Last week, Devin Nunes gave us the opposite of a masterclass in the effective use of a memo; this week, he returns with the footnote. Then, Sean gets annoyed at the liberal fascination with self-described futurist Eric Garland’s bloviated twitterstorms. He also laments the direction of the excellent podcast Embedded in its latest season as it bogs down in the minutiae of Trump’s sketchy business relationships with various and sundry Russians. Finally, Paul and Sean question whether the recent stock market drop is a market correction and they finish up with a few thoughts on pomp, parades, and circumstance.
Rather than discussing the year past this Thanksgiving, Sean and Paul look ahead, making (likely inaccurate) predictions for Roy Moore, the 2018 midterms, American foreign policy, and the future of white nationalism/socialism/libertarianism. Also, jellied eels.
It’s the worst new holiday of the year: Trumpaversary. In commemoration, Sean and Paul select two particular lowlights of the past Anno Trumpini, hash out the implications of the wave of progressive and socialist candidates who won in elections this week, and discuss the significance of Roy Moore’s sexual harassment scandal.
This week, Sean and Paul discuss articles by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kevin Williamson on whiteness as racial identity, Donald Trump as the first white President, and what it means to “act white” as well as brief discursions on Tupac, Kid Rock, and the Camp of the Saints.
Malcolm Gladwell sells books with capitalist gusto, but how would he fare as part of a socialist political bloc? Sean and Paul consider whether, if the Popular Front were revived, Gladwell would be a comrade (along with co-belligerent Matthew Yglesias). Also, Paul continues his rant on Trump’s ill-considered tweets about broadcasting.