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226: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Part 2) - Barometer

2013-06-25
Length: 1h 45m 29s


Topic: Part two in a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth. This installment deals primarily with both phases of The Red Scare (1919-1921 and 1947-1957), related trends in American politics (xenophobia, prohibition, isolationism, hyper-racism, paranoia), new uses of law and appeals to authority to control speech and the public mind, and some heavy hints of another dark conspiracy that began to overtake America early in the 20th century. Bumper Music: "Good Save the Queen" British National Anthem "Good Save the Queen" The Sex Pistols Look Closer: Chapter 14: War is the health of the state - http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnwarhea14.html Who Was Edward M. House? - http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs86.html None Dare Call It Conspiracy, by Gary Allen - http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/New_World_Order/NoneDareCallItConspiracy.html The Red Scare Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_scare Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/russ-tice-nsa-obama_n_3473538.html The Rise of Stalin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XExAieB2Xg Collective Consciousness - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_consciousness The Trials of Alger Hiss: A Commentary - http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/hiss/hissaccount.html The secrets of J. Edgar Hoover - http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4638275/ns/dateline_nbc/t/secrets-j-edgar-hoover/#.UcpPcpwvza4 Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto - http://educate-yourself.org/cn/communistmanifestortenplanks12sep06.shtml Subconscious - Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/subconscious.html Submit Content to the School Sucks front page - http://schoolsucksproject.com/community/links/ …

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225 (Live Show): The Road To Hell Is Paved With Central Plans

2013-06-18
Length: 1h 29m 40s


...from Eugenics to Common Core Recorded live 6-6-13 with Joe, Cory and various participants in the chat Topic: The themes of central planning and well-intentioned megalomania tie together two distinct topics: a survey history of eugenics and the new Common Core national curriculum. The article that leads into our eugenics conversation: Huffington Post: People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests Look Closer Galton Centenary 2011 - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/galton/centenary Legacy of eugenics: mini-lecture (UCL) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zSRYch50A UNA21 - US Education Goal: Dumb & Dumber 1 of 7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpr4iiOh62I Peg Luksik "Who Controls Our Children?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfInio1sLE0 Indoctrination in Common Core ELA Texts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGph7QHzmo8 Ron Paul: 'Common Core' Nationalizes and Dumbs Down Public School Curriculum - http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?415650-Ron-Paul-Common-Core-Nationalizes-and-Dumbs-Down-Public-School-Curriculum Submit Content to the School Sucks front page - http://schoolsucksproject.com/community/links/ …

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224: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Part 1) - The Spirit of '76

2013-06-13
Length: 1h 30m 1s


Picture: The more things change... Topic: Part one in a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth. This installment deals primarily with WWI, the Wilson administration and the Espionage Act of 1917, a very important (albeit absurd) precedent in the current legal conversation. Bumper Music: Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5, 4th mvt. - Allegro non troppo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfPEaElG3m4 Look Closer: Chapter 14: War is the health of the state - http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnwarhea14.html Who Was Edward M. House? - http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs86.html Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House, by Godfrey Hodgson - http://www.amazon.com/Woodrow-Wilsons-Right-Hand-Colonel/dp/0300092695/lewrockwell/ The Espionage and Sabotage Act - http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=2&psid=3479 The Witzke Affair: German Intrigue On The Mexican Border, 1917-18 - http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/docs/ci1/ch3e.htm The Rise of Stalin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XExAieB2Xg Dmitri Shostakovich and Soviet Censorship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p4UsWczI1E9 Eugene Debs - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Debs Espionage Act of 1917 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act Sedition Act of 1918 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition_Act_of_1918 The Hidden History of the Espionage Act - http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2010/12/the_hidden_history_of_the_espionage_act.html Clear and Present Danger - http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Clear-and-present+danger+test Schenck v. United States - http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Schenck+v.+United+States Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties Under the Law, By Nancy C. Cornwell - http://books.google.com/ Language, Symbols, And the Media: Communication in the Aftermath of the WTC Attack, edited by Robert E. Denton - http://books.google.com/ Submit Content to the School Sucks front page - http://schoolsucksproject.com/community/links/ …

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223 (Live Show): Mediocrity Prizes, Endless Internships and Self-Esteem

2013-06-09
Length: 1h 13m 32s


Recorded live 5-23-13 with Osborne, Cory and various participants in the chat Topic: Our discussion grows out of an article called America is raising a generation of interns. We spend the live portion of the podcast reading the piece and discussing our issues with the writer's message. While we recognized that there are some formidable challenges for young people in today's economy, we were also very critical of entitlement mentality of many of these interns and their advocates. Brett's Introduction: (START - 5:01) schoolsucksproject.com - http://schoolsucksproject.com/ Submit Content to the School Sucks front page - http://schoolsucksproject.com/community/links/create/ Live Portion: (6:31 - 49:05) The Week: America is raising a generation of interns - http://theweek.com/article/index/242065/america-is-raising-a-generation-of-interns Non-Live Addition: (50:04 - END) The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - http://www.scribd.com/doc/33902492/The-Six-Pillars-of-Self-Esteem Healthy Mind, Fit Body Podcast - http://healthymindfitbody.com/category/podcast/ …

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222 (Supplemental): Brett On The Renegade Variety Hour

2013-06-05
Length: 1h 5m 15s


My recent conversation with Carlos and Tayrn of The Renegade Variety Hour. We discuss Alex Jones, mainstream media, the distracting qualities of the online experience, strategies for better attention and focus, the myth of multitasking, Nonviolent Communication and much more. Look Closer: Renegade Variety Hour - http://therenegadevarietyhour.tumblr.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 250 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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221: Home Trivium Roundtable (With Laurette Lynn and Justin Arman)

2013-05-30
Length: 1h 12m 33s


"...the truth is that you can't homeschool. You can't. Nobody can do school but school. However, the good news is that you are not supposed to do school. You are supposed to do life." - Laurette Lynn Topic: I join Laurette Lynn (Unplugged Mom)and Justin Arman (Parents For Liberty)to discuss the incorporation of the trivium into home education, flexibility in the learning environment, and how to coexist with people who don't seem to mind living in an authoritarian world. Look Closer: Laurette's Website - http://www.laurettelynn.com/ Gatto: The Underground History of American Education - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School - http://www.laurettelynn.com/book/DDDSOOS_Sample.pdf Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/ …

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220: Is the Internet Giving People ADHD?

2013-05-26
Length: 1h 24m 3s


No. And there's a few problems with that question. Recorded live 5-16-13 with Osborne and Andre (NotesForRobots.com). Topic: Our discussion grows out of a video called Why Our Brains Get Addicted to the Internet (and How to Avoid It). We spend the live portion of the podcast evaluating our issues with and strategies for focusing while working online. Brett's Introduction: (START - 18:21) When ADHD has Nowhere to Hide - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culturally-speaking/201305/when-adhd-has-nowhere-hide Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd INVENTOR OF ADHD'S DEATHBED CONFESSION: "ADHD IS A FICTITIOUS DISEASE" - http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-03-27-NEWS-inventor-of-adhd-says-adhd-is-a-fictitious-disease.html Live Portion: (18:21 - 73:29) MEMORY CONSOLIDATION - http://www.human-memory.net/processes_consolidation.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning SSRI Stories - http://ssristories.com/ Carb Nite! - http://carbnite.com/ Non-Live Addition: (73:29 - END) How to Rebuild Your Attention Span and Focus - http://lifehacker.com/5596964/how-to-rebuild-your-attention-span-and-focusl …

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219 (Live Show): Reaching Out To A Mentally Ill Childhood Friend

2013-05-22
Length: 1h 34m 37s


Or at least the story of how I tried... Topics: -How would mental illness be addressed in a voluntary society? -How is it being addressed today? -Condominium collectivism and authoritarianism -SSRIs and depression -positive social media campaigns -FBI terror setups This is an edited version the 4-4-13 live show. School Sucks is live on UStream Thursdays at 6:30pm EST. Co-Hosts: Cory Look Closer: The Appeal To Authority (Defined) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/appeal-to-authority Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I. - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Rich Paul is facing 81 years rather than become an FBI informant - http://www.examiner.com/article/rich-paul-is-facing-81-years-rather-than-become-an-fbi-informant …

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218: School Vs. Education - With Jeff Bliss

2013-05-18
Length: 53m 41s


My conversation with Jeff Bliss, the Duncanville High School sophomore who spoke out against the spirit-crushing and mind-numbing monotony of public schooling. Covered: -Jeff Bliss imposters? -The history and agenda of public school -John Dewey -Ron Paul and media manipulation -John Taylor Gatto -the proper Alex Jones dosage -collectivism and using "we" -the futility of reform -the GED and college Bumper Music: Geto Boys, "G Code (Instrumental)" Look Closer: Jeff Bliss Video: Texas High School Student Demands An Education - http://www.policymic.com/articles/40959/jeff-bliss-video-texas-high-school-student-demands-an-education http://TragedyandHope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING - http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto (Chapter 12 - The Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, Section 15 - The General Education Board And Friends) - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/12o.htm …

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217: A Smorgasbord of Topics With Dan Carlin

2013-05-16
Length: 1h 36m 46s


Topic: A long-awaited and frequently-requested discussion with Dan Carlin, the host of the Common Sense and Hardcore History podcasts. Some of what we discussed: -What happened to the media? -Narrow-casting -Dan's transition from radio to podcasting, how did that happen? -The process for producing Hardcore History -Is history shaped more by philosophy/prevailing ideologies or by accidents/wildcard events? -The dreaded Nazi questions: could happen here? Is it happening here? -An American way to fascism? -Civil Libertarianism vs total libertarianism (personal and economic) -Can we expect to maintain civil liberties with stricter economic controls? -What kinds of people are attracted to political power? -The problems with and politics of American schooling Bumper Music: Monophonics "Goliath" Look Closer: Dan Carlin's Site - http://www.dancarlin.com/ …

