This week, Impolitic‘s resident squares weight in on the academic controversy of the hour: the so-called “Sokol Squared” hoax. In addition, Paul and Sean float some campaign ideas for hypothetical Congressional bids; discuss the latest in a long line of New Jersey political scandals; and announce the second installment in the Impolitic reading series: chapters 1 and 2 of Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto (1848).
As always, we’d love to hear from listeners with questions and comments on the reading. If you’d like us to discuss your comment on air, please submit it via email, Twitter, or Facebook by Friday, Oct. 26. Added bonus: if you send a voice memo, we’ll broadcast your recording on air!
Segment 1: Paul and Sean’s Campaign Platforms – 0:00:00 to 0:48:26
Segment 2: Bob Menendez is a Crook – 0:48:26 to 0:55:28
Segment 3: “Sokol Squared” – 0:55:28 to 1:52:18
Musical Credits: Billy Bragg, “The Internationale”; Bruce Springsteen, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”; Peter Tosh, “You Can’t Fool Me Again”; Sam Cooke, “(What A) Wonderful World.”
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.
After the Deep State cancelled Roseanne, Paul quit libertarianism and took to the woods to train as a tanky. So this week, Sean is cohosting the show with scholar, librarian, social democrat, and reality-TV aficionado Hélène Huet (@superHH). Together they discuss whether the Real Housewives shows are radical or reactionary, rehash the premise of episode 8, and propose a Real Housewives presidential cabinet.
Paul and Sean examine the Trump administration’s most recent specimen of depravity: separating migrant children from their parents and losing many altogether. Then, after advocating ICE abolition and shaming Democrats for their perennial cowardice, they turn to the NFL’s policy of enforced patriotism; a classist new DC law; and Trump’s bungling of North Korea negotiations.
This week, Impolitic hosts its first ever guest, Dr. William Cossen. After a conversation about teaching slavery in the high school classroom, Sean, Paul, and Bill talk about the Polish government’s new ad campaign denying any culpability for the German death camps in Poland during WW2. Then, our hosts disagree about how best to push for gun control. Finally, everyone joins in to criticize a proposal to allow Americans to sponsor immigrants in an inferior form of modern-day indentured servitude.
This week, Sean and Paul describe their distaste for the phrase, “The Right Side of History™,” discuss a counter-intuitive interpretation of the Republican tax bill’s capping of state/local tax deductibility, and get really, really pissed at the Trump administration’s nativist immigration policies.