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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A listener reminds Sean and Paul that they’ve been pretty rough on the old Donald since…the beginning of the podcast, so they put their thinking caps on to find something good, or at least not utterly terrible, about the Trump administration. Along the way they discuss tariffs, the FDA and reciprocity, North Korea, and angry neo-cons.
Sean and Paul discuss the significance of West Virginia teachers defying their own union bosses with a wildcat strike. Then, they turn to Billy Graham’s coffin, which was made possible by getting rid of stupid occupational licensing laws. Finally, the number of Trump administration cronies to be entangled with foreign governments goes up by one more thanks to Jared Kushner’s possibly treasonous coercion of Qatar.
Trump comes in ranked last in a poll of political scientists on the greatness of American presidents (though Paul & Sean take back that dubious honor by ranking him third from last). Then the guys disagree over whether “neo-liberalism” is a useful term and jointly complain about the phrase “late stage capitalism.”
This week, Impolitic hosts its first ever guest, Dr. William Cossen. After a conversation about teaching slavery in the high school classroom, Sean, Paul, and Bill talk about the Polish government’s new ad campaign denying any culpability for the German death camps in Poland during WW2. Then, our hosts disagree about how best to push for gun control. Finally, everyone joins in to criticize a proposal to allow Americans to sponsor immigrants in an inferior form of modern-day indentured servitude.
Last week, Devin Nunes gave us the opposite of a masterclass in the effective use of a memo; this week, he returns with the footnote. Then, Sean gets annoyed at the liberal fascination with self-described futurist Eric Garland’s bloviated twitterstorms. He also laments the direction of the excellent podcast Embedded in its latest season as it bogs down in the minutiae of Trump’s sketchy business relationships with various and sundry Russians. Finally, Paul and Sean question whether the recent stock market drop is a market correction and they finish up with a few thoughts on pomp, parades, and circumstance.
Sean and Paul consider releasing a classified memo about Impolitic’s secret financing by lizard-people overlords (it’s still more meaningful than Devin Nunes’s memo). Paul compares Donald Trump to George Wallace on his rhetorical use of black unemployment rates to defend against charges of racism. Sean discovers the verbosity of George Will in a fundraising letter. After a quick update from a listener on our sponsor, our untenured radicals then play a “fun” game of “Match-the-Nativist-Quote,” you know, that game that children have played for generations alongside hopscotch and Pokemon. Finally, socialist and civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald falls prey to the original sin of the ideologue: the failure to hold contradictory ideas in one’s head simultaneously.