David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme spoke to Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America and how it’s dividing our country. See highlight clips from the episode below.
On Politicians Disconnected from Reality
Simon imagines Beltway politicians living in the struggling Baltimore neighborhoods that he got to know while working as a police reporter.
In this clip, Simon says that he is astonished that libertarianism is taken seriously “as an intelligent mode of political thought,” adding that America has become “a scam.”
On the Ultimate Tragedy of Capitalism
Simon says capitalism in America is only concerned with measuring profit and economic value, which means it has lost sight of its social contract.
On how America has Fundamentally Changed
In this clip, Simon says that the only factory that he sees working in Baltimore is the drug corner.