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Dec 13, 2014

Joel Kotkin on the issue of class in America … Chad Broughton  on the loss of middle class jobs … and Bill Press with political strategist Brad Woodhouse.

 

What has happened to the middle class? Author Joel Kotkin says the issue of class itself eats at the fabric of America. Sociologist Chad Broughton offers a case study of how NAFTA helped destroy middle class jobs in manufacturing. And Bill Press talks with progressive strategist Brad Woodhouse about 2016.

 

Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He says the issue of class – and the widening income gap – is destroying the American economy.

http://www.joelkotkin.com/

 

Chad Broughton

How did America lose one-third of its manufacturing jobs in just 10 years? Sociologist Chad Broughton uses the move of a huge Maytag plant to Mexico as an example of NAFTA helping to wreck the lower middle class.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/boom-bust-exodus-9780199765614?cc=us&lang=en&

 

Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press and his guest, political strategist Brad Woodhouse.

 

Jim Hightower

Why won't the CIA even say the word "torture"?