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R&W Legacy: Liberalism, Black Power, & Devin Fergus pt 2

The Race and Wealth Podcast Network

Dedricklekt talk threepeats and MMA unionization, while Devin Fergus is back for part 2 of the series about his first book Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980. (www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/…lism_black_power) He's also the author of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and Decline of the American Middle Class(bit.ly/2SH6tjS).B/W Liberal Slavery by MC Manmeet Kaurhttps://soundcloud.com/manmeetkaur/liberal-slavery @manmeet_kaur1and Preach to the Choir by Dyalekt (yeah that's me) open.spotify.com/album/07hNcJHB6p35i4lviMjZiwhistory.missouri.edu/people/fergus @Devin_FergusProsperityNow.org @prosperitynow @dedrickmDyalekt.com @dyalektraps

46mins

25 Feb 2019

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R&W Legacy: Liberalism, Black Power, & Devin Fergus pt 1 of 2

The Race and Wealth Podcast Network

Devin Fergus is back for a two part series about his first book Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980. (http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/liberalism_black_power) He's also the author of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and Decline of the American Middle Class(bit.ly/2SH6tjS).B/W Break them Shackles by Lando ChillLandoBeenChill.com @lando_chilland Preach to the Choir by Dyalekt (yeah that's me) open.spotify.com/album/07hNcJHB6p35i4lviMjZiwhistory.missouri.edu/people/fergus @Devin_FergusProsperityNow.org @prosperitynow @dedrickmDyalekt.com @dyalektraps

47mins

22 Jan 2019

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R&W Legacy: Fees Fry Folks' Fun with Devin Fergus

The Race and Wealth Podcast Network

Check out our new video series Hindsight: https://bit.ly/2On5YbiD double chat with Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri.He's the author of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and Decline of the American Middle Class(https://bit.ly/2SH6tjS). B/W Preach to the Choir by Dyalekt (yeah that's me)https://open.spotify.com/album/07hNcJHB6p35i4lviMjZiwhttps://history.missouri.edu/people/fergus @Devin_FergusProsperityNow.org @prosperitynow @dedrickmDyalekt.com @dyalektraps

47mins

2 Nov 2018

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Devin Fergus on the Rise of Financial Fees

Who Makes Cents?: A History of Capitalism Podcast

Over the past few decades, financial companies have begun charging more and more hidden fees. Devin Fergus explains why Americans pay so many fees and how these fees function to redistribute wealth from ordinary Americans to the wealthy - and how this strategy has especially impacted black Americans.

44mins

4 Oct 2018

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Devin Fergus, “Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class” (Oxford UP, 2018)

New Books in History

Politicians, economists, and the media have put forth no shortage of explanations for the mounting problem of wealth inequality – a loss of working class jobs, a rise in finance-driven speculative capitalism, and a surge of tax policy decisions that benefit the ultra-rich, among others. While these arguments focus on the macro problems that contribute to growing inequality, they overlook one innocuous but substantial contributor to the widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction that people make.As Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, shows in Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2018), these perfectly legal fees are buried deep within the verbose agreements between vendors and consumers – agreements that few people fully read or comprehend. The end effect, Fergus argues, is a massive transfer of wealth from the many to the few: large banking corporations, airlines, corporate hotel chains, and other entities of vast wealth. Fergus traces the fee system from its origins in the deregulatory wave of the late 1970s to the present, placing the development within the larger context of escalating income inequality. He organizes the book around four of the basics of existence: housing, work, transportation, and schooling. In each category, industry lobbyists successfully influenced legislatures into transforming the law until surreptitious fees became the norm.The average consumer is now subject to a dizzying array of charges in areas like mortgage contracts, banking transactions, auto insurance rates, college payments, and payday loans. The fees that accompany these transactions are not subject to usury laws and have effectively redistributed wealth from the lower and middle classes to ultra-wealthy corporations and the individuals at their pinnacles. By exposing this predatory and nearly invisible system of fees, Land of the Fee will reshape our understanding of wealth inequality in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

41mins

23 Aug 2018

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Devin Fergus, “Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class” (Oxford UP, 2018)

New Books in Economics

Politicians, economists, and the media have put forth no shortage of explanations for the mounting problem of wealth inequality – a loss of working class jobs, a rise in finance-driven speculative capitalism, and a surge of tax policy decisions that benefit the ultra-rich, among others. While these arguments focus on the macro problems that contribute to growing inequality, they overlook one innocuous but substantial contributor to the widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction that people make.As Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, shows in Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2018), these perfectly legal fees are buried deep within the verbose agreements between vendors and consumers – agreements that few people fully read or comprehend. The end effect, Fergus argues, is a massive transfer of wealth from the many to the few: large banking corporations, airlines, corporate hotel chains, and other entities of vast wealth. Fergus traces the fee system from its origins in the deregulatory wave of the late 1970s to the present, placing the development within the larger context of escalating income inequality. He organizes the book around four of the basics of existence: housing, work, transportation, and schooling. In each category, industry lobbyists successfully influenced legislatures into transforming the law until surreptitious fees became the norm.The average consumer is now subject to a dizzying array of charges in areas like mortgage contracts, banking transactions, auto insurance rates, college payments, and payday loans. The fees that accompany these transactions are not subject to usury laws and have effectively redistributed wealth from the lower and middle classes to ultra-wealthy corporations and the individuals at their pinnacles. By exposing this predatory and nearly invisible system of fees, Land of the Fee will reshape our understanding of wealth inequality in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/economics

41mins

23 Aug 2018

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Devin Fergus, “Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class” (Oxford UP, 2018)

New Books in Sociology

Politicians, economists, and the media have put forth no shortage of explanations for the mounting problem of wealth inequality – a loss of working class jobs, a rise in finance-driven speculative capitalism, and a surge of tax policy decisions that benefit the ultra-rich, among others. While these arguments focus on the macro problems that contribute to growing inequality, they overlook one innocuous but substantial contributor to the widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction that people make.As Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, shows in Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2018), these perfectly legal fees are buried deep within the verbose agreements between vendors and consumers – agreements that few people fully read or comprehend. The end effect, Fergus argues, is a massive transfer of wealth from the many to the few: large banking corporations, airlines, corporate hotel chains, and other entities of vast wealth. Fergus traces the fee system from its origins in the deregulatory wave of the late 1970s to the present, placing the development within the larger context of escalating income inequality. He organizes the book around four of the basics of existence: housing, work, transportation, and schooling. In each category, industry lobbyists successfully influenced legislatures into transforming the law until surreptitious fees became the norm.The average consumer is now subject to a dizzying array of charges in areas like mortgage contracts, banking transactions, auto insurance rates, college payments, and payday loans. The fees that accompany these transactions are not subject to usury laws and have effectively redistributed wealth from the lower and middle classes to ultra-wealthy corporations and the individuals at their pinnacles. By exposing this predatory and nearly invisible system of fees, Land of the Fee will reshape our understanding of wealth inequality in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/sociology

41mins

23 Aug 2018