Democracy in Default (with Brian Judge)

This week, Nick and Goldy are joined by political scientist Brian Judge, author of “Democracy in Default: Finance and the Rise of Neoliberalism in America.” They delve into the historical roots of our current democratic crisis, exploring the role of liberalism in depoliticizing distributive conflicts and paving the way for the rise of neoliberalism. Judge sheds light on the impact of neoliberal ideologies on American policymaking and how liberalism’s attempts to manage distributive conflict through the market have shaped our economic and political landscape—which gave leaders the opportunity to use the economic slowdown of the 1970s to install neoliberal policies that enriched the wealthy few for decades.