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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

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Public Education (Part One): Scaffolding.

11/18/2022
Today is the first in a three-part series on public education in the United States. The focus is on compulsory K-12 education. We begin the series by educating ourselves on the business of education and stripping away the hysteria surrounding mask mandates, CRT, school prayer and kitty litter in bathrooms. Along the way we identify key stakeholders, look at outcomes and measurements, offer a primer on how schools are funded and examine the ongoing mass exodus from the profession of teaching....

Duration:00:41:47

Show Notes [BONUS: Midterm Recap.]

11/18/2022
In today’s Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss some midterm updates and work through some T***p 2024 feelings. Plus 99 gets all boomer on some Unf*ckers, lovingly. Listen to BONUS: Midterm Recap. Resources Variety: Candace Cameron Bure Says Great American Family Will Not Feature Gay Couples, Focus on ‘Traditional Marriage’ Instead Unf*cker Facebook Group Jesse Jackson's David and Goliath speech -- If you like #UNFTR, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and...

Duration:00:48:35

Show Notes [Episode 78: “Tough on Crime” Republicans.]

11/12/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 unwind from the Midterms Recap, reflect back on the “Tough on Crime” Republicans episode, and read the smart fuckin' write-ins from the Unf*ckers. Listen to “Tough on Crime” Republicans. Chapters Intro: 00:00:20 Emails: 00:00:41 Social: 00:23:16 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:28:35 Outro: 00:35:59 Resources Binyamin Appelbaum: The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society NYT Opinion: Liberal Hypocrisy...

Duration:00:37:37

BONUS: Midterm Recap

11/9/2022
Max, Manny and 99 slice and dice the midterm election and highlight several key outcomes that portend good things for Progressives. Also, 99 stayed up the latest but it was to watch the Parent Trap. So there's that. -- If you like #UNFTR, please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts: unftr.com/rate and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNFTRpod. Visit us online at unftr.com. Join the Unf*cker-run Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2051537518349565 Buy yourself...

Duration:01:40:09

“Tough on Crime”: Republicans pin midterm hopes on tired trope.

11/5/2022
The midterms are upon us and the Republicans have pinned their hopes on a tried and true fear tactic: Crime. It’s a winning narrative. Always has been. The data paint another picture entirely, however. While in no way excusing criminal activity or minimizing its impact upon individuals, families and society, we need to have an honest discussion about fear mongering and scapegoating. So let’s take a bite out of crime. Visit the episode's accompanying site page. Chapters Intro:...

Duration:00:37:42

Show Notes [Strange Bedfellows 1: Arthur & Sand]

11/3/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 catch up on some big news stories of the last few weeks like midterms, Twitter, antisemitism, and Lula. They also read some Unf*cker topic requests and review “PC” insult suggestions. Listen to Strange Bedfellows: Chester A. Arthur and Julia Sand. Chapters Intro: 00:00:20 Current Events Roundup: 00:04:13 Emails: 00:59:15 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 01:30:33 Outro: 01:36:19 Resources UNFTR Episode: The Problem with Conscious Capitalism...

Duration:01:37:57

Unf*cking Flashback: Building the Climate Industrial Complex.

10/29/2022
The world is more fucked than the United States. And we’re pretty fucked, 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 fucked. And they’ve been preparing in plain...

Duration:00:56:39

Strange Bedfellows: Chester A. Arthur and Julia Sand.

10/22/2022
As Max grinds away at a more in-depth Unf*cking, we offer our dear listeners a new palate cleanser. Strange Bedfellows examines fascinating relationships and wonders how these duos might have altered the course of history. Our first installment tells the story of President Chester Arthur and a pen-pal named Julia Sand. Visit the episode's accompanying site page. Chapters Intro: 00:00:31 A Nation Adrift: 00:02:33 Arthur Is Now President: 00:07:17 Letters: 00:07:40 Outro:...

Duration:00:20:04

Show Notes [Episode 77: What’s the deal with Peter Thiel?]

