Look, anywhere you turn, you’re going to see the challenges we face as Americans. Some, just designed to stir up infighting and eyeballs on media outlets. Others, genuine threats to our way of life. It’s hard to know which is which but it’s imperative we start having some real discussions about the real issues.
My guest today is Mike Ritland, former Navy SEAL, New York Times Bestselling Author, and author of his latest book, Unf*ck America: A Respectful Open-Minded Conversation. Today, Mike and I don’t see eye to eye on everything but we have a powerful conversation about emotion, religion and bias in politics, whether or not inequalities exists in America, what hate speech is and isn’t, money in politics and the dangers of lobbying, the eroding checks and balances in American politics, and ultimately, how to Unfu*k America.
“Its woefully inaccurate how blasphemous the media has become.” Tweet That— Mike Ritland
He is a threepeat guest on the podcast and for good reason. Despite our few disagreements, Mike is always willing to have an open discussion and pulls no punches in the way that he views modern culture, society, and America in general. In a world of people afraid to speak their mind, Mike is never one of those individuals and I enjoy our discussion and his friendship immensely.
Agree or disagree, you men are going to enjoy this conversation and, I can already hear you yelling through the radio or ear buds while you listen to this one. Enjoy.
“If you want the other side to negotiate or compromise, you have to be willing to do the same thing.” Tweet That— Mike Ritland
- The double edged sword of social media
- Understand that you might be wrong
- Politicians: influencers or policy makers?
- Lobbying is essentially bribery
- Eliminating the political hurdles to get the right people in office
- Inequalities in the country
- Inaccuracies in the media narrative
- People create things to be pissed about
- Blaming others to excuse your own failure
- Hate speech vs. being a dick
- Evolution of the English language as it relates to gender
- Voting with your wallet
“We’ve been so good for so long that we’re a victim of our own success.” Tweet That— Mike Ritland
Man in the Making
Gents, I’ve been talking about if for months but my son and I finally recorded our first episode of his podcast, Man in the Making. This is a podcast of father/son conversations around all the discussions we know we should have but often find a way out of them – porn, drugs, girls, puberty, business, relationships, etc.
And, starting soon, he’ll also be interviewing incredible men as he strive to learn how to become a man. Guys, this podcast is designed for you to listen with your boys so we’ll keep it clean and relevant as we really want to unlock the conversations you guys want to have with your boys.
To get notified about when the first podcast drops on December 31st, head to www.maninthemaking.com/update.
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