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Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for a trek through The McFuture, a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning...and laughter. The show features Steve's provocative, funny predictions and prescriptions for our future - a mix of tech, economics and culture.  Guests have included Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and more. The brand new season features edgy monologues building up to the keys to our virtualized future... You don't want to miss it. Also check out our previous 6-part series on how to solve universal healthcare system - without breaking everything.

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Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for a trek through The McFuture, a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning...and laughter. The show features Steve's provocative, funny predictions and prescriptions for our future - a mix of tech, economics and culture.  Guests have included Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and more. The brand new season features edgy monologues building up to the keys to our virtualized future... You don't want to miss it. Also check out our previous 6-part series on how to solve universal healthcare system - without breaking everything.

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TOPICS: Economics, Satire, Innovation, Comedy, Culture, Technology, Futurism, Happiness, Purpose, Philosophy, Political Humor, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Parody, Talk Radio, Talk Shows, Culture of Technology, Faith, Humor, Political Satire, Ideas, Strategy, News

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE: John Oliver, Joe Rogan, Jon Stewart, Scott Galloway, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Malcolm Gladwell, Penn Jillette, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, Tony Robbins, Dennis Prager, Bryan Callen, Thomas Friedman, Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, Adam Carolla, Jeremy Rifkin, Jesse Ventura, Joseph Stiglitz, Larry King, Louis CK, Mike Rowe, Pete Holmes, Ricky Gervais, Greg Proops, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, George Orwell, Leo Laporte, Michael Malice, Dick Masterson, Niall Ferguson, Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jordan Harbinger

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FOR FANS OF: TED, The Economist, The Atlantic, Forbes, Politico, New Yorker, NPR, Pivot, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Evonomics, Wait But Why, Harvard Business Review (HBR), Vox, FiveThirtyEight, The Future of Everything

    Anatomy of a Disruptor: Is Ricky Gervais Hollywood’s Elon Musk?

    Anatomy of a Disruptor: Is Ricky Gervais Hollywood’s Elon Musk?

    What is a disruptor? What does it take to be one? And do you have what it takes?

    This episode attempts to define the five characteristics of true disruptor. It was inspired by Ricky Gervais's hilarious, defiant monologue at the Golden Globes, where he skewered Hollywood hypocrisy. So did Ricky disrupt Hollywood? If not, what did he do? And what will it take? And who is the real deal? Lots of great stuff here.

    As an experiment, this episode is also available on video here and directly on YouTube. If you like it and share it, I'll do more. (Yeah, I know the audio got a bit wonky. The external mic wasn't activated. Won't happen again.)

    All of this is a lot of work. If you'd like to support it, become a Patreon member for only $5 a month, where there is a brand new bonus episode waiting for you right now! And many others for members only. If you can't join right now, please share the show with others and review it on iTunes to help it grow. 

    PS - here's Ricky's full monologue:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCNdTLHZAeo

     

     

    • 14 min
    Schooled By Stiglitz – Nobel Economist’s 40-Minute Crash Course on EVERYTHING

    Schooled By Stiglitz – Nobel Economist’s 40-Minute Crash Course on EVERYTHING

    Ever get the urge to run all your wild theories by a Nobel Prize-winning economist? Well, I got to do just that with the former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Columbia University Professor, and author of: 



    * People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent

    The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe



    The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future





    We left no stone unturned in a tight 40-minute tour-de-force that covered EVERYTHING, including:



    * Why investor "Peter Thiel should study a little economics"

    * Technological unemployment: will we have enough jobs for 10B people?

    * How to fix monopolies

    * Why innovation isn't working

    * What's the right amount/pace of immigration?

    * From pre-school to college, is education the great equalizer? 

    * Free markets vs. regulation 

    * Banking/Finance vs. values

    * Why inequality = anxiety

    * How to save a failing Europe, EU and Euro

    * Legitimacy of Brexit

    * Aging populations

    * Minimum Wage

    * Viability of free trade zones

    * Bernie Sanders/Donald Trump



    Be sure to share, subscribe & review the podcast on iTunes.

    Support the show on Patreon & get the latest Member-Only episode: Idiocracy



     

    • 39 min
    MIND GAMES: 10 Devious Ways Companies Trick Us To Buy More

    MIND GAMES: 10 Devious Ways Companies Trick Us To Buy More

    The holidays are upon us. It's time to show our families how much we care...by maiming strangers for cheap flat screens at Wal-Mart. Of course, I'm joking. No one's got that kind of upper body strength, anymore. Credit cards work great from bed. But what is it that makes us buy? How do companies squeeze more and more profit from us every year? And why do we let them? On this very special holiday episode of The McFuture, I explore 10 of my favorite dirty tricks companies use to get us to spend more than we should.

    Join as a member on Patreon for a member-only episode with eight more dirty tricks! Check it out here. Besides great member exclusives, it's a great way to support the show and keep new episodes coming.

    In the coming weeks, expect two new series: on the future of jobs and the future of faith. You will not want to miss 'em.

    If you enjoyed this, please share online and review on iTunes. It helps more listeners discover the show.

    • 36 min
    Why Rage Rules & How It Heals

    Why Rage Rules & How It Heals

    This episode is all about POWER! And it lives somewhere between 'distraction and destruction'...remember that phrase.