10/20/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 discuss some Thiel feedback, review episode suggestions from Unf*ckers, and discuss what’s up next for UNFTR episodes. Tune in! Listen to Episode 77: What’s the deal with Peter Thiel? Chapters Intro: 00:00:20 Emails: 00:04:36 Twitter Shout Outs: 00:26:23 Instagram Shout Outs: 00:40:07 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:41:14 Outro: 00:45:32 Resources UNFTR Episode: Immigration Nation. Climate Action 2030 UNFTR Episode: Building the...

Duration:00:45:53

What’s the deal with Peter Thiel? Sociopathic billionaire man-child wants to eat the world.

10/15/2022
I’m not a doctor. But even I can certainly see that Peter Thiel is a sick, sick person. Bright, awkward and successful, Peter Thiel has risen to prominence in American society on the gamble that he can break it. A product of the Ivy League system who wants to take it down. A gay man who backs candidates that would degrade his civil rights. A hedge fund tech investor who thinks Silicon Valley hasn’t done anything innovative in 50 years. A Trump backer and advisor who walked away when he got...

Duration:00:46:02

Show Notes [Episode 76: The FCC (Part Two).]

10/12/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max is cranky about the Mets, we close out feedback from the FCC series and happy cry over real-world Unf*cker meet ups. Listen to Episode 76: The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition. Chapters Intro: 00:00:25 Newbie Unf*cker Introduction: 00:06:12 Emails: 00:07:58 Twitter Shout Outs: 00:35:29 Instagram Shout Outs: 00:45:44 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:48:12 Outro: 00:51:25 Resources Summer Lee Mandela Barnes Hazen Pingree...

Duration:00:52:35

The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

10/8/2022
In our first installment of the two-part FCC series we discussed the origins of the Federal Communications Commission, the reason it came into existence and the tension between its charge and the First Amendment. Our story resumes with a nod to the Chicago School, the one-two punch of the Reagan and Clinton administrations to deliver a death blow to media competition in the United States and the recent history of net neutrality. Let’s fucking go. Chapters Intro: 00:01:56 Chapter One: The...

Duration:00:57:23

Show Notes [Quickie 13: One nation divided?]

10/5/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 share some show scheduling updates, discuss a potential recurring 99 segment and trade New York stories. Plus, they review a few Unf*cker emails regarding supply chain, healthcare and native issues. Listen to Quickie 13: One nation divided? What bipartisanship says about America. Chapters Intro: 00:00:25 Housekeeping: 00:03:40 Emails: 00:07:44 Twitter Shout Outs: 00:48:57 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 00:50:55 Reviews: 00:54:26 Outro:...

One nation divided? What bipartisanship says about America.

10/1/2022
We’ve all heard of the great divide. The most dysfunctional Congress ever. The end of civility! There’s an impression that nothing passes Congress with bipartisan support anymore. That every piece of legislation has to pass along party lines, setting us up for bloodsport events each and every fucking election cycle. There’s a lot of truth to this. And yet, each year thousands of bills and resolutions are introduced and hundreds are eventually signed into law. We define ourselves along...

Duration:00:38:02

Show Notes [Ep 75: The FCC.]

9/30/2022
In today's Show Notes, Max and 99 talk about the FCC, bagpipes and parkways. And nothing else. (Okay, obviously a lie. But tune in to find out what else is discussed!) Listen to Episode 75: The FCC. Chapters Intro: 00:00:20 Housekeeping: 00:30:00 Emails: 00:15:25 Twitter Shout Outs: 01:13:12 Substack Shout Outs: 01:19:20 Buy Me A Coffee Donations + Memberships: 01:25:33 Reviews: 01:28:07 Outro: 01:28:34 Resources Summer Lee Mandela Barnes The Rewatchables: Boogie Nights Last...

Duration:01:33:30

The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

9/24/2022
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...

Duration:00:52:22

Show Notes [Ep 74: BlackRock.]

9/23/2022
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:...

Duration:01:23:35

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

9/17/2022
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...

Duration:01:11:42

Show Notes [Ep 73: Hospitals and Healthcare.]

9/15/2022
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...

Duration:00:56:11

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

9/11/2022
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...

Duration:01:12:39