Look, when a member of Congress gets paranoid about Jewish-controlled, forest fire-starting space lasers, the Impolitic crew is going to talk about it. Sean and Paul situate Marjorie Taylor Green’s lunacy in a long history of American conspiracy theories, discuss the odds of QAnon dissipating, and what role social media played in its rise.
Greetings from a new epoch! In this, Impolitic’s first dispatch from the Joseph R. Biden’s Age of Malarkey, Paul and Sean do a deep read of Trump’s farewell address. They lament the tedium of liberal cultural hegemony, courtesy of America United, the star-studded inauguration night spectacular. And they think about the pros and cons of Big Tech’s seemingly (and perhaps temporarily) effective move to de-platform MAGA World.
Trumpists stormed the US capitol this week in the worst national insurrection since 1877. That’s it. That’s the episode.
This week, Paul and Sean discuss why they are optimistic about the 2020s given innovations in mRNA vaccines and battery technology. They also tease a special Patreon episode about the classic Christmas (?) movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Die Hard? NO! Die Hard is over; done; played-out! The definitive 80s-action-cum-Christmas-movie is now and will forever be Lethal Weapon (1987). Join Paul and Sean on a holly, jolly tour through the be-mulleted, cocaine-fueled, wet, glistening 1980s, with Danny Glover and pre-cancellation Mel Gibson as your guides. Come for the riffs about men’s poor skin care in the Reagan era; stay to find out if this is or is not a real Christmas movie!
It’s Thanksgiving time, so of course that means Paul and Sean will rant about their dislike for the Netflix show, The Crown, while simultaneously and unintentionally proving that a show about miserable people being terrible to each other is the perfect show for our time.
It’s the election recap episode, with Paul and Sean’s thoughts on which White House flunky will stick by Trump the longest, Donald’s next career move, and the election’s biggest surprises. They also discuss whether having Trump on a ballot is electoral NOS for the GOP or a dead weight holding b and close with some thoughts on how Dems can grow their coalition.
This week, Paul and Sean accidentally stumble into a long-planned discussion of institutional and electoral reforms that might reinject life into the shambling body of US politics, from ranked-choice voting and packing the House to reapportioning Senate seats by population and instituting term limits for SCOTUS.
Look, it’s not really that hard to figure out what this episode is about from the title, but listen in and you’ll also find out the secret for why Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion can’t win the Great British Baking Show and suss out the difference between Prodigal Son George W. Bush and Fail Son _______ [insert various and sundry Trumps].
Paul and Sean grapple with the historical memory(hole) of 9/11; Sean asks what the Whig Party’s demise in the 1850s says about the future of the Dems and GOP; and Paul warns about a California pastor whose anti-mask campaign may tip the 2020 election.