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with Briahna Joy Gray, former National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign //

and Virgil Texas //

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This week, we do a deep dive into NYC politics with some real New Yoykas: State Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani, tenant organizer Cea Weaver, & journalist Ross Barkan. We discuss socialist solutions to NY's dysfunctional housing policy, whether Dianne Morales is the real deal for leftists, the #metoo allegations against Scott Stringer, the fair and the specious critiques of frontrunner Andrew Yang, how Cuomo's bevy of scandals is affecting the legislation coming out of Albany, and why the rent is still too damn high. Big 212 energy energy here folks. [Brie obviously wrote this copy. Don't judge Virgil for the New Yoykas thing. He's better than that.] Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to join the Bad Faith Discord and instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Preorder Ross' book The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York from OR Books. Ross' (free) newsletter is at https://rossbarkan.substack.com/. Check out Housing Justice for All at https://housingjusticeforall.org/. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast As president of Demos, Heather McGhee oversaw some of the best research we have on what message *actually* works to flip voters to the left. She joins us this week to talk about how the race/class "divide" is misunderstood, the new Yale study claiming that talking about race makes progressive policies less appealing, and what messaging is most effective on persuadable voters. Stay until the end of the episode, where Virgil and I reflect on whether Elizabeth Warren lost because of her gender, why Obama was able to win while Black, and the political weaponization of the word "racist" -- a prescient conversation recorded before Tim Scott's response to Biden's Congressional Address sparked an ongoing debate about whether America is, in fact, racist. Find Heather's book The Sum of Us from Penguin Random House. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
We talk to organizer, author, and one of the most important labor voices on the left Jane McAlevey. She explains why there's no substitute for the power to withhold labor, why more organizing must precede calls for general strikes, and why celebrating Manchin's PRO Act cosponsorship may be a strategic mistake if not tied to calls for filibuster reform. Also: the Bad Faith Discord has been launched! Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to join the Bad Faith Discord and instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find Jane's Bessemer post-mortem at the Nation. Her personal website is https://janemcalevey.com/ Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast We chat with Natalie Wynn, better known as ContraPoints, whose videos explore gender, ethics, race, politics, and social criticism. Tempered in the fires of YouTube, she's famous for flipping alt-right youths to the left with her opulent sets and smart, well-researched, witty videos. But we were happy to grab her for an intimate conversation about what it's like to be the subject of an internet pile-on, how penance should replace cancellation, the oppression Olympics, and how to perk up Virgil's Zoom set up. Quote tweet Natalie at @ContraPoints. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
This week the gang checks in on whatever the hell is going on in Congress with returning guest David Dayen, executive editor of American Prospect, and new guest Jennifer Briney, host of the Congressional Dish podcast, who breaks the pundit mold by actually trying to read all the bills. (Really. All of them.) We cover topics ranging from the infrastructure bill to Save Our Stages, the bloated military budget to the PRO Act, WTO to FTV. We assess recent media claims that Biden has exceeded the expectations of progressives, and Virgil finds his comb. It's a good one. Find the Executive Action Tracker here. No other links will be provided. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast We're joined by Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., Princeton professor & author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, for one of the most productive, good faith conversations ever on the subject of race vs. economic anxiety, how to talk about racism to racists, and how race reductionists derail universalist policies with bad faith arguments. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