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216: Assassinations, Bad Weather, Psychedelic Rye and Other Wildcards of History

2013-05-14
Length: 1h 9m 35s


Recorded live 5-9-13. The one-year anniversary of the School Sucks Live Show Topic: This live show was recorded immediately after my 90-minute discussion with Dan Carlin (coming soon), and the gears of my brain were really turning in different ways. I wanted to discuss methods and theories for examining and interpreting history. Often history is a story told through the "Great" Man Theory, opposed to the Trends and Forces Theory. Reflecting on a series of shows I did about the Nazis, I realize that there is considerable synthesis between the two. This conversation is derailed by silliness a couple of times and also contains non-live portions. Bumper Music: "Airplane" Widespread Panic Look Closer: Ergot Poisoning - the cause of the Salem Witch Trials - http://customers.hbci.com/~wenonah/history/ergot.htm Aspergers and SSRIs? - http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt121964.html Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed the World - http://books.google.com/books/about/Napoleon_s_Hemorrhoids.html?id=UG4VmgEACAAJ Dan Carlin - Hardcore History - http://www.dancarlin.com/ …

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215: Viral Student Video Sparks Fake and Ephemeral Education Debate...Again

2013-05-11
Length: 19m 51s


A one-take recording of a message to Jeff Bliss and students like him everywhere: schooling is not education Jeff Bliss Video: Texas High School Student Demands An Education Read More here... Video: …

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214: Logic Saves Lives Part 11 - Why Logic Alone Is Not Enough (With James Corbett)

2013-05-08
Length: 1h 26m 0s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A conversation about the importance of defining terms, checking premises and monitoring emotions in the pursuit of truth. -Common logical errors -Free Will vs. Determinism -The Trivium and "pre-packaged" grammar -Pentagon media manipulation -Are humans logical? Look Closer: Free Will: Why Sam Harris needs to read more Philosophy - http://aphilosopherstake.com/2012/07/29/free-will-why-sam-harris-needs-to-read-more-philosophy/ Compatibilism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compatibilism Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? By EDDY NAHMIAS - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/is-neuroscience-the-death-of-free-will/ Free Will - Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/free_will.html 130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense - http://schoolsucksproject.com/130-logic-saves-lives-introduction-empowerment-and-self-defense/ Corbett Report - Episode 239 – Logic Is Not Enough http://www.corbettreport.com/episode-239-logic-is-not-enough/ …

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213: Do I Have Aspergers Syndrome?

2013-04-30
Length: 1h 55m 0s


Picture: Did George Orwell have it too? Recorded live 4-25-13 with Osborne and Tony (the School Sucks Project webmaster). Topic: Our discussion grows out of an Aspergers questionnaire we all took before the show. Tony and I both scored in the Aspergers range and Osborne came in just below it. We spend the show going through the questions and evaluating our related patterns of behaviors and thoughts. Bumper Music: "Uptown Anthem (Instrumental)" Naughty By Nature "Airplane" Widespread Panic "Lonestar" Norah Jones Look Closer: Is Asperger's Overdiagnosed? - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201202/is-aspergers-overdiagnosed Aspergers and SSRIs? - http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt121964.html Asperger’s History of Overdiagnosis - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/aspergers-history-of-over-diagnosis.html?scp=1&sq=asperger&st=cse Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner, by Wes Bertrand, 2000 - http://logicallearning.net/learnerdrivened.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning I Had Asperger Syndrome. Briefly. By BENJAMIN NUGENT - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/i-had-asperger-syndrome-briefly.html?scp=2&sq=asperger&st=cse&_r=0 SSRI Stories - http://ssristories.com/ Carb Nite! - http://carbnite.com/ …

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212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing - With Mike Males

2013-04-27
Length: 1h 0m 0s


Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males joins me share his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth. I have referenced his work several times in the past, and it was a pleasure to have him on the show. Questions/Discussion topics: -Genesis and purpose of your work: -Have you examined this problem of scapegoating youth in other cultures? -Trends you've noticed? Ebbs and flows? Is this attack on youth getting more intense? -Is a lot of this problem attributable to the win-lose environment of politics? -The generalized fear of change -The selfish and myopic Baby-boomers -Loss of empathy for their child self -"age-dualism" -How does your political outlook inform your work? -profitability of institutionalized youth -Do you see Individualism /self-interest as dirty words? -Lowering the voting age? What is the call to action for young people, towards a solution? What is the call to action for concerned adults? Bumper Music: "Wandering Child" Government Mule Look Closer: National Youth Rights Association - http://www.youthrights.org/ Youth Facts - http://youthfacts.org/ CIRCLE - http://www.civicyouth.org/ The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents - http://www.amazon.com/The-Scapegoat-Generation-Americas-Adolescents/dp/1567510809 …

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211: Trying To Make Sense of the Boston Events (With Gardner Goldsmith)

2013-04-25
Length: 1h 36m 27s


On Monday (4-22-13) I co-hosted Liberty Conspiracy Live with Gardner. Here are his show notes: In this program, we welcome our friend Brett Veinotte, the founder of the School Sucks Project, and the man behind School Sucks Podcasts and the School Sucks videos on Youtube (and elsewhere). Brett and Gardner Goldsmith discuss many of their thoughts about the inability of various government agencies to protect people from terrorist attacks, and the manner in which police and politicians responded to the Boston attacks. They also talk about the conspiracy theories, and how hard it is getting to poo-poo all the theories, especially when one looks at the terrible things the US government (and others) have done to create False Flag situations, and to hide their mistakes or lack of initiative to stop real terror attacks. We hope you like this one. We think it's very worthwhile. Music? Well, as Gard mentions, the first cut is from the Fixx's first album, "Shuttered Room". It's called "The Strain". The whole album is great. Next... a little touch of Killing Joke (the end of "War Dance"), A hint of WIRE "Agfers of Kodak", Love Spit Love with The Prisoner (the song is "More Than Money"), The Cocteau Twins (singing in Gaelic here) with "Lorelei", Clutch "The Soapmakers", Agent Provocateur "Red Tape", Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized", The Sons of Liberty "When in the Course" and The Horrors "Who Can Say" Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Why 'Control' Is the Wrong Response to Deadly Attacks - http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/19/why-control-is-the-wrong-response-to-dea …

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210: Is Society Progressing? (Brett and Wes On Two Beers With Steve)

2013-04-23
Length: 1h 2m 30s


Show notes from Two Beers With Steve: In this week's show we revisit a question from the last podcast, is society truly progressing? To help us answer the question we have a round table discussion. Hosts Steve and Chris are joined by previous guests Wes Bertrand of the Complete Liberty Podcast and Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Project. Listen to the show to discover why we almost titled this episode "The Philosophy of Hookers." Look Closer: Complete Liberty - http://completeliberty.com/ Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com …

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209: Terrorism and Other Consequences of Collectivism - With James Corbett

2013-04-18
Length: 1h 23m 45s


Another long-overdue conversation, this time with James Corbett, RT contributor and host of the Corbett Report: Topics: -James discusses his wake-up process -Adam Curtis films: Century of the Self and the Power of Nightmares -Al Qaeda doesn't exist -teaching elementary school in Japan -The pervasiveness of the Prussian Model -Japanese collectivism -MSNBC Promo: children are property of the "community" -Collectivism vs. Individualism -America's history of abandoning personal independence? -Audience Q&A on religion, Molyneux/Wilcutts debate Look Closer: Corbett Report - http://www.corbettreport.com/ …

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208: Whole Parents - With Dayna Martin

2013-04-15
Length: 1h 7m 20s


A long-overdue conversation with Dayna Martin, author of Radical Unschooling: Topics: -Dayna discusses her family's recent appearance on the ABC reality show, Wife Swap -How do you prepare children for public scrutiny -The Life Rocks Conference -Outreach and advocacy in different situations -Tragic misconceptions about the role of a parent -Nonviolent Communication Look Closer: The Martins On Wife Swap (Full Episode) - http://abc.go.com/watch/wife-swap/SH5539547/VDKA0_lgk9v6h5/avery-lamb--martin Dayna's Site - http://daynamartin.com/ Martin Family Blog - http://thesparklingmartins.blogspot.com/ …

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207: Intrinsic Motivation Into Action (With Jeremy Frandsen)

2013-04-09
Length: 1h 21m 21s


Topic: Jeremy Frandsen of Internet Business Mastery Academy joins me to explore how one can transform an intrinsically motivated pursuit into a livelihood. I was motivated to contact Jeremy after reading his blog post, The Secret to Endless Motivation. Discussion: -What is the the mission of Internet Business Mastery -Podcasting in the Beginning -The Single Motivating Purpose -The importance of Voluntary Value Exchange -Finding A Niche -Trail and Error -The $100 Start-Up -Ways you can tell that starting a business is an intrinsic pursuit -A checklist for taking action Bumper Music: "Woodstock" Crosby, Stills and Nash Look Closer: Internet Business Mastery Academy - http://internetbusinessmastery.com/ Complete Liberty Podcast - http://completeliberty.com/ Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/ The $100 Start-Up - http://100startup.com/ …

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206: Learning Styles and Strategies - Control and Flexibility

2013-04-05
Length: 1h 1m 24s


Topic: Building on the previous conversation about learning theories, I cover the basics of learning styles and strategies, motivation, cognition, habits and environment. -The Seven Learning Styles -Self-Regulated Learning -The Index of Learning Styles Bumper Music: "Freedom" Wham Look Closer: Learning Styles: Appealing But Misleading - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-styles-appealing-misleading/ Paul Pintrich: Framework for self-regulated learning - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-about-learning-take-charge/ Overview of Learning Styles - http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/ Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner, by Wes Bertrand, 2000 - http://logicallearning.net/learnerdrivened.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning Harold Pashler's Work - http://laplab.ucsd.edu/publications One Hundred Ways to Motivate Yourself - http://books.google.com/books/about/One_Hundred_Ways_to_Motivate_Yourself.html?id=RFBsSKn_rNUC …

