David Coates

David Coates on the Kathleen Dunn Show

David Coates speaks about Making the Progressive Case Towards a Stronger U.S. Economy on the Kathleen Dunn Show. Click the link above to open the media player.

One the great pleasures, and indeed privileges, of being a guest on the Kathleen Dunn Show is the quality of the questions that Kathleen asks and the seriousness and intelligence of the people phoning in. When people elsewhere decry the “dumbing down” of American political discourse, they are clearly forgetting Wisconsin.  This is the other America – the one Ruth Limbaugh does not speak for (or to). What I hear on this superb NPR show is the voice of a concerned, compassionate  America – one as patriotic as the America that listens to Fox News – but an America prepared to meet the complexity of our circumstances with policies that are more than sound-bites. “Go Brewers” was the slogan that day – it was the baseball post-season after all, and the Brewers were battling the Cardinals. So yes, “go brewers”. Let the progressive intelligence be heard.

David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University. He is the author of Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments, New York: Continuum Books, 2010.

He writes here in a personal capacity.

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