Sean and Paul taped a special podcast episode for their Patreon subscribers, a review of the reboot of the 1974 Charles Bronson hit Death Wish. This 2018 remake features all the gratuitous violence of an Eli Roth horror flick, the nonsensical plotting and characterization of an Eli Roth horror flick, and a nearly comatose Bruce Willis playing a surgeon in the style of Mark Wahlberg playing a robotics engineer (to whit, unconvincingly).
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On this week’s show, Paul and Sean discuss the real history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the massive paramilitary violence that put white supremacists back in power afterwards. Confederate monuments are not neutral expressions of historical interest; rather, they were symbols over white power over black lives in the Jim Crow South. These facts should inform our conversation about what to do with those monuments today. Bonus: Listen until the end to catch a description of our shared favorite Confederate monument, that of Nathan “Derpy” Bedford Forrest.
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.