Brad and Dan discuss the vehement support for the Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan during the Bush years and comment briefly on the ills of American Empire.
They then discuss the dangers and implications of the alliance between anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers with the Proud Boys and how cultural melding leads to strange–and in this case, scary–bedfellows.
This leads to a reflection on the Christian nationalism of the Capitol Bomber. He blames immigrants for his family’s ills. He spout conspiracies. He says he is acting for God and Country. He repeats lies about the election. He was radicalized.
The episode finishes with reflection on the dynamic between blue cities and red state governments and what this portends for the future of the country.
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