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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

    The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

    The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

    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 provide balance and equal time in broadcasting and was repealed in 1987. Many credit this Reagan-era move as the beginning of the end of civility, leading to the divide in the nation today. But, of course, the story behind the doctrine is far more nuanced. We review a history of the FCC, its limitations and whether or not the fairness doctrine ever really had a place in America given the natural tension with the First Amendment.

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    Chapters

    Intro: 00:03:53

    Chapter One: What is the FCC and why should we give a shit? 00:04:51

    Chapter Two: To be fair, it was never really a doctrine. 00:13:35

    Chapter Three: Fairness in the eye of the withholder. 00:24:57

    Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:33:27

    Post Show Musings: 00:39:36

    Book Love: 00:40:22

    Outro: 00:49:35

    Resources

    FCC Website

    Congressional Quarterly: Broadcasting Deregulation

    UNFTR Episode Resources

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

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

    Book Love

    Steven J. Simmons: The Fairness Doctrine and the Media

    Brian J. Karem: Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It

    Ken Auletta: Backstory: Inside the Business of News

    Bernard Harcourt: The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order

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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 by free speech and distributed by shut the f**k up.

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    • 52 min
    Show Notes [Ep 74: BlackRock.]

    Show Notes [Ep 74: BlackRock.]

    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, there’s some irrelevant movie talk, and reminders to support the Fall Raisers: Friends, Funds and Hell.

    Listen to Episode 74: BlackRock: The Devil's Banker. Do as I say, not as I do.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Housekeeping: 00:02:00

    Emails: 00:07:43

    Facebook Shout Outs: 00:35:45

    Twitter Shout Outs: 00:36:15

    Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:45:32

    Outro: 01:02:12

    Resources

    Unf*cker Artist Submission Form

    Summer Lee

    Mandela Barnes

    Christopher Leonard: Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America to Collections

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

    UNFTR Episodes: Libertarians Are Exhausting (Part 1 and Part 2)

    Tom McGovern on TikTok, Youtube, Instagram and Twitter

    News Beat Podcast: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Big Lie

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

    Bloomberg: Patagonia Billionaire Who Gave Up Company Skirts $700 Million Tax Hit

    Ben Sheehan on Instagram and Twitter

    Ben Sheehan: OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy Is Supposed to Work

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    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    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 Max and distributed by 99.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    BlackRock: The Devil's Banker. Do as I say, not as I do.

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

    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 platform handles more than $10 trillion a year. He helped guide the country out of the financial crisis in 2009 and positioned his company to grow unfettered by the very regulatory authorities he advised at the time. He’s by all accounts funny, affable, competitive and compassionate. BlackRock is at the center of a storm in conservative media for pushing companies too hard toward sustainability. That he’s too “woke.” Liberals think he’s behind the housing crisis. Conspiracy theorists believe he’s in the pocket of the Chinese government. The real story of BlackRock is bigger, more mundane and just as terrifying. 

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    Chapters

    BlackRock Disclaimer: 00:00:05

    Intro: 00:02:24

    Chapter One: Bank or no bank? You decide. 00:05:31

    Chapter Two: Birth of a giant. 00:13:12

    Chapter Three: Just how big is BlackRock? 00:24:20

    Chapter Four: The ESG Hullabaloo. 00:31:46

    Chapter Five: Bring it home, Max. 00:40:11

    Post Show Musings: 00:50:48

    Outro: 01:09:20

    Resources

    Vanity Fair: Larry Fink’s $12 Trillion Shadow

    BlackRock: 2021 Annual Report

    Policy Tensor: Seeing Like BlackRock

    Insider: Here are 9 fascinating facts to know about BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager

    Bloomberg: Biden Ties to BlackRock Deepen With Latest Treasury Hire

    Wall Street Journal: One Firm Getting What It Wants in Washington: BlackRock

    OpenSecrets: BlackRock Inc

    Office of Financial Research: Asset Management and Financial Stability, September 2013

    Bloomberg: In Fink We Trust: BlackRock Is Now ‘Fourth Branch of Government’

    BlackRock: Sustainable investing at BlackRock

    Banking On Climate Change: The Worst Banks Since the Paris Agreement

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: BlackRock Tells Oil Regulator: Ignore Our CEO’s Climate Pledges

    Florida State Board of Administration: August 23, 2022 Meeting

    Politico: Wall Street opens its checkbook for Ron DeSantis

    Sierra Club: Maine becomes the first state to pass law to divest from fossil fuels

    Morgan Stanley Institute For Sustainable Investing: Sustainable Reality

    BlackRock: BlackRock and housing: Setting the record straight

    The Atlantic: BlackRock Is Not Ruining the U.S. Housing Market

    Securities and Exchange Commission: Sallie Mae Proxy Statement

    Pensions & Investments: Nestle moves pension assets to BlackRock as it reorganizes internal management unit

    CNN Business: Nestle SA

    Investopedia: The Top 5 British Petroleum (BP) Shareholders

    CNN Business: Walmart Inc

    Fintel: BlackRock Inc. ownership in MCD / Mcdonald's Corp

    Bloomberg Markets and Finance: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink on Inflation, ESG Investing

    UNFTR Episode Resources

    Student Debt.

    The Problem with Conscious Capitalism.

    Book Love

    David Carey and John E. Morris: King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone

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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). Th

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Show Notes [Ep 73: Hospitals and Healthcare.]

