Jonesing for the Jones Act, Adventures in Libertarian Podcastland, and Are Politics Silly? – Episode 11

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On this episode, Paul and Sean discuss the Jones Act of 1920, an incredibly daft law that makes life in Puerto Rico (and Hawaii and Alaska) unnecessarily expensive. Then Sean, in an impressive act of masochism, takes us along on his deep dive into libertarian podcasts. Finally, they wrap up with a discussion of silliness vs substance in politics (detouring to consider James Akin’s famous “Philosophic Cock” cartoon lampooning Thomas Jefferson).

Clinton Punches Left – Episode 10

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This week Paul and Sean discuss a Pod Save America interview of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the former presidential candidate’s campaign against the Democratic Party’s left wing. They also touch on Trump’s rabble-rousing against black athletes, the special election in Alabama, and Richard Epstein’s new podcast.

JFK, Most Overrated President – Episode 9

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Sean and Paul briefly discuss the revolt among Trump’s base over the proposed DACA deal as well as the patriarchal wet dream that is the Bruce Willis remake of 1972’s Death Wish. Then, they turn their attention to the undeserved good reputation of America’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy.

George Orwell’s 1984 and the Real Housewives of the Oval Office – Episode 8

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Because we’re massive nerds, Sean’s visit to a community theater stage production of George Orwell’s 1984 sparked our discussion of the best literary metaphor for authoritarianism in the age of Trump, which is…the Real Housewives of Orange County. Also starring Vicki Gunvalson, the anti-John Galt.

How Flood Insurance Ensures Floods Will Be a Disaster – Episode 7

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Sean and Paul talk about the role played by dysfunctional, federally-subsidized flood insurance in the devastation. No, really, we promise: flood insurance can be both interesting and infuriating!

 

Identity Politics on the Quad; Keep It Up, Colin Kaepernick – Episode 6

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This week, Mark Lilla’s hot take on the death of campus liberalism gives Sean the piles. Also, Colin Kaepernick’s protest reveals the skewed economic structure of the NFL.

What Do We Do With Confederate Monuments? – Episode 5

 

On this week’s show, Paul and Sean discuss the real history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the massive paramilitary violence that put white supremacists back in power afterwards. Confederate monuments are not neutral expressions of historical interest; rather, they were symbols over white power over black lives in the Jim Crow South. These facts should inform our conversation about what to do with those monuments today. Bonus: Listen until the end to catch a description of our shared favorite Confederate monument, that of Nathan “Derpy” Bedford Forrest.