Episode

2/24 Casual Friday! w/ Alex Pareene & Olayemi Olurin

February 24, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then Emma is joined by political commentator Olayemi Olurin!

First, Emma runs through updates on the 1st anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the US’ Ukraine policy, the Ohio EPA’s failure in relying on Norfolk Southern to do their own testing, environmental emergencies across the US, Tennessee’s transphobic legislation, Florida’s walkouts against DeSantis, and Minnesota removing drivers license requirements for housing, before diving deeper into Sean Hannity’s hard-hitting questions on whether any GOP primary opponent has a different platform than Trump. Alex Pareene then joins as he walks through the holes in the GOP’s response to the genuine failures of Biden’s administration in East Palestine, as they focus on deregulation (literally the centerpiece of GOP politics for a century) and culture war issues that never stick to Biden, before parsing through Pete Buttigieg’s incredibly weak response to his inaction over these last few weeks. They also tackle Ron DeSantis’ weak positioning ahead of the 2024 primaries, and assess the roles of Donald Trump and George Santos in shifting the Overton window for compulsive liars in politics. Olayemi Olurin then walks through her recent piece in Teen Vogue assessing the systemic racism ingrained in the US police state which led to the murder of Tyre Nichols, what we can learn from the Police and Media’s emphasis on the Black identity of (some of) the police officers, and the indoctrinatory impact of top-down institutional biases. Wrapping up, Olayemi and Emma discuss the widespread emergence of anti-trans and anti-drag legislation, the normalization of the harassment and marginalization of LGBTQ+ folks, and what the hell the legal world is making of these obvious abuses of the judicial system.

And in the Fun Half: Emma discusses the UK Labor Party’s internal corruption and complete abandonment of actual labor support, and Malcolm X’s family launching a lawsuit against the FBI, CIA, and NYPD. Emma and Matt Lech also assess the LaRouche-Dore-Hinkle homophobic pro-Russia rally and the anti-left and anti-labor backing of this movement, plus, your IMs!

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