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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

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

    From Bull Moose to Jackass: U.S. Progressivism from 1912 to 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 Party colloquially known as the Bull Moose Party. We examine the original party platform and draw a straight line between the issues facing the nation in 1912 that still face us today. Then we follow with a Quickie on three progressive members of the House of Representatives that give us hope for the future.

    Resources

    Indian Country Today: Theodore Roosevelt: ‘The Only Good Indians Are the Dead Indians’

    Smithsonian Magazine: Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefield

    Britannica: Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act

    The American Presidency Project: Progressive Party Platform of 1912

    Problem Solvers Caucus: Problem Solvers Caucus Unveils "Building Bridges"

    The American Prospect: The Progressive Caucus Wields Power

    jayapal.house.gov

    Progressive Punch: Scores

    khanna.house.gov

    Pressley.house.gov

    Al Jazeera: When it comes to Islamophobia, we need to name names

    Book Love

    Henry F. Pringle: Theodore Roosevelt

    Herbert Croly: The Promise of American Life: Updated Edition

    Pod Love

    Majority Report with Sam Seder 

    Unf*cker Love

    Robert McDermott: Jone$town

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced by 99 and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Mad Larry and distributed by bar backs.

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    • 55 min
    1 Year Anniversary: Look Back, Go Forward.

    1 Year Anniversary: Look Back, Go Forward.

    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 moment pass, however, without offering our profound thanks to those who got us here on this little journey of ours. So today we reflect a bit on the last year, draw some conclusions and tie things up with a bow. We end with a look forward at some of the issues we’re set to tackle in the coming months and remark on a few trends that are both hopeful and troubling as we continue to unf*ck the republic together. Thanks to all the Unf*ckers, Subf*ckers, UnCanuckers, Eurof*ckers and Down Under F*ckers for supporting the show. Onward! 

    Pod Love

    TransLash Media: The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

    Callie Wright: Queersplaining

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by College Street and distributed on Appleton.

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    • 52 min
    The Washington Consensus: Consensus is not consent.

    The Washington Consensus: Consensus is not consent.

    Economist John Williamson presented a paper titled The Washington Consensus in 1989. More of a reflection than a policy statement, the Washington Consensus became a policy framework in the neoliberal school of expansion and trade, particularly as it relates to Latin America and the Caribbean. Today we examine the legacy of Williamson’s seminal paper, how it has echoed throughout American foreign policy over time and what it portends for an uncertain economic future in the era of climate change. Oh, and it gives us another opportunity to say F**k Milton Friedman.

    Resources
    Nancy Birdsall, Augusto de la Torre and Felipe Valencia Caicedo: The Washington Consensus- Assessing a Damaged Brand
    Wall Street Journal: Era of Brady Bonds Ends For Developing Nations
    WWF: Environmental Problems In Brazil
    Leonardo Gasparini, María Emma Santos and Leopoldo Tornarolli: Poverty in Latin America
    John Williamson: The Washington Consensus as Policy Prescription for Development
    John Williamson: The World According to John Williamson: Part II

    Book Love
    Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and Social Struggles in Latin America


    Neoliberal Meltdown and Social Protest by Carlos M. Vilas


    The Harvest of Neoliberalism by Jose Bell Lara and Delia Luisa Lopez

    Pod Love
    Best of the Left: #1426 The Liberation and Assimilation of Pride Month (6/26/21)

    Gender Reveal: Starter Packs
    Métis in Space

    Unf*cker Love
    China Heritage: On This Day: 11 September 2021, a Commemoration in Three Chapters

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by the Phantom of the Opera and distributed by three blind mice.

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    • 52 min
    UNFTR on LGBTQ: Behind the Acronyms.

    UNFTR on LGBTQ: Behind the Acronyms.

    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 economic and political topics we cover on UNFTR, we wanted to start with a conversation about the evolving language of inclusion and representation within the LGBTQ community. 

    Resources
    Edmonton CityNews: Hope blossoms as first two-spirited MP elected
    Code Switch: Is It Time To Say R.I.P. to P.O.C.?
    Geneseo: Understanding Gender Identity and Gender Expression
    PBS: American Experience- Stonewall Uprising
    New York Times: The Stonewall You Know Is a Myth. And That’s O.K
    Human Rights Campaign: Fatal Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2021
    National Center For Transgender Equality: LGBTQ People Behind Bars
    Human Rights Campaign: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Definitions
    The Williams Institute: Poverty In The Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Community
    Columbia Journalism Review: How the word ‘queer’ was adopted by the LGBTQ community
    LGBTQIA Resource Center: UC Davis Resource

    Book Love 
    Eric Cervini: The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America
    Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie + Kay Whitlock: Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

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

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

    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 Traders in 1994. The company is now run by his niece and head roaster Amy Wallace. Harry and Amy joined Max in the studio to discuss issues facing native people today, the importance of economic development and sovereignty, and why their coffee is so f*****g delicious.

    Resources

    Shop Unf*cking Coffee

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Max and distributed by 99.

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

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

    The world is more f****d than the United States. And we’re pretty f****d, 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 drives the world. Today we take an alternative view of our response to climate change through the lens of the most dispassionate and powerful observer in the world: The U.S. Military. It’s known for decades that the planet is f****d. And they’ve been preparing in plain sight.

    Resources

    IPCC- Summary for Policymakers

    Institute for Policy Integrity- Gauging Economic Consensus on Climate Change

    Center for Climate and Security- Chronology of Military and Intelligence Concerns About Climate Change

    World Economic Forum- This is how climate change could impact the global economy

    Swiss Re- World economy set to lose up to 18% GDP from climate change if no action taken

    New York Times- 40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

    The Black Vault- 1990 U.S. Naval Report

    Sub Love

    Adam Tooze- Chartbook

    Spencer Ackerman- Forever Wars

    Book Love 

    Michael T. Klare- All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change

    Pod Love

    Slate- What Next TBD

    Global Optimism- Outrage and Optimism

    Unf*cker Love

    Daron Davis: An unfortunate name but a profound podcast

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    Unf*cking the Republic is produced and engineered by Manny Faces Media (mannyfacesmedia.com). Original music is by Tom McGovern (tommcgovern.com). The show is written and hosted by Rick and distributed by Morty.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

Usergdhdu$; ,

Foquin awesome. THE best podcast

After pondering why i love this podcast so much, i realize it’s bc it has great personality. “Max”, 99 and Manny are awesome. Of course, the podcast content and analysis are excellent. Great choice of topics and the way they are covered is seamless and crisp. Ive read negative reviews (err, ONE negative review?) but I do like the funny skits. I also find the colorful language just right to keep the serious topics funny. (And the foquin voices!! Lol.) Lastly, i really appreciate the no-gated-content model, which makes me feel that i freely choose to $upport this project in any way i can. (I see what you did there, you!) also, i enjoy the shout outs to listeners/ supporters at the end. In other podcasts thats usually boring and i skip it. But i actually look forward to that part. FMF.

MJWhite86 ,

The epitome of the power and potential of independent journalism!

Brilliantly crafted to provide the complexity and nuance of each topic, and delivered with candor and comedy to stay engaged and yearn for more!

Taralainee ,

Awesome

This pc is really entertaining. I really enjoyed the skit about AOC”s dress. That was classic. It is a great, educational show. Love it!

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