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A show about what you’re not supposed to say. Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States, interviews people who break the rules of conventional discourse and expand the realm of the possible.
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 … Continue reading Unregistered 131: Ask Me Anything →

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/ Join the … Continue reading Unregistered 130: Michael Bell Sr. →

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 … Continue reading Unregistered 129: Lily Forester →

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/ Join the Unregistered Underground: https://unregisteredunderground.com/ 25% off all CBD products … Continue reading Unregistered 128: Jack the Perfume Nationalis

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 … Continue reading Unregistered 127: Maj. Danny Sjursen →

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. 25% off all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/33% off the Unregistered Combo Pack: https://palomaverdestore.com/product/unregistered-combo-pack/Use discount code “RENEGADE” at checkout. … Continue reading Unregistered 126: Michael Malice →

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 … Continue reading Unregistered 125: Conner Habib →

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/ … Continue reading Unregistered 124: Freddie deBoer →

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. 25% off all CBD products at: … Continue reading Unregistered 123: Bridget Phetasy →

The social scientist Wilfred Reilly joined me to discuss how most of what Americans hear in the media about racism and race relations is not only destructive but also patently and absurdly false. 25% off all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ 33% off the Unregistered Combo Pack Use discount code “RENEGADE” at checkout. Subscribe on iTunes: … Continue reading Unregistered 122: Wilfred Reilly →

Was my turn away from socialism a mistake? I talked with Doug Henwood, one of the most respected American socialists throughout my political life, about what it means to remain devoted to the cause I was born into. 25% off all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ 33% off the Unregistered Combo Pack Use discount code “RENEGADE” … Continue reading Unregistered 121: Doug Henwood →

Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free-Range Kids movement, joined me to examine why the Gen-X generation became the Helicopter Parent generation and whether I was neglected or liberated as a child. 25% of all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ Use discount code: “RENEGADE” at checkout. Subscribe on iTunes: http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/itunes Join the Underground: https://www.unregisteredunderground.com Episode Notes: http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/119 … Continue reading Unreg

For more than three years virtually the entire class of educated and powerful Americans believed that Russia elected Donald Trump as president and Vladimir Putin controlled the politics of the United States. The journalist Aaron Maté and I discussed what we both consider to be a bizarre, infuriating and dangerous phenomenon. 25% of all CBD … Continue reading Unregistered 119: Aaron Maté →

I spoke with Hotep Jesus about his experiences with racism, the state’s war on black men, how integration is “infiltration,” why he aligned with MAGA and “race realists,” black nationalism and conservatism, the myth of black homophobia, BLM and LGBTQ, and how the current antiracism movement centers and grants power to white people. 25% of … Continue reading Unregistered 118: Hotep Jesus →

As cities were burning from rage against police brutality and mass incarceration, the author of The Feminist War on Crime explained to me that one of the principal causes of that brutality and over-incarceration was the feminist movement of the last 150 years. 25% of all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ Use discount code: “RENEGADE” at … Continue reading Unregistered 117: Aya Gruber →

Curtis Yarvin, also known as “Mencius Moldbug,” became nationally infamous in 2017 when it was alleged in the media that he had a “direct line” to Steve Bannon in the White House, was a leading intellectual of the “deplorables” of the rising “alt-right,” favored monarchy over democracy, and might be a racist. In this interview … Continue reading Unregistered 116: Curtis Yarvin →

What are human rights, where do they come from and what are we willing to do to enforce them? Are we obligated to intervene in other countries when they are violated? I talked with Yale historian Samuel Moyn about the history of this curious and often lethal idea known as human rights. 25% of all … Continue reading Unregistered 115: Samuel Moyn →

Daniel McCarthy, the editor of Modern Age magazine, gave me a lesson on the history and meaning of the most misunderstood political ideology in America: conservatism. Modern Age magazine: https://isi.org/modern-age 25% of all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ Use discount code: “RENEGADE” at checkout. Subscribe on iTunes: http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/itunes Join the Underground: https://www.unregisteredunderground.com Episode Notes: http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/114 Reneg

Bill Ottman, the founder of Minds.com, spoke with me about his company’s alternative to the dominant social media companies that censor lawful speech, sell our personal data to corporations and government agencies, refuse to disclose their algorithms, and enjoy massive tax breaks and government subsidies that grant them monopoly power. 25% of all CBD products … Continue reading Unregistered 113: Bill Ottman →

I spoke with Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, which provides open-source software and hardware that allows anyone to make their own guns, about his success in nothing less than subverting the state’s monopoly on violence. 25% of all CBD products at: https://palomaverdestore.com/ Use discount code: “RENEGADE” at checkout. Subscribe on iTunes: http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/itunes Join … Continue reading Unregistered 112: Cody Wilson →