Episode 42: Trade And Tariffs – What Even Is That?

It’s a complicated one this time, everybody. We’re talking trade and tariffs. Trump is waging trade wars with… everybody. So what does that even mean? Darryl breaks down just what NAFTA and NATO are. Ryan just struggles to understand any of his own opinions. Phil gives us a sneak peak of what his Economics students hear every. damn. day. And Sly gets off to other peoples’ misery, as per usual.

For added context, we covered some of these talking points in more detail previously, in our China episode.

Ryan and Sly were just on They See Me Rollin’, a wonderful actual play podcast and we had a LOT of fun playing a one shot in Fiasco!

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Episode 39: Trump Loves Fascism, How About You?

Fascism sucks, dudes.
“What’s next for President Obama, meeting with NORTH KOREA?” – Fox News, 2 years ago

We’re talking Fascism! Everyone’s favorite way to lose all their rights! How’s North Korea diplomacy going? Why is Trump so terrible to our allies, but sucks up to dictators? What about Ur-Fascism or “Eternal Fascism?” Did an article written in 1995 really sum up all of Trump’s tactics?

On this episode, everyone’s three least favorite hosts try to run the show without Ryan, but he’s still the one writing the notes so too bad! Sly does a very convincing Ryan impression while he pretends humanity isn’t doomed to fall to fascism. Darryl gives Trump some pointers on how to really get those libs to fall in line.. with just these 13 EASY STEPS! Phil reminds us of a bunch of world leaders even worse than Trump! Let’s start the summer off right, with a revolution!

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Ur-Facism by Umberto Eco

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Episode 37: Yeezy’s Choice: The Party of Pants Poopers or Gambino’s America?

Celebrity Culture is kinda fucked up
“I think the president pooped his pants”

We’re trying to keep it lighthearted again! Do we succeed? Kind of! We’re talking celebrity worship in politics! Kanye, Ted Nugent, other conservative celebrities, Donald Glover, and more! Mostly pooping your pants, though.

Do you know what Ted Nugent did to dodge the draft? Here’s a hint: He made a big ol’ mess. Why does the rightwing love Kanye so much all of a sudden? Does George Bush finally care about black people? And Childish Gambino’s This is America is amazing, but is Donald Glover’s Bro Rape still ok to laugh at? Just how accountable should people be for the art they made years ago? It’s the end of the school year and I’m exhausted, I’m not writing my usual essay here, y’all. Oops, I ended the show notes.

Coates on Kanye

This Is America

The New Yorker Donald Glover Story

Donald Glover’s Instagram Letter

The Internet Never Forgets

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Episode 36: Metal Gear Solid: Don’t Let Your Memes Be Dreams

“A sneaking episode?”

Metal Gear has… Oops? We talk about Metal Gear Solid and how much Hideo Kojima predicted when it comes to modern politics. Phil and Sly try to convince Ryan that these games are amazing, while Darryl adds a healthy grain of salt  into the discussion. We mostly talk about Metal Gear Solid 2 and Revengeance, but touch upon all of them at least a little bit.

On this episode, we talk about how Metal Gear Solid’s villains just want to Make America Great Again. We also cover all sorts of different types of “isms.” And we spend way too much (or not enough?) time talking about memes. Ryan tries to seem cool but ends up just hiding behind his gamecube. Sly is all about dream meme genes. Phil finally reveals his hypocrisy when it comes to hating dumb media. And Darryl takes nanomachines so he can beat us up. Just like Metal Gear, this episode is both way more serious and way sillier than it has any right to be.

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Episode 34: Oops, Everything Is Awful And We’re All Gonna Die

You can only fight your own pessimism for so long,
We feel younger already!

Against all odds, we’re back. Last episode, we talked about how much we had to look forward to! Well, not anymore. It’s time to dip into our endless reserve of pessimism and talk about some dark futurology. Let’s be real, y’all, it’s not looking good out there lately.

We talk about some of our biggest fears for the future. Darryl talks the trend of hyper-partisan politics and gives the secret origin of Jesus Christ: microbiologist. Ryan talks automation and his own miserable existence. Phil talks antibiotic resistant bacteria and has no faith in human decency vs. the allure of McNuggets. Sly talks immortality and really “Slys it up” in style.

P.S. Ryan would have talked about Climate Change but we did a whole episode on that.

Further Reading:

Hyperpartisanship

Automation In The Trucking Industry

A Trucker’s Take On Automation

Automation In America

How Safe Is Your Job?

Retired Cells

Anti-Aging Pill

The Blood Of The Young

Theme Song: The End Of The World As We Know It by R.E.M.

