The Political Economists

The Political Economists

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. 

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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.

Sep 23

56 min 54 sec

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!

Sep 2

59 min 13 sec

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 Zoning/Housing Crisis Local Pandemic Response Media Coverage and Misinformation 3. Newsom Recall 4. State/ Local Government Relationship 5. Calls to Action for Young Party Members Fun Questions Weirdest Moment Craziest Thing from Campaign 7. Wrap-Up

Aug 26

57 min 54 sec

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.

Aug 18

57 min 30 sec

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!

Aug 11

1 hr 6 min

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!

Aug 4

59 min 32 sec

Welcome back all you political animals to the final episode of American. This week The Political Economist dives into the Federalist Papers which successfully moved society to accept the U.S. Constitution. Jorrel continues to make connections to the present, while Max compares the constant content pushed by polyeconmedia to Hamilton's absurd 51 papers in 10 months! Join us through this episode to learn why we are so passionate about the formation of the U.S. Constitution.

Jul 28

1 hr

As The Political Economists continue their journey through “American Month”, Max and Jorrel dive into our U.S. Bill of Rights and famous amendments. The U.S. Bill of Rights was the document that brought peace to our founding political parties when discussing what role the government and people should have in our society. Jorrel reminds us that amendments are needed in our government, while Max pushes for common ground between us and our leaders who make the laws. Join us on our journey through the U.S. Ten Commandments and how we can learn from the successes of our past!

Jul 21

1 hr 5 min

Continuing our July celebration of American history, Max and Jorrel break down the United States Constitution! Why were the Articles of Confederation replaced by the Constitution? Why does compromise play such a big role in American history? How does America undergo and resist change, and why are armed uprisings more common than amending out Constitution? The answers are revealed in this exciting discussion of the oldest and most influential constitution in global history!

Jul 14

57 min 34 sec

Max and Jorrel begin our month 18th century American history with a celebration of certified lad Thomas Paine, the cheerleader philosopher of the American Revolution! How did Thomas Paine grant legitimacy and organization to the budding continental independence movement? How are his writings on monarchy and sovereignty reflected in the Declaration of Independence? How does simplifying our laws encourage civic engagement? These questions and more are thoroughly discussed through the lens of one of the most underappreciated philosophers in American history.

Jul 7

45 min 12 sec

 In the nature of all good political animals, please give your warmest welcomes to the creator of senate stock watcher, Tim Carambat! Tim has taken the arms of his inner political economist to create a website that tracks all our politicians' stock trades. As Jorrel navigates the inner workings of this application, Max searches for the connection of its importance in both politics and culture. Come join us on this deep dive into our political leader’s stocks! 

Jun 30

51 min 29 sec

Max and Jorrel once again spice things up by starting a NEW SERIES that studies our political leaders. After learning from the political economists of the past, we put Kamala Harris to the test to see if she is a well worthy public servant. After diving into her political history, Max gives her a rating for each category: international, domestic, economic and cultural policy… and swag?? Come listen to see if Kamala can truly pass the test! 

Jun 23

47 min 39 sec

Happy birthday Adam Smith, the man behind laissez-faire economics and our featured political economist! On today’s economics-focused episode, Max and Jorrel go deep on bartering, the division of labor, and how his laissez-faire ideas can be applied to our modern understanding of our political economy. They also discuss Keynes, our imperfect tax laws, and how Max’s experience re-reading Smith’s writings is like rediscovering repressed sex scenes.


Jun 16

44 min 10 sec

As we enter our eleventh episode of the political economist podcast, Max and Jorrel turn to Rousseau to better understand how we need to uphold our own social contract to the state; while in turn, the state honoring their side of the deal as well. With the passing of Georgia’s (anti) Election Integrity Act, the duo question if this is for the general will of the public, or the particular will of certain conservative politicians. Join us in our aim for virtue, as they discuss the necessary steps on limiting corruption in our political leaders. 