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205: Dominant Learning Theories vs. Personal Liberty

2013-04-02
Length: 1h 20m 29s


Topics: 1. John, the Admin of the Libertarian Teachers Group at schoolsucksproject.com, posted an interesting piece in the forum called Learning Theories and their Subsequent Pedagogy – Which one is most Libertarian? 2. Osborne and I discuss this post on our 3-21-13 live show, and I read a paperI wrote in 2002 called "My Philosophy of Education", written for an Intro to Education class. 3. I provide more detail of the newest of the learning theories: connectivism 4. I try to answer the question, Which learning theory is most Libertarian? Full Discussion: Objectivism (5 Branches of Philosophy) 1. Metaphysics 2. Epistemology-Logic 3. Ethics 4. Politics 5. Aesthetics Metaphysical Laws 1. Identity 2. Causality 3. Non-Contradiction Bumper Music: "I'll Do Anything" Jason Mraz Look Closer: Learning Theories Info_Graphic - http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/learning-theories-every-teacher-should.html Key Terms for Cognitivism and Constructivism - http://www.coe.fau.edu/faculty/cafolla/courses/eme6051/cognitivism.htm Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age - http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm Metaphysics - http://wiki.objectivismonline.net/Metaphysics Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/ An Introduction to Objectivism Part1 - Lecture by Leonard Peikoff - http://youtu.be/cW-xUEYaBnU Trivium - http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ Index of Learning Theories and Models - http://www.learning-theories.com/ …

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204: Brett Guest-Hosts the Freedomain Radio Sunday Call-In Show

2013-03-27
Length: 2h 2m 2s


I host the Freedomain Radio Sunday Call-In Show in the place of Stefan Molyneux. Thank you to Stef, Michael and James. This show is unedited and was recorded live on 3-24-13. Set List: -Is Liberty a Movement? -Liberty is personal -Being a hater is easy... -My transformation -Appealing to emotion -Stef's view of the family -Sudbury School -Democracy and negotiation -Could any kind of school be beneficial? -Costs of keeping up with the Joneses -Bullying people with the truth -Nonviolent communication -Being a hater is easy...(reprise) -Living consciously -Unschooling is not unparenting -cost-prohibitive educational alternatives -Push marketing -Connecting with peers -Twelve-Step programs -The Secret -College advice The A/V Club Look Closer: Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Breaking Free by Nathaniel Branden http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Free-Nathaniel-Branden/dp/0553265881 The Heart of Parenting: Nonviolent Communication in Action http://www.parentingwithpresence.net/index.php?pageid=970 …

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203: Logic Saves Lives Part 10 - The Elephant and the Rider

2013-03-23
Length: 1h 20m 0s


Picture: The alternative name and nutritional value of most online, cable news, political and religious debates. Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A conversation about balancing a knowledge of logic with emotional intelligence and effective communication strategies. It originates from a forum post in the Logic Saves Lives Group called "Using logical fallacies as a form of bullying." We watch and discuss this video: Authenticity: (how NVC becomes natural) Do you want to want to have a meaningful connection with the person? What are your intentions? NVC is not a script; it's a language that you speak to yourself first. If you're not interested in cooperating or even connecting with a person or acknowledging their humanity, using NVC language will not work. Fallacies Covered: Fallacy Fallacy Presupposition/Loaded Language Straw Man Fallacy Reductio ad Absurdum Look Closer: lifeishowitis's channel http://www.youtube.com/user/lifeishowitis?feature=watch The argumentative theory of reasoning http://www.sjsu.edu/people/anand.vaidya/courses/c5/s2/Why%20Do%20Humans %20Reason%20Sperber.pdf Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (Summary) http://www.tommcmahon.net/2003/12/the_six_pillars.html How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/popular.html How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_59.htm NATURALIZING NVC http://schoolsucksproject.com/community/links/naturalizing-nvc/ …

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202 (Supplemental): The Media Sucks - Brett On First Degree Liberty

2013-03-19
Length: 1h 12m 15s


Show notes from First Degree Liberty Brett Veinotte of School Sucks Podcast joins Chase and Mike to talk about media propaganda. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the media has been turning up the propaganda in order to create a sense of fear over guns. Brett helps the guys analyze the mainstream media's approach, and introduces the guys to his work. Check out Brett's work at www.schoolsucksproject.com Here's a link to the clip with Soledad O'Brien Vs. John Lott http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C6Wkkabcbs The clip of JOe Scarborough's Morning Joe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFlR0CYvPJU Larry Pratt Vs. Piers Morgan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avOV6_42xe4 And finally, check out this clip of journalist Ben Swan's segment called "Fact Check" for a rebuttle to the so called "facts" that Piers Morgan has been using: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83015186/ Look Closer: First Degree Liberty http://firstdegreeliberty.podomatic.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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201: David Angelo of eEconomics

2013-03-15
Length: 31m 0s


Photo: David explains the trillion dollar coin. Topic: A conversation with comedian and Emmy-nominated writer David Angelo. As a long-time fan of David's, I was very excited to learn about his You Tube channel eEconomics. Discussion: -Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Economic literacy in Hollywood -College economics, all Keynes -Hollywood politics -Stand-up audiences -Angelo vs. Chomsky -My praise for David's comedy style -Twitter Bumper Music: Slick Rick, "Children's Story (Instrumental)" Look Closer: eEconomics on You Yube - http://www.youtube.com/user/eEconomics/videos?view=0&flow=grid David's Website - http://www.davidangelo.info/ David's Twitter - https://twitter.com/dwangelo $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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200f: Thaddeus Russell - A Renegade History of the United States

2013-03-11
Length: 38m 0s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Five) An eye-opening discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. -A Renegade History (synopsis) -The question of morality -Bernays and marketing -Thaddeus vents about public education Recorded at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Thaddeus On Stossel - http://youtu.be/xpelVE7trK0 ReasonTV: What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? - youtu.be/N_VHEts3fqk Why I Got Fired From Teaching American History - www.huffingtonpost.com/thaddeus-russell/fired-teaching-american-history_b_767172.html …

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200e: Jeffrey Tucker - Child Labor, Men's Fashion, and Career Advice

2013-03-05
Length: 50m 0s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Five) An awesome discussion with Jeffrey Tucker, the Laissez Faire Club's Primus Inter Pares. -Jeffrey's teenage resume -Child Labor and liberation -Ideal learning times and the value of work -Fashion advice -Conformity vs. social attentiveness -Career and money-management advice Recorded at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Look Closer: Laissez Faire Club - http://lfb.org/ Kids: Smarter Than Adults, by Jeffrey Tucker - http://lfb.org/today/kids-smarter-than-adults/ …

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200d: Derrick J. Freeman - High School Outreach and Peace News Now

2013-03-04
Length: 31m 43s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Four) A discussion with Derrick J. Freeman, the subject of the documentary Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree and the host and creator of Peace News Now. -School outreach and student Stockholm Syndrome -School lesson: all activists are crazy -Civil disobedience and public relations -Self-critiques of civil disobedience -The mission of Peace News Now Recorded at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Look Closer: Live Free Or Dance - http://livefreeordance.com/ Peace News Now - http://peacenewsnow.com/ …

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200c: Finding Creative Outlets (Brett On Porc Therapy Live)

2013-03-03
Length: 20m 0s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Three) A quick(2-segment)discussion with Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn about School Sucks and my teaching experience, recorded at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Look Closer: Porc Therapy - http://www.porctherapy.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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200b: Neal's UNESCO High School Experience

2013-03-02
Length: 25m 30s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Two) Neal from Flaming Freedom joins Osborne and me for a discussion at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Discussion: -UNESCO Schools and the International Baccalaureate(IB)Program -American History through the Book of Mormon -Euphemism: "Single-Party Rulers" -Hegel and Marx -discovering the philosophy of liberty in high school -the 2004 Presidential Election -How gays were co-opted by the state Look Closer: Flaming Freedom - http://flamingfreedom.com/ Libertarianism in One Lesson by David Bergland - http://www.amazon.com/Libertarianism-One-Lesson-David-Bergland/dp/0940643006 International Baccalaureate - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Baccalaureate Other Shows On These Topics: 155: No Child Left Behind (and Other Bi-Partisan Education Conspiracies) 144: Humanizing Hegel (Brett On the Corbett Report With Richard Grove and Tony Myers) 135: The American Way Expanded (2 of 3): Pyromania 134: The American Way Expanded (1 of 3): The Gasoline-Soaked House $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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200a: Live At Liberty Forum With Gardner Goldsmith and Kate Baker

2013-03-01
Length: 42m 30s


(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part One) Kate and Gardner join Osborne and me for an impromptu live cast from the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Discussion: -Sound check and School Sucks mascot discussion (until 11:45) -Kate's speech -Sudbury School -dangers and confusion of democracy Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Network for Educational Opportunity - http://networkforeducation.org/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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199: Parent Question - How Is My Educational Philosophy Impacting My Son?

2013-02-26
Length: 44m 30s


Topic: Darrell calls in to discuss his concern that his understandably negative attitude towards public school might not be the best motivator for his teenage son. Discussion: -The importance of balance in life -Tutoring frustrations and resignation -The opportunities created by school performance and military service? -How the schools feed the military -Deferring happiness and self-actualization for the promise of a later payoff Look Closer: Schools Are For War http://www.overcomingbias.com/2012/05/schools-are-for-war.html $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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198: Student Question - Isn't Compulsory School Unconstitutional?

2013-02-25
Length: 54m 35s


Some new details on the history of compulsory schooling Topic: We discuss an email question from a student. It reads: I'm a 15 year old guy in 9th grade (in public school) and wanted to ask you a question. So if all people in America are supposedly guaranteed the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, how is it not considered "unconstitutional" for kids to be forced to go to school? I do not want to go to school, so isn't that infringing on my liberty and pursuit of happiness? Discussion: -Court decisions on compulsory attendance in 12-step programs in the adult world -John Taylor Gatto's The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling -Home Education Laws and Regulations -Defenses of state compulsory schooling laws (1872, B.G. Northrop, Secretary of the Connecticut State Board of Education) -Home School Legal Defense Association Look Closer: Compulsory Attendance http://honestedu.org/essays/novello/compulsory.php The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00131729409335343 The Courts and Coerced 12-Step Attendance http://www.morerevealed.com/library/resist/r_chap_4.htm HSLDA: Withdrawing from public school http://www.hslda.org/landingpages/withdrawing-from-public-school.asp $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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197: The Sudbury Valley School (2/2): A Step In the Right Direction

2013-02-18
Length: 58m 0s


Jason Osborne and I review the Sudbury Valley School, based on our experiences at a recent open house, conversations with students and staff, and some additional research. Wes Bertrand joins us to share his insights. Covered: -The physical plant and amenities of the Framingham school -Judicial Review and the school meeting -Maria Montessori -Political connections and implications Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ Happiness Counseling http://happinesscounseling.com/ Education: Class Dismissed It's every modern parent's worst nightmare—a school where kids can play all day. But no one takes the easy way out, and graduates seem to have a head start on the information age. Welcome to Sudbury Valley. By Hara Estroff Marano, published on May 01, 2006 http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200604/education-class-dismissed Sudbury Valley School Website http://www.sudval.org/ And Now for Something Completely Different... An Introduction to Sudbury Valley School $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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195: Adam Kokesh - Optimism In the Belly of the Beast

2013-02-12
Length: 30m 50s


(Audio to a video) After my last two guests, both high school students (my target audience), credited Adam Kokesh as an influence, I wanted to extend an invitation to him. He joins us to discuss a variety of topics, including his often provocative interviews and demonstrations on the very mean streets of Washington DC. Despite his surroundings, Adam remains an enthusiastic optimist. I wanted to hear why. We continue on to his bright vision of the future. Adam's site: http://www.adamvstheman.com/ …

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196: The Sudbury Valley School (1/2): Foundation and Philosophy

2013-02-12
Length: 38m 55s


Topic: An introduction to the Sudbury Valley School, which has provided a model for alternatives schools all over the world. I read from the school's publication, And Now for Something Completely Different... An Introduction to Sudbury Valley School Covered: -An overview of the original school in Framingham, MA -Sudbury Principles and Foundations -Back To Basics - Intellectual, Vocational, Moral, Social, Political Look Closer: Education: Class Dismissed It's every modern parent's worst nightmare—a school where kids can play all day. But no one takes the easy way out, and graduates seem to have a head start on the information age. Welcome to Sudbury Valley. By Hara Estroff Marano, published on May 01, 2006 http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200604/education-class-dismissed Sudbury Valley School Website http://www.sudval.org/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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194: A High School Senior Stands Up and Talks Back

2013-02-06
Length: 55m 20s


Photo: One high school history teacher is working hard to get his students excited about America's next military target. Topic: Sam, a high school senior and host of the You Tube channel Liberty Queenjoins me to discuss her self-education in spite of being trapped in government school. Discussion: -Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Ron Paul and the pointless, pugilistic nature of politics -What is the school experience like after coming to understand the ideas of liberty? -dealing with a warmonger teacher -The pledge of allegiance -The gun debate -Why freedom is a personal pursuit Bumper Music: High School Musical 2: 'All for One' Music Video Look Closer: Liberty Queen http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtjN4hvDyM5K-kqf0R7UAoQ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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193: A High School Freshman Wakes Up and Speaks Out

2013-02-04
Length: 49m 0s


Topic: Drew Demeter joins us to discuss his self-education and his You Tube channel, Teen Take. View and subscribe here: Teen Take This is the full audio version of SchoolSucksTV #5 Discussion: -Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura -What is the school experience like after coming to understand the ideas of liberty? -The pledge of allegiance -The concept of "equality" -the type of equality libertarians care about The podcast version includes our full discussion, which also covers -Monsanto and eugenics? -The conspiracy context and jumping the gun Bumper Music: da Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley on Marimba Look Closer: Teen Take http://www.youtube.com/user/teentake TheAlexJonesChannel http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexJonesChannel Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy_theory/index.html $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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192: Tom Woods - Liberty Classroom

2013-01-30
Length: 36m 0s


Topic: Today I am joined by Tom Woods - historian, economist, political analyst, and author. Tom wrote the 2004 New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask. His latest book is Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse Discussion: BACKGROUND Tom survived Harvard and Columbia How did he come to be a libertarian? HISTORY There's a lot of people today who haven't learned from history telling us about the importance of learning from history Last week we had the inauguration In 2009 with the economic "crisis," the popular theme for the mainstream media was FDR and Great Depression As Obama's first term was coming to an end the media and Hollywood, who provide talking points and set agendas, began encouraging the masses to make associations between Lincoln and Obama, or at least get people thinking about the "heroics" of Lincoln -Burton's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer -Spielberg's even more ridiculous film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals -media starts using the term Civil War for the gun issue -then Obama is sworn in on Lincoln's Bible -then Obama's speech is compared to Lincoln's second inaugural address Lincoln - both parties want to claim him because the lesson is that there is no abuse or overreach of presidential power that could not be justified for a greater good LIBERTY CLASSROOM -why we need accurate history and sensible economics education now more than ever ENTREPRENEURSHIP -these stories are absent from the government school narrative Look Closer: Tom's Website http://www.tomwoods.com/ Liberty Classroom http://www.libertyclassroom.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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191 (Supplemental): Two Beers With Steve Interview

2013-01-23
Length: 46m 26s


Topic: I was very pleased to invited as a guest on Two Beers With Steve. I have listened to several of their interviews and I highly recommend this show to others. Discussed: -What have I learned from students? -What if I have to send my child to government school? -Parents as school enforcers -Timetables for learning certain things -Parent and child, voluntary vs. coerced relationships -Resentments -Permissive Parenting -Parent Effectiveness Training -Technology and kids Look Closer: Two Beers With Steve http://www.twobeerswithsteve.com/ Montessori education http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) http://www.gordontraining.com/parent-programs/parent-effectiveness-training-p-e-t/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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190: Lenore Skenazy - Free Range Kids

2013-01-20
Length: 37m 40s


Topic: Lenore Skenazy joins me to discuss the Free Range Kids movement, and strategies for reaching out to helicopter parents. We also explore the trends that have led to the panic, paranoia and over-protective nature of so many parents today. Look Closer: Free Range Kids - Blog http://www.freerangekids.com/ Lenore's reality show - World’s Worst Mom http://www.freerangekids.com/tv-show/ Free Range Kids - Book http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Raise-Self-Reliant-Children-Without/dp/0470574755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342367313&sr=8-1&keywords=free+range+kids The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/70-the-six-pillars-of-self-esteem.pdf Lenore On The View http://theview.abc.go.com/video/hot-topics-free-range-kids $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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189: Politics, Gun Control and Facebook - How People Divide and Conquer Themselves

2013-01-20
Length: 38m 32s


Topic: Cory and I discuss some of his recent social media conflicts over the gun issue. We also discuss the presentation of and political discourse on this topic in the month since the Newtown shooting. -The purpose of politics? -An NVC approach to this issue -Statistics Look Closer: Complete Liberty Episode 132 - Cultural roots of authoritarianism in need of nonviolent communication http://completeliberty.com/magazine/read/episode-132---cultural-roots-of-authoritarianism-in-need-of-nonviolent-communication_124.html NVC - needs inventory http://www.cnvc.org/Training/needs-inventory $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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188: Disinformation On Purpose Or Just By Accident? (Aftershow 7-26-12)

2013-01-17
Length: 1h 53m 49s


By popular demand: another show about Alex Jones. This is an After School Sucks Special recorded on July 26th, 2012, shortly after the shooting in Colorado. Brian Hagen, Allen Murdoch and I discuss various concerns and criticisms of Alex Jones and infowars.com. This is optional listening. Look Closer: Join the A/V Club http://schoolsucksproject.com/join/ Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion InfoWars http://www.infowars.com/ The Skeptical Libertarian http://www.skepticallibertarian.com/ Wheels Off Liberty http://www.wheelsoffliberty.com/ …

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187: Logic Saves Lives Part 9 - Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan

2013-01-11
Length: 1h 45m 53s


...vs. Reason, Manners, Composure, Meaningful Communication and Philosophy Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Tony Myers (TragedyAndHope.com) and I discuss what is troubling us about Alex Jones, Piers Morgan, and the current gun control debate. Look Closer: Starsuckers(Documentary) http://www.starsuckersmovie.com/ Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/popular.html Argumentum Ad Populum http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/popular.html Argumentum Ad Hominem http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/person.html Straw Man Fallacy http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html The Existential Fallacy http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/existen.htm …

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186: Parenting Challenges Discussion With Stefan Molyneux

2013-01-11
Length: 37m 25s


Topic: Stefan Molyneux, Osborne and I continue our discussion, shifting to questions about parenting challenges and frustrations. -Christmas, gift-giving and entitlement -Youth marketing -The Problem of Daycare -Why do people have kids? -Why did Stef have a kid? This show was recorded live on 1-5-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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185: The Red Pill Blues - Freed Minds and New Resentments