    * The 4 types of media disinformation...yet only one matters

    * The 7 stages of our rage cycle and each player's real motives

    * The 4 cancellation tactics of "cancel culture"



    And why none of it matters. Whatever side you're on, you've been played. Chumps. The real beneficiaries have been laughing at you. Until now. Why did the the laughter stop? Tune in.

    This is a looong but good one. Controversy awaits... 

    And for Patreon members, a member-only episode called, Point of Personal Privilege.

    This ends my "Future of Media" series with a bang. (Yes, you can listen to it as a standalone episode).

    The complete 'Future of Media' Series:





    * The 12 New Rules for the Future of Media: Part 1 & Part 2 - The McFuture Podcast

    * Strategies & Tactics for Succeeding in Media (98 min, 11-part series for Patreon Members, only $5/mo to access all member exclusives)  

    * The Rise & Fall of Influence & Influencers - The McFuture Podcast





    * The Case Against Influence & Personal Branding - LinkedIn article, excerpted from podcast





    * How Sex Saves Free Speech & Stops Social Media Wars From Becoming Real Ones- The McFuture Podcast

    * How Rage Rules & How It Heals - The McFuture Podcast

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    How Sex Saves Free Speech & Stops Social Media Wars From Becoming Real Ones

    How Sex Saves Free Speech & Stops Social Media Wars From Becoming Real Ones

    What if I told you Twitter was sitting on something BIG? Get your mind out of the gutter! Buried deep inside Twitter is a simple, sexy fix for our social media woes - hate speech, cancel culture, rage mobs, demonetization and silencing of free speech. The same fix would work for Facebook, YouTube, and other social media services. There's just one problem. Like a Japanese horror flick, the social media monster jumped off our iPhone screens and into the real world. And it wants our silence.

    In this episode:



    * How we tame the social media monster.

    * The definitive case for online free speech - and why even hate speech is our last defense against the slippery slope that's already here.



    This is only the beginning!

    In the next episode, 'Why Rage Rules' , I'll explore the real game being played - and who benefits from our infighting. And it's wild! AND Patreon members can hear that episode right now!  

    If you enjoyed this, don't forget to share it with others, leave a review on iTunes, and join the Patreon for access to all member-only episodes. 



    Links mentioned in this episode:



    * Section 230 of the US legal code

    * Social media as a civil liberty by Will Chamberlain. 

    * Bill Maher "Everybody gets to speak."

    * Why Monopoly is the Future and We Love It

    * How corporate censorship becomes state censorship

    * Soph, a 14-year-old girl who accumulated nearly a million followers who does hardcore right wing “satire”

    * Twitter on “deadnaming”

    * Telegram is the latest app for white nationalists

    * Gab cut off by stripe, paypal & Joyent

    * Financial Blacklisting: Chase Bank De-Platforms 3

    * The mess in Europe



    * In Europe, Hate Speech Laws are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints

    * Rammstein make a defiant statement in protest of Russia's "gay propaganda" law.

    * EU hails social media crackdo...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    ACADEMIA NUTS: Canceling College Cultism With James Lindsay

    ACADEMIA NUTS: Canceling College Cultism With James Lindsay

    Ever wonder what a real-life Revenge of the Nerds might look like? Well, it's here. And it's nothing like the bawdy 80's sex comedy. Turns out it's more like Night of the Living (Brain) Dead and it's taking over America.

    Imagine if anyone who ever took a Marxist Manspreading & Toxic Phallocentrism course suddenly got to RUN THE WORLD. As if hating your parents' money wasn't bad enough... A generation of minor thinkers has unleashed a major mind-virus that's spreading from its college containment unit into corporate and government policy.

    If you think I'm being a drama queen, you need to hear my conversation with James Lindsay, author of How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide. James is an academic and one of the greatest hoaxers of our time. He and two friends were busted by the Wall Street Journal after successfully hoaxing 14 of the most respected, peer-reviewed journals in wackademia, exposing their intellectual bankruptcy. These are people who are shaping young minds and public policy. James and I discuss the roots and remedies for this new social justice religious cult - and his discovery of the one righteous use of Hitler ever known. Don't miss it.

    Finally, here are some important links from the show:



    * Buy: How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide - James Lindsay's & Peter Boghossian's great new book 

    * Watch: Mike Nayna's documentary on the wild events at Evergreen College and subscribe to his YouTube Channel

    * Listen: Bonus off-the-record conversation with James for Patreon members only. We discuss "perfect idea land", socialism, Oberlin College scandal, my experience laundering, and why corporations are SCARED BY DESIGN. Plus, preview next week's brand new episode, From Furries to Fuhrers: Why Silence Is Not Victory on Social Media



    If you enjoyed this, don't forget to share, subscribe, and review on Apple Podcasts

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Customer Reviews

NJ807 ,

Great insight and perspective!

Steve's perspectives and comedic twist on topics are entertaining and interesting. I thoroughly enjoy listening. Keep them coming!

DanO'63 ,

Highly Recommend

Love the combination of insight, wit and humor which Steve brings to each session. Even more, in a time of inescapable political banter with each side digging in their heels, impressive how Steve effortlessly slides back and forth on the political spectrum which makes him both unpredictable and highly entertaining.

imafan2017 ,

Succinct, entertaining, and informative

Excellent podcast describing the current state of economic affairs, the underlying causes, and what to do about it. Not to be missed!

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