people and thousands of governments and businesses struggling during the pandemic. Both dumped stock for millions of dollars at the start of the year, after learning in closed door sessions how much the pandemic would influence society, before the American public was made aware.

In short, Purdue and Loeffler are not allies of American democracy or civil society.

We use this content to analyze how Democratic challengers Ossoff and Warnock lay out their vision. We argue Democrats are best when they boldly go after progressive economic policies (e.g. health care as a human right, big government that supports people). While there were moments when both Ossoff and Warnock went there, oftentimes Democratic rhetoric is playing defensive against Republican narratives. Democrats should stop playing defensive when Republicans habitually and anti-democratically lie about them. Democrats should show voters why their vision for society is better than the one Republicans claim to provide.

This vision MUST take into account material needs, not just supposed moral superiority.

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Evidence of Design
Investigate the causes and critique the effects of economic inequality.
Evidence of Design is a live call-in talk show about the political economy, namely the the relationship between our political choices and economic outcomes. This show investigates and critiques the political-economic ideology of neoliberalism, or the belief that a free-market, small government, privatization, and financialization are the best ways to run society. Generally lacking in public discourse is appropriate attention given to vastly unequal distributions of income and wealth. This show attempts to bring the inequalities produced by neoliberalism to the forefront. Join us in deliberation as we attempt to create the vocabulary necessary to understand how our world works, and as we endeavor to become active agents of change for a more just and equitable society.

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Jason Taylor is a Rochester, NY native passionate about education, politics, and social justice. Holding a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, Jason is interested in how we come to understand, construct, and participate in our political and economic systems. A staunch believer in democracy and shared decision making, Jason believes that the means through which we make decisions are as important as the ends. In his nonexistent free time, Jason likes to play video games and lift weights.