2013-01-08
Length: 51m 5s


Topic: Stefan Molyneux and I discuss the anger and frustration that many people encounter after discovering the message of liberty. Context: When people become aware of the philosophy of liberty, many will feel anger, betrayal and paranoia... Is this why they often gravitate to politics first? Because it's such an appropriate outlet for those emotions? After another season of political hopefulness, reality sets in. Discussion: What to do next? -Political action vs. peaceful parenting -Acknowledging and dealing with resentments -Denormalizing parental treatment to be a better parent -Anger as an opportunity -"Real-Time" relationships This show was recorded live on 1-5-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Breaking Free by Nathaniel Branden http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Free-Nathaniel-Branden/dp/0553265881 The Heart of Parenting: Nonviolent Communication in Action http://www.parentingwithpresence.net/index.php?pageid=970 $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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184: Youth Marketing - Old Tricks For New Generations

2013-01-01
Length: 1h 18m 50s


The new website is up! HUGE thanks to Tony Sage, our webmaster. Topic: Cory, Celestina and I discuss what many may consider predatory practices in modern advertising and 360-degree marketing to children. While these techniques have become more sophisticated with the arrival of new media, they still rely on the basic tricks that adults have been falling for since the mid-1920s. -Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (Documentary) -Government intervention in media, Federal Trade Commission -Edward Bernays This show was recorded live on 12-27-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Propaganda (1928)by Edward Bernays http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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183: The War On...A Clockwork Orange

2012-12-18
Length: 1h 34m 44s


"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." -Alphonse Karr Translation: The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing Pursuing a topic that I wish was less relevant...Cory, Matt and I discuss the political and cultural reaction to the Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange, based on a book by the same name, written by Anthony Burgess. Please be patient with this show. Society's decision-makers, opinion-manipulators and their loyal followers frantically search for scapegoats when deeper problems manifest in an immediate crisis or tragedy. I believe they do this to avoid looking at culture, government, traditions, parenting, institutions...and most importantly, the self. Authentic, meaningful examination is just too overwhelming, compared the to ease of blaming youth, permissiveness, too many guns, not enough guns, violence in film, foreigners, video games, the corrupting influence of reading novels, not enough medication, witches, lack of socialized medicine, music, the absence of prayer in schools, not enough school, the New World Order, too much freedom, etc...

Topic 1: Discussion of the film Style, Meaning, Easter Eggs, Technique, etc... Topic 2: Context, Britain at that time (1971) Liberalization vs Tradition Topic 3: Reaction to the film And the relevance to today
This is an edited version of the 12-13-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: Sir George Solti "Ode to Joy" Zero 7 "In the Waiting Line" Look Closer: The Clockwork Controversy, by Christian Bugge http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0012.html …

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182: Logic Saves Lives Part 8 - Cognitive Distortions and Cognitive Restructuring

2012-12-12
Length: 1h 34m 0s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) and I discuss cognitive distortions, exaggerated and irrational thoughts common in thinking about self, society, politics and relationships. Cognitive distortions can interfere with our most sincere efforts to think in a clear, consistent and logical manner. Bumper Music: "Woodstock" Crosby, Stills and Nash Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ Happiness Counseling http://happinesscounseling.com/ Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress http://www.gapsychology.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=217 What is a Cognitive Bias? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cognitive-bias.htm Cognitive Restructuring http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_restructuring Mood Repair Strategies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mood_repair_strategies The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns http://books.google.com $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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181: An Exploration of Reasoning In Politics

2012-12-11
Length: 47m 18s


"Often wrong but never in doubt." -Reason.com (on political reasoning) Topic: Osborne, Marcus and I discuss the Reason.com article, Study Shows Smart Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians Are Easiest to Fool by Ron Bailey. Osborne raises some important questions about the validity of the studies presented in the article. This is an edited version of the 12-6-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion The Nothing Project - One-Man Band http://www.nothingproject.com/ Brainless Tales http://www.brainlesstales.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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180: Kids Hear Tones Through Megaphones

2012-12-10
Length: 52m 11s


Presence vs. Urgency Topic: A listener named Tim calls in to discuss his remorse about raising his voice with his young children. This is a segment from the 12-6-12 After School Sucks Special, with an additional non-live monologue. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Stephanie Mattei of the Consciously Parenting Project interviews Jorge to discuss parenting with an NVC approach http://www.vivenciawork.com/media.html $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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179: Myths About Youth, By Mike Males (Article - Circa 2001)

2012-12-05
Length: 51m 51s


I found an irresistible book in a used book store called Everything You Know Is Wrong. It was a compilation of articles by alternative media journalists, revisionist historians, and social commentators, which included a piece by Mike Males entitled "Myths About Youth." Since I could not find this article on the web, I decided to share it here. Topics include teen violence, teen drug use, teen suicide, teen sex, the anti-youth agendas of special interests...and the inevitable crackdowns. Look Closer: Mike Males Articles http://home.earthlink.net/~mmales/ Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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178: Sexy Asian Tutors and the Reevaluation of My Career

2012-12-04
Length: 1h 6m 47s


Topic: Two events in the past few weeks have forced me to think more intensely about my career choice and to contemplate where it is ultimately taking me. It will all be explained in the show. This is a selection of segments from the 11-29-12 live show, with an additional non-live monologue. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Introduction: Discussed: Look Closer: Meet the "Tutor Kings and Queens" By Yojana Sharma http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20085558 $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please sign up right here.

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177: Proactive, Authentic, Cooperative Conflict Resolution (vs. Lose-Lose Parenting)

2012-11-27
Length: 1h 8m 10s


Lose-Lose Parenting: Tough Love, "Last Resorts" and Public Shaming A stream of consciousness show, in response to a story about the Florida parents who publicly shamed their 15-year-old daughter as a "last resort" act of "tough love." “We’re losing a lot of kids and a lot of teachers because we still view challenging kids the wrong way and handle them in ways that don’t address their true difficulties. It's an exercise in frustration for everyone involved, and it’s time to get off the treadmill.” Ross Greene, Lost At School Picture(Clockwise from top-left): 1. 17th century Puritan New England 2. 19th century American South 3. Communist China 4. Florida, 2012 Look Closer: Parents Shame Daughter for Sneaking Boys In, Make Her Wear Sign http://news.softpedia.com/news/Parents-Shame-Daughter-for-Sneaking-Boys-In-Make-Her-Wear-Sign-309266.shtml Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens Father forces seventh grade son stand street wearing sign failing grades http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113691/Father-forces-seventh-grade-son-stand-street-wearing-sign-failing-grades.html Dr. Ross Greene, Lives In the Balance http://www.livesinthebalance.org/solving-problems-collaboratively Dr. Ross Greene, Simple Plan B (Example) http://www.livesinthebalance.org/simple-plan-b Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens Dayna Martin: 'I let my children do whatever they want' http://gulfnews.com/life-style/people/i-let-my-children-do-whatever-they-want-1.1108729 …

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176: Pestilence and Superstition - Obligatory Revisionist Thanksgiving History Rant

2012-11-26
Length: 1h 23m 23s


Topic: Osborne and I celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing a more accurate account of the Pilgrim arrival in the Massachusetts Bay area in 1620, what happened beforehand, and what unfolded next. Why is this story so important to American mythology? From which important truths is it misdirecting our collective attention? What are the lost opportunities for government school history students? This is the full 11-22-12 live show, with an additional segment taken from the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving: The Birth of Private Enterprise in America by Richard M. Ebeling http://defenseofcapitalism.blogspot.com/2009/11/true-meaning-of-thanksgiving-birth-of.html Appeal to tradition http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_tradition First Thanksgiving,Red Eyes, Invisibility of Racism (excerpted from the book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen) http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/History/First_Thanksgiving_LMTTM.html Gatto: The Underground History of American Education http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm …

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175: Logic Saves Lives Part 7 - Did Stanley Kubrick Help NASA Fake the Moon Landing? I Sure Hope So!

2012-11-20
Length: 2h 16m 9s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: An investigation of a very compelling conspiracy theory involving a visionary film maker, the media, the final frontier, the government and a fight against my own confirmation bias. The fallacies covered in this show can all be categorized under Fallacies of Omission, where essential material is left out of an argument or the presenter deliberately misdirects others from crucial information (or lack thereof). This group includes: -The Loaded Question -Stacking the Deck, or Cherry Picking -The Argument From the Negative -The Appeal to Ignorance -Hypothesis Contrary to Fact Also covered: -Backround knowledge, Grammer -Rhetorical Styles in documentaries -The Concept of Unfalsifiablity -Kubrick's methods This podcast includes the edited 11-15-12 live show, the after-show and additional non-live segments. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. To watch the full video version of this podcast, recorded live, click here. Bumper Music: "Your Wildest Dreams" The Moody Blues To resume the discussion with Sam from where we left off on the podcast, jump to 41:50 in this video. Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ How a NASA Lens became Kubrick’s Obsession http://filmmakeriq.com/2012/03/how-a-nasa-lens-became-kubricks-obsession/ The Secrets of The Shining? http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/luna/luna_apollomissions10.htm Alchemical Kubrick, 2001: The Great Work On Film, by Jay Weidner http://www.alchemylab.com/alchemical_kubrick.htm Red Ice Radio - Jay Weidner - Hr 1 - Kubrick's Odyssey: How Stanley Faked the Moon Landings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_00nQHdOHuw A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Moon - Documentary-ish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZiGgfBh2x0 Myth Busters Episode 104: NASA Moon Landing http://mythbustersresults.com/nasa-moon-landing …

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174: Individual Identity In A Collectivist World (Brett On The Freedom Experiment)

2012-11-20
Length: 1h 22m 52s


My recent discussion with Rodney Smith from The Freedom Experiment Podcast. Topics: -Collectivism in the African-America community -The myths of the Great Society -Obama -The forfeiting of individual identity -Coming to terms to be spanked and being a spanker -Nonviolent Communication -The problems in college athletics -Lessons of baseball Look Closer: The Freedom Experiment Podcast http://therodneysmith.podomatic.com/ …

