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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

    9/11: A Story in Three Parts.

    9/11: A Story in Three Parts.

    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 imagery. But the impact of 9/11 remains so widespread that it’s impossible to ignore. So, we wanted to add something honest, critical and ultimately hopeful to the mix. This episode contains none of our typical irreverence or profanity, nor do we traffic in speculation or conspiracy. Rather, this is a story of a consequential date in history told in three parts and beginning nearly 50 years ago.

    Resources

    Pew Research Center: Americans Name the 10 Most Significant Historic Events of Their Lifetimes


    OECD: Chile: focus on reducing inequality to strengthen social and economic recovery from COVID-19

    GovInfo: Authorization for Use of Military Force

    AARC Public Library Contents: Church Committee Reports

    Book Love

    Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    Pod Love

    Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa’s Gaslit Nation

    UNFTR Economics Episodes Playlists

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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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    • 50 min
    Californication: F*cking Around with our Biggest Economy.

    Californication: F*cking Around with our Biggest Economy.

    The last time California had a “successful” gubernatorial recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. While we try not to wade into current events, there is significance in this current attempt to unseat Gavin Newsom that goes far beyond the borders of California. In this episode we catch up on what’s happening in California. Beyond the biblical weather events, an ongoing plague and rampant homelessness, there are silver linings in economic terms that could theoretically ameliorate many of the deep issues our biggest state faces. But there’s another dark scenario beyond blowing this moment and upending the political framework of Cali.

    Resources

    CalMatters: Measuring California’s progress on income inequality

    The Atlantic: What California’s Recall Election Says About America

    Wikipedia: 2003 California gubernatorial recall election

    California Secretary of State: Recall History in California (1913 to Present)

    New York Times: California Could Throw Away What It’s Won

    Bloomberg: California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy

    Statista: Real value added to the GDP of California in 2020

    LA Times: After decades of Republican victories, here’s how California became a blue state again

    ITEP: Who Pays? 6th Edition – State-by-State Data

    PPIC: Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

    Pod Love

    Canadaland: The Backbench

    Canadaland: The White Saviors

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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 Hawkeye Pierce and distributed by homemade hooch.

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    • 40 min
    Procedural F*ckery: Quirks of our "Democracy."

    Procedural F*ckery: Quirks of our "Democracy."

    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 that are so laughably undemocratic it’s surreal. The Electoral College, filibuster and gerrymandering have been such integral parts of our system for so long that we barely recognize them for the travesties they are. Right now, Democrats have tenuous control over the system and the ability to change the course of democracy for decades to come. So why don’t they? Today’s episode digs into the racist history of these three significant aspects of our republic, the Republicans who will do anything to protect them, and the feckless Democrats who maintain the status quo.

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    Resources

    Congress: For the People Act

    Congress: Fair Representation Act

    Congressmen Beyer: House Democrats Reintroduce Fair Representation Act

    Brennan Center For Justice: Rucho v. Common Cause

    Brennan Center For Justice: Gerrymandering Explained

    Brennan Center For Justice: What Is Extreme Gerrymandering?

    Fair Vote: Ranked Choice Voting Legislation

    Fair Vote: 2021 State Legislation on Ranked Choice Voting

    Fair Vote: Details about Ranked Choice Voting

    Fair Vote: Gerrymandering Reform Innovations

    The Hill: Replacing 'winner-takes-all' system would end gerrymandering

    Common Cause: Fair Maps, Fair Representation and a Fair Say

    Common Cause: Gerrymander Gazette Newsletter

    Pod Love

    improv4humans with Matt Besser

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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 Thornton Mellon and distributed by kickbacks and bribes.

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    • 49 min
    When We Leave: Afghanistan Tomorrow and Forever.

    When We Leave: Afghanistan Tomorrow and Forever.

    Operation “Blame the Afghan People” is in full swing. The countdown to us forgetting completely about Afghanistan has also just begun and the media is doing its best to shove a comparative narrative to Vietnam down our throats. Today’s episode explores our national amnesia, examines the Vietnam comparison, talks about what happens when our occupations end and questions the continuation of a wartime military budget. 

    Resources

    Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Budget Basics: National Defense

    The Intercept: $10,000 Invested in Defense Stocks When Afghanistan War Began Now Worth Almost $100,000

    World Economic Forum: The story of Vietnam's economic miracle

    Vietnam Briefing: Vietnam’s Economy, FDI Show Steady Growth but Fourth Wave a Concern

    The World Bank: The World Bank In Vietnam

    CTV News: 'Canada left them behind': Afghan interpreters and their families plead to be evacuated from Afghanistan

    CBC: N.S. veteran unhappy as Taliban retakes control of Afghanistan

    War On The Rocks: China’s Strategic Assessment of Afghanistan

    Congress: H.Res.1003 — 116th Congress

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    • 53 min
    August 2021 Quickie - Power Is as Power Does: Immigration, Budgets and Drones.

