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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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Public Education (Part Two): Expansion, Reconstruction & Desegregation..

December 3rd, 2022

47:57

Today we continue our three-part series by examining three of the four major eras of public education in the United States: Expansion, Reconstruction and Desegregation. This episode looks at the legal and constitutional …

Show Notes [Episode 79: Public Education Part One.]

December 1st, 2022

1:17:03

They’re baaaack! In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 review feedback from Public Education Part One and discuss what’s to come throughout education …

Public Education (Part One): Scaffolding.

November 18th, 2022

41:50

Today is the first in a three-part series on public education in the United States. The focus is on compulsory K-12 education. We begin the series by …

Show Notes [BONUS: Midterm Recap.]

November 18th, 2022

48:40

In today’s Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss some midterm updates and work through some T***p 2024 feelings. Plus 99 gets all boomer on some Unf*ckers, lovingly.

Listen to BONUS: Midterm Recap.

Resources

Variety: Candace …

Show Notes [Episode 78: “Tough on Crime” Republicans.]

November 12th, 2022

37:41

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 unwind from the Midterms Recap, reflect back on the “Tough on Crime” Republicans episode, and read the smart fuckin' write-ins from the Unf*ckers.

Listen to “Tough on Crime” Republicans.

BONUS: Midterm Recap

November 9th, 2022

1:40:15

Max, Manny and 99 slice and dice the midterm election and highlight several key outcomes that portend good things for Progressives. Also, 99 stayed up the latest but it was to watch the Parent Trap. So there's that.

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“Tough on Crime”: Republicans pin midterm hopes on tired trope.

November 5th, 2022

37:42

The midterms are upon us and the Republicans have pinned their hopes on a tried and true fear tactic: Crime. It’s a winning narrative. Always has been. The data paint another picture entirely, however. While in no way …

Show Notes [Strange Bedfellows 1: Arthur & Sand]

November 3rd, 2022

1:37:57

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 catch up on some big news stories of the last few weeks like midterms, Twitter, antisemitism, and Lula. They also …

Unf*cking Flashback: Building the Climate Industrial Complex.

October 29th, 2022

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 …

Strange Bedfellows: Chester A. Arthur and Julia Sand.

October 22nd, 2022

20:04

As Max grinds away at a more in-depth Unf*cking, we offer our dear listeners a new palate cleanser. Strange Bedfellows examines fascinating relationships and wonders how these duos might have altered the course of …

Show Notes [Episode 77: What’s the deal with Peter Thiel?]

October 20th, 2022

45:53

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss some Thiel feedback, review episode suggestions from Unf*ckers, and discuss what’s up next for UNFTR episodes. Tune in!

Listen to Episode 77: What’s the deal with Peter Thiel?

What’s the deal with Peter Thiel? Sociopathic billionaire man-child wants to eat the world.

October 15th, 2022

46:02

I’m not a doctor. But even I can certainly see that Peter Thiel is a sick, sick person. Bright, awkward and successful, Peter Thiel has risen to …

Show Notes [Episode 76: The FCC (Part Two).]

October 12th, 2022

52:35

In today's Show Notes, Max is cranky about the Mets, we close out feedback from the FCC series and happy cry over real-world Unf*cker meet ups.

Listen to Episode 76: The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

October 8th, 2022

57:23

In our first installment of the two-part FCC series we discussed the origins of the Federal Communications Commission, the reason it came into existence and the tension between its charge and the First Amendment. Our …

Show Notes [Quickie 13: One nation divided?]

October 5th, 2022

1:03:46

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 share some show scheduling updates, discuss a potential recurring 99 segment and trade New York stories. Plus, they …

One nation divided? What bipartisanship says about America.

October 1st, 2022

38:06

We’ve all heard of the great divide. The most dysfunctional Congress ever. The end of civility! There’s an impression that nothing passes Congress with bipartisan support anymore. That every piece of legislation has to …

Show Notes [Ep 75: The FCC.]