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173: Autonomy Vs. Authority (Brett On Sex, Lies and Anarchy)

2012-11-16
Length: 1h 45m 33s


What are the forces and ideas preventing children from attaining autonomy? Topics: -Child labor laws -Governnment regulation of apprenticeship programs -Emancipation -Age restrictions -The legality of child abuse -Some pretty bad jokes Look Closer: SexLiesAnarchy.com/ http://sexliesanarchy.com/ Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens G. Stanley Hall: The Inventor of Adolescence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Stanley_Hall …

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172: Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School (With Laurette Lynn)

2012-11-11
Length: 1h 20m 9s


School: Don't try this at home! "...the truth is that you can't homeschool. You can't. Nobody can do school but school. However, the good news is that you are not supposed to do school. You are supposed to do life." - Laurette Lynn Topic: Laurette Lynn joins Osborne and me to discuss her new book, Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School. This show provides a good introduction and some elaboration on the topics Laurette and I frequently discuss on our shows. This is the full 11-8-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Laurette's Website http://www.laurettelynn.com/ Gatto: The Underground History of American Education http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm …

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171: Logic Saves Lives Part 6 - Reality Time For Bill Maher

2012-11-06
Length: 1h 20m 30s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Today's show is a personal exercise to help me let go of a long-standing resentment against comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. Cory, Osborne and I analyze several clips from his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, primarily focusing on two fallacies: composition and division. Many tangents result! Composition: This fallacy is a result of reasoning from the properties of the parts of the whole to the properties of the whole itself--it is an inductive error. Division: This fallacy is the reverse of composition. It is the misapplication of deductive reasoning. One fallacy of division argues falsely that what is true of the whole must be true of individual parts. Source: Logical Fallacies Handlist "The process of forming and applying concepts contains the essential pattern of two fundamental methods of cognition: induction and deduction. The process of observing the facts of reality and of integrating them into concepts is, in essence, a process of induction. The process of subsuming new instances under a known concept is, in essence, a process of deduction." -Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (p28) This is an edited version the 11-1-12 live show with additional non-live segments. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Kickstart My Heart" Motley Crue Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Handlist http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Hasty Generalization http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html#hasty_generalization_anchor Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Logical Fallacy: Tu Quoque http://www.fallacyfiles.org/tuquoque.html Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher http://www.hbo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher/index.html …

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170: Catallaxy

2012-11-04
Length: 45m 15s


Catallaxy describes a "self-organizing system of voluntary co-operation" -Friedrich Hayek Topic: A doctoral candidate named John, who currently teaches in Hawaii, calls in to the after-show to discuss education as a self-organizing system. He references a TED Talk by Sugata Mitra and some interesting outcomes from the One Laptop Per Child project in Ethiopia. Excerpt: "We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android." This is a portion the 11-1-12 After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian-kids.php Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html Catallaxy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catallaxy …

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169: Carrots and Sticks Roundtable With Mark Edge and Ian Freeman

2012-10-28
Length: 1h 50m 12s


Topic: Mark Edge and Ian Freeman, the hosts of Free Talk Live, join Osborne, Cory and me for a discussion about punishments and rewards, and peaceful parenting. The primary question driving our conversation: do incentives work? But is that really the right question? This is an edited version the 10-25-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Damn Right I Got the Blues" Buddy Guy "Revival" Allman Brothers Look Closer: Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ Street Giraffe http://www.wiseheartpdx.org/post/128 An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/pdf/Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf Parenting from Your Heart, by Inbal Kashtan http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/inbal_kashtan.html 10 Principles of Unconditional Parenting http://rainbowrecognizer.hubpages.com/hub/10-Principles-of-Unconditional-Parenting Secrets of Happy Parents Radio Show MP3: Unconditional Parenting with Alfie Kohn, author of Unconditional Parenting http://www.ahaparenting.com/radio-shows/unconditional-parenting The Argument From Morality...Or, how we will win, by Stefan Molyneux http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/molyneux7.html A Brief History of Ethics (Part 1) - Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxmRYKnCDRg "How to Win Political Arguments" Stefan Molyneux from Freedomain Radio Speaks in New Hampshire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_1nbahAts …

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168: Breaking Free

2012-10-23
Length: 1h 22m 0s


Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss Nathaniel Branden's book, Breaking Free. Wes is currently doing on series on this book on Complete Liberty Podcast. "Do you believe you're worthless? Ineffectual? Mediocre? Helpless? Nathaniel Branden, best selling author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem introduces a revolutionary method to show you how repressed feelings and forgotten past experiences may have shaped your current sense of self. Breaking Free introduces 22 key questions designed to break down repressive barriers. Questions such as: Were you taught to be an independent thinker, or encouraged to be obedient? Were you free to express your fears openly, without fear of punishment? Did your parents' behavior towards you make you feel guilty? Were you taught to have a healthy and positive attitude toward sex and toward your own body? Through dramatized case studies, Branden reveals how responding to these key questions can expose you to new ways of thinking about yourself and your past. Breaking Free will liberate you from your inhibitions and allow you to have a greater sense of yourself and your true potential.." -GoodReads.com Complete Liberty Episode 165 - Breaking Free, part 1 Complete Liberty Episode 167 - Breaking Free, part 2 Complete Liberty Episode 170 - Breaking Free, part 3 Complete Liberty Episode 171 - Breaking Free, part 4 Complete Liberty Episode 172 - Breaking Free, part 5 This is an edited version the 10-18-12 Ustream-only live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Be Good, Johnny" Men At Work "Can We Start Again" Tindersticks Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ NathanielBranden.com http://www.nathanielbranden.com/ An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Happiness Counseling Resource Page http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/ You Made It Weird Podcast With Pete Holmes http://www.nerdist.com/podcast/you-made-it-weird/ …

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167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 - The Stolen Concept

2012-10-20
Length: 52m 11s


Picture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept. "When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (p59–60) This is an edited version the 10-18-12 Ustream-only live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. To watch the full, unedited video show, click here. Bumper Music: "Cypher(Instrumental)" Duke West Lake "Head Over Heals" Tears For Fears Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ The Self-Refuting Idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-refuting_idea Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ The Stolen Concept, by Nathaniel Branden http://www.nathanielbranden.com/the-stolen-concept/ …

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166 (Supplemental): Unreleased Live Show Potpourri

2012-10-11
Length: 1h 20m 0s


Picture: From school to self-education...and so much more The show is on hiatus until the end of the month. In the meantime, here is an unreleased live show from a couple months ago. Topics: -Cognitive Bias -Sidney Roc from Gaming and Liberty Podcast calls in to discuss behaviorism and gaming -Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education -Cory and I discuss our work frustrations -Transitioning from school to self-education This is an edited version the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "A Man of Many Words" Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Look Closer: The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/social-emotional-development/tips-on-nurturing-your-childs-curiosity.html How I Would Unschool My Kids http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/07/how-i-would-unschool-my-kids/ Help John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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165: The Essential Ingredients of A Psychopathic Society

2012-09-26
Length: 1h 12m 58s


Topic: Cory, Osborne and I discuss a new documentary film about psychopathy, power and society... "Every meaningful change starts with awareness. In our culture, we not only praise psychopaths in the highest positions of power, but in many cases, they became our role models. Challenge your beliefs! We have delved into the world of psychopaths and heroes and revealed something crucial about us." - I Am Fishead, documentary film About I Am Fishead: It is a well-known fact that our society is structured like a pyramid. The very few people at the top create conditions for the majority below. Who are these people? Can we blame them for the problems our society faces today? Guided by the saying "A fish rots from the head." we set out to follow that fishy odor. What we found out is that people at the top are more likely to be psychopaths than the rest of us. Who, or what, is a psychopath? Unlike Hollywood's stereotypical image, they are not always blood-thirsty monsters from slasher movies. Actually, that nice lady who chatted you up on the subway this morning could be one. So could your elementary school teacher, your grinning boss, or even your loving boyfriend. The medical definition is simple: A psychopath is a person who lacks empathy and conscience, the quality which guides us when we choose between good and evil, moral or not. Most of us are conditioned to do good things. Psychopaths are not. Their impact on society is staggering, yet altogether psychopaths barely make up one percent of the population. Read more... This is an edited version the 9-20-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. To watch the full, unedited video show, click here. Bumper Music: "Walking On Sunshine" Aly & AJ. "Halo/Walking On Sunshine" Glee Cast Look Closer: Hare Psychopathy Checklist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hare_Psychopathy_Checklist Psychopathic boldness tied to U.S. presidential success http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2012/09/psychopathic-boldness-tied-to-us.html http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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164: Logic Saves Lives Part 4 - The Appeal to Force Precludes Reason

2012-09-19
Length: 1h 10m 24s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Activists Derrick J. Freeman and Michele Seven join us to discuss civil disobedience and the new documentary film, Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree. We use their stories to examine a quasi-logical fallacy called argumentum ad bacculum (appeal to force). This fallacy is the #1 tool of people calling themselves government. "Of all the fallacies, the Ad Baculum fallacy may be the most difficult to reconcile with some form of legitimate reasoning. The Ad Baculum fallacy does not so much imitate good reasoning as announce that every effort at reasoning has come to an end. Now violence will be used instead. Persuasion is not the point, only compliance." -Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole, L'Art de Penser (The Art of Thinking), 1662 This is an edited version the 9-13-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. To watch the full, unedited video show, click here. Co-Hosts: Osborne Bumper Music: "Home" Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "How Come" Ray Lamontagne Look Closer: Appeal to Force (Ad Baculum) http://courses.csusm.edu/fallacies/force.htm Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ School Sucks Podcast #017: The State's Facade of Honor and Benevolence http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2009-11-22T04_30_34-08_00 http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ …

