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.
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.