September 30th, 2022

1:33:38

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 talk about the FCC, bagpipes and parkways. And nothing else. (Okay, obviously a lie. But tune in to find out what else is discussed!)

Listen to Episode 75: The FCC.

Chapters

Intro: …

The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

September 24th, 2022

52:27

This week we finally heed the call to Unf*ck the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) We don’t get all the way there (it’s been around since 1934) but we manage to tackle the fairness doctrine, which was intended to …

Show Notes [Ep 74: BlackRock.]

September 23rd, 2022

1:23:38

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 talk about the future of the enablers “series,” how people like Larry Fink of BlackRock fit into the overall UNFTR ecosystem and how that relates to ESGs + the billionaire class. Plus, …

BlackRock: The Devil's Banker. Do as I say, not as I do.

September 17th, 2022

1:11:49

Larry Fink is one of the most influential people on the planet. His firm BlackRock mints money. Billions of dollars a year. Their risk management …

Show Notes [Ep 73: Hospitals and Healthcare.]

September 15th, 2022

56:17

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss the conclusion of the three part Healthcare series, share plans to support two progressive candidates in the upcoming election, and get hyped for the Fall Raisers: Friend, Fund, …

Hospitals and Healthcare: From Sanatoriums for the Indigent to Citadels of the Elite.

September 11th, 2022

1:12:41

The third and final installment of our American Healthcare series examines the evolution of the American hospital system. There are more than 6,000 …

Show Notes [Ep 72: This Healthcare is Killing Us.]

September 10th, 2022

1:26:15

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 continue to discuss the healthcare industry—this time with insight from some of the international Unf*ckers. Plus, 99 has the sniffles and sounds like Squidward. And, as always, …

Unf*cking Flashback: Labor Unions: From Pullman to Kellogg’s. Labor’s long, hard road.

September 5th, 2022

1:14:32

We're re-releasing our Labor Union episode in honor of Labor Day. For Unf*ckers outside of the United States, this is the day government set aside as a token of appreciation to the labor movement for eight hour days, …

This Healthcare is Killing Us: The perpetual cycle of money madness.

September 3rd, 2022

53:33

The first installment of our healthcare series encapsulated the magnitude of the industry that accounts for 20% of our nation’s GDP and how efforts …

Show Notes [Topical Cream 6: Biden’s Big Student Debt Announcement.]

September 1st, 2022

1:52:08

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 continue talking about the student debt announcement and its impact, address more feedback from the healthcare episode, plus feedback from the last show notes re: Big Pharma, natural …

Phone a Friend: Lily Geismer, author of Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality.

August 30th, 2022

1:01:36

Lily Geismer wrote an incredible book called Left Behind. Unf*ckers who listened to our three part series on the Clinton years are familiar with it and know how important it was to framing this series. We had some …

Biden’s Big Student Debt Announcement: PITOTWIU for the Indebted Masses.

August 28th, 2022

21:47

It’s here! It’s finally here! Today we review our predictions for student debt relief and square them with Biden’s proposed plan. There’s a lot to like about the announcement, several unanswered questions and some …

Show Notes [Ep 71: U.S. Healthcare.]

August 26th, 2022

2:15:53

In today’s Show Notes Max and 99 talk for 30 hours…Okay, exaggeration. But they talk for a long while, because there’s a lot of U.S. healthcare feedback to run through, as the Unf*ckers are so smart and dedicated (as …

All Hail Nettie.

August 26th, 2022

16:40

A note for one of our original Unf*ckers. Sending our love, light, and thank yous to Nettie for being the patron saint of this show, and making us all better.

If you're able, please consider donating to Nettie's fund:

U.S. Healthcare: America’s Hypocritical Oath.

August 20th, 2022

1:14:22

Today we’re doing some level setting on healthcare in the U.S.—a long requested topic. We navigate this unf*cking based on direct queries from the Unf*ckers, creating a baseline that helps establish a foundation for …

Show Notes [Ep 69: Max Unfiltered + More.]

August 18th, 2022

1:49:30

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 shoot the shit and catch up on what the world’s been up to since they took a lil vacation.

Listen to Max Unfiltered.

Listen to A Chat with Tom McGovern.

Listen to UNFTR x Best of the …

UNFTR X News Beat: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirit People

August 14th, 2022

1:07:44

Countless Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people go missing or are murdered across Canada and the United States in an ongoing genocide receiving inadequate attention from media, governments, and law enforcement. 

The Clinton Years (Parts One, Two, and Three)

August 10th, 2022

2:07:17

This episode is a re-release of sorts. Due to the amount of positive feedback we received on our Clinton Years series, we decided to put the series together into one seamless episode to make it easier to share.

Access …

UNFTR x Best of the Left: America, A Beginner's Guide

August 6th, 2022

1:34:49

If not for Best of the Left, we are not. The person who put UNFTR on the map has graciously allowed us to drop his very special 1,500th anniversary show on our feed. The episode is titled “America, A Beginner’s Guide” …

BONUS: A Chat with Tom McGovern

August 4th, 2022

1:12:53

The man behind the curtain. The fifth Beatle. The ace up our sleeve. Max interviews UNFTR’s ultimate secret weapon, Tom McGovern. Tom is the genius …

Max, Unfiltered: Finishing the hat.

July 30th, 2022

7:43

We bid Unf*ckers adieu for a couple of weeks with some quick ruminations about from whence we came and where we’re headed. In this brief reflection, Max and crew address the cacophony of issues swirling about in our …

Show Notes [Ep 68: The Clinton Years (Part Three)]

July 28th, 2022

1:30:12

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss the finale of The Clinton Years and review Unf*cker feedback, share some book love and we hear from Manny Faces about his other project, News Beat.

Listen to The Clinton Years …

The Clinton Years (Part Three): The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

July 23rd, 2022

1:08:02

Part One of “The Clinton Years” examined Bill Clinton’s legacy through the lens of their foundation work and stubborn insistence on the private sector’s ability to cure everything from poverty to climate change. Part …

Show Notes [Ep 67: The Clinton Years (Part Two)]

July 21st, 2022

1:33:46

In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss listener feedback from Part Two of The Clinton Years, the powerful Jesse Jackson tie-in (including the …

The Clinton Years (Part Two): Yesterday's gone.

July 16th, 2022

1:01:12

In Part One of “The Clinton Years” we started our journey in the present day by examining the structure and programs of The Clinton Foundation. Many of Clinton’s earliest ideas in public service remain very much a part …

Show Notes [Ep 66: The Clinton Years (Part One)]

July 14th, 2022

1:12:18

In today's Show Notes Maxisode, 99 and Max discuss recent political changes across the globe, the state of conservative education outlets and what to …

The Clinton Years (Part One): Don't stop thinking about tomorrow.

July 9th, 2022

48:03

When we think of prosperous eras in modern U.S. history, conservatives often point to the Reagan administration as a crucial turning point. To the corporate class, there’s a good deal of truth to this, but mostly to the …

Show Notes [Ep 65: Fuck U, PragerU.]

July 8th, 2022

1:39:23

In today's Show Notes Maxisode, 99 has terrible audio (sorry!), we finally put the condiment war to rest and enjoy our usually smattering of Unf*cker write-ins on an assortment of topics like health care, the DNC and of …

Fuck U, PragerU: The Internet’s Fake Toxic University

July 2nd, 2022

58:15

For years, the propagandists with the greatest visibility in the United States were on television; the ones who contributed most to the “manufacture of consent.” Think Fox News. And we’ve covered many of the dark, …

Show Notes [Ep 64: $5 Gasoline + Unf*cking Flashback: Peak Oil.]

June 29th, 2022

1:45:00

In today's Show Notes minisode we talk about the backwards SCOTUS decision and how we even got to this point, and chat about the $5 Gasoline episode …

$5 Gasoline: The Real Culprit Revealed.

June 25th, 2022

42:43

I know, I know. Didn’t we just do this episode? Kinda, sorta. But not to this extent. In our Peak Oil episode we reviewed the history of oil as a commodity, currency and weapon on the world stage. This episode picks up …

Unf*cking Flashback: Peak Oil.

June 24th, 2022

1:35:04

Hey Unf*ckers, it’s Max. Just wanted to weigh in very quickly. This is an episode that we’ve dropped already, it’s called Peak Oil.

We dropped it a few months back to try and explain why oil prices were so high. It is a …

Show Notes [Ep 63: Amazon (Part 2) + Phone a Friend.]

June 22nd, 2022

54:03

In today's Show Notes minisode we review Phone a Friend feedback, welcoming some Prestige Heads into the Unf*cking family, argue about the new Matilda movie and Max loses the ketchup v mustard debate.

Listen to Amazon …

Phone a Friend: Daniel Bessner + Derek Davison of the American Prestige Podcast.

June 20th, 2022

49:28

Our inaugural edition of Phone a Friend, where we interview luminaries in different fields, features Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison from the American Prestige podcast. The pair answer some easy questions on

Introducing: Phone a Friend.

June 19th, 2022

3:37

Here's a sneak peak at the inaugural drop of Phone a Friend, a new Unf*cking series where we interview people smarter than Max. (The possibilities are endless.) This episode features Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison …

Amazon (Part 2): The Unfulfillment Company.

June 18th, 2022

1:01:30

In Part 1 of Amazon, the Unfulfillment Company, we reviewed Amazon’s rise from online bookseller to third largest company on the planet and well on …

Show Notes [FMF Day Bonus + Ep 62: Amazon (Part 1)]

June 15th, 2022

50:32

In today's Show Notes minisode we continue to celebrate #FMF Day by reading Unf*cker’s scathing comments towards ‘ol Milty, continue to shit on …

Amazon (Part 1): The Unfulfillment Company.

June 12th, 2022

59:20

The first of a two part series on Amazon. In many ways, Amazon is the logical extension of America’s perverted version of neoliberal capitalism. The …

BONUS: Happy F*ck Milton Friedman Day- Family Reunion Episode Celebrating Uncle Fartnoggin.

June 10th, 2022

1:17:42

Manny Faces joins Max and 99 in studio for the first time ever. The three celebrate the dastardly legacy of Milton Friedman, reflect on the growth …

Show Notes [Quickie 12: Congressional Summer School.]

June 8th, 2022

58:56

In today's Show Notes minisode Max rides solo and struggles to understand how emails or social media work.

Okay, it wasn't that bad. Max teases some …

Congressional Summer School: Shabooya Roll Call.

June 4th, 2022

51:36

In today’s Quickie we’re going to look at three different bills or groupings of bills that represent the array of legislation that exists. Something …

Show Notes [Topical Cream 5 + Ep 61: Obsession Over Recession Depression]

June 2nd, 2022

1:44:09

In today's Show Notes minisode we chat a lot about making change, how to cope with our current political system, and then end up fried from the 900 …

Obsession Over Recession Depression: Feeding the Economic HypeBeast.

May 28th, 2022

1:08:25

We just came through the eighth “technical” recession over the past 50 years and many predict that another is around the corner. Depending upon who you believe we might already be in one, we are about to drop off a …

The School Shooting Script: Our Immunocompromised Body Politic.

May 27th, 2022

13:18

It’s the same old script. Mass shooting occurs. Thoughts and prayers fly. Declarations are made. Fingers point. There’s something more insidious at …

Show Notes [Topical Cream 4 + Ep 60: Student Debt.]

May 26th, 2022

1:30:38

In today's Show Notes minisode we chat about the free market/student debt, hear from John Kane about Deb Haaland’s residential school report, and …

Student Debt: Hey Boomer, STFU.

May 21st, 2022

1:11:25

Various sources report that the Biden Administration is set to release its plan to deal with student indebtedness. Cancellation? Forgiveness? Refinance? Today’s episode covers the spirited debate surrounding student …

Show Notes [Ep 59: Convention of States.]

May 19th, 2022

1:21:38

In today's Show Notes minisode Max and 99 sort out some beef (tofu? #PlantF*cker), chat about our coffee partners on the Poospatuck Reservation, and somehow touch on every hot button issue under the sun.

Listen to …

Boarding Schools from Hell: Indian Residential Schools in America

May 18th, 2022

14:20

Imagine for a moment a breaking news story that more than 500 bodies of white children were found buried in unmarked graves at some of the most …

Convention of States: The Right Wing Takeover Has Only Just Begun.

May 14th, 2022

59:04

For decades, right wing actors have been steadily tearing apart critical protections of our democracy and stacking the deck in their favor. Civil rights and liberties that were hard fought and then eventually assumed …

Show Notes [Topical Cream 3 + Ep 58: Where is the Religious Left?]

May 12th, 2022

1:17:02

In today's Show Notes minisode we review Topical Cream + Religious Left feedback, work through some more Russia/Ukraine issues and Max tangents about the stock market for a bit (a while).

Listen to Topical Cream: The …

Where is the Religious Left? Dissecting the American Theocracy.

May 7th, 2022

1:11:55

Since the Civil War, white Christians in this country have swung wildly between advancing a social doctrine of equality and promoting outright racism, nationalism and hatred of the poor. Since the Eisenhower years, …

The End of Roe v. Wade: Extinguishing the Penumbra.

May 5th, 2022

13:49

They’ve done it. Well, they’re about to. As much as we all knew this was coming it’s still stunning. Today’s Topical Cream presses the obvious point that we live under the tyranny of the minority. The racist, white …

Show Notes [Episode 57: Dem Bums.]

May 4th, 2022

1:10:17

In today's Show Notes minisode, we review some Dem Bums episode feedback (as well as some leftover Military Film Complex feedback), discuss how the Democratic Party sucks ~writ large~ and Max ages himself by talking …

Dem Bums: 50 Shades of Blue.

April 30th, 2022

37:11

You can’t do the big things if you can’t do the little things. A friend of mine used to say this all the time. And it reminds me of the Democratic Party - a party that can’t seem to move the needle on the big, …

Elon Gated: Billionaires and Their Toys.

April 28th, 2022

13:33

The second installment of topical cream peers into the petty world of the billionaire class and the purchase of Twitter by racist enabler and …

Show Notes [Episode 56: The Military Film Complex.]

April 27th, 2022

1:19:34

In today's Show Notes minisode, we review some Military Film Complex episode feedback, discuss progressive candidate suggestions from Unf*ckers, and talk about the genius of Tom McGovern!

Listen to the main episode …

The Military Film Complex: Destroying the Myth of Liberal Hollywood.

April 23rd, 2022

1:19:07

Trendsetter or follower? Hollywood has made over 5,000 war films in the past 100 years. Today’s episode probes whether Hollywood has been complicit …

Drill Man, Drill: Biden's Broken Promise.

April 21st, 2022

9:40

Welcome to Topical Cream, a new, periodic UNFTR segment with an appropriately cringeworthy title for fuckery in the news. Our aim with these segments is to tackle more timely and newsworthy events that either relate to …

Show Notes [Quickie 11: Midterms, Primaries and Get Out the Vote.]

April 20th, 2022

1:16:12

In today's Show Notes minisode, we continue our conversation about the midterm/primary candidates (with special insight from Manny Faces), talk unf*cking cannabis and hear some McFleshman’s beer feedback!

Listen to the …

Midterms, Primaries and Get Out the Vote: Send the Blue Dogs to the Pound.

