Two Squares on “Sokal Squared” – Episode 49

This week, Impolitic‘s resident squares weight in on the academic controversy of the hour: the so-called “Sokol Squared” hoax. In addition, Paul and Sean float some campaign ideas for hypothetical Congressional bids; discuss the latest in a long line of New Jersey political scandals; and announce the second installment in the Impolitic reading series: chapters 1 and 2 of Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto (1848).

As always, we’d love to hear from listeners with questions and comments on the reading. If you’d like us to discuss your comment on air, please submit it via email, Twitter, or Facebook by Friday, Oct. 26. Added bonus: if you send a voice memo, we’ll broadcast your recording on air!

Segment 1: Paul and Sean’s Campaign Platforms – 0:00:00 to 0:48:26
Segment 2: Bob Menendez is a Crook – 0:48:26 to 0:55:28
Segment 3: “Sokol Squared” – 0:55:28 to 1:52:18

Musical Credits: Billy Bragg, “The Internationale”;  Bruce Springsteen, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”; Peter Tosh, “You Can’t Fool Me Again”; Sam Cooke, “(What A) Wonderful World.”

I(ntoxicated) Pencil – Episode 48

In our first installment of the Impolitic reading series, Paul and Sean tackle Leonard Read’s libertarian classic, “I, Pencil” (1958). Then the boys get mad as hell about Brett Kavanaugh before closing out with a strained historical comparison of post-Cold War America and Second Empire France.

Segment 1: “I, Pencil” – 0:00:00 to 1:04:30
Segment 2: Brett Kavanaugh – 1:04:30 to 1:37:40
Segment 3: Second Empire France – 1:37:40 to 1:46:00

Musical Credits: Jimmy Buffet, “Pencil Thin Mustache”; Insane Clown Posse, “Miracles”; Regina Spektor, “Poor Little Rich Boy”; Jacky Terrasson, “La Marseillaise.”

Ain’t No Sunshine When We’re Gone – Episode 48 is DELAYED!

Paul is navigating a death in the family and Sean is swimming in a choppy sea of ungraded student papers. So the first installment of the Impolitic reading series will have to wait another week. But, in the meantime, keep the questions and comments coming on Leonard Reed’s “I, Pencil”! If you want to participate in the discussion, send us a question or comment via Twitter (@ImpoliticPod), Facebook (ImpoliticPod), or email (impolitic [dot] pod [at] gmail [dot] com). Added bonus: if you send a voice memo, we’ll broadcast your memo on air!

The Future Is … Covered in Urine – Episode 47

Paul shares updates on the latest in tech: from stuff you piss on to wearable vibrators and marijuana vending machines. Then Sean gets grumpy about Malcolm Gladwell’s latest rendezvous with infamy. And the gang bids a mixed adieu to Senator John McCain.

[Link to next week’s reading.]

Nevertheless, She Nationalized the Economy … – Episode 46

We’re back! After the late-summer hiatus, Paul and Sean return with updates on the show’s format, critiques of Elizabeth Warren’s plan to either nationalize the economy or save capitalism, and some thoughts on the ongoing “Crisis of the Humanities.”

Happy One Year Anniversary for Impolitic! – Episode 45

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.

YIMBY, YIMBY, YIMBY, OY, OY, OY! – Episode 44

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.