    August 2021 Quickie - Power Is as Power Does: Immigration, Budgets and Drones.

    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 Washington. Or is it? Today's Quickie highlights three policies - Immigration, Military Spending and Drone Strikes - that seemed to be changing under Biden but might be more of the same.

    Resources

    The Intercept - Nobody Knows the Identities of the 150 People Killed by U.S. in Somalia, but Most Are Certain They Deserved It

    Geopolitical Futures - Why the US Cares About Somalia

    Politico - House votes to repeal decades-old war powers amid Middle East debate

    Politico - Iraq War authorization repeal clears key Senate hurdle

    Bloomberg - U.S. Steps Up Air Strikes Against al-Qaeda Ally in Somalia

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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 Danny DeVito (from It's Always Sunny...not Taxi) and distributed by horse and buggy.

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

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

    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, “Make America Great Again,” “Free Markets,” or “America First.” This episode uncovers the economic side of systemic racism in the United States throughout history and how it led to the uncomfortable reality where Blacks in America have been locked out of every period of wealth accumulation by design. We ask and answer difficult questions that used to only be asked in polite company but have now become off-the-cuff talking points on the right. The show also challenges conventional economic wisdom within the Black community and draws a conclusion that can only be called “inevitable”: Reparations or Revolution.

    Resources

    Electronic Frontier Foundation - The FCC and States Must Ban Digital Redlining: eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/fcc-and-states-must-ban-digital-redlining

    CNET - The broadband gap's dirty secret: Redlining still exists in digital form: cnet.com/features/the-broadband-gaps-dirty-secret-redlining-still-exists-in-digital-form

    NDIA - AT&T’s Digital Redlining Of Cleveland: digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/03/10/atts-digital-redlining-of-cleveland

    Public Knowledge - It’s 2021. Why is Redlining Still Happening?: publicknowledge.org/blog/its-2021-why-is-redlining-still-happening/

    Bloomberg - Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?: bloomberg.com/graphics/2016-amazon-same-day

    Book Love

    Mehrsa Baradaran - The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap: bookshop.org/a/23377/9780674237476

    Richard Rothstein - The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America: bookshop.org/a/23377/9781631494536

    Adam Jentleson - Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy: bookshop.org/a/23377/9781631497773

    Jelani Cobb - The Essential Kerner Commission Report: bookshop.org/a/23377/9781631498923

    Pod Love

    Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer: pitchforkeconomics.com

    News Beat - Kerner Report 50 Years Later: America Is Even More ‘Separate & Unequal’: usnewsbeat.com/kerner-report-50-years-later

    News Beat - Redlining & Climate Change: A Deadly Combination: usnewsbeat.com/redlining-climate-change-a-deadly-combination

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277 Ratings

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Best Thing I tripped On.

I love this. I love how you tie it all up in a bow and still I want to learn more.

DeloreanFalcon ,

A podcast that makes you think critically about your own preconceptions

This podcast has helped give me the language (although less colorful than Max's) to speak to so many issues that I have felt are of primary importance in America right now. It reminds me of the political science courses I took during my college years 20 years ago, not only because of the content, but because one of my favorite poly sci professors was a former political journalist from New York! From Locke and Smith to Keynes and Friedman (#FMF), the host and his brilliant team of crack producers adroitly dissect the critical elements of broader theories and their effects on America's twisted brand of capitalism and democracy while eschewing any tendencies towards classic "other-ism" and the false equivalencies of "both-sides-ing" the issues at hand. They offer honest reflection for consideration and challenge many long-standing myths with measured logic and rational argument, both of which are far too lacking in our present political landscape. This podcast is a breath of fresh air in a dismal swamp of punditry and finger pointing; a refreshing and (dare I say it) hopeful look into where we've been, what we've become, but how we can find a way forward that doesn't kill us all. Max, 99, and Manny, thank you for your dedication to producing a podcast that actually makes me sad to reach the end of an episode. Also, the mostly terrible impressions are pretty entertaining, but they can't all be as good as Max's Bernie impression. #FMF #FRM #FRR

KM from New Ro ,

Love this podcast

I just discovered it and binged multiple episodes the first day and shared with anyone that may listen. The deviation from the mainstream to point out things hiding in plain sight that most people can’t see is refreshing and it helps me feel like I’m not crazy. I love the skits and humor to bring home the point, especially given the dark topics we all know are f*ucked up in our system. I was especially grateful to hear the episode on AOC when so many are piling when she is one of the few voices that are actually fighting on the right side, us. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Please keep it up, I look forward to listening to the rest and what’s to come!

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