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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 know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

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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 know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public policy, oftentimes with horrific results. 

As of this podcast’s founding, we find ourselves living in a true kakistocracy. The disconnect between what we believe and what is actually happening below the surface or in plain sight is where this podcast lives. 

Together we’ll upend conventional wisdom, blow up narratives on the left, right and center and use magical devices like facts, logic and reason to explain how exactly we arrived in bizarro America, the funhouse mirror version of what was originally intended. #UNFTR

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

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

    Libertarians can be exhausting. Because libertarianism has so many attractive features and strong statements about “freedom” and “liberty” they have a lot of perceived political high ground when arguing with them. The problem with libertarianism - as it is with Marxism, capitalism and so many other philosophies - is that it’s entirely theoretical. Trying to construct an actual framework around the concepts they hold dear is like arguing over how Santa Claus fits down the chimney. That said, there’s a lot to like about some of the principles of libertarianism and its acolytes are growing in numbers every day. So let’s have at it. In part one of this two-part series we’ll unpack the origins of the philosophy, its dark beginnings and define several strains of the discipline. 

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:38

    Prologue: 00:02:45

    Segment 1: 00:04:41

    Segment 2: 00:13:37

    Segment 3: 00:23:53

    Segment 4: 00:30:27

    Show Notes: 00:40:36

    Book Love: 00:41:17

    Pod Love: 00:41:34

    Emails + Shoutouts: 00:45:13

    Outro: 01:06:46

    Resources

    Libertarian Party: Platform

    National Archives: Brown v. Board of Education

    ThoughtCo: The Declaration of Independence

    ThoughtCo: America's Most Influential Founding Fathers

    ThoughtCo: Laissez-faire Versus Government Intervention

    ThoughtCo: What Is Free Trade?

    ThoughtCo: Economics

    ThoughtCo: Atlas Shrugged Quotes

    ThoughtCo: History and Principles of the United Nations

    Too Good To Go

    Book Love

    David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

    Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

    Jane Mayer: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

    H. L. Mencken: Notes on Democracy

    Thomas Paine: Rights of Man

    Pod Love

    Straight White American Jesus

    Pitchfork Economics: How the Radical Right Weaponized Ideology (with Nancy MacLean)

    UNFTR Episode Resources

    The Prosperity Doctrine.

    Ayn Rand Was a Dick.

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

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

    F*ck Milton Friedman.

    Procedural F*ckery.

    Building the Climate Industrial Complex.

    U.S. Progressivism from 1912 to 2021.

    Capitasociafascilibdemarxism.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    A (Mostly) Vegan World: Plantf*ckers Can Save Us All.

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

    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 doesn’t mean this isn’t a story about justice. 40% of the world’s working population is in some way employed in the food and agriculture sector. A third of all food is wasted. 50% of the earth’s land has been cleared for livestock and farming. Overfishing and chemical runoff is destroying marine life. In our pursuit to feed the world, we’re killing the planet and ourselves in the process. Today’s episode examines the cycle of madness that is the industrial agriculture and food supply chain. So while there are no tips on how to “go vegan,” the conclusion (spoiler) is that we all better figure out how.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:39

    Prologue: 00:03:08

    Segment 1: 00:05:22

    Segment 2: 00:13:26

    Segment 3: 00:18:29

    Segment 4: 00:31:48

    Segment 5: 00:37:06

    Segment 6: 00:45:30

    Show Notes: 00:52:24

    Resources: 00:52:45

    Book Love: 00:53:17

    Pod Love: 00:53:49

    Emails + Shoutouts: 01:03:20

    Outro: 01:13:30

    Resources

    On the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus

    UN: Food Systems Summit

    UN: Food Systems Statement of Action

    EPA: Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

    Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences: Plant-Based Diet Research

    Rodale Institute: Farming Systems Trial

    FAIRR: Protein Producer Index

    The EAT: Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health

    Book Love

    Nicoletta Batini: The Economics of Sustainable Food: Smart Policies for Health and the Planet

    Mark Bittman: Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal

    Pod Love

    Eat the Rich: Episodes 104 and 105 on the United Fruit Company

    Outrage & Optimism: Setting the Table for a Food Revolution

    Our Hen House

    Total Liberation Podcast

    The ChickPeeps 

    Brown Vegan Podcast

    Doc Love

    Forks Over Knives

    Game Changers

    Vegan Influencers

    @VegaNzinga

    @BigBoxVegan

    @IyeLovesLife

    @NotUrTypicalVegan

    @TheKoreanVegan

    @TraderJoesGoesVegan

    @QueerBrownVegan

    @Vegan_Abolitionniste

    @JewishVeg

    @BlackForager

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Holiday Quickie: How the Manch stole Christmas.

    Holiday Quickie: How the Manch stole Christmas.

    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 Holiday Quickie to tide you over. In this Quickie we examine three positive things that have occurred since Biden took office. (We had to look pretty hard for these, but wanted to end on a positive note.) Then we offer thanks and praise to Joe Manchin for taking a giant shit on the poor. What a guy. Happy, Merry and all that crap. See you in the New Year!

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:07

    Skit: 00:01:27

    Segment 1: 00:04:36

    Segment 2: 00:10:59

    Segment 3: 00:13:16

    Segment 4: 00:16:27

    Show Notes: 00:26:28

    Emails + Shoutouts: 00:32:21

    Outro: 1:02:20

    Resources

    The Intercept: The Mysterious Case Of Joe Biden And The Future Of Drone Wars

    FiveThirtyEight: How Biden Is Reshaping The Courts

    The New York Times: Extreme Poverty Has Been Sharply Cut. What Has Changed?

