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.
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).
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.