In this week’s episode, Paul and Sean discuss the national emergency that wasn’t; America’s dawning realization that Donald Trump is a feckless and impotent leader; Bernie Sanders’s prospect for winning the White House (and more importantly, winning his policy goals); “Davos Dude” Rutger Bregman; and the role of money in politics.
Musical Credits: Kool & the Gang, “Emergency”; DJ Steve Porter, “Bern It Up (Remix)”; Junior Parker, “Taxman.”
Paul and Sean couldn’t find a time to record this week, so instead Sean served up a short report from the recent Socialist Alternative (SA) national convention in Chicago. Come for a brief intro to SA’s history, politics, and perspectives; stay for some thoughts on what even non-socialists have to learn from the SA convention.
Finally, remember that this coming week, we’ll be tackling chapters 1 and 2 of Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto (1848) as part of the Impolitic reading series. 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, Nov. 2.
Musical Credits: Members of Socialist Alternative singing “The Internationale.”
No, really. Paul and Sean reach a new low, embrace their laziest selves, and spend the first half of the episode bantering about a bunch of rubbish they found on Twitter: from Dinesh D’Souza’s desperate attempt to prove that Dems are the real racists to the rising cost of childcare. In the episode’s second half, however, they finally get around to resuming their long-neglected Unpopular Opinions™ on libertarianism and socialism.
Thanks to an unexpected internet outage, Episode 42 is Impolitic’s first two-parter! In the first half, Paul and Sean discuss DSA-backed Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset primary victory in New York.