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.
Sean shares his experience as a counter-protester in Gainesville after Richard Spencer brought the fascists to the University of Florida. Paul offers five libertarian(-ish) folks that you should follow on Twitter even if you can’t stand libertarianism.
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.