This week Paul recounts his fanboy encounter with distinguished historian Daniel Walker Howe. Then the guys go hammer and tongs (and sickle?) over whether a universal basic income or a job guarantee is the best radical option for reforming the liberal welfare state.
This week the guys criticize the NCAA’s legal fiction of the “stoodent-atho-leet” (with thanks to Eric Cartman) and the labor exploitation it enables. Then they look at Gina Haspel’s appointment as head of the CIA, her record on torture, and how little we’ve learned from the CIA’s skullduggery in the 1970s (TLDR: CIA-run brothels dosing johns with LSD is a thing that happened). Finally, Paul shares some thoughts on the legacy of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker and what he represents about contemporary American evangelicalism.
Sean and Paul discuss the significance of West Virginia teachers defying their own union bosses with a wildcat strike. Then, they turn to Billy Graham’s coffin, which was made possible by getting rid of stupid occupational licensing laws. Finally, the number of Trump administration cronies to be entangled with foreign governments goes up by one more thanks to Jared Kushner’s possibly treasonous coercion of Qatar.
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.