It’s one of the most common political insults on the left these days, usually uttered with dripping disdain: “NEOLIBERAL.” But what the fuck does the word actually mean? If you’ve been wondering, or if your secret shame is that you’ve been pretending not to wonder while regularly dropping “neoliberal” as a conversation-stopping bomb, you’re in luck! On this week’s show, at 9:42, an expert from the University of Washington is on to explain what a neoliberal actually is. Then, at 18:40, we’ll hear from Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon of West Seattle. He was listening to last week’s show and heard his colleague, Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle of Ballard, express concern about the funding package for light rail expansion—an expansion of mass transit that, if we voters approve it this November, will bring light rail to Carlyle’s district, Fitzgibbon’s district, and many other places. Fitzgibbon supports the light rial funding package and has some strong disagreements with the things Carlyle said last week, so he airs them. After that, at 31:55, the critics of The Stranger tell you what to do this weekend. And!!! As a time-warping bonus! BEFORE all that, at 1:42, The Stranger’s Rich Smith explains what was so wrong with the naked Donald Trump statue that appeared not too long ago on Capitol Hill. (Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.)
How did it come to pass that Stranger writer Rich Smith found himself shirtless, save for a leather harness, while racing a leather daddy on a Solowheel? At 1:21, Rich explains. After that, fortified with Solowheel warmth, we head into two very important fights over taxes. First, at 9:02, free market enthusiast Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle argues with housing affordability activists—including Cary Moon from last week’s episode—who want to increase taxes and regulation on development in order to fund affordable housing. Then, at 22:03, Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle of Ballard explains why a disagreement over taxes led him to recently come out against the Sound Transit 3 expansion of light rail—an expansion that, if approved by voters this November, will bring light rail to Ballard! Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Last year, Stranger reporter Heidi Groover exposed some sweetheart move-in deals that Seattle landlords were offering only to tech workers and other high-income apartment hunters. (Not eligible for sweetheart deals: poorer apartment hunters.) This week, the Seattle City Council passed a law against such deals and at 1:35, Heidi explains what the new law means. Then, at 5:20, local urban planning activist Cary Moon is on to talk about the bigger pictures of this city’s ongoing housing crisis and what additional laws and taxes could do to help. After that, at 14:19, Stranger visual art critic Jen Graves talks about the recent Seattle Art Fair, what it was good for, what it lacked, and the impressive satellite shows you can still see. Finally, at 32:06, we tell you what to do this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is a die-hard Bernie-or-Buster who’s now telling progressives to ditch Hillary Clinton and vote for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein instead. At 1:17, Sawant's close advisor, Philip Locker, tries to defend this position. Can he? And can he defend Jill Stein’s terrible 1990’s folk music? Then, at 15:26, Stranger writer Charles Mudede is on to talk about the housing crisis in Vancouver, Canada. It’s much worse than Seattle’s housing crisis and offers a cautionary tale. After that, at 28:45, Stranger writers Heidi Groover and Sydney Brownstone explain the results of Tuesday’s primary election. Finally, at 36:24, we tell you what to do this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!