This week Paul recounts his fanboy encounter with distinguished historian Daniel Walker Howe. Then the guys go hammer and tongs (and sickle?) over whether a universal basic income or a job guarantee is the best radical option for reforming the liberal welfare state.
They’re back! The guys weigh in on the unsuccessful campaign of Don Blankensh** (censored for sake of the children in the audience) and the firing of Kevin Williamson. They also discuss the revelation that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, owned ~$30 million in NYC taxi medallions that rapidly depreciated in value just before he started raking in the sweet, sketchy “consulting” dough from Russian oligarchs and crony capitalists.
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.