After a year-plus of radio silence (ha!), Paul and Sean return for one last, typically-verbose hurrah. In their swan song episode, the Impolitic boys talk about the prospects for both libertarianism and socialism in 2017 versus today; they discuss whether they’re still optimistic about the 2020s; and they talk about what they’ve learned from the Impolitic experience.
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Do you like cars? Do you not like cars? If so, then you’ll love this episode of Impolitic in which car-and-racing-lover Sean schools car-and-racing-apathetic Paul on the joys of motorsport. This tour down Gasoline Alley was prompted by our recent review of 2019’s Ford v. Ferrari, the greatest dad movie ever made and the latest installment in Impolitic Goes to the Movies, available only to our wonderful Patreon subscribers.
Sean asks whether the true epochal dividing line has nothing to do with politics but the end of high and mass culture in the 00s. (They sound just as cheugy as you’d expect of two geriatric millennials talking about the past.) Paul chips in with a little complaining about the CDC’s magic eightball approach to public health recommendations.
Sean and Paul talk about the current and historic sex trafficking moral panics, whether or not Foucault is overrated or underrated, and why the conviction of Derek Chauvin falls short of the kind of systemic change needed in American policing.
Paul and Sean locate the Atlanta murders in the United States’ century-plus history of imperialist violence in Asia. Paul introduces the world’s most powerful college administrator: Bob Jones University’s ‘Dean of Men.’ Sean asks for a reality check regarding some legal labor arcana. And they round out the show with a few thoughts on Netflix’s extremely horny documentary, The Last Tsars.
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.