We spent last episode complaining about Obama’s Foreign Policy and Neo-liberalism and now it’s only fair to dump on a much, much worse president, Richard Nixon. No, he’s not some intricate balance of complex good and bad issues, he’s a straight up piece of garbage. But what are some of the standout parts of his presidency? And how is Trump aping his style and grace? Pretty much whenever he can. Crooks of a feather, I suppose.
Everyone’s talking about Watergate nowadays. And adding gate to the end of everything. So what actually happened? What was the Saturday Night Massacre? And why was he called DeepThroat? Darryl walks us through the scandal and the cover-up. And a lot of people praise ol’ Tricky Dick for opening trade with China. Why was that such a big deal? Phil helps give some brief (more or less) history of China and some of the economic implications of opening up our economies.
Ryan walks us through some history of Cambodia, and how Nixon fueled the fires, staged coups, and led to one of the more forgotten and heinous genocides in modern times. A genocide America refused to acknowledge for decades! And finally Sly continues Nixon’s foreign policy disasters with how we intervened in Chile and pushed Friedman economic policies on behalf of American corporations and at the expense of the South American people. Oh, and don’t forget, Nixon started the war on drugs because he hated black people and was terrified of Jews! Also Henry Kissinger is scum, too.
Content warning: We speak extensively on some very heavy issues, primarily genocide.
In this episode, we cap off 2017 with some major topics we’ve been meaning to cover like the Trump turnover and Mueller’s Trump investigation. We also cover the GOP tax bill, the perfect news story to sum up year one of hellworld. Or is it hellword? It is, but maybe not as hellworld as it could have been.
We talk about Trump’s administration and the massive turnover it has experienced during the course of the year. To be fair, the administration is currently undergoing a tumultuous event. That event being the Trump Presidency. We also discuss the Trump investigation by Robert Mueller and Republican reaction to it. And just in case you think the GOP is any better, we also talk about the new Tax Bill. Ryan assures everyone that things are going great and it’s time to be complacent again. Darryl accidentally spills the beans on our Immortal government officials. Phil is not optimistic that the Trump presidency will end with Trump’s decapitation while Sly has a dark prophecy for the Post-Trump future.
On this episode, we attempt to answer questions that have been plaguing society for years. Can you separate the art from the artist? Where do we draw the line? When is it fair to superimpose the context of the artist into analysis of the original text? Is it hypocritical to call out unethical consumption when you take part in an unethical capitalist system?
This episode has it all. Orson Scott Card, the writer of Ender’s Game, a sci-fi story preaching tolerance, thought Obama was going to become our permanent dictator and had a lot of racist reasons why! Up and coming rapper XXXTentacion writes some pretty powerful songs about teenage depression, but also might be a violent sexist! Turns out feminist nerd favorite Joss Whedon is… not that at all. Does that change his work? Does that make Firefly sexist now? This episode gets real into the weeds about capitalism, you know, like every other episode that Phil and Sly are on.