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Episode 33: It Can’t Be All Bad, Can It? An Optimistic Look Towards The Future

Being Optimistic is hard, dudes
“The Kids Are Our Future”

We’re looking to the future! We (try to) focus on the bright side of humanity’s future. Optimism? In MY political podcast?

Darryl walks us through some of the pros and cons of generational trends as the Parkland students show us that all hope is not lost. Sly pays his dues and breaks down the return of the unions of the world as they bargain for more power again! Ryan struggles to pronounce Universal Basic Income, but manages to explain Finland, Alaska, and California’s experiments to fight automation and disappearing jobs! Phil couldn’t bear to think about anything positive in this hellscape we’ve ended up in, but he’ll be back next episode!

Further Reading:

Polling on UBIs

Alaska’s UBI Program

Some Milquetoast NYT Nonsense

Finland’s UBI

California’s UBI

West Virgina’s Teacher Strike

Game Developer’s Unionize

Gen Z

Theme Song: Ooh Child by The Five Stairsteps

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Episode 32: Time To Welcome Our Communist Overlords – China!

Imperialist Dogs and Capitalist Pigs!

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” ― Sun Tzu

We’re here to talk about China. They’re quickly becoming an even larger power, but so what? What kind of influence do they already have? How are they growing it? Just what is free trade and what’s a tariff? And why are all globalists cucks? We answer all these pressing questions and more.

On this episode, Darryl breaks down Trump’s new tariff announcements and asks “Why is Trump doing this dumb thing?” Ryan talks about NAFTA and the TPP and reveals his true motivations. Phil looks at just how terrible of a place China is and how much they pollute. And Sly pretty much does the same thing, but from a different point of view, one that’s got way more cameras!

Further Reading: The Old And New TPP

Some More TPP Sources

NAFTA

China’s Deal With Trump

One Belt, One Road

Twelve Days In Xinjiang

China’s Surveillance State

Theme Song: China Remix Song by Omoizin

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Episode 31: Money In Politics – Citizens United Vs. Overwhelming Public Opinion

He didn't even need corrupt money to be a piece of shit.
“Andrew Jackson – What a guy”

On this episode, we talk about money in politics. Turns out, politicians are corrupt! Can you believe it?

In this episode, we compare Trump vs. Hillary’s campaign money! Phil gives us some stats on just how much money matters in an election. Sly gives us some history on limitless campaign spending. Ryan looks to the future and how Democrats are addressing these concerns. And Darryl tells us about everyone’s least favorite lobby, the NRA.

What Is A Super PAC?

Trump Vs. Hillary’s Campaign Money

Gillibrand And Booker Ditch PACs

Graph On Rising Health Care Costs

Ted Cruz’ PAC Footage

If Citizens United Falls, Will Progressives Notice?

The Powell Memo

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Episode 30: “President” Nixon – Turns Out He WAS A Crook!

Man, Nixon sucks
Turns out they could!

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.

Nixon’s Cambodian Invasion

Operation Menu

Cambodia’s Prince

The Genocide

An overview of the whole Cambodian Operation

Milquetoast New York Times’ Chile Article

The War On Drugs

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Episode 29: Trump vs Obama – Whoever Loses, Neoliberals Win

I really miss Obama
“I’m the least racist person you’ll ever meet. Period.”

Thanks, Obama. It’s time or the left to cannibalize itself. We all know Trump’s the worst president in modern American history. But was Obama perfect? We’ve wanted to talk about Obama’s flaws and problems for a while, but it’s important to keep in mind that Trump is So. Much. Worse.

Phil breaks down some of the nonsense Obama had to deal with, like his “lazy” vacation schedule and how it compares to Trump’s and Bush’s. Similarly, he compares “tyrant” Obama’s Executive Orders. The republican presidents were way worse, can you believe it? Darryl goes through the timeline of drone strikes and compares civilian deaths throughout our endless war with anyone we feel like attacking. Ryan focuses on Health Care, not the Trumpcare bills we covered previously, but some of the problems with Obamacare, which are all Joe Lieberman’s fault (and by proxy, Obama). Sly lays out his case against neoliberalism, especially during the Wall Street bailout, and wow, even just the foreplay is enough to radicalize us.

Some sources:

Joe Lieberman ruined health care

Seriously, he really sucks

Good thing we needed him for Obamacare

Tim Geithner is maybe worse, though

Obama’s Financial Policies sure were something

Make sure you listen to Ryan’s Judging Book Covers episode – The Last Two Weeks!

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