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Is America a Scam? CoMuckraking with Jeff Harry

This episode was originally recorded with Jeff Harry on Instagram Live.

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is a brand slogan, if I’ve ever heard one!

In today's episode, I welcome my first guest on Marketing Muckraking, Jeff Harry.

Jeff Harry is an international keynote speaker and a workplace play consultant; he helps companies to promote a culture of psychological safety. He also speaks and creates comedy about how positive psychology and play can heal workplaces — — and he’s a damn good follow on TikTok. Go check him out.

Join me, your host, Rachael Kay Albers, and the hilarious and insightful Jeff Harry for a fast paced conversation on what might be the greatest grift in history, the United States of America.

Jeff and I chat about:

  • 🇺🇸 Why we’re so fascinated with scam shows like Inventing Anna and The Tinder Swindler (both still #1 globally on Netflix when we recorded this) and why we celebrate the real-life pretenders they’re based on
  • 🇺🇸 The real reason why Silicon Valley hates Elizabeth Holmes while The Tinder Swindler manages to score a Hollywood agent?!
  • 🇺🇸 Fake-it-til-you-make-it as a national ethos: is the American dream just a cheap ripoff of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”?
  • 🇺🇸 Why anyone who cites Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill as their favorite business book should immediately be cut from your Rolodex
  • 🇺🇸 The little known story of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs aka how white people ruin everything only to turn it into an MLM
  • 🇺🇸 The branding of WWIII and what it means about the 3 trillion dollar long con that was the Iraq war

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