In Our Post-Factual World, Kayfabe is King

by Carson Starkey At some point in the not-so-distant future, The Nation of Domination will “interrupt” a Donald Trump rally/speech. They will appear suddenly in a doorway, bathed in spotlights, wielding baseball bats, chains, and tire irons. They will begin marching towards the main stage, advancing on scattered groups of terrified, hysterical, elderly white Fox…

What Wrestling Can Tell Us About Donald Trump

Professional wrestling, in many ways, can tell us more about democracy, demagoguery, and the political power of public spectacle than polling and political science. Donald Trump’s campaign is a revolution in the kayfabe of American politics. Unlike many candidates, he offer no glimpses beyond his public persona, nor does he offer much in the way of concrete policy plans. Instead, he invites his audience to pour their anger, disappointments, and indignation into the vessel of “The Donald.” Political scientists and pundits try to dissect the rationale behind his support to no avail because, just as in wrestling, what matters is not what a Trump support thinks but what a Trump supporter sees.

Live Tweets from Carson Starkey #TrumpIsTheNominee Edition

Unapologetically, by Carson Starkey  Watching a Republican debate is more depressing at Midway Airport. Brief summary…all of the candidates proudly support the 19th century. Angry Dr. Huxtable, why are you on this stage, and can you locate Canada on a map? ‪#‎DrCarsonLooksConfused‬ Mr. Trump, how do you respond to the charge that you’re the least…

Damien’s Dinner Time

“Macho Man” Randy Savage gets bit by Damien Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary today, and Jeb Bush gave up the ghost and suspended his campaign. Few people, including those of us at Agreeing Loudly, thought Trump would be able to defeat Cruz’s organized ground-game. I also thought Bush remain in the race in…

Iowa Results: What They Do Not Mean

by Troy M. Olson Disclaimer! The following will have some harsh truths for U.S. millennials. Earlier in the week I talked about what the Iowa results mean, and previewed what they don’t mean. I do not take pride in the following observations, but must go forward anyway. I hope I’m wrong, but here it goes….

Songs for the American Working Class

by Allan Branstiter and Carson Starkey It’s that time of the month. Bills are coming in the mail. Paycheck’s still a week or more away. Management won’t get off your back. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Landlord keeps getting on you about your dog. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump are…

Are We Overlooking Generation X?

Forget the Boomers and Millennials, this is the Gen-X Election Cycle During Marco Rubio’s triumphal bronze medal speech in Iowa he used the word “generation” seven times in less than a minute. I couldn’t help but wonder what generation he was trying to speak to. Rubio’s speech was more or less the rehearsed “New American…

Iowa Results: What They Mean

by Troy M. Olson (Part One of Two) 2016 Iowa caucus results:  Hillary Clinton won by a coin toss (figuratively speaking, but potentially literally depending on who you ask) last night, Bernie Sanders outperformed his poll numbers to gain a delegate and statistical tie, Ted Cruz becomes the evangelical candidate of this cycle, and Marco…

Hillary Clinton and the Perils of Reconstruction History

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t watched a Democratic debate/town hall/forum in several months because 1) no one can bury a primary campaign in plain sight better than Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, 2) life, 3) my heart belongs to Bernie Sanders, and 4) they’re boring. Who knows . . . maybe after Sanders wins…

Sarah Palin, PTSD, and the Survivor-As-Hero Myth

This past Tuesday, half-term governor Sarah Palin endorsed fellow reality TV star and demagogue Donald Trump for president of the United States of America. That same day, her son Track, an Iraq war veteran, was arrested for drunkenly assaulting his girlfriend with an AR-15 and attempting to prevent her from reporting it to the police….

Conversations with the Ghost of America’s Future Past

by Carson Starkey and Troy M. Olson The following takes place during the hottest summer on record in the year 2028, breaking the previous record set all the way back in 2027. On a lonely park bench, somewhere in between Main Street and Evergreen Terrace…. Carson I suspect that President Rubio’s third round of tax…

2016 Preview – Resolutions and Predictions

by Troy M. Olson 2016 Resolutions: The “Agreeing Loudly” Podcast will continue on a weekly basis with some breaks for the holidays with your co-hosts: Jered Weber, Pat Meacham, and Bill Nentl, with the occasional fill-in host, guest, or contributor. There may also be the occasional one-off special podcast that goes more in-depth on a specific…