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S2E7: MINISTRY FOR THE FUTURE

Season 2, Ep. 7

It's the end of the world and we're going to have lots of meetings about it. But also: terrorism. There is IR in this novel! A lot of it! And an incredibly heavy-handed critique of capitalism! We still hated it!

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    01:21:12
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