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Unregistered 145: James Carden



How many people in other countries has Trump killed? What will Biden do to the rest of the world? Do Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping want to conquer America? The journalist James Carden, who served as policy adviser to the Special Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and the Office of Russia Affairs at the US State Department, answered these questions in a wonderfully clarifying conversation.

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Unregistered 144: CTRLPew, Jeff Rodriguez, and Ivan



A life-long big-city gun-phobe, I spoke with three of the leading distributors of information on DIY and 3D-printed guns: CTRLPew, Jeff Rodriguez, and Ivan. There are now untold numbers of unregistered home-made guns in the United States, possibly in the hundreds of millions, which supplement the 400 million legally registered firearms owned by Americans. My three guests are accomplishing nothing less than the subversion of the state’s monopoly on violence and helping to create a society that could never be occupied or colonized, either by foreign enemies or the U.S. government itself. But is this a good thing?

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Unregistered 143: Gustavo Arellano



I was joined by Gustavo Arellano—author of Ask A Mexican and Taco USA, formerly the sage of the OC Weekly, and now a columnist for the Los Angeles Times—to discuss why Trump got so many Latino votes, the plight of immigrants in the pandemic and under lockdowns, the rich and complex history of Mexico, and what the hell “Latino” means anyway.

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Unregistered 142: Stephen Kershnar



Stephen Kershnar is a professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia and the most renegade academic I have found. We talked about his many books in which he argues with scholarly rigor and precision that veterans don’t deserve our gratitude, that if it were logically consistent the pro-life movement would be killing lots of people, that there is no basis for morality or responsibility, and that many adult-child sexual relationships should be defended. This might have been the most fun I’ve ever had talking to a professor.

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Unregistered 141: Dave Smith



My favorite comedian and political commentator joined me again for a discussion about fatherhood, indoctrination in families, the benefit of reading neo-Nazis, the libertarian conundrum on immigration, the “rich people’s politics” of most Americans, and how we both resent being associated with a president we both consider to be a mass murderer.

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Unregistered 140: Matt Welch



Matt Welch joined me to talk about his remarkable and—from my point of view—enviable career in journalism. After founding a counter-cultural newspaper in post-Communist Prague he went on to write columns for the Los Angeles Times, serve as Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine, and co-host a short-lived but stunningly intelligent cable news show (The Independents). He is now Editor at Large for Reason and co-host of The Fifth Column—which I consider to be the best news analysis podcast on the internet.

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Unregistered 139: Justin Weiss



Justin Weiss became addicted to heroin and methamphetamine as a young teenager. Over the next decade he was made a ward of the state and incarcerated in juvenile detention facilities, adult prisons, and a series of brutal “rehabilitation” centers. He lived on the street and in trap houses. Now, as a recovering addict and a father, he wants to change everything about the system that treats people who need love like criminals.

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Unregistered 138: Coolee Bravo



I sat down with Chicago rapper and Vice Lords member Coolee Bravo to discuss life on the streets, in a gang, in prisons, in the Army, and under Joe Biden’s crime bill of 1994. Coolee also explains why a majority of black people “are not liberals.”

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Unregistered 137: Stephen Wertheim



Stephen Wertheim, a fellow U.S. history PhD from Columbia and a director of the anti-war Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, engaged me in a wonderful debate over the history of American imperialism and the pivotal era of World War II, when American policymakers secretly laid the plans for the United States to emerge from the war as the global hegemonic superpower.

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Unregistered 136: JJ Boogie



I spoke with Jason “JJ Boogie” Reichert about his life of transgressing racial boundaries while trafficking in joy. The recipient of a 2019 Black Music Honors Award, Jay is the guitarist as well as a producer and writer for the historic hip-hop group Arrested Development, one of my favorite musical acts of all time. He has also performed with Taj Mahal and produced for Eminem.

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