Our mission is to foster debate and discussion of economic, monetary, political, and social phenomena that serve to aid, obfuscate, or enact socialism for the rich in America. At the center of the blog is American Socialism for the Rich, a LIVE weekly television broadcast at 7pm on channel 15 in Burlington, VT in which Matthew Cropp discusses events, whether local to Vermont, national, or international, that seriously impact our lives, and interviews people with the expertise and vision to help elucidate the true nature of and reasons for those events. The blog is contributed to by the full ASR team, and is, between the posting of the weekly shows, a place for the discussion of current events by both the team and the community at large. Jump in and have fun!
The ASR Team:
- Matthew Cropp [co-host] – Matt was a co-founder of ASR when the show was started in the Summer of 2008, and has co-hosted it ever since. He received his Master’s Degree in History from the University of Vermont, and his intellectual interests include economic and labor history, mutual banking and credit unionism, localism, and attempting to integrate seemingly disparate economic theories. If he were forced to pick the four most essential books that he’s read, they’d be: Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective by Kevin Carson, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality by Ken Wilber, The Culture of Make-Believe by Derek Jensen, and Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.
- Marek Hirsch [co-host emeritus and contributor] – Marek is a co-founder of ASR and co-hosted the show from the first episode in July, 2008 until July, 2009. Originally from Mass., he completed his Bachelor studies in Religion and Psychology at Denison University in Ohio, then moved to Burlington, Vermont in August, 2006. In Vermont he completed UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program, while first working for the mental health agency HowardCenter, then taking a position as a lab technician for the UVM department of neuroscience. His interest in politics began in January, 2008 with Ron Paul’s run for the Republican Presidential nomination, which served as inspiration to create ASR later that year. Marek is currently on a sabbatical from the Green Mountain State to earn a degree at UMiami’s Leonard Miller School of Medicine.
- Ben Mayer [executive producer] – Ben graduated from Rensselaer with a degree in Electronic Media and subsequently moved to Burlington, VT. He was proud to be the Vermont volunteer ballot access coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 campaign, and he’s currently the Vermont Campaign for Liberty Meetup organizer. Ben works as a concept artist for a local engineering firm, and joined the ASR team in late 2008.