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163: I Spent 9/11 Reading About Critical Thinking Development and Emotional Intelligence

2012-09-11
Length: 1h 12m 59s


It's good day for it. Topics: This morning I discovered a new website: www.criticalthinking.org, the homepage of The Critical Thinking Community. There's been a lot of talk on the show lately about the connection between critical thinking and emotional intelligence. And after searching through the site, I discovered the work of an educational psychologist named Linda Elder. I was very intrigued by her paper, Critical Thinking Development: A Stage Theory, so I thought I would turn it into a nice mp3 for you. Woven throughout the theory is a call to understand the roll emotional intelligence plays in effective and rational thinking, so I have also included some audio from an Objectivist writer and lecturer on philosophy named Dr.Diana Hsieh. Dr. Hsieh (Promounced "Shay") also hosts a Q&A webcast called Philosophy In Action. Look Closer: Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence,by Linda Elder http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/cognition-and-affect-critical-thinking-and-emotional-intelligence/485 Philosophy: Who Needs It http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_nonfiction_philosophy_who_needs_it …

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161 (Supplemental): After School (Sucks) Special With Larken Rose

2012-09-11
Length: 59m 45s


Topics: An expansion of of the conversation in show #160: Logic Saves Lives Part 3 - The Most Dangerous Superstition (With Larken Rose). Larken joined us to discuss his book, The Most Dangerous Superstition, and the logical fallacy called argumentum ad verecundiam (appeal to authority). This fallacy often lays the groundwork for many additional logical and rhetorical missteps in debate. This is an edited version of the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The Appeal To Authority (Defined) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/appeal-to-authority The Appeal To Force (Defined) http://www.fallacyfiles.org/adbacula.html Genetic Fallacy (defined) http://www.fallacyfiles.org/genefall.html Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Help John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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162 (Supplemental): A God-Damned Piece Of Paper - Larken Rose Versus A Caller

2012-09-10
Length: 52m 15s


Topics: The authority of the constitution is one of my least favorite subjects, but we decided to give a listener almost 50 minutes to make his case. This show is 2 selected clips from the 9-6-12 live show and the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Attacking the Sacred, By Larken Rose http://boldvoices.tv/content/attacking-sacred-larken-rose No Treason The Constitution of No Authority, by Lysander Spooner http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/spooner1.html …

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160: Logic Saves Lives Part 3 - The Most Dangerous Superstition (With Larken Rose)

2012-09-08
Length: 55m 2s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Larken Rose joins us to discuss his book, The Most Dangerous Superstition, and the logical fallacy called argumentum ad verecundiam (appeal to authority). This fallacy often lays the groundwork for many additional logical and rhetorical missteps in debate. This is an edited version the 9-6-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Co-Hosts: Cory Bumper Music: "Sing Me Back Home" Merle Haggard Look Closer: The Appeal To Authority (Defined) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/appeal-to-authority Genetic Fallacy (defined) http://www.fallacyfiles.org/genefall.html Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ POLITICAL DEBATE CONTRACT http://edu-lu-tion.com/resources/political_debate_contract http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ …

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159: Logic Saves Lives Part 2 - The Political Debate Contract

2012-09-01
Length: 1h 18m 34s


Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A discussion about my new idea for advancing the message of liberty, articulating a sound methodology, and removing the irrationality and pacifying the emotional mayhem of the average political argument. 'Tis the season... POLITICAL DEBATE CONTRACT For honest, rational, and meaningful discussions about important issues. TOPIC/QUESTION: _________________________________________________ All Parties Agree to Avoid Red Herrings Clause #1: Clarification of Purpose Before proceeding, all parties must communicate the goals they are trying achieve through this argument/conversation. More importantly, all parties must identify the intellectual or emotional needs they are trying to have met through such an interaction. Clause #2: Ethical and Logical Consistency Because almost all political arguments grow from the need of all parties determine right from wrong, or moral from immoral, each party must articulate a clear foundation of principles or axioms upon which all of their political positions are built. EXAMPLE: “I am a Republican/Democrat/Libertarian, and that political belief system is built upon the impenetrable idea that (insert principles here) . Please avoid abstract language and subjective claims like: “America is the greatest country in the world!” OR “Freedom is the answer.” OR “Obama says...” All your subsequent arguments and statements must not contradict the principles you put forward at this step. All elements of your current political belief system must be consistent with these principles. Clause #3: Avoiding the Box While the discussion must stay on the agreed upon topic, all parties must agree to abstain from the tactic of putting their opponent(s) "in a box." This refers to attempts to control the context of the discussion in a way that is advantageous to you. EXAMPLES: 1. Lifeboat Scenarios 2. Straw-Man Fallacy 3. Loaded Questions (Trap-Setting) 4. Special Pleading Fallacy (The Retreat) Clause #4: Foundation of Facts All parties must be able to demonstrate that their opinion/claim/call-to-action is built upon a foundation of facts with which their opponent agrees. This is often the most challenging part of any debate because each party will have different strengths and deficits in his or her knowledge-base. Both parties will agree to fact-checking in real time (internet) if necessary. Clause #5: Ideological Flexibility You agree that if your opponent can clearly demonstrate that your argument contains numerous inconsistencies, contradictions or other general errors in reasoning, you will follow up by doing all of the following: 1. avoid launching into an emotion-driven invective against your opponent, including ad hominem attacks (aka FIGHT) 2. avoid the “taking my ball and going home” tactic, where you say something like, “I've had it with this! There's no talking to you! And everyone is entitled to their own opinion anyway. Goodbye.” (aka FLIGHT) 3. admit that your position needs additional research and consideration 4. agree to consume two (2) pieces of educational media chosen for you by your opponent (articles, book excerpts, videos, podcasts, etc...) SOME EXAMPLES of common reasoning errors to avoid: Appeal to Emotion/Fear, Appeal to Authority, Appeal to Popularity, Circular Reasoning, Ambiguity, Equivocation, the Genetic Fallacy, Fallacy of Composition/Division, Fallacy of the Excluded Middle, and Appeal to Tradition Signatures: PARTY 1 ______________________________ PARTY 2 ______________________________ WITNESS ______________________________ This is an edited version the 8-30-12 live show and the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Co-Hosts: Cory and Osborne. J.J. from Starfall Media joins us during the after-show. Bumper Music: "Listen" Chicago Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ POLITICAL DEBATE CONTRACT http://edu-lu-tion.com/resources/political_debate_contract The John Taylor Gatto Recovery Project (2012) https://theultimatehistorylesson.com/donate/ http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Stefan Molyneux: A Handout For Statists http://www.strike-the-root.com/72/molyneux/molyneux4.html Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ …

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158: Robert Murphy - The Austrian School and the Future of Education

2012-08-25
Length: 1h 11m 49s


Topics: Economist Robert P. Murphy joins Osborne and me to discuss the philosophy and misconceptions of Austrian economics, the future of scholarly pursuits and credibility, and his advice for young people. This is an edited version the 8-16-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Robert Murphy Bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_P._Murphy My Advice to Young People http://mises.org/daily/5637/My-Advice-to-Young-People My Debate Challenge to Paul Krugman http://mises.org/daily/4807 Help John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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157: Cognitive Bias and Memories of School

2012-08-22
Length: 39m 26s


Picture: Topics: John, a former public school teacher, calls in to discuss his feelings about the distortions in memories of future public school graduates...and teachers. This is an edited version of 8-9-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Informal University http://informalu.org/ The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

2012-08-09
Length: 57m 48s


Topics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Fire On the Mountain" Grateful Dead (5-8-77 at Cornell University) Look Closer: Trivium Education http://www.triviumeducation.com/ Tragedy and Hope http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto https://theultimatehistorylesson.com/ The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/social-emotional-development/tips-on-nurturing-your-childs-curiosity.html How I Would Unschool My Kids http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/07/how-i-would-unschool-my-kids/ Help John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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155: No Child Left Behind (and Other Bi-Partisan Education Conspiracies)

2012-08-06
Length: 1h 29m 19s


Topic: A follow-up to our recent shows about behaviorism and educational politics, this episode examines the origins of, and ideologies and motives behind the controversial (yet bi-partisan!) No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002, or 1989, or 1967, or 1933, or 1903, depending on where you start the story. Bumper Music: "Waiting For Superman" The Flaming Lips Look Closer: The No Child Left Behind Act: A Look at Provisions, Philosophies, and Compromises http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JITE/v41n2/kymes.html Origins and Purpose of "No Child Left Behind" http://www.educationanddemocracy.org/Emery/Emery_NCLB.htm A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Political Economy of Collective Skill FormationPDF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE TYRANNY http://www.newswithviews.com/Chapman/michael.htm RICH DAD: The Conspiracy Against Our Education, Why Money is not Taught in Our Schools http://www.conspiracyoftherich.com/ EdWatch http://www.edwatch.org/ The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto (Chapter 12 - The Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, Section 15 - The General Education Board And Friends) http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/12o.htm Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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154: School Choice and the Minefield of Educational Politics

2012-07-30
Length: 54m 44s


Picture: Trustees of the General Education Board, the first Rockefeller foundation, at a retreat in Rockland, Maine, in July 1915. Front row, from left: Edwin A. Alderman, Frederick T. Gates, Charles W. Eliot (former president of Harvard University), Harry Pratt Judson (president of University of Chicago), Wallace Buttrick (executive officer of the Board). Second row, from left: Wickliffe Rose (head of the Rockefeller public health programs), Hollis B. Frissell, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., E. C. Sage, Albert Shaw, Abraham Flexner. Third row, from left: George E. Vincent (president of the Rockefeller Foundation), Anson Phelps Stokes, Starr J. Murphy, Jerome D. Greene Topics: Kate Baker, the Executive Director of The Network For Educational Opportunity, joins me to discuss her battles in educational politics, school choice, the history of compulsory schooling, and parenting. This is an edited version of 7-26-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: N.H. will request waiver from NCLB http://m.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120722%2FNEWS%2F207220339%2F-1%2FNEWSMAP&template=wapart Network for Education Opportunity http://networkforeducation.org/ A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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153 (Supplemental): Individual Challenges In A Religious Culture

