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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

    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


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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 William F. Buckley’s fake accent and distributed by creepy old dudes in ice cream trucks.

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    • 55 min
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Debt, Diplomacy and Destruction.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Debt, Diplomacy and Destruction.

    It’s chilly here in New York so we’ve got the Caribbean on the brain. Actually, we’re just building on our money and power episodes and tying in lessons from our shows on Milton Friedman, Cuba and climate change. Because we can’t just sit on a beach sipping a frozen drink with an umbrella. But that’s why you love us. The United States didn’t invent colonialism in the Caribbean, we just perfected it. From wild tales of vigilante slave owning gold diggers and gunboat diplomacy to economic gangsterism and coerced trade agreements, the Caribbean has been the proving ground for neoliberalism. 

    Chapters

    00:00:11 Intro

    00:03:49 Segment 1

    00:13:06 Segment 2

    00:19:18 Segment 3

    00:23:18 Segment 4

    00:37:03 Show Notes

    00:39:57 Book Love

    00:40:59 Emails + Shoutouts

    00:57:45 Outro

    GoFundMe

    Keep Kanatsiohareke Warm this Winter

    Resources

    New Yorker: The Long Legacy of Occupation in Haiti

    Origins: ​​A Pact with the Devil? The United States and the Fate of Modern Haiti

    The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

    US News Beat: The Truth About Puerto Rico

    Library of Congress: Teller and Platt Amendments - The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War (Hispanic Division)

    Inter-American Development Bank: Climate Change in the Caribbean Small Island States

    Book Love

    Alan McPherson: A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Raphael Dalleo: American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism

    Samantha S. S. Chaitram: American Foreign Policy in the English-speaking Caribbean

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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 William Walker and distributed by outrage.

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    • 58 min
    The Itsfuckedforsure Bill: And the Ghosts of Spending Bills Past.

    The Itsfuckedforsure Bill: And the Ghosts of Spending Bills Past.

    President Biden signed H.R. 3684 into law with leaders in Washington breaking their arms to pat themselves on the back. Never mind that the infrastructure bill is either 20% or 40% of what the American Society of Civil Engineers believes is necessary (depending upon your interpretation of the allocated funds), or that it doesn’t begin to address climate change, or that it’s stuffed with old school pork and contains none of the human elements promised to us. It’s a bill that got signed in Washington and that’s apparently all that matters. Find out why it’s great for corporations, guarantees the Republicans take back the White House in ‘24 and why we’re mad at Elon Musk and his hair plugs.

    Chapters

    00:02:22 Intro

    00:05:18 Segment 1

    00:21:52 Segment 2

    00:37:33 Show Notes

    00:38:29 Book Love

    00:39:06 Emails + Shoutouts

    00:50:58 Outro

    Resources

    U.S. Department Of Transportation: Public Roads- Summer 1996

    Investopedia: Understanding the Infrastructure Bills

    ASCE Infrastructure Report Card: Making the Grade

    ASCE Infrastructure Report Card: A Comprehensive Assessment Of America’s Infrastructure

    New York Times: Biden signs infrastructure bill, promoting benefits for Americans.

    New York Times: What’s in the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

    U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: H. R. 3684

    Brookings: Eight Years Later- What the Recovery Act Taught Us about Investing in Transportation

    Britannica: Tennessee Valley Authority

    U.S. Department Of Transportation Federal Highway Administration: Interstate Highway System - The Myths

    Book Love

    Michael Grunwald: The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

    Stephanie Kelton: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy

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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 Old Corn Pop, the gang banger and distributed by Elon Musk’s hair plugs.

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    • 54 min
    The Global Order of Power: Money, Position & Might.

    The Global Order of Power: Money, Position & Might.

    Last week we reviewed the global order of money. Today we examine money’s sister, power. It’s an American-centric journey spanning 75 years, from the Cold War through the War on Terror. We start with a deep dive into the five years following the Second World War and highlight the men who crafted the policies that would determine the fate of the world. We dissect how these policies changed over the years to suit a narrative that ensured the continued growth of the military industrial complex and show how this outdated and ossified thinking might ultimately bring U.S. domination to an end.

