Is now the time for political optimism?
Episode 89 Sneak Peek
Welcome back to another week of Krystal Kyle & Friends, bringing you conversations with the thinkers, writers, and organizers bringing rich political and economic discussion to the American and global left. We’ve got a special show for you this week: we’re bringing on Matt Christman, of Chapo Trap House fame and also a commentator, author, and Twitter known quantity. While the biting humor and sharp insight of shows like Chapo helped us make sense of the political terrain over the past two presidential elections and continue to do so in this post-Bernie 2020 moment, we’re also hoping to bring a little attention to something that might not get enough airtime in leftist political discussion: optimism.
Yes, the American left has been dealt truly unbelievable cards following and including Bernie’s defeat in the 2020 election, an election that seemed to unite different tendencies and personalities on the left that have since had a hard time finding such common ground. With the austerity and broken promises of the Biden presidency, the unprecedented challenges faced by working people during the COVID pandemic, and the economic squeeze on everyday Americans that has only continued to tighten its grip in recent months, it’s often a challenge to consider the role that optimism might legitimately play in our political forecast. But, with Matt, we mean to think about and talk through whether this is a moment to indulge our bleakest and most pessimistic tendencies — or whether we have good cause to look forward with hope to what it’s possible for the still-surviving left to build.
Of course, that’s not all: we’ll be digging into the hot-button current events at the fore of this week’s news. If you can’t wait until the show releases on Friday for paying subscribers (Saturday for everyone, in audio format), check out Krystal and Saagar’s coverage of the massive crisis that’s left Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, without drinking water indefinitely — a story that should be consuming domestic news cycles, but has (like the crisis in Flint) gone largely ignored in mainstream media. And on Secular Talk, Kyle discusses whether impeachment is on the way for President Biden. We hope to see you on Friday.