The Fifth Column

Europe's Proto-Trumpism, Venezuela's Useful Idiots, and Kmele Foster's L.P. Ambivalence

The Fifth Column discusses whataboutism, third-party challenges, J.K. Rowling's defense of Trump's free speech, and more


Here is what the kids are saying about The Fifth Column, the newish podcast of "Analysis, Commentary, Sedition" featuring Kmele Foster, Michael C. Moynihan and myself:

Want to listen to intelligent dialogue about politics with a refreshing libertarian slant? This is the podcast to listen to. There is more intelligence to Mike Moynihan, Kmele Foster and Matt Welch [than] there is in a stadium full of journalists. I especially enjoy Kmele who does an excellent job of grounding the group, but each one brings a wealth of knowledge on current political topics. It's funny and sharp witted.


This is the rare podcast, nowadays, wherein the hosts actually know how to have a lively discussion. Kmele, Matt and Michael are equal parts hilarious and insightful. I can't recommend this podcast highly enough.


Every episode makes me a more informed and competent citizen.


Great discussions on politics and culture. Insights I haven't heard discussed anywhere else and even educational (I didn't pay attention to Bernie before this election and know how wrong he was on the VA for example – thanks Matt!). I particularly like the dumb stories of the week (complaints about the way imaginary black space people are portrayed in the movies)….Keep it coming boys!!

Whaddya waiting for? Head over to the podcast website for info on how to subscribe; you can also listen using iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. The latest episode dropped this morning. You can listen to that right here:

Among the topics mentioned:

* Jesse Walker's forthcoming magazine piece on Donald Trump rallies.

* The wild and woolly goings on with the Libertarian Party presidential race, and why Kmele is allergic to it.

* Welfare state anti-immigration nationalists in Europe.

* J.K. Rowling's allegedly surprising defense of Trump's right to express bigotry.

* The enduring popularity of whataboutism.

* Venezuela's many useful idiots in the West.