SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO VISITS THE MIDDLE EAST
MICHAEL FRIEDSON, Journalist, Co-Founder And Executive Editor of the Media Line News Agency joins us from Jerusalem to talk about Pompeo’s visit and foreign policy in the middle east.
He has more than two decades of experience covering the Middle East oversees the work of the agency’s correspondents reporting from all parts of the region. Michael hosted The Media Line’s nationally-syndicated Mideast Week radio program and appears daily as commentator on radio programs airing around the world, including the BBC World Service, ABC Australia, CTV Canada; affiliates of America’s major networks, and a New Hampshire news station bloc where he’s a featured member of morning program. Michael is also a popular participant in forums on the Middle East and international politics, and is often requested to present to study missions and professional seminars.
JORDAN GOODMAN, Financial Expert and “America’s Money Answers Man”
He has more on the impact of the federal government shutdown; the US-China Trade talks; what the federal reserve will be doing this year and a number of economic issues facing consumers. For 18 years, Goodman was on the editorial staff of Money magazine, where he served as Wall Street correspondent. While at Money, he reported and wrote on virtually every aspect of personal finance. He is the author / co-author of 13 best-selling books on personal finance, including Master Your Debt Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone’s Money Book, Master Your Money Type, Barron’s Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms and Barron’s Finance and Investment Handbook.
RESPONSIBLE PARTIES: SAVING DEMOCRACY FROM ITSELF, by Frances McCall Rosenbluth (Author), Ian Shapiro (Author)
Publisher: Yale University Press (October 2, 2018)
How popular democracy has paradoxically eroded trust in political systems worldwide, and how to restore confidence in democratic politics
In recent decades, democracies across the world have adopted measures to increase popular involvement in political decisions. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates; ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly; many places now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller, more specific parties rather than two dominant ones.Yet voters keep getting angrier.There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Frances Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro argue that devolving power to the grass roots is part of the problem. Efforts to decentralize political decision-making have made governments and especially political parties less effective and less able to address constituents’ long-term interests. They argue that to restore confidence in governance, we must restructure our political systems to restore power to the core institution of representative democracy: the political party.
IAN SHAPIRO is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, Sciences Po in Paris, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His most recent books are The Real World of Democratic Theory (Princeton University Press, 2012) Politics Against Domination (Harvard University Press, 2016), and, with Frances Rosenbluth, Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself (Yale University Press, 2018). His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.