    Common Dreams: Displaying 'Inhuman Disdain' for Working Families, Manchin Said Child Tax Credit Would Be Used for Drugs

    Time: ​​The House Just Passed Biden’s Build Back Better Bill. Here’s What’s In It

    Brookings: What does the Build Back Better Framework mean for BIPOC communities?

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Labor Unions: From Pullman to Kellogg’s. Labor’s long, hard road.

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

    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 do labor justice but we give it our best shot. The episode includes a blow-by-blow analysis of a recent interview with the CEO of Kellogg's to translate Wall Street speak for “how to f**k workers and influence inflation.” And we rip off a few Milton references to exercise our #FMF muscle.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:42

    Segment 1: 00:02:11

    Segment 2: 00:04:25

    Segment 3: 00:12:18

    Segment 4: 00:17:46

    Segment 5: 00:21:29

    Segment 6: 00:28:00

    Segment 7: 00:30:20

    Segment 8: 00:41:22

    Show Notes: 00:52:15

    Book Love: 00:57:17

    Pod Love: 00:58:02

    Emails + Shoutouts: 00:58:45

    Outro: 01:10:42

    Resources

    American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

    The New York Times: Starbucks workers at a Buffalo store unionize in a big symbolic win for labor

    Kellogg Company: Investor Relations

    The Nation: Striking Kellogg’s Workers Need the PRO Act

    U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics: Work Stoppages

    OECD: Trade Union Dataset 

    U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics: Union Members — 2020

    Economic History Association: Labor Unions in the United States

    History of Recessions in U.S.

    Unionization rates by industry in the United States, 1880-2000

    More Perfect Union: Kellogg's Factory Working Conditions

    Media Matters: Joe Rogan Wrapped: A year of COVID-19 misinformation, right-wing myths, and anti-trans rhetoric

    Book Love

    Philip Dray: There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America

    Nelson Lichtenstein: State of the Union: A Century of American Labor

    Kurt Andersen: Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America

    Joseph Stiglitz: People, Power and Profits

    Robert Shiller: Narrative Economics

    Pod Love

    Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff: S11 E47

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Playing Chicken with China: How Propaganda Rationalizes Conflict.

    Playing Chicken with China: How Propaganda Rationalizes Conflict.

    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 f*****g sense) contains 89 references to China. It’s official. We have our new existential bogeyman threat. Battle stations, everyone. We’re going to war with China. Someday. Or are we? Why would we? What the actual f**k is our problem? Today’s episode pulls back the cover on our latest propaganda campaign designed to scare the shit out of us and normalize aggression toward our largest trading partner on the planet.

    Chapters

    00:00:40 Intro

    00:01:55 Segment 1

    00:05:15 Segment 2

    00:13:47 Segment 3

    00:19:25 Segment 4

    00:28:37 Segment 5

    00:37:31 Show Notes

    00:39:41 Emails + Shoutouts

    00:50:07 Outro

    Resources

    Richard Nixon Presidential Library: Nixon in China: Film

    Militarist Monitor: Gatestone Institute

    AlJazeera: Biden administration approves $650m weapon sale to Saudi Arabia

    Brookings: Rising to the Challenge: Navigating Competition, Avoiding Crisis, and Advancing US Interests in Relations With China

    Democracy Now!: Historian Alfred McCoy Predicts the U.S. Empire is Collapsing as China’s Power Grows

    60 Minutes Australia: Prepare for Armageddon: China's warning to the world

    Democracy At Work: The Competition Between China and the U.S. - Global Capitalism with Richard Wolff

    Democracy Now!: Noam Chomsky: Trump's attacks on China are a continuation of "Yellow Peril" fear-mongering

    Unf*cker Recommendations 

    Vaush

    Carissa Avallone

    Vivek Ramaswamy: Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

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

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

    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 society and the cult of pseudo intellectual charlatans. 

    Chapters

    00:01:32 Intro

    00:04:52 Segment 1

    00:17:22 Segment 2

    00:27:02 Segment 3

    00:33:28 Show Notes

    00:34:48 Book Love

    00:35:34 Emails + Shoutouts

    00:53:44 Outro

    GoFundMe

    Keep Kanatsiohareke Warm this Winter

    Resources

    New York Times: QAnon Now as Popular in U.S. as Some Major Religions, Poll Suggests

    The Atlantic: Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong

    The New Yorker: The Devil’s Accountant (Noam Chomsky’s criticism of America’s role in the world has increased his isolation—and his audience.)

    Current Affairs: The Intellectual We Deserve

    Book Love

    Chomsky Books

    Syntactic Structures

    Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

    The Chomsky Reader

    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture

    Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

    Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order

    The Umbrella of U.S. Power: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Contradictions of U.S. Policy

    Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians

    Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power


    Reporter, by Seymour Hersh

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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357 Ratings

CindyC624 ,

Learning & Laughing

I listen to a handful of intelligent, idea driven, solutions oriented podcasts. But this one has all of that plus WIT, my favorite personality trait. I’m binging episodes and sharing with everyone that I know.

HamNet1732 ,

Smary is Sexy

Max has the sexiest voice in the podverse. Found you through Pitchfork, and while the love is still there, UNFTR has far surpassed any podcast anywhere. The hardwork you put in each show incredibly appreciated and valuable. You deserve all the coffees.

Cyitd2217€¥£ ,

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST DISRUPTOR!!!

Found this podcast through my wonderful family on Pod Save The People. (Some pod love for these guys please!)

99, so glad that you joined UNFTR! You bring the zest, the umami and the “we’ve got this!” to the pod.
Max, thank you for not becoming a lobbyist (🤣🤣🤣). Can’t imagine my week without some UNFTR.
Many Faces, your craft is phenomenal! The best music, and sketches to medicate me especially during the darkest information.

Thank you my UNFTR triple threat fam! Yet to taste the coffee but will check it out soon. Y’all rock!

~the Ugandan

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