In a week marked by multiple instances of police misconduct, and under the shadow of the ongoing Derick Chauvin trial, Virgil and Brie sit down with two former public defenders to discuss why "reform" isn't good enough. Lara Bazelon is a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles. She's also the author of the viral 2019 NYT article "Kamala Harris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor." Scott Hechinger, formerly of the Brooklyn public defenders office, is the founder of Zealous, an advocacy organization aimed at leveraging the power of public defenders to end mass incarceration. Before the interview, Brie and Virgil set themselves up for canceling as bourgeois elites by debating their favorite brunch-spot vibes, and post interview, the pair ruminates on how "copaganda" has created undue public sympathy for prosecutors. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to join our hypothetical Discord and instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Lara's forthcoming novel A Good Mother is available for preorder. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast This week, we speak to author and journalist David Wallace-Wells about his recent retrospective on the COVID pandemic. With the benefit of a year's perspective, who are the real villains of the pandemic, and how does the persistent ambiguity about the causal factors behind outbreaks obscure blame, and amplify our ability to politicize circumstances beyond our control? After the interview, Virgil and Brie opine on their dream COVID art, their favorite pandemic flicks, and whether it's appropriate to touch a stranger's puppy. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Brie and Virgil speak to writer Anand Giridharadas about how billionaires managed to gain ground during the COVID crisis, and the narratives elites circulate to justify the growing inequality between the 99% and the 1%. After the interview, Briahna reflects on how in college she was indoctrinated into the "win win" ideology that obscures capitalism's victims. At the top of the episode, Virgil gives an NFT update, and Brie reviews some clips showing how the media is manufacturing consent for the Biden agenda. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to join our hypothetical Discord and instantly unlock our full premium episode library, including this week's subscriber-only bonus episode: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find Winners Take All at Penguin Random House or your local bookseller. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast This week we're joined by Bad Faith veteran Leslie Lee III, host of Struggle Session, and Kate Willett, comedian, writer, and co-host of Reply Guys for a freewheeling conversation about Matt Geatz, Biden Town Hall highlights, the infrastructure plan, the latest AOC kerfuffle, and all the other big news from the past week. Also, how Brie nearly got Podesta'd. Come for the news, stay for the laughs. It's a fun one. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
We ask Marxist economic geographer and CUNY professor David Harvey about how to discern incremental reformism from true revolutionary change, what Marx would do if he were a squad member, and what Harvey's post-capitalist fantasy looks like. But first, Virgil & Brie debate the similarities between Joe Biden & Steve Harvey, break down Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer's burden-shifting strategy to achieve student debt cancellation, and evaluate Schumer's recent claims that next time the all-powerful parliamentarian might generously let us have a living wage. Stick around until after to interview for some thoughtful ruminations about where the dialectic goes from here, and some healthy West Wing bashing. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library, including this week's subscriber-only bonus episode: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find Prof. Harvey's video series "Reading Marx's Capital" on YouTube. Purchase the official Bad Faith NFT on Rarible or OpenSea, using fake nerd money. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Virgil and Brie open with a close read of the recently released AOC interview in DSA's Democratic Left magazine, and the World Socialist Web Site article about said interview that incited the left. They separate the good faith critique from the bad, correct some mischaracterizations in the WSWS article, and offer their own original critique of the political strategy Representative Ocasio-Cortez articulated. Next, Brie and Virgil interview Jacobin's executive editor Seth Ackerman on his recent essay about one of the most celebrated aspects of the COVID relief bill: the child tax credit expansion. What is the likelihood the bill will be made permanent, how seriously should we take the claims that it halves child poverty, and should we be worried about the social engineering aspects of the tax benefit? Stick around until the end when Brie and Virgil talk fashion and whether dressing fancy is compatible with left politics. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
This week we're bringing you about three podcasts worth of content. Because we're working harder, not smarter. Virgil successfully explains what an NFT is to Brie, who only gets moderately mad at how stupid the concept is, leading to a philosophical conversation about the nature of value and the show's latest get-rich-quick scheme. Also at the top, Brie roasts Virgil's water bottle for a solid 7 minutes. Then the pair are joined by our panelists Kylie Brakeman -- the front-facing-camera comedian who won over the left with her parodies of blue-check liberals, and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa -- Chicago Alderman, Illinois Vice-Chair of Bernie's 2020 campaign, and first socialist elected in the Second City in nearly a century. They talk comedy, local politics, and a collection of absurd media clips from Jen Psaki's bromides to Chris Cuomo's prop work. Finally, Virgil reads Brie some of the unhinged defenses of Andrew Cuomo from his most ardent supporters, and Virgil and Brie tackle the question: Is Cuomo, in fact, a Black woman? Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find Kylie and her videos on Twitter at @deadeyebrakeman and Instagram at @deadbrakeman. FInd Carlos on Twitter at @CDRosa and at his website https://www.carlosrosa.org/. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Virgil and Brie discuss Rep. Pramila Jayapal's recent Deconstructed interview in which she explained her strategic approach to the fight for fifteen. Why threaten to withhold one's vote for the COVID bill over unemployment checks but not a $15 minimum wage, and what does her rationale tell us about the real obstacles to securing structural reforms? Next, Brie interviews an RSDW organizer, an Amazon employee, and two members of The Socialist Alternative about the state of play in Bessemer, Alabama. With less than a week left before the vote on whether to unionize, local organizers explain what impact the union drive has had on the community's broader politics. Finally, Brie and Virgil discuss the Atlanta shootings and recent uptick of anti-Asian violence. Together, they consider the social pressure for members of aggressed identity groups to "weigh in" on high profile tragedies, and the social function doing so serves. Donate to the survivors and families of the victims of the Atlanta massacre here: https://twitter.com/RedCanarySong/status/1372990146170253318. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
We're joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges to get his take on the state of the left: What are the structural factors and ethical rationalizations that keep congressional progressives from taking the adversarial approach required to push a united Democratic government left? How can we parse good faith excuses from the bad, and what does history tell us about the way forward? But first, we check in with Zoe Muellner who is working to organize Colectivo, a midwestern coffee chain. And at the top, Virgil and Brie briefly follow up on the controversy surrounding this week's premium episode: Has Black Twitter really canceled Virgil? Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find Colectivo Collective on Instagram and at their website http://colectivounionyes.com/ Order Colectivo in person/via the app/via the website using "UnionYes[Name]" Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Sometimes when you start recording you just don't know where the conversation is going to take you. Topics broached in this week's very special Virgil & Brie episode include: Virgil's knowledge of the Black film canon, Brie's quest to understand what is meant by "Lynchian," the fall of Andrew Cuomo, how Democrats killed the #MeToo movement, Adam Sandler classic Little Nicky, and NewNew -- the new app which gives the public more control over content creators. Yay. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Brie and Virgil host veteran progressive journalist and author John Nichols. In one of our favorite interviews, the The Nation journalist provides much needed historical context for the ongoing internecine battles on the left. He helps us answer the tough questions: How much risk tolerance should the left have for battles that must be fought, but aren't easily won? Who will emerge as the next A. Phillip Randolph poised to "make Biden do" what America needs? And what will happen if the progressive organizations that historically filled that role don't step up? Brie and Virgil discuss the Meghan Markle/Oprah interview and strategies for watching Family Feud. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Find John's recent books The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party and The "S" Word at Verso. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
As a 6 month anniversary bonus, we're releasing an audio version of last Friday's live stream with Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, journalist David Sirota, constitutional lawyer and Nancy Pelosi challenger Shahid Buttar, & former AOC advisor & communications professional Corbin Trent. It was an incisive discussion about the ways Democrats can continue to fight for a $15 minimum wage. We hope you enjoy.  Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock this episode and our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Brie and Virgil speak to two guests on opposite sides of the labor divide. Journalist Lauren Gurley update us about the historic RWDSU union drive at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. Then we're joined by CEO Dan Price, who went viral after he set a $70,000 minimum wage at his company. Now that Democrats have thrown the "fight" for 15, what does the struggle look like going forward? But first, Brie and Virgil catch up on the latest COVID bill developments and review the liberal response to what Senator Nina Turner has aptly described as "half a bowl of shit." Brie and Virgil annoy each other with awful videos. Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube to access our full video library. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod)and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
Episode 51 - Debt by Audio

