Matthew Bruenig is an American lawyer, blogger, policy analyst, and commentator. He was a blogger for the American think tank Demos covering politics and public policy and has written on issues including income distribution, taxation, welfare, elections, and Scandinavian economic models.
The Democratic primary has been unexpectedly dominated by a single question: Will you abolish private health insurance?Wrapped in that question are dozens more. Why, if private health insurance is such a mess, do polls show most Americans want to keep it? What lessons should we take from the failure of past efforts at health reform? What does it mean to say “if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it?”Matt Bruenig, the founder of the People’s Policy Project, is firmly in support of true single-payer. No compromise, no chaser. He’s frustrated by those, like me, who try to work around the public’s resistance to disruptive change, who treat past failures and current polls as predictions about the future. And, in turn, I’m often frustrated by Matt’s tendency, mirrored by many on the left, to treat people with similar goals but different theories of reform as villains and shills.In this podcast, Matt and I hash it out. The questions here are deep ones. When are political constraints real, and when are they invented by the people asserting their existence? If you already believe the political system is broken and corrupt, how can you entrust it to take over American health care? Can you cleave policy from politics? What would the ideal health care system look like, and why?Book recommendations:A Theory of Justice  by John RawlsWhat Is Property?  by P. J. Proudhon The Progressive Assault on Laissez Fair   by Barbara H. Fried Ezra’s recommended reading:One Nation, Uninsured  by Jill Quadagno Remedy and Reaction by Paul Starr It's the Institutions, Stupid! by Sven Steinmo, Jon WattsWant to contact the show? Reach out at  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joining us to talk about Trump's Council of Economic Advisor's ridiculous anti-socialism report is Matt Bruenig, founder of the People's Policy Project. We discuss the report titled, "The Opportunity Costs of Socialism," and address some of the rebuttals and cliches commonly wielded against broadly successful socialist societies. Who's afraid of socialism and why? Tune in to find out. Matt's latest response to the report can be found here: Read the ridiculous report here (if you hate yourself): *** If you like the show, please consider supporting us. We can't do this without the generous support of our patrons. We're asking our listeners to contribute one hour's wage per month to our project, and you'll get plenty of subscriber-only content as a reward: *** ---------------------- Twitter: @deadpundits Soundcloud: Facebook: 
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Matt Bruenig, founder of the People's Policy Project, joins We The Podcast to discuss wealth inequality and a potential solution: a social wealth fund. With similar concepts already implemented in Alaska and Norway, is a social wealth fund the answer to our inequality crisis?
Matt Bruenig founder of the Peoples Policy Project talks with Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick about progressive policies that can make a difference. Topics include 2018 election, fighting for progressive action in DC, what the left needs to know about DC and what DC needs to know about the left. Check out Matt's work at People’s Policy Project: More about Peoples Policy Project: (3P) is a think tank founded in 2017. The primary mission of 3P is to publish ideas and analysis that assist in the development of an economic system that serves the many, not the few. Donate to Lush Left!
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Nov 22nd, 1988
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5 hours, 2 minutes