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!
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 albumThe Agenda.
Paul and Sean couldn’t find a time to record this week, so instead Sean served up a short report from the recent Socialist Alternative (SA) national convention in Chicago. Come for a brief intro to SA’s history, politics, and perspectives; stay for some thoughts on what even non-socialists have to learn from the SA convention.
Finally, remember that this coming week, we’ll be tackling chapters 1 and 2 of Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto (1848) as part of the Impolitic reading series. 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, Nov. 2.
Musical Credits: Members of Socialist Alternative singing “The Internationale.”
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.”
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.”
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!
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.