Sam and Emma are joined Derek Davison & Dan Bessner, co-hosts of the American Prestige Podcast. Derek and Dan start off by summarizing the first (almost) 200 days of the Biden Administration’s foreign policy in comparison with their original goals, looking into the continued establishment of liberal internationalism in his cabinet alongside his (slightly delayed) execution of Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. They look into this tactic for hegemonic stabilization, with the U.S. drawing back from smaller conflicts on the world stage as we turn towards great power conflicts and competition with China, before Sam works backward with them, recalling the Project for a New American Century and the strategy of managing the small fires that break out on the international stage in order to ensure no challenge to U.S. hegemony. Sam, Dan, and Derek then discuss the continued drive for American universalism, particularly in contrast with the current Chinese presence on the world stage, that seems to be closer to embracing a multipolar world that coexists rather than the U.S. “city on a hill” tactic. They wrap up the interview by discussing the foreign policy legacy of the Trump Administration, touching on the Iran Nuclear Deal, the industrialization of drone warfare following Obama, as well as the complete restructuring of American discourse into stratified world views bringing out an epistemological crisis in the absence of consensus. Sam and Emma also talk about the Conservative anchor talking point on not giving medical recommendations, just giving recommendations not to listen to medical recommendations.
And in the Fun Half: Aamon Hawk joins the MR crew to discuss his incredible Sam/Crowder horror short, his cinematic inspirations, and how he got into animation, as Sam basks in his stardom. Then, Emma and Sam analyze the conservative claim that migrants are the cause of rising infection rates in Florida, somehow jumping over the border states Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, and Tucker Carlson somehow (yet completely unsurprisingly) forgets the contents of the infrastructure bill in a rant, only correctly stating that it lacked features to “move the bums out” and “clean them”… whatever that means. They also touch on Kyrsten Sinema’s continued implementation of the five D’s (dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge) in discussing the possibility of taking a vote on actual policy, and Emma once against displays her killer “Pirate Amy Goodman” impression, plus, your calls and IMs!
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