Cover art for podcast Unf*cking The Republic

Unf*cking The Republic

60 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

episodes iconAll Episodes

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

January 22nd, 2022


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


December 14th, 2020


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


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


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


If you like #UNFTR, please leave us a …

The American Propaganda Machine.

October 28th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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

Loading ...

Listen to Unf*cking The Republic


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens