Will 2020 Be for Democrats What 2016 was for Republicans? – Episode 53

This week, the guys discuss the increasingly crowded field of hopefuls for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020. Paul argues that both the size of the field and the growing ability of progressive candidates to raise funds outside of party control could lead to the kinds of collective action problems that bedeviled Republicans in 2016. Sean responds with the hottest of hot takes, the “probable” nomination of one Bernie “My Hair Don’t Care” Sanders. Then the guys talk about the federal government shutdown, what it exposes about the dysfunction in American politics, and a few hopeful silver linings.

No Butcher or Baker, But Damn, Do We’ve Got a Candlestick Maker to Talk About! Frederic Bastiat and the Candlemakers’ Petition – Episode 52, Part Two

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Frederic Bastiat was a French classical liberal who sat in the National Assembly after the Revolution of 1848. But while today classical liberalism is largely associated with the political Right in American politics, in 19th century France Bastiat sat on the Left side of the Assembly with the socialists in opposition to the monarchists.

Bastiat, who came from a long line of merchants, was particularly frustrated with French mercantilism, the idea that domestic industry ought to be protected from cheaper foreign competition. It’s a bad idea that won’t die, but I suppose we have mercantilists to thank for inspiring this witty, little satire.

Notes

Here’s a link to Sean’s friend’s medical fundraising page.

Here’s a link to next episode’s reading from Lenin on imperialism.

Bush the Elder and the Yellow Vests – Episode 52, Part One

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Does the opening music sound like mediocre elevator music? Yes? Well, good, because it is an homage to the most mediocre of modern Presidents, the late George H.W. Bush, a man whose current legacy appears to be that he is roundly agreed by all to be a somewhat better human being than the present occupant of the Oval Office.

After a discussion of Père Bush’s legacy, Sean and Paul try to decide what the heck to make of the gilets jaunes or “yellow vest” protestors in France. Are they from the Right? From the Left? Nobody, least of all us, really knows, but they are exceedingly French.

Opening music credit: “Vacaciones (salsa)” by Dee Yan-Key from the Free Music Archive.

Thanksgiving w/ Marx (and Engels) – Episode 50, Part Two

You’ve just finished consuming immense quantities of dry white Turkey breast and the vastly superior dark meat, several cubic meters of mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole, a veritable truckload of stuffing, and a pie and a half of pumpkin pie. Now you’re laying on the couch in a near food coma, counting your blessings while Uncle Rudolph drunkenly berates Aunt Terry for votin’ fer that traitor Hillerosi Schuton.

Which means it’s the perfect time to slip in your earbuds and drown it all out as Paul and Sean discuss the Communist Manifesto! You’ve had your bourgeois excess, now prepare to redistribute those calories!

No I’m Not, You Are! The Funhouse Mirror of Republican Rhetoric – Episode 50, Part One

Paul and Sean couldn’t shut up, so we’re splitting this episode into two parts, one dropping this week and the second part next week. That means you have an extra week to finish chapters one and two of the Communist Manifesto. But this week the guys talk about Jacob Wohl and the way that Trumpkins actually manifest the behaviors they accuse liberals / the Left / socialists / the lizard people / progressives / the Illuminati of doing. Finally, Paul rants about the narrative and ideological failures of “Bodyguard,” an otherwise excellent Netflix show.

Music Credit under Creative Commons: The Gays, “The Community,” from album The Agenda.

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.