Looking for reccomendations of articulate thinkers/political figures to the left of the spectrum

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I consider myself more of a centrist/libertarian politically but I've noticed I'm listening almost exclusively to speakers towards the center right/right as of late. I think part of this is due to how batshit a lot of left leaning mainstream media has become with fear mongering and vilifying pretty much anyone finance related (I don't really like Fox either). I'm worried that I'm closing myself off to genuinely good ideas from liberal/democratic thinkers simply because of guilt by association with the crazies and my own bias.

I've been following Andrew Yang's campaign and like how well spoken he is. I particularly appreciate how he at least attempts to back up the majority of his claims with some kind of data rather than appealing to feelings, "common sense" or blatantly false statements. He still misses the mark on some points for sure but I would rather listen to him talk over most other candidates being fielded by the DNC. Same with Tulsi Gabbard.

Most of my colleagues and family are hard right leaning so they're not much for opening their ears to the other side and can't really help. I'd like to expand my sphere of political/social awareness but don't really know where to start.

Who are some voices to the left of the spectrum who are worth exploring?

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Sep 7, 2019

i like lil dicky

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Sep 8, 2019

I guess this means fuck the left till all the current leaders die off -_(tu)_/-

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Sep 8, 2019

I don't know about you, but I'd consider a libertarian standpoint more towards the right than the left. That said, if you're interested in some quasi-lefty reading, I think Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre are both good places to start from an academic standpoint. Of Camus, I particularly like "L'Etranger," "La Peste," and "La Chute" - have also wanted to read "Le Mythe de Sisyphe," but am yet to have had the chance. For Sartre, have a look at "La Nausee."

In terms of present day commentators, "Zero Hedge" certainly has a permabear / antiestablishment edge to it that may well scratch your itch. Marc Faber's "Gloom Boom & Doom Report" has a similar thrust to it, from what I hear. John Hussman is someone else you could seek out - this is the same guy that said that markets were "at the most offensive level of overvaluation in history" in 2017 and that forecasted a fall in excess of 64% in 2018. Finally, check out the weekly reports from Verdad, a Seattle-based hedge fund. The guys that run the shop take a relatively dim view of the status quo but put out some decent material - think you can subscribe to their newsletter on their website.

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Sep 8, 2019

Thank you for these, I'll give them all a look. I like reading more academic POVs so Camus and Sartre both sound right up my alley.

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