The Impolitic guys are taking a two week break to finish up Sean’s end-of-semester grading and to ease Paul’s transition into the new job. They’ll be back soon for a full summer season, a veritable comedy of mistakes, misunderstandings, and coincidences!
After Paul’s job announcement, the guys lambaste the Trump administration’s unconstitutional missile strikes on Syria and the hawkish media response. Then Paul criticizes the limited time horizon of single issue voters in the 2016 election.
Sean and Paul are late to the Jordan Peterson reaction party (the hottest party of approximately two months ago), but better late than never, which is, honestly, an aphorism about on par with the profundity of Peterson’s own rules for life. But hey, you still listened to it!
Sean is tired of the chatter about presidential golfing. Think for a second, #resistance sympathizers: do you really want Trump to spend MORE time in the Oval Office?? Paul discusses how Laura Ingraham’s gratuitous insult of gun control activist David Hogg is symptomatic of a broader transformation in conservatism as an intellectual movement.
Bonus: listen for some fun facts about wombat defecation.
While the media doesn’t know what to make of the Austin bomber’s involvement in a mysterious group called “Righteous Invasion of Truth,” Paul is there for us with an intimate knowledge of obscure facts about ’90s contemporary Christian youth culture. Meanwhile, Sean rhapsodizes about the benefits of worker co-ops, ignoring Paul’s scornful and clearly jealous criticisms. Finally, the guys unite behind a mutual horror of Trump’s nomination of John Bolton as National Security Adviser.
This week the guys criticize the NCAA’s legal fiction of the “stoodent-atho-leet” (with thanks to Eric Cartman) and the labor exploitation it enables. Then they look at Gina Haspel’s appointment as head of the CIA, her record on torture, and how little we’ve learned from the CIA’s skullduggery in the 1970s (TLDR: CIA-run brothels dosing johns with LSD is a thing that happened). Finally, Paul shares some thoughts on the legacy of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker and what he represents about contemporary American evangelicalism.
Sean and Paul taped a special podcast episode for their Patreon subscribers, a review of the reboot of the 1974 Charles Bronson hit Death Wish. This 2018 remake features all the gratuitous violence of an Eli Roth horror flick, the nonsensical plotting and characterization of an Eli Roth horror flick, and a nearly comatose Bruce Willis playing a surgeon in the style of Mark Wahlberg playing a robotics engineer (to whit, unconvincingly).
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