Building a New America with Jonathan Arias

Building a New America with Jonathan Arias

Building a New America: Law, Politics & The Constitution reconsiders the laws that shape our lives today, even though they were created centuries ago.

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October 5, 2021 59 min
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My discussion with Federal District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on his new book Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and The Guilty Go Free.

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June 22, 2021 50 min

If you viewed the mass demonstrations of 2020, you might have the impression that the majority of the country supports police reform. 

If you thought so, you may want to think again.

Polls from the Pew Research Center indicate that, while approval for police has declined slightly over the past five years, Overall support for police still remains high 

But despite this support, ….most people polled regardless of race – about 90% – agre...

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April 29, 2021 52 min

The infamous fact is that we in the US spend vastly more on healthcare than any other country without necessarily getting better services or outcomes.  The last time I checked, we spend about 20% of our national GDP on healthcare.  Anecdotally, I know tons of people, including myself, who have dealt with outrageous and unpredictable medical bills. In fact, in a 2009 study in the American Journal of Medicine, 62% of bankruptcies wer...

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March 21, 2021 27 min

Most people know that our country attempts to separate political power by dividing it amongst three government branches: legislative, executive, and judiciary.  Regarding the legislative branch, political power is further divided into two parts:: the House of Representatives and the Senate.  

Lately, the Senate has been in the news for multiple reasons, most prominently for this raging debate over the Filibuster.  It’s a debate that...

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March 21, 2021 31 min

Most people know that our country attempts to separate political power by dividing it amongst three government branches: legislative, executive, and judiciary.  Regarding the legislative branch, political power is further divided into two parts:: the House of Representatives and the Senate.  

Lately, the Senate has been in the news for multiple reasons, most prominently for this raging debate over the Filibuster.  It’s a debate that...

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February 25, 2021 33 min

Although we just finished one of the most important national elections of our generation, another key race is heating up in New York City.  In 2021, New York City will elect a new mayor to replace Bill de Blasio.  In this episode, I’ll be sitting down with one of the mayoral candidates to see why she believes she’s ready to lead Gotham. 

I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Dianne Morales, a native New Yorker, Afro Latina, ...

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American monopolies dominate, control, and consume most of the energy of our entire economic system; they function the same as cancer does in a body, and, like cancer, they weaken our systems while threatening to crash the entire body economy.  American monopolies have also seized massive political power and use it to maintain their obscene profits and CEO salaries while crushing small competitors.

In this episode, I speak with Thom...

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The novel coronavirus has catapulted the world into uncharted territory.  As arguably the most disruptive pandemic of our generation, it has forced the entire globe into a state of panic and confusion.  More than ever, the public has had to rely on experts for guidance and solace.  But in an atmosphere of significant political polarization and distrust of public institutions, our efforts to control the pathogen has been all the mor...

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November 3, 2020 45 min
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October 30, 2020 67 min
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October 21, 2020 44 min
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The internet and social media have restructured the traditional media landscape by allowing anyone to bypass the traditional gatekeepers with a smartphone and an internet connection.  In the past, you had to be chosen by media executives; now you can choose yourself and bring your creations directly to your consumers.  While this has created unprecedented levels of collaboration and creativity, it has also resulted in intense compe...

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August 24, 2020 39 min

As a result of the economic damage caused by COVID-19, New York City is facing a budget deficit of about $9B for the current fiscal year and a similar deficit in subsequent years.  Some commenters say that this is the most significant fiscal crisis we’ve faced since 1975, even factoring in the 2008 Great Recession.  

For obvious reasons – because we’re in a global pandemic – the circumstances from 1975 are different, but there are s...

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In part two of this special two-part series, I continue my conversation with CUNY Law Professor Victor Goode about the 1960s Civil Rights movement's connection to today.  In this episode we discuss:

  • why structural racism is cloistered from legal challenges against it;
  • how black wealth was significantly curtailed in the 2008 Great Recession; 
  • how the National Conference for Black Lawyers became the Legal Arm of the Movement for Bla...
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    “If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress.  Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.

    The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and i...

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    Our First Amendment guarantees the right to a free press.  In order for us to have a healthy democracy, the citizens –– people like you and I –– have to know what's happening in the world and, especially, what’s happening in our government.

    As the French writer Albert Camus once said:

    “A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.”

    Our freedom, it appears...

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    The events that erupted on May 29th in response to the killing of George Floyd symbolize the turmoil we’ve experienced intensely over the past five years.  Countless are the numbers of complaints we all have, but a major one is the rate at which our democracy seems to be deteriorating because of incompetent and dangerous leadership in the White House. 

    During the 2016 presidential run, what shocked many about Trump’s decision to run...

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    The Coronavirus has put societies around the world in perilous positions.  It’s infected millions of people and unfortunately killed thousands.  

    On top of the loss of life, it’s also caused economic turmoil and obliterated economies,  The U.S. now has the highest coronavirus death toll in the entire world.  And the virus has struck New York City the hardest and has concentrated the most in the borough of Queens, where I so happen t...

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    Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying that "a properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate."   If a government is by the people, and for the people, – as the Constitution says – then knowledge is an indispensable ingredient to a democracy.  When Jefferson said this, he couldn’t have possibly predicted the powerful technologies we possess now.  

    Before the internet, the barrier to knowledge was that informa...

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