    Chapters
    00:00:40 Intro
    00:04:21 Segment 1
    00:15:53 Skit
    00:18:02 Segment 2
    00:48:23 Show Notes
    00:48:58 Book Love
    00:50:28 Emails + Shoutouts
    01:08:00 Outro

    Resources
    The New Yorker: The Florentine
    SourceWatch: Pax Americana
    Brookings: Decision to Intervene: How the War in Bosnia Ended

    Book Love
    Stephen Kinzer: The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
    Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
    Carl Von Clausewitz: On War
    Nicholas Thompson: The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
    Howard Zinn: Howard Zinn on War
    Curt Cardwell: Nsc 68 and the Political Economy of the Early Cold War

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Global Order of Money: How exactly does it make the world go ‘round?

    The Global Order of Money: How exactly does it make the world go ‘round?

    We’ve hit on some big economic themes from capitalism and socialism to deregulation, privatization and Modern Monetary Theory. And we’re typically focused on results and outcomes of policies related to these theories. Today we’re taking a step back to examine the nature of capital and examining the nature of currency, trade and debt. Money is great, but who prints it? Who decides how much to print and what it’s worth? Who creates the rules of engagement for international trade? Big picture stuff only today, Unf*ckers but we do raise some even bigger questions at the end of the show. With that, let’s unf*ck The Global Order of Money. 

    Chapters
    00:00:18 Intro
    00:05:51 Segment 1
    00:13:51 Skit
    00:17:53 Segment 2
    00:53:33 Show Notes
    00:55:18 Book Love
    00:56:45 Emails + Shoutouts
    01:11:21 Outro

    Resources
    International Monetary Fund: Where the IMF Gets Its Money
    The Guardian: Working at the World Bank, I can see how it is failing humanity on the climate crisis
    Reuters: U.S. committed to WTO and wants it to succeed, trade rep Tai says

    Book Love
    The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan
    The World for Sale: Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth's Resources, by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy
    Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx, by Chris Harman
    Writings of Eugene V Debs: A Collection of Essays by America's Most Famous Socialist by
    The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    “Independent” Men with Massive Platforms: Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan.

    “Independent” Men with Massive Platforms: Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan.

    In this week’s installment of how to lose friends and disappoint people, we’re talking about the independent platform media culture, mostly of the male persuasion. So, yes. Much of this will drip with irony as I, a white male with a small platform, attempt to mansplain how to think about other men with platforms. Our three main subjects today have been in the news for various reasons. Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart and Joe Rogan. These three have a combined audience reach that rivals any major network, which should challenge our assumptions of what defines the “mainstream media” these days. In this Quickie we dissect the changing media landscape, the nature of punditry and who has the power and responsibility in the relationship between platform and audience. 

    Resources
    Deadline: ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Tops Season In Total Viewers And Key Demos; All Network Evening Newscasts See Ratings Drop
    Entertainment Weekly: The Problem With Jon Stewart breaks Apple TV+ records — get a peek at episode 2
    USA Today: Making the grade?: In these school districts, students are less likely to succeed
    World Population Review: Murder Rate By State 2021
    Moyers: What Does Paul Ryan Really Mean by the Phrase “Inner City”? Google Ngram Offers a Clue
    News Beat: A Guide To Mass Incarceration In America

    Pod Love
    News Beat: Slavery & Genocide: How Indigenous People Remember Christopher Columbus ft. John Kane

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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 Nigel Tufnel and distributed by MySpace.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
326 Ratings

326 Ratings

danielomoore ,

Caribbean Episode.

One of the more educational podcasts I have heard on the this topic. People really do not get how we have failed Haiti. You painted a great picture. I will share with others.

TheEveryVs ,

Homework? Yes!

Max: “Now, if you haven’t listened to our episode on X, we suggest you go back and listen to that first.” Ya. Max assigns homework. And there’s a reading list. You can call it “Book Love,” Max, but it’s f’ing homework.

And thank you! This pod doesn’t expect me to take just listen and take their word for it. They do homework too! As a critical listener, the least I can do is meet them where they are and do my homework too.

Love you guys. #FMF

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.

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