April 16th, 2022

53:28

Dems are already in the fetal position crying over races they have yet to lose and blaming progressives for losing them. Fuck that. Today we look at three upcoming races (two Senate, one House) that demonstrate how much …

Show Notes [Ep 55: New York's Casual White Supremacy.]

April 13th, 2022

1:08:53

In today's Show Notes minisode, we hear a bit more from John Kane of Let's Talk Native, have a lengthy conversation about how to deal with Trump-supporting parents, and read Bobby McD's new inscription for the Statue of …

New York’s Casual White Supremacy: Losing the Plot on Hochul & Buffalo Bills.

April 9th, 2022

1:10:02

A run-of-the-mill, one-day news story about a billionaire holding a city hostage over a sports team and a new stadium buried the lede on the dark …

Show Notes [Ep 54: Unf*cking Down Under.]

April 6th, 2022

21:57

In today's Show Notes minisode, Max abandons 99 and delirium takes hold as she struggles to do show notes by herself.

Listen to the main episode …

Unf*cking Down Under: And the Long Arm of the Chicago School.

April 2nd, 2022

1:04:35

The time has come to honor our Down Under F*ckers who have been supporting UNFTR since we launched. As we’ve done in prior shows about other …

Show Notes [Ep 53: Immigration Nation.]

March 30th, 2022

43:45

In today's Show Notes minisode, we shit on Clinton, discuss the disparity of letting some immigrants into the country and unveil a dark secret from Max's past.

Listen to the main episode accompaniment here

Chapters

Immigration Nation: A Crisis of Our Own Design.

March 26th, 2022

48:41

As Ukrainians flee the war in their home country, some have found their way to the U.S. southern border where they are immediately escorted into the country. Because they're seeking refuge from a dangerous conflict and …

Show Notes [Quickie 10: The World in Numbers.]

March 23rd, 2022

47:15

In today's Show Notes minisode, Max revisits Thomas Piketty's theory of universal inheritance, we continue talks of NATO + Russia, and 99 yells about Phish some more. 

Listen to the main episode accompaniment here

The World in Numbers: 99 / 3.5 / 1.5.

March 19th, 2022

50:58

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed the global political calculus almost overnight. While catastrophic and horrific in nature, this shift has …

Show Notes [Ep 52: White on White Crime in Eastern Europe.]

March 15th, 2022

1:00:40

In today's Show Notes minisode, Max reads a cutting room floor draft, we share some Unf*cker feedback, and discuss Russia and Ukraine a bit further. 

Listen to the main episode accompaniment here

Chapters

Intro: 00:00:21

White on White Crime in Eastern Europe: NATO, Onions & But-What-About.

March 12th, 2022

49:51

A psychopath in Russia just committed a war crime by invading Ukraine. Now he’s a mass murderer as well. Today’s episode examines whether the United …

BONUS: A Book Love Mashup.

March 5th, 2022

28:24

On this bonus UNFTR, 99 revisits Book Love segments past in hopes to inspire your reading lists. We’ll be back with full-fledged Unf*ckings very …

BONUS: A Manny + 99 Takeover.

February 26th, 2022

40:32

Today we have a special episode for you—a Manny & 99 takeover. While Max is away the minions will play! We run through some listener feedback and share some behind the scenes details of our recording process. Enjoy!

Show Notes [Ep 51: Corporate America’s Banner Year.]

February 23rd, 2022

57:25

The showwwwww noteessss. In this experiment, we break out show notes into their own unf*cking minisode so we can spend more time answering y'all Unf*ckers.

Listen to the main episode accompaniment here.

Resources from …

Corporate America’s Banner Year: Please understand that they hate you.

February 19th, 2022

56:25

Because inflation is on everyone’s minds and the media can’t seem to get this right, we dive even deeper into the inflation narrative to dispel both propaganda and myth. Surprise, surprise, the real story of inflation …

"UNLESS." Building Back to What?