    Show Notes [Ep 73: Hospitals and Healthcare.]

    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, and Hell.

    Listen to Episode 73: Hospitals and Healthcare: From Sanatoriums for the Indigent to Citadels of the Elite.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Housekeeping: 00:07:54

    Emails: 00:18:57

    Facebook Shout Outs: 00:41:06

    Twitter Shout Outs: 00:41:19

    Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:42:14

    Reviews: 00:49:25

    Outro: 00:49:52

    Resources

    Summer Lee

    Mandela Barnes

    Unf*ckers Facebook Group

    ContraPoints Youtube

    F.D Signifier Youtube

    Some More News Youtube

    News Beat Podcast: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Big Lie

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    Subscribe to Unf*cking The Republic on Substack at unftr.substack.com to get the essays these episode are framed around sent to your inbox every week.

    Check out the UNFTR Pod Love playlist on Spotify: spoti.fi/3yzIlUP.

    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

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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 Max and distributed by 99.

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

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

    The third and final installment of our American Healthcare series examines the evolution of the American hospital system. There are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States and several distinctions among them. After a quick recap of the first two episodes, we look primarily at the peculiar designation of nonprofit hospitals, their relationship to practitioners and their role in driving costs in the system. We conclude the series with a few hot takes from medical professionals, some basic proposals to improve coverage and care and ask what it would take to move toward Medicare for All.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:01:59

    Chapter One: What’s a Hospital? 00:13:59

    Chapter Two: For-Profit and Nonprofit Hospitals. Two sides of the same damn coin. 00:17:56

    Chapter Three: Turning Doctors into Business People. 00:31:07

    Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:36:09

    Post Show Musings: 00:50:39

    Book Love: 01:10:43

    Outro: 01:11:11

    Resources

    OECD.stat: Health Care Resources: Hospitals

    EOS Surfaces: Types of Hospitals in the US

    AAPC: What Are Relative Value Units (RVUs)?

    American Hospital Association: Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals, 2022

    Becker’s Hospital Review: 82 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know

    AMA Journal of Ethics: Physician-Owned Hospitals and Self-Referral

    NPR’s Planet Money: How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Driving Up The Cost Of Health Care

    LWW Journals: The Growing Executive-Physician Wage Gap in Major US Nonprofit Hospitals and Burden of Nonclinical Workers on the US Healthcare System

    Weatherby Healthcare: Physician salary report 2022: Physician income rising again

    The New York Times: Why Are Nonprofit Hospitals So Highly Profitable?

    Hub’s List: A data-based biweekly newsletter of medical fun facts

    The New England Journal of Medicine: Practicing Medicine in the New Business Climate

    The New England Journal of Medicine: Is Quality Improvement Improving Quality? A View from the Doctor's Office

    CNN: 2 charts that show just how old this Congress actually is

    The Commonwealth Fund: International Health Care System Profiles- France

    Germany Visa: Health Insurance in Germany- The German Healthcare System

    Congress.gov: H.R.1 For the People Act

    NASHP: Can We Please Stop Fixating on Hospital Chargemasters?

    KHN: Nixon’s Plan For Health Reform, In His Own Words

    CBO: Estimated Budgetary Effects of Title I, Committee on Finance, of H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

    The Lever: Where Did The Public Option Go?

    UNFTR Episode Resources

    U.S. Healthcare.

    This Healthcare is Killing Us.

    Student Debt.

    Book Love

    Paul Starr: The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry

    Steven Brill: America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

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

    Mark Vonnegut: The Heart of Caring: A Life in Pediatrics

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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 by pre-existing conditions and hosted by decl

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Show Notes [Ep 72: This Healthcare is Killing Us.]

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

    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, (somehow) there’s singing. Enjoy!

    Listen to Episode 72: This Healthcare is Killing Us: The perpetual cycle of money madness.

    Chapters

    Intro: 00:00:20

    Emails: 00:06:35

    Twitter Shout Outs: 01:18:01

    Instagram Shout Outs: 01:18:01

    Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 01:50:47

    Reviews: 01:23:13

    Outro: 01:24:27

    Resources

    UNFTR Artist Submission

    Unf*ckers Facebook Group

    Media Roots Podcast: Alex Jones Part 1 and Part 2

    IndoctriNation Podcast

    Amanda Montell: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

    UNFTR Episode: Global Order of Money

    UNFTR Episode: Global Order of Power

    UNFTR Episode: America Inc.

    Knudsen in the news

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    Visit our bookshop.org page at bookshop.org/shop/UNFTRpod to find the full UNFTR book list, and find book recommendations from our Unf*ckers at bookshop.org/lists/unf-cker-book-recommendations.

    Access the UNFTR Musicless feed by following the instructions at unftr.com/accessibility.

    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 Max and distributed by 99.

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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

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499 Ratings

499 Ratings

Nathans9 ,

Best pod cast by far

If you only have time for one podcast per week, this is the one. Incredibly well researched every week. I do not always agree with the conclusions but I never dispute the historical context as all sources are well documented. I truly learn something new every week.

Maydinny ,

I see said the blind man!

Each episode covers issues with clarity and credibility. Thank you for sifting through all the garbage to report bottom line truths.

ncogbno ,

Voted for Clinton twice

Clearly I was not paying attention. I did think that a really smart guy would be able to keep his pants zipped.

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