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Unf*cking The Republic

47 EpisodesProduced by UNFTR Media

Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer.  Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we … read more

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From Bull Moose to Jackass: U.S. Progressivism from 1912 to 2021.

October 16th, 2021

55:50

Today’s episode is a mashup of a Quickie and a full fledged Unf*cking. We start by going back in time to tell the origin story of the Progressive …

1 Year Anniversary: Look Back, Go Forward.

October 9th, 2021

52:05

It’s the one-year anniversary of Unf*cking the Republic. Yay us. Only 1.6 million other podcasts have passed this historic mark. We couldn’t let the …

The Washington Consensus: Consensus is not consent.

October 2nd, 2021

52:32

Economist John Williamson presented a paper titled The Washington Consensus in 1989. More of a reflection than a policy statement, the Washington …

UNFTR on LGBTQ: Behind the Acronyms.

September 25th, 2021

47:10

Today we begin a conversation about the LGBTQ movement in the United States, with a nod to our Canadian friends as well. In order to properly introduce issues facing LGBTQ people into the larger context of socio …

BONUS: An interview with Unkechaug Chief Harry Wallace and Native Coffee Trader’s Amy Wallace.

September 23rd, 2021

46:06

Today we break from our format to introduce you to our partners from Native Coffee Traders on the Poospatuck Reservation in New York. Harry Wallace, the elected chief of the Unkechaug people, founded Native Coffee …

Building the Climate Industrial Complex: Strange Bedfellows, Wildfires and Heat Waves.

September 18th, 2021

56:39

The world is more fucked than the United States. And we’re pretty fucked, so that’s saying a lot. Perhaps there’s a way to mitigate this mess by playing upon our worst instincts as a nation and the competitiveness that …

9/11: A Story in Three Parts.

September 11th, 2021

50:30

Today’s episode is a departure from our normal format. We were tempted to let the 20th anniversary of 9/11 pass given it will be oversaturated with remembrances and armchair punditry as well as the usual tragedy porn …

Californication: F*cking Around with our Biggest Economy.

September 4th, 2021

40:24

The last time California had a “successful” gubernatorial recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. While we try not to wade into current …

Procedural F*ckery: Quirks of our "Democracy."

August 28th, 2021

49:48

We love to promote our democratic principles. We love to spread them across the globe as well. But there are three procedural quirks in our system …

When We Leave: Afghanistan Tomorrow and Forever.

August 21st, 2021

53:28

Operation “Blame the Afghan People” is in full swing. The countdown to us forgetting completely about Afghanistan has also just begun and the media …

August 2021 Quickie - Power Is as Power Does: Immigration, Budgets and Drones.

August 14th, 2021

33:05

Momma always said, "Power is as power does." With democrats in charge, Bernie managing the budget and endless wars ending, it's a new day in …

The Economics of Racism: Bootstraps, Black Banks and Redlining.

August 7th, 2021

1:19:00

Progressives continually lose the debate on issues of institutional poverty, structural inequality and systemic racism because they’re loaded with history and meaning that require thinking. It’s a lot easier to say, …

Oh, Canada: Digging through America’s attic.

July 31st, 2021

1:06:48

They look like us. Sound (mostly) like us. And they know everything about us. And yet, we know precious little about our best friends up north. That ends today, Unf*ckers. Today we cast our gaze upwards to honor our …

Best of: UNFTR Sketches.

July 24th, 2021

43:49

We recorded today’s episode right before a brief vacation so the team could get some rest and chill out for a bit. So, we’re running a special show …

Occupy at 10: A Love Story.

July 17th, 2021

40:43

We’re nearly 10 years on from Occupy Wall Street. We wanted to get a jump on the retrospective before every mainstream news outlet hops on and gives it perfunctory treatment and dismisses it as a failed movement. It …

Modern Monetary Theory: Can we afford it? Yes. Yes, we can.

July 10th, 2021

51:49

Few concepts get under the skin of traditional economists, Wall Street executives and academics as Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT. We’ve been building to this episode for quite a while in our examinations of the United …

Stupid White Guy Olympics: Governors Kemp, DeSantis and Abbott.

July 3rd, 2021

29:56

In today’s Quickie we celebrate the upcoming Olympics with our own field of challengers for the nation’s top Stupid White Guy! Exciting times. Our contestants include three Republican governors and it’s a real barn …

How to Talk About the Trump Years: Or, "What the Fuck Just Happened??"

June 26th, 2021

48:31

While the ink is still wet on the Trump era, we’re going to talk through what the real legacy might be before revisionists get a hold of it one way …

Manufacturing Dissent: How We Let an Aussie Destroy the U.S.

June 19th, 2021

1:01:10

Today we take on News Corp., the most egregious example of “manufactured consent.” The fact that we let this monster from down under invade our thought space and contaminate the discourse in this nation is a crime. …

Fuck Milton Friedman: The Chicago School of Economics.

June 10th, 2021

1:19:31

Here we are Unf*ckers. It’s our great hope that we contextualize the Chicago School of Economics and its high priest Milton Friedman by alternately …

Chicago School Teaser Trailer

June 3rd, 2021

8:10

In this teaser episode we do a quick recap on why the fuck we're so mad at Milton Friedman and briefly summarize prior episodes that are useful …

The Problem with Conscious Capitalism: ESG, SRI and FMF.

