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

E8 Meme

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.

The Mooch’s Favorite Bank, or, How the Democratic Party Learned to Love Crony Capitalism; UAW vs. Nissan – Episode 3

Paul reminds us that before Anthony Scaramucci communicated his way out of a job at the White House, he was an executive at the Export-Import Bank, itself an unholy amalgamation of corruption and waste and thus, quite naturally, something that politicians learn to love. Sean discusses the failed unionization vote at Nissan’s Mississippi plants, a battle for which most national Democrats were MIA.

Article links for this episode:

Veronique de Rubgy’s Congressional testimony on the Export-Import Bank
PBS Newshour on Ex-Im

NYT Overview of Nissan Unionization Drive
Bernie Sanders Alleges Misconduct by Nissan
Local Paper on Distinction between Contract & Regular Workers

The Dirtbag Left, Reince Priebus Makes Martin Van Buren Cry – Episode 2

This week, Sean proposes that the Dirtbag Left is less sinister and more promising than the recent media coverage of it suggests. Paul discusses the curious case of Reince Priebus, who despite being one of the shortest-serving White House Chiefs of Staff, will leave a mark as one of the longest-serving Republican National Committee Chairmen as well as being the man most responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump.

Evangelicals & Trump, New Directions for the New (Old) Left – Episode 1

This week, Paul discusses evangelical support for Donald Trump after seeing a tweet by pro-Trump megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress. Sean brings up an Atlantic article by Conor Friedersdorf that advocates a new (old) direction for the Left in the aftermath of the 2016 election.