Since the late 19th century, politics and economics have been split from each other, pretended and positioned as separate and unassuming forces. This could not be further from the truth. Before the dawn of Adam Smith, the grandfather of modern day economics, there was but one holistic concept, the Political Economy.
Come join Max and Jorrel, modern day Political Economists, as they do their best to converse and discuss political theory, history, economics, and more in the lenses of contemporary and classic political theorists and economists.
In the last episode of the season, Jorrel and Max discuss one of the most famous philosophers in history, Immanuel Kant. Join the guys as they take an in-depth look at his all too important work Perpetual Peace, from 1795. Learn how Kant predicted the future, how nature always finds a way, and why we don’t actually need war anymore. Kant left us instructions for finding lasting peace, so why don’t we follow it? Listen in as Jorrel and Max talk about really important concepts that could actually make a difference in the world if people would just listen to Kant!
Major Talking Points
Transcendental Idealism and Kant’s views on human rights
Universal laws and the understanding of human existence
Perpetual Peace and what it can provide
Peace takes hard work
War is manifested because of expectation
China, the BRI, and international loans
American Imperialism of the past and its effect on the present.
The importance and impact of globalization.
Matt McEnery Interview
Max and Jorrel go international. This week they are joined by Matt McEnery, a graduate student pursuing a joint master’s in economic governance and public affairs. Matt is currently in Rome, which makes him the perfect candidate to talk with the guys about all things international. This episode tackles the conflict in Afghanistan, the power of China, and the consequences of economic sanctions. Will this episode overturn the military-industrial complex? Not at all, but the guys are passionate about talking about how much US military actions affect the rest of the world and other thought-provoking questions involving understanding other cultures and the positive implications that have on international legislation. This topic is massive and complex, but Matt is here to help!
Interview with Rigel Robinson
This week Max and Jorrel speak with political economist and Berkeley city council member Rigel Robinson. Hear Rigel talk about how he become a city council member at such a young age, his thoughts on the Newsom recall, and his call to action for young party members. They cover local pandemic responses, the growing housing and homelessness crisis in California, and the relationship between state and local governments. Listen to Rigel talk about the importance of getting involved and the urgency young voters should feel about today’s most pressing issues.
Major talking points in the interview
1. How he got involved with city council
2. Projects and Roadblocks
Local Pandemic Response
Media Coverage and Misinformation
3. Newsom Recall
4. State/ Local Government Relationship
5. Calls to Action for Young Party Members
Craziest Thing from Campaign
Gavin Newsom Case Study
In this episode of The Political Economists Podcast, Jorrel and Max take a deep dive into the crazy guy, Gavin Newsom and his environmental plans, policy positions, healthcare schemes, futuristic ideas, the goal of digitizing the government, actions on civil rights, his terrible marketing and more! The recall election is no joke and is coming up quite close, so join us to know about this interesting and surprisingly progressive Governor of California.
This week the political economist once again brings to you a flashback episode! In usual fashion, we bring in our editor, Hollywood himself, Michael Greenwald. He takes us through the journey of human history to show the parallels of culture and gossiping to today's modern era. There is nothing dull about this playground where we take a look back at America Month, Drake and Hobbes + all of the new writings, and our first two case studies. Join us in taking a look back at the past 10 weeks of content!
Case Study 2: Mitch McConnell
This week in the political economist podcast, we take a look at the political tortoise (insert Kung Fu joke here) Mitch McConnell. As all case studies, the political economists report back to you the grades of the current politician for their domestic, economic, international, and social policies. Jorrel and Max are flabbergasted by all of McConnell’s strategic and monetary moves. Join us on this journey to find out the truth about this American Gangster!