- 1 Who is Mike Figueredo?
- 2 Early Life and Education: A Lifelong Infatuation With Politics and Sociology
- 3 Areas of Expertise
- 4 Career Beginnings: Starting The Humanist Report and Gaining Fame
- 5 2016: Support for Bernie Sanders and Widespread Acclaim
- 6 2017: Collaboration With The Young Turks and Criticism of Ajit Pai
- 7 2018: Focus on Midterm Elections and Criticising Militarism
- 8 What are Mike’s Political Views?
- 9 Personal Life: Is He Gay? Who Is His Husband?
- 10 What’s Mike Figueiredo’s Net Worth?
- 11 Online Presence
Who is Mike Figueredo?
Born under the sign of Cancer, on 18 July 1987, Mike Figueredo is a 31-year-old Caucasian American podcast host, political scientist, activist and commentator. His progressive and somewhat extreme views on politics and social issues have garnered him both fame and notoriety. Best known for his now globally famous podcast, The Humanist Report, Mike has managed to stir up controversy, and gain the attention of many politicians and public figures. He began his podcasting career in 2015, and has expanded his influence on the political scene in the US.
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Early Life and Education: A Lifelong Infatuation With Politics and Sociology
Although he hasn’t specified anything about his place of birth, we know that Mike was born in the United States, and has a younger sister who is married, but otherwise he has always strived to keep his private life hidden from the public eye, which makes sense given the notoriety he has gained from some of his views and statements. His parents’ identities are unknown, but Mike himself stated that they are the biggest reason he has an “activist’s mindset”. While we don’t know which college Mike went to, it’s been confirmed that he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. As of mid-2019, he is on the way to earning a PhD in Public Policy. His inherent will to be impactful, and excellent theoretical knowledge in politics and sociology were the perfect foundations for his career.
Areas of Expertise
According to his bio on The Humanist Report Website, Mike focuses mainly on international affairs and comparative politics, specializing in US foreign policy, as well as social movements and activism in the Middle East and North Africa. A favorite subject of his are US elections, to which he devotes a significant amount of airtime on his podcast. In addition to his knowledge of current events, Figueredo has extensive expertise in political philosophy, campaign finance laws and other forms of politically-related legislature.
Career Beginnings: Starting The Humanist Report and Gaining Fame
On 15 June 2015, Mike decided to put his knowledge and experience to use by launching the first episode of The Humanist Report. From the beginning, it became clear that he had no intention of being neutral. According to Mike himself: ‘Our primary goal is not to appear neutral, but to remain objective. We do not aim to strike a false balance between preposterous political positions, but instead strive to maintain ideological consistency across a broad spectrum of political issues.’ With such an attitude, Mike aroused a lot of viewers, including garnering a lot of negative responses from mainly right-wing and centrist media.
2016: Support for Bernie Sanders and Widespread Acclaim
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mike voiced his support for Bernie Sanders, the then-governor of the State of Vermont. On The Humanist Report, Mike posted a series of videos in which he elaborated on why Sanders was the ideal candidate for the progressive times we live in. His YouTube channel attracted many like-minded progressive individuals who shared his support of the left-leaning Democratic candidate. It is widely believed that coverage from The Humanist Report and similar podcasts websites largely contributed to Sanders gaining prominence in a short timespan. Later that year after the election concluded, Mike focused on a comprehensive analysis of candidate profiles, and what the country as a whole had, in his opinion, done wrong.
2017: Collaboration With The Young Turks and Criticism of Ajit Pai
The now-famous podcast host got an offer to collaborate with Cenk Uygur, the owner and CEO of the The Young Turks media house and YouTube channel. On many occasions, he voiced his support of Uygur and the stances he expresses through his media. After this partnership became official, Mike rose to perhaps be the most important voice in the net neutrality debate. As the government planned to legalize the separation of different information online, Figueredo took a stand and posted a series of videos on the subject. Every segment and podcast episode of his went viral in a matter of days, as the country was ready to go to arms for internet freedom. Mike’s efforts were so influential that Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), played the video of his, in which he openly criticizes Pai and several Republican commissioners.
2018: Focus on Midterm Elections and Criticising Militarism
After gaining even more supposed notoriety due to his role in the net neutrality debate, Mike started 2018 off with detailed profiling of both new and old Democratic candidates. In a series of videos, he also criticised President Trump’s approach to foreign policy, with special coverage of Iran, Syria and North Korea. Using concise arguments and a scholastic approach, Mike suggested better solutions for America to apply in its decisions regarding foreign policy.
What are Mike’s Political Views?
Mike considers himself politically independent, but has expressed his liking for socialism on several occasions. He is also anti-establishment, and supports several facets of libertarianism. Policies Mike advocates are net neutrality, the abolition of public college tuition, federal legalization of marijuana and decriminalisation of all drugs, as well as the closure of all US military bases on foreign soil. With the controversial nature of his views, Mike was the recipient of both praise and criticism during the 2016 Presidential Election. On 20 April, 2019, he had his first interview with a presidential candidate when Andrew Yang appeared on The Humanist Report. Recently, he also stated that he’s in the process of writing two books – “The Rise of Gay Rights Movements in the Middle East & North Africa” and “How to Fix a Broken Democracy”. Both titles will include subjects and topics he researched and covered on The Humanist Report.
Personal Life: Is He Gay? Who Is His Husband?
Since the beginning of his podcasting career, Mike has been open about his sexuality, immediately stating that he is an activist for gay rights. He never revealed the identity of his partner, but it is known that they have been together for a long time, and in 2017 married in a private ceremony. Mike is also fond of animals, and regularly features his cat, an adopted kitten and his dog, a pug, on his Instagram account. Mike has a big extended family, with sixteen nephews and nieces. He also has at least one tattoo, which is on display when he’s wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt during the episodes of The Humanist Report.
What’s Mike Figueiredo’s Net Worth?
According to the latest data from credible sources, Mike’s net worth is estimated at well over $1 million as of mid-2019, accumulated largely through a large number of sponsorships, published articles, and guest appearances – he regularly appears on The Rational National, The Progressive Voice and other prominent podcasts and YouTube shows. As an active commentator, his net worth is bound to increase in the foreseeable future.
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A distinguished online celebrity, Mike heavily relies on his YouTube channel to reach his audience in an easy and immediate way. As of mid-2019, The Humanist Report has 230,000 active subscribers, with a total of 60 million unique views. His Facebook account is ‘liked’ by 25,000 people, and on Twitter, he has 50,000 followers, while he also runs a currently inactive Tumblr account. As a means of financing his research and podcast episodes, Mike runs a Patreon account. For those who donate, he organizes exclusive video previews, input and more.