Episode 51 - Debt by Audio

2021-03-0401:38:081

This week, we tackle a subject close to Brie's heart, and by heart, we mean the amygdala, where anger is born: Student debt. Conversations about student debt are often stuck in the primordial stage. We spend so much time going back and forth with Pete Buttigieg types and their bad faith attacks that it's hard to get to the interesting questions: Why do we have a hierarchical higher education system to begin with? Why do we expect high school to be free but not college? What would it actually cost to cancel all student debt, and what perverse incentives exist for debt holders who profit off of America's students? We get into it all with debt aficionado, Current Affairs editor, and attorney with Equal Justice Works Sparky Abraham. We're also joined by Bridget Read, journalist at The Cut and author of recent pieces on the movement to cancel student debt, and the ongoing political battle over the $15 minimum wage. We close the episode by catching up on the fight for fifteen and the latest Kardashian news. Read Sparky's articles on student debt at Current Affairs Magazine: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/01/what-a-better-biden-would-say-about-student-loan-debt https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/11/if-you-want-to-enact-free-college-cancel-student-debt-immediately https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/02/student-debt-forgiveness-lets-do-some-math https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/04/the-case-for-free-college https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/06/how-student-debt-is-worsening-gender-and-racial-injustice Listen to the referenced episode of Current Affairs podcast with Astra Taylor and Liz Breunig here: https://cloudutil.player.fm/series/current-affairs/medical-debt-special-with-astra-taylor-and-elizabeth-bruenig Read Bridget's latest on the fight for $15 here: https://www.thecut.com/2021/03/pramila-jayapal-interview-minimum-wage-filibuster.html And her interview with Astra Taylor and Kendra Brooks here: https://www.thecut.com/2021/02/joe-biden-can-cancel-all-student-debt-he-just-wont.html Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast Subscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod). Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend). Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).
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Comments (43)

Will Shogren

and Elizabeth Warren is a snake.

Apr 29th
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Will Shogren

Mehdi Hassan and Abby Phillips are morons with one or two redeeming positions each.

Apr 29th
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Will Shogren

Here's the trick: don't give a single, solitary fuck about the cancelers. Also, no, anyone mad at me for something I said at 16 is a neurotic loser.

Apr 27th
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Carlos Santana

Great episode, very informative.

Apr 22nd
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Will Shogren

The entire Bernie project was geared towards enacting policies that would have disproportionately benefited POC and we talked about it constantly. This guy is a stupid asshole and probably a con artist.

Apr 19th
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Travis Cutler

#podsaveourstatus

Apr 13th
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Will Shogren

Oh hey Brie, let's be friends, I promise i'm not horny.

Apr 9th
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Will Shogren

John Save America shall not be spared.

Apr 8th
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A Turner

It's totally ok, Brie- I listen to Pod Save America, too.

Apr 8th
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Will Shogren

...except, I don't know why you're bending over backwards to disentangle the idea of police exchanges between violent ethnocracies from "blood libel" when the comparison is fundamentally nonsensical.

Apr 8th
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Will Shogren

Marc did nothing wrong, Zionism is fundamentally racist. Anyone whining about this can eat shit.

Apr 8th
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Will Shogren

i'm still sold on some version of Marxism but Chris is a rare and vital voice in an increasingly homogeneous cascade of shitlib banality.

Apr 7th
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Will Shogren

Warren is almost as despicable as Schumer, at this point.

Apr 5th
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Will Shogren

Hank and Boomhauer having sex with each other.

Mar 31st
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s

Probably ones of the best episodes, really enjoyed the length

Mar 21st
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A Turner

Thank you both for giving Chris Hedges a rare airing. Thank you, Brie, for recognizing the struggle to read and conceptualize theoretical #LitCrit for those of us to whom this journey speaks. I, too, can identify with the deep what seems to be the immediate and forced corruption of our newest Leftists.

Mar 20th
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foodi

Oh my god, it is so refreshing to hear a voice like Chris Hedges' cut through the ocean of shitlib dogshit ✊

Mar 19th
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Travis Cutler

AOC knows what happened to Malcolm X, co-option pays better than martyrdom.

Mar 19th
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Travis Cutler

let's not forget that leaders of the left that genuinely challenge the status quo were murdered. the list of victims is quite long so let's not pretend that there isn't consequences for change. Remember, co-operation pays better than martyrdom. that isn't to say we shouldn't try but understand that their fear is real and justified.

Mar 17th
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Will Shogren

it seems like drawing a straight line between paying attention to Senate foolishness and scoffing at an interview of profoundly irrelevant people is facile but Brie is still awesome.

Mar 13th
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