Jun 9

42 min 1 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists, Max and Jorrel have a long form interview and discussion with their editor and script writer, Michael. The main topic being around the Wollstonecraft op-ed, Michael dives into what he's learned since he's started working on the Political Economists podcast and where he hopes the podcast will go in the future. Join us as we have a fruitful and lively discussion. 

Jun 2

49 min 41 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists, Max and Jorrel recount the current events that were discussed in the last 8 episodes. Many things happened since episode 1's The Orange Titan, so the two political economists decided it was time to dive into what's changed, what's progressed, and what did they predict would happen. Join the two of them as they begin a new chapter of the podcast. 

May 26

37 min 41 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists, Max and Jorrel explore Dani Rodrik's interesting Trilemma and how it relates to the Gold Standard. With cryptocurrency and the economy teetering in the balance, uncertainty in the world has become top of mind for most. Join the two political economists as they bring in another perspective on the ability of BTC and other cryptocurrencies to sustain as a store of value, and what does this mean for our future.

May 19

39 min 31 sec

In the seventh installment of the Political Economists Podcast, Max and Jorrel breakdown Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class. To those unfamiliar with Veblen, the leisure class refers to the top social class that can engage in leisure openly and conspicuously. Join the two as they explain how the leisure class, modern day clout, and tax breaks all come together to showcase the disparities that persist in modern day society.

May 12

50 min 25 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists Podcast, Max and Jorrel discuss Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. For many who haven't read the New Jim Crow, the Jim Crow Laws refer to the disenfranchisement of Black Americans through segregation and unequal treatment after freedom from slavery. The New Jim Crow, which the two discuss, refers to the mass incarceration and prison system of the 21st century that unequivocally targets Black Americans and subjugates them to the same injustices in what is akin to modern slavery.

Apr 28

53 min 8 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists Podcast, Jorrel and Max discuss an early female political economist by the name of Mary Wollstonecraft. Touted as one of the founders of feminism, Wollstonecraft positions interesting insights onto what it means to be a virtuous society and the grander role that citizens play into its vision. Join the two of them as they dive in and connect her pursuits to the current events occurring with regards to LGBTQ+  health rights in the USA. 

Apr 21

45 min 55 sec

Welcome to the Political Economists Podcast, hosts Jorrel and Max are doing their best to cover and make relevant the many types of Political Economists, theorists, and philosophers that have shaped the modern political society. Join us, you political animals, as the modern political economists showcase how the world is connected and shaped everyday by your civil actions. 

Apr 14

37 min 9 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists Podcast, Max and Jorrel grimace through an infamous political theorist, who is most well known for his work on the nature of man as it relates to the state, Thomas Hobbes. The both of them trudge along, begrudgingly admitting that the essence of Hobbesian thought is easily provable with the past state of affairs in this country. Join them as they dive in deep discussing the meanings of the Social Contract, the "covenant" entered with the state, and on the nature of humankind. 

Apr 7

46 min 20 sec

In this episode of the Political Economists Podcast, Max and Jorrel reflect on the past year of the pandemic and the results of the stimulus packages thus far. As they continue the reflection, their discussion heavily involves the famous economist, John Maynard Keynes, aka the father of classic economics, who emerged into the spotlight with a plan for the recovery post the 1929 Great Depression. Both Jorrel and Max dive deep using a Keynesian lens to try to provide another viewpoint as the modern recovery efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in progress. 

Mar 31

52 min 55 sec

In the first episode of the Political Economists Podcast, Max and Jorrel discuss the 2016 and 2020 elections using the wisdom of Niccolo Machiavelli, a political philosopher known for his cold and pragmatic takes on the acquisition and preservation of power. As the two discuss, it becomes very evident, very quickly that the foundations of power are shaky when built on "mud".


Mar 24

52 min 35 sec

Welcome to the Political Economists Podcast, we're trying to make it easier to understand the world and civil discussion by looking at everything in the lens of political economists. Come join our conversation as we talk about everything from current events to historical movements!  Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers -

Mar 21

38 sec