Thomas Frank on 2021

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2021 was a shit show, so who better to help us dig through it than friend-of-show Thomas Frank, author of Listen Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas.

So what happened in 2021? Democrats and Republicans definitely both sucked. Covid got better and then a lot worse. Dems didn’t do the one thing to ensure they’d never lose another election. And politics turned from policy to pure culture war.

We go through it all, why it happened, why it sucked, and what it means for 2022.

Plus, Biden’s giving up on Covid (and has something in his throat), Republicans embrace unemployment for certain people, and a sad announcement before a final penis story.

It’s all this, and more, in this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.

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Happy new year, from Useful Idiots!

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  1. Mattr, good idea on your new book. I always like to read your books. As I know what you put into creating them. They come off as a thoughtful and serious attempt to understand the reality that can be captured through a particular human, and especially if they are dedicated and serious enough to reason things out without a complete rationalising as humans are famous for but mistaking a rational view for an after the fact rationalisation, 2 different ways. Robert Heinlein said humans are not always rational, or logical but are rationalisers. Good luck, Matt and great for Aaron to come in and help. Thanks, Katie, as always

  2. You two need to watch the Joe Rogan episode with Robert Malone. Badly! Please do it asap. It was beyond brilliant and 100% integrity-filled, unlike most of the mainstream media’s bs on Covid-19. The democrats are shameful, as are the republicans, but the truth is that the medical freedom movement is gonna influence the next “election.” Guaranteed. It will turn the election of anyone who stands up against the bs going on in New York, California, Oregon, Washington and other ultra “progressive” states.

  3. Good on ya', Matt. Your writing is important for the world at large to keep shifting the Overton window. The Buzz Saw will keep it fresh while you are away.

  4. Robert F. Kennedy's book "The Real Anthony Fauci" is a must read for understanding our situation. Also available on Audible. It really illuminates the corruption of the professional class.

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