In this Very Special™ one-year-anniversary episode of Impolitic, Paul and Sean look back over the past twelve months, highlight their picks for the key events of the year, and serve up some thoughts on how the events of Impolitic: Year One will be remembered by future historians. If journalism, as former WaPo publisher Philip Graham claimed, is the “first rough draft of history,” then consider this episode the second.
This week, Paul and Sean discuss London Breed’s election as Mayor of San Francisco and what it means for the Yes In My Back Yard movement and home prices. Then the guys finally finish their unpopular opinions, including libertarian racism, lower socialist growth rates, and a meh on Marx.
No, really. Paul and Sean reach a new low, embrace their laziest selves, and spend the first half of the episode bantering about a bunch of rubbish they found on Twitter: from Dinesh D’Souza’s desperate attempt to prove that Dems are the real racists to the rising cost of childcare. In the episode’s second half, however, they finally get around to resuming their long-neglected Unpopular Opinions™ on libertarianism and socialism.
Thanks to an unexpected internet outage, Episode 42 is Impolitic’s first two-parter! In the first half, Paul and Sean discuss DSA-backed Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset primary victory in New York.
On this week’s installment, Paul and Sean discuss all things Amazon: from Seattle’s recently-thwarted head tax to US cities’ humiliating efforts to become the site of HQ2. Afterwards, they mull the ethics of making life hellish for Trump’s inner circle.