May 29th, 2021

35:50

Today we examine Conscious Capitalism™ as an organization (the trademarked entity) and Conscious Capitalism the movement characterized by the investment concepts of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and …

Cuba (Not So) Libre: "Vas Bien, Fidel."

May 22nd, 2021

58:08

Since 1959, the island nation of Cuba has been giving the middle finger to the United States. Cuba has been in the control of a Castro through …

May 2021 Quickie: Republican Rehab.

May 15th, 2021

32:06

The media has been hard at work lately trying to rehabilitate the image of three significant members of the Republican Party. So we’re not going to let them. In today’s Quickie we examine the legacy of George W. Bush, …

The Assange Problem: Either Set Him Free or Go Full Fascism.

May 7th, 2021

52:49

Assange is a complicated figure personally and historically. And he evokes pretty strong reactions on both sides. Mostly though we don’t think about him at all. With the exception of occasional reports whenever there’s …

Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part II): Deregulation and Catastrophe.

April 30th, 2021

33:42

We briefly recap what we covered in Part I as a refresher then launch into some of the more egregious examples of how corporations have used their …

Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part I): Financial Fuckery and Tax Evasion.

April 24th, 2021

39:37

Mitch McTurtlefuck recently chastised Corporate America for butting into politics, which we all know is a joke. But it highlights the insidious …

April 2021 Quickie: AOC & the Lying Men Hydra.

April 16th, 2021

29:27

In today’s Quickie we’re taking a look at a developing phenomenon related to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In reality it’s an age-old issue …

Mass Incarceration: The War On Drugs.

April 9th, 2021

46:28

And a good day to you my beloved Unf*ckers. We’re back with another blood-boiling, enraging episode of Unf*cking the Republic. Mass Incarceration: …

Culture Cancel: The American Holocaust.

March 29th, 2021

40:59

Despite the occasional reference to poverty statistics or coverage of events like Standing Rock, the plight of Native Americans continues to be a …

Stimulate This Beyotch.

March 19th, 2021

28:50

The United States seems to have lost the ability to govern and has given itself over to the whims of corporations that are designing every inch of …

March 2021 Quickie: Cuomo, Tanden & Manchin.

March 13th, 2021

16:29

Hey Unf*ckers. We have a new “inter-episode” format - Unf*cking Quickies - meant to parachute into more current events by looking at three different, but related things happening in the world right now. In this …

America Inc. Copyright, 2021.

March 5th, 2021

28:52

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” These are the nine words Ronald Reagan called “terrifying.” Just another brick in the wall of disdain …

Unfucking Congress: And the Fucking Fuckers Who Fucked Us.

February 22nd, 2021

32:36

Congress is a quirky place. The rules are arcane. The people are diverse. The power struggle is real. We take a brief, and sometimes ridiculous …

Dear Rebekkkah Mercer: A Love Letter To the Alt-Right's Sugar Mama.

February 10th, 2021

19:10

As we covered in our insurrection episode, it’s actually quite difficult to take down an Empire, particularly one as fortified as the United States. …

The Beatification of Ronald Reagan.

February 1st, 2021

18:24

The minute the election was called, the GOP went into high gear reshaping its image for the next cycle. Because nostalgia is its single greatest weapon, they’ll be digging into the archives to revise history once again. …

How Trump Threw Away His Shot.

January 25th, 2021

16:46

Is he gone yet? I mean really gone? Okay. Wow. So that happened. Holy shit, what a four years. This episode of Unf*cking The Republic briefly …

Ayn Rand Was a Dick.

January 15th, 2021

15:16

On this episode of UNFTR we unfuck the theory of “objectivism,” a movement inspired by novelist Ayn Rand in the 1950s and talk about how it still …

The Prosperity Doctrine: Christ as Capitalist.

January 5th, 2021

19:47

Prior to the 20th Century evangelical Christians were seen as the babbling mystics and frauds that they were. Then something happened in the 1920s to legitimize these maniacs. Since then, conservative Christians have …

Capitalism.

December 14th, 2020

25:52

The left claims America is proof that Capitalism is destroying the working class and the planet. The right claims America is proof that Capitalism is …

The Violent States of America.

November 17th, 2020

26:56

This week in Unf*cking the Republic we dive into U.S. interventions in the post-Vietnam War era. Starting with our recent meddling in Bolivia we work …

An Election Interlude.

November 7th, 2020

3:25

Greetings fellow unfuckers. A brief interlude to comment on the big election shitshow we just witnessed.

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If you like #UNFTR, please leave us a …

The American Propaganda Machine.

October 28th, 2020

25:50

On this episode of Unf*cking the Republic we do a deep dive into the American system of propaganda and pull back the curtain on the tangled web of …

Freeze! It’s the… Military?

October 20th, 2020

15:44

While the country wrestles with police brutality and protests, dividing between Black Lives Matter or Back the Blue, a bizarre phenomenon has been …

Priorities: War, Wealth and Welfare.

October 13th, 2020

16:23

Coronavirus exposed the American budget and monetary policy as giant myths. Turns out, we can afford to pay for just about anything we want. …

Nothing is as it seems. America: 2020.

October 9th, 2020

14:55

Welcome to Unf*cking the Republic (UNFTR).

So what is this? Glad you asked. Long story short, and as you have no doubt observed, our little republic is fucked. On so many levels. The central objective of this podcast, …

Introducing: Unf*cking The Republic.

October 9th, 2020

1:28

Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous …

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