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Kevin Delaney: How to Save Democracy From Capitalism

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On today’s episode, Kevin Delaney, New York Times senior editor, discusses whether we can ever fix America.

From the episode:

Kevin Delaney: I think what is happening is just the state of the US economy and what it’s done to people, particularly over the last 40 years, has become so stark that it’s hard not to seem strident in saying things that seem very basic, like people should be paid fairly for their labor and the color of your skin shouldn’t determine how much you’re paid or whether you have health benefits. There are all of these things that, as you mentioned, are consistent with the ideals of the American republic that, painfully, this nation is not living up to.


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Kevin J. Delaney is a senior editor for New York Times. Previously, he co-founded Quartz and served as co-CEO and editor in chief from 2012 to 2019. Prior to Quartz, Kevin was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between Paris and San Francisco.

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