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White on White Crime in Eastern Europe: NATO, Onions & But-What-About.

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A psychopath in Russia just committed a war crime by invading Ukraine. Now he’s a mass murderer as well. Today’s episode examines whether the United States has standing in this fight, the role of NATO since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the bullshit narrative surrounding rising oil and gas prices that literally no one is getting right. We also destroy some current popular right wing talking points about Biden, fossil fuel and energy independence. And Max shares one of his favorite stories about onions and explains how it might be the key to saving us all. (Just go with it.)


Intro 00:00:51

Chapter One 00:05:42

Chapter Two: 00:15:38

Chapter Three: 00:22:26

Chapter Four: 00:28:53

Chapter Five: 00:38:50

Post-Show Musings: 00:44:16

Resources + Book Love: 00:45:06

Pod Love: 00:47:25

Outro: 00:48:15


The Intercept

Ken Klippenstein 

Jeremy Scahill

Murtaza Hussain

Naomi Klein

Chris Hedges

Adam Tooze

Matt Taibbi

Al Jazeera

The New Yorker: Getting Real: George F. Kennen’s Cold War

Brookings: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO: How, When, Why, and What Next?

Al Jazeera: Nord Stream 2: Why Russia’s pipeline to Europe divides the West

Al Jazeera: Russia makes US an offer on last major arms control treaty

Chartbook #93: Russia's $720m per day gas windfall - the lopsided economic war

Macrotrends: Crude Oil Prices - 70 Year Historical Chart

The Intercept: Toxic Nostalgia, From Putin to Trump to the Trucker Convoys

Watson Institute: Human Cost Of Post-9/11 Wars

Vietnam Embassy: Cruel fact: How many Vietnamese people died in the Vietnam war?

Council on Foreign Relations: Global Conflict Tracker

Book Love

George F. Kennan: American Diplomacy

Emily Lambert: The Futures: The Rise of the Speculator and the Origins of the World's Biggest Markets

Pod Love

Best of the Left: #1474 Invasion of Ukraine: Some Context

UNFTR Episode Resources

Peak Oil.


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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 Max and distributed with love.

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