Intro

We are here. We’ll catch up.

We are all busy. We all want to be responsible. Some of these stories are just forwarded here after we read them online elsewhere and with some magic stuff they get posted. There are other stories that just get pulled from other sites that are so consistently good that “Why Not” recommend it. And some

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The Itsfuckedforsure Bill

SUMMARY: 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

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Pirates of the Caribbean

SUMMARY: 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

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Happy Noam Chomsky Day! (Dec 7)

SUMMARY: 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.  LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE HERE Thank you to our “Unf*cking Insane” show sponsors: Sam C., Krin G. and Cindy

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Playing Chicken with China

SUMMARY: There were 15 references to China in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The recent bill passed by the House, which is more than what President Biden requested (because that makes fucking sense) contains 89 references to China. It’s official. We have our new existential bogeyman threat. Battle stations, everyone. We’re going to war

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Labor Unions

Alyssa Keown /AP SUMMARY: From Pullman and Carnegie to Kellogg’s and the PRO Act, this week we unf*ck the labor movement in the United States. No single episode can possibly do labor justice but we give it our best shot. The episode includes a blow-by-blow analysis of a recent interview with the CEO of Kellogg’s

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Holiday Quickie

SUMMARY: Our little Unf*cking team wishes the Unf*cking community a safe and healthy holiday season. We’ll be back on January 8th with a new drop but here’s a Holiday Quickie to tide you over. In this Quickie we examine three positive things that have occurred since Biden took office. (We had to look pretty hard

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Make UNFTR part of the 1%.

Did you know? Did you know that your support has enabled us to crack the top 6% of all podcasts in the world? It’s true. As small as our little Unf*cking universe is, it still ranks among the most listened to podcasts on the planet. Of course, there’s a huuuuuge gap between 6% and the

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A (Mostly) Vegan World

SUMMARY: As many of you know, we’ve had this on the pod-docket for months. It’s finally time to unf*ck our food system and talk about veganism. We decided not to pursue this topic from a moral or ethical perspective, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a story about justice. 40% of the world’s working population

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Libertarians Are Exhausting (Part 1)

SUMMARY: Libertarians can be exhausting. Because libertarianism has so many attractive features and strong statements about “freedom” and “liberty” they have a lot of perceived political high ground when arguing with them. The problem with libertarianism – as it is with Marxism, capitalism and so many other philosophies – is that it’s entirely theoretical. Trying

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Libertarians Are Exhausting (Part 2)

(AP Photo/Scott Morgan) SUMMARY: In part two of “Libertarians are Exhausting” we’re still talking about freedom and liberty. Economic freedom, personal liberty and the next important concept we need to unpack: The Rule of Law. Plus we’ll take a look at the masters of the libertarian universe (aka the brains, money, economists and lawyers) behind