Political scientist Brian Klaas looks into why we talk so much about politics, but never actually discuss any actual policy. My critique of his analysis is rather predictable.

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The Death of Serious Politics

Michael Mullan-Jensen prompted me to discuss The Death of Serious Politics by Brian Klaas.

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Predictably, I butchered the pronunciation of четвёртая власть in episode 166, so Evgeny Kuznetsov set the record straight.


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Today, I’m ending the show with the song Nebula by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen.