Episode

12/8 American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People w/ Jared Yates Sexton

December 8, 2020

Sam hosts writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton to discuss his new book, American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People, and why the foundational myths of American Exceptionalism have such a hold on the populace. Sam and Jared explore the stories Americans told themselves throughout the country’s history, from how the process behind writing the Constitution to how the “Mound Builders” stories helped justify indigenous Americans’ slaughter. The two consider how these stories have shaped the populace’s thinking and why it’s essential to reject politics as a spectacle. 

And in the Fun Half: will Biden appointments carry on the Obama legacy, Ron DeSantis sends authorities to take laptops and phones of a former Florida DOH official and whistleblower, armed protestors outside the Michigan Secretary of State’s house, Matt Walsh is tired of real history and says it’s racist, trying to understand the mRNA SARs-CoV2 vaccine, Sam explains why you should’ve had your OMB picks slated in September, plus your IMs!

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