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Unregistered 132: Barbara Fields and Adam Rothman



I was joined by two old friends and colleagues, the eminent historians Barbara Fields of Columbia University and Adam Rothman of Georgetown University, who in my mind are two of the most brilliant analysts of the history and politics of race and racism in the United States. We begin with a discussion of their recent Dissent magazine article that laments the inattention given to white victims of police violence, recounts the history of the cross-racial coalition in the 1850s that ended slavery, and calls for building a non-racial coalition now to end police killings. The second half of the conversation focuses on Barbara’s classic work on the history, uses and mis-uses of the concepts of race and racism. This episode makes my life feel whole.

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Unregistered 131: Ask Me Anything



In this AMA episode hosted by Landry Harmon, we discuss my history of hating teachers, why libertarians are hostile to postmodernism, the dishonesty of Black Lives Matter, my ever-growing dislike of democracy, the Christian basis of left-wing politics, how liberalism became morally “good” among American elites, why no one cares about Trump’s genocidal war in Yemen, how China eliminated poverty in the U.S., the loneliness of political dissent, why the right wing despises my politics, the fight between the identity left and the Marxist left, why I don’t date people like me, the uniqueness of American white guilt, my favorite Unregistered episodes, the heroism of Michael Bell Sr., why recovering addicts are the best interviewees, the anxiety of free-market capitalism, the therapeutic effects of Zen mindfulness, why a person born into wealth can never be an American hero, and how Barack Obama is a child of the CIA.

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Unregistered 130: Michael Bell Sr.



In November 2004 Michael Bell Jr., a blond-haired and blue-eyed 21-year-old son of an Air Force lieutenant colonel, was murdered execution-style by police officers in Kenosha, WI. I talked with Michael Bell Sr. about his phenomenally successful 16-year campaign to reform police departments across the country.

Michael Bell’s “Plea for Change” website: https://michaelbell.info/

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Unregistered 129: Lily Forester



A few weeks before her first appearance on Unregistered, Lily Forester’s husband John Galt was shot to death at their home in Acapulco, Mexico. They had been on the run from felony cannabis charges in Ohio and had fled across the border into Mexico, where they established a life among a small expat anarchist community around the Anarchapulco conference. In the 18 months since then, both Lily and her life have changed radically. She sat down with me from her new home in the mountains of central Mexico to tell the story of her journey and transformation.

Lily’s website: https://highlyfunctionalgrowth.com/

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Unregistered 128: Jack the Perfume Nationalist



I spoke with Jack, the co-host of the uniquely provocative podcast The Perfume Nationalist, about aesthetics and politics, Camille Paglia, my mother’s perfume, the myth of misogyny, the decline of McDonald’s, and “the 2010s, the worst decade in American history.”

The Perfume Nationalist podcast: https://theperfumenationalist.libsyn.com/

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Unregistered 127: Maj. Danny Sjursen



The ongoing US wars are as far from the news as ever, which is why I brought combat veteran and antiwar journalist Danny Sjursen onto the show. We discussed his road from a working-class Staten Island family of right-wing cops and firefighters to West Point and then leading scout platoons with Armored Cavalry regiments in neighborhoods across Baghdad and in the especially volatile Kandahar Valley in Afghanistan.

Danny’s site: https://skepticalvet.com/

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Unregistered 126: Michael Malice



The preeminent political trickster Michael Malice joined me for his fourth appearance on the show. We discussed his admiration for Ayn Rand and RuPaul, how gays liberate straights, and of course my many physical and intellectual shortcomings.

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Unregistered 125: Conner Habib



The former gay porn star turned podcaster, public intellectual and academic spoke with me from his new home in Dublin to discuss the puritanical effects of the lockdown and social distancing, mental illness and “anarchy of the mind,” the lesson we both draw from the life of our late friend Michael Brooks, and the meaning of Conner’s passion for the occult.

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Unregistered 124: Freddie deBoer



The author of the brilliant new book The Cult of Smart spoke with me about our society’s fetishization of “intelligence” as well as his own struggles with mental health. Freddie deBoer is the rare public intellectual who is as candid, astute and knowledgeable about himself as he is about politics.

The Cult of Smart: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J4RMN5Y/

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Unregistered 123: Bridget Phetasy



The personal and the political are always intertwined. No one understands that better than my guest Bridget Phetasy, who joined me to discuss her rise from drunk bartender to Twitter and podcast star, the problems with left-right politics, the life-saving power of art, and our mutual troubles with pleasure.

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