February 12th, 2022

1:16:47

We’re hitting the pause button in honor of our 50th full episode. Quite the milestone and we wanted to celebrate together. And in true UNFTR fashion, …

Peak Oil: It's a Crude, Crude World.

February 5th, 2022

1:32:11

Oil is everywhere. It’s all around us. It’s in everything and it makes the world go around. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that renewable energy will comprise 27% of the world’s energy production …

Fox in the Outhouse: Invasion, Immigration & Inflation.

January 29th, 2022

1:03:08

This week’s alliterative Quickie is brought to you by the letter “i.” In typical Quickie fashion we delve into three distinct but related topics: Invasion, Inflation & Immigration, as seen through the lens of Fox …

Libertarians Are Exhausting: Inside the 50-year American coup d'état. [Part 2]

January 22nd, 2022

1:08:49

In part two of “Libertarians are Exhausting” we’re still talking about freedom and liberty. Economic freedom, personal liberty and the next important …

Libertarians Are Exhausting: But they might be onto something(s). [Part 1]

January 15th, 2022

1:09:11

Libertarians can be exhausting. Because libertarianism has so many attractive features and strong statements about “freedom” and “liberty” they have …

A (Mostly) Vegan World: Plantf*ckers Can Save Us All.

January 8th, 2022

1:15:39

As many of you know, we’ve had this on the pod-docket for months. It’s finally time to unf*ck our food system and talk about veganism. We decided not to pursue this topic from a moral or ethical perspective, but that …

Holiday Quickie: How the Manch stole Christmas.

December 25th, 2021

1:05:04

Our little Unf*cking team wishes the Unf*cking community a safe and healthy holiday season. We'll be back on January 8th with a new drop but here's a …

Labor Unions: From Pullman to Kellogg’s. Labor’s long, hard road.

December 18th, 2021

1:14:32

From Pullman and Carnegie to Kellogg's and the PRO Act, this week we unf*ck the labor movement in the United States. No single episode can possibly …

Playing Chicken with China: How Propaganda Rationalizes Conflict.

December 11th, 2021

51:54

There were 15 references to China in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The recent bill passed by the House, which is more than what President Biden requested (because that makes fucking sense) contains 89 …

Happy Noam Chomsky Day: Pundits, Public Intellectuals & Charlatans.

December 4th, 2021

55:21

Today we celebrate the life of Noam Chomsky who turns 93 this week and discuss the nature of punditry, the role of true intellectuals in today’s …

Pirates of the Caribbean: Debt, Diplomacy and Destruction.

November 26th, 2021

58:58

It’s chilly here in New York so we’ve got the Caribbean on the brain. Actually, we’re just building on our money and power episodes and tying in lessons from our shows on Milton Friedman, Cuba and climate change. …

The Itsfuckedforsure Bill: And the Ghosts of Spending Bills Past.

November 20th, 2021

54:40

President Biden signed H.R. 3684 into law with leaders in Washington breaking their arms to pat themselves on the back. Never mind that the infrastructure bill is either 20% or 40% of what the American Society of Civil …

The Global Order of Power: Money, Position & Might.

November 13th, 2021

1:10:15

Last week we reviewed the global order of money. Today we examine money’s sister, power. It’s an American-centric journey spanning 75 years, from the …

The Global Order of Money: How exactly does it make the world go ‘round?

November 6th, 2021

1:13:07

We’ve hit on some big economic themes from capitalism and socialism to deregulation, privatization and Modern Monetary Theory. And we’re typically …

“Independent” Men with Massive Platforms: Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan.

October 30th, 2021

59:44

In this week’s installment of how to lose friends and disappoint people, we’re talking about the independent platform media culture, mostly of the …

Capitasociafascilibdemarxism: Exploring ISMs in the Modern Age.

October 23rd, 2021

1:02:15

In today’s cure for insomnia episode, we explore the origins of the ISMs the pundit class abuses each and every day. We’re focusing on the big ones. Fascism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism and Capitalism. The show covers …

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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