2012-07-30
Length: 2h 5m 6s


Picture: Doc Christensen's "Portrait of the Prophets"(Depicts all LDS church presidents from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson) Complete Liberty Episode 168 Wes Bertrand's Show Notes:

Guests Brett from http://schoolsucksproject.com/live and http://youtube.com/schoolsuckspodcast and Jeremy from http://ultimatefreedomquest.com and http://internetbusinessmastery.com

http://www.break.com/index/door_to_door_atheists_bother_mormons.html

http://www.alternet.org/story/155158/why_does_religion_always_get_a_free_rid

Nate Phelps took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything Q&A
http://boingboing.net/2012/06/24/qa-with-a-former-member-of-th.html

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/anti-conceptual_mentality.html

"public school" is the church of the state

one key challenge is to maintain your curiosity in a culture that stifles it (via such things as rewards and punishments)

http://www.logicallearning.net/libertyeducation.html

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/want-a-disproven-belief-government-schools-teach-good-science/

The Hopelessness of Atheism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLxNc_Mtw-4

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/faith.html

The Internet Where religions come to die
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rqw4krMOug

http://www.ldsliberty.org/podcasts/

bumper music "Touched By The Hand Of God" by New Order
http://www.neworderonline.com/

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152: Behaviorism In Disguise - Outcome-Based Education

2012-07-23
Length: 1h 24m 24s


Co-Hosts: Alyson, Cory, Mandrik Topics: A seemingly comical entry-point into dark territory: Texas GOP Declares: "No More Teaching of 'Critical Thinking Skills' in Texas Public Schools" which quotes the party platform: "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority." So what is Outcome-Based Education? John Taylor Gatto: A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING The BEHAVIORAL TEACHER EDUCATIONAL PROJECT outlines specific teaching reforms to be forced on the country, unwillingly of course, after 1967. "According to the BEHAVIORAL TEACHER EDUCATIONAL PROJECT, post modern schooling would focus, (I quote directly from the document), "on pleasure cultivation and interpersonal relationships and other attitudes and skills compatible with a non-work world". It makes sense of course, doesn't it? That irresponsible semi-illiterate people could not be trusted with much responsibility so in the new change agentry schooling, which is called for by this national teacher training document, the teacher is a therapist, translating the prescriptions of the social psychologists into practical action research in the classroom." Context: Changes in the 1960s: motivations and results Civil rights and opposition to Vietnam Government responds: -Poverty and inner-city desperation pacified with welfare -War on Drugs against mind expansion -centralization and standardization of education Had the true controlling potential of school had been dormant up to this point? This is an edited version of 7-19-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Educational Theories - Behaviorism Vs. Constructivism http://crescentok.com/staff/jaskew/isr/education/theories.htm Applying behaviorism to our schools http://joctl.blogspot.com/2009/03/applying-behaviorism-to-our-schools.html Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities: Constructivism Or Behaviorism? http://cie.asu.edu/volume8/number10/index.html Outcome-Based Education Explained, by Ron Sunseri http://www.sntp.net/education/obe_explained.htm A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ …

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151: Behaviorism In Your Video Games

2012-07-22
Length: 1h 14m 16s


Co-Hosts: Cory, Osborne (Ustream-Only Show) “I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.” – B. F. Skinner Topics: Cory leads the discussion, recounting his frustrating experiences with the MMO, World of Warcraft, and how today's game creators employ the the techniques of behaviorist B.F. Skinner to control the behavior of players. Our guide for this discussion is an article from Cracked.com: 5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted, by David Wong. This is an edited version of 7-12-12 Ustream-only show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. The Skinner Box: Look Closer: Why B. F. Skinner, Like Freud, Still Isn’t Dead, By John Horgan http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2012/06/01/why-b-f-skinner-like-freud-still-isnt-dead/ Operant Conditioning (B.F. Skinner) http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/operant-conditioning.html Why did I do that? A Primer on B.F. Skinner http://psychologydegreeguide.org/bf-skinner/ Educational Approach in Constructivism and Behaviorism http://www.articlesbase.com/college-and-university-articles/educational-approach-in-constructivism-and-behaviorism-441073.html …

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150: Entrepreneurs, Elites, and the Enigmatic Peter Thiel

2012-07-17
Length: 1h 35m 36s


Co-Hosts: Mandrik, Wes Bertrand (last two segments) Topics: We cautiously approach the Peter Thiel rabbit hole. Our discussion begins with a story about Thiel's warnings of a higher education bubble, and his Thiel Fellowship, which offers start-up money to innovative college students if they drop out and get to work. -Mandrik talks about agorism and entrepreneurship. -Wes Bertrand calls in to share a story about Thiel: The Nation: Ron Paul Wants to Abolish the CIA; His Largest Donor Builds Toys for It This is an edited version of 7-5-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The Nation: Ron Paul Wants to Abolish the CIA; His Largest Donor Builds Toys for It http://www.thenation.com/article/166421/ron-paul-wants-abolish-cia-his-largest-donor-builds-toys-it# Bilderberg 2012: Meet The Next Generation Technocrats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Nz98lyB6Y The Thiel Fellowship http://www.thielfellowship.org/ The Founders Fund http://www.foundersfund.com/ Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ Peter Thiel: We're in a Bubble and It's Not the Internet. It's Higher Education. http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/10/peter-thiel-were-in-a-bubble-and-its-not-the-internet-its-higher-education/ Famous College Drop-Outs http://collegedropoutshalloffame.com/ Complete Liberty Website http://completeliberty.com/ …

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149i (Porcfest Micro-Series): Brett Co-Hosts Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock

2012-07-14
Length: 44m 26s


The final installment of the Porcfest Micro-Series. On Monday, June 25th, 2012, I co-hosted Ernest Hancock's Declare Your Independence radio show. This is Hour One of the show. Discussed: -My career Bumper Music: "Outback" Baka Deyond A great resource: Freedom's Phoenix http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Front-Page.htm …

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149h (Porcfest Micro-Series): Alt-Expo Podcasters Forum

2012-07-12
Length: 51m 29s


A panel discussion about the basics of podcasting. Saturday 6-21-12 Organizer: Garrett Fox Disindoctrination Podcast Panelists: Stephanie Murphy Porc Therapy Antonio SJ Musumeci (Bile) Thinking Liberty Brett Veinotte School Sucks …

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149g (Porcfest Micro-Series): Adults-Only Friday Night - Wheels Off Liberty and the Roast

2012-07-12
Length: 1h 15m 24s


Warning: Extremely Explicit Content 9pm: "Alex Jones" Exposes Wheels Off Liberty As Shills of the New World Order -with Brian Hagen, Tarrin Lupo, George Mandrik, and Brett Veinotte With Tarrin Lupo With Brian Hagen, who played Alex Jones 10pm: The Roast of Christopher Lawless (Highlights) -"Alex Jones" introduces Bob Murphy -Bob Murphy explains what a roast is -Dan D'Amico > Stefan Molyneux > Brett Veinotte …

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149f (Porcfest Micro-Series): Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock - Daniel D'Amico, Stephanie Murphy, Brett Veinotte

2012-07-12
Length: 22m 55s


On Friday, June 20th, 2012, I sat in as a guest on Ernest Hancock's Declare Your Independence radio show. I had the pleasure of being on the show with Stephanie Murphy (Porc Therapy, Fr33 Aid) and economist Daniel D'Amico. Discussed: -The Mission of School Sucks Project -Intellectual Self-Defense -The Ultimate History Lesson -Market Alternatives to State-Run "Services" A great resource: Freedom's Phoenix http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Front-Page.htm …

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149e (Porcfest Micro-Series): Live Interviews - Pam the Public School Teacher, Jake Desyllas, Cody Hall

2012-07-10
Length: 41m 45s


These are selected segments from Hour 2 and The After School (Sucks) Special on 6-19-12. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. 1. Pam the Public School Teacher -NCLB -The Federal Takeover of Local Education, DoE -Education Vs. Schooling -Intro to the Prussian Model -A Good Education, Compared to What? -Unions 2. Jake Desyllas, The Voluntary Life -Tips For Emerging Entrepreneurs -Fighting the Training In Dependence -The "Free" Market Vs. the Public Sector 3. Cody Hall, Tragedy and Hope Communications -What Is T&H? -The Word "Conspiracy" -Historical Context -Corporate Media -The Trivium -The Ultimate History Lesson Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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149c (Porcfest Micro-Series): Flaming Freedom and FreeTalk Live Interviews

2012-07-08
Length: 29m 24s


Brett on Flaming Freedom (6-19-12) and Free Talk Live (6-21-12) On Flaming Freedom, we discuss whether or not the liberty movement should be more social conservative-friendly. On Free Talk Live, Brad Jardis expresses his objections to the name "School Sucks." Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ …

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149d (Porcfest Micro-Series): Stefan Molyneux Guest-Hosts School Sucks Radio

2012-07-07
Length: 35m 20s


Stefan Molyneux joins Osborne, me, and a large studio audience for the first hour of the 6-19-12 School Sucks Radio Show. I apologize for the less-than-optimal audio quality. Topics: -Weather-related nudity -The Freedomain Radio documentary film -The mainstream media -Exercises for avoiding confirmation bias -Striking the root Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ …

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149b (Porcfest Micro-Series): Brett Veinotte and Jake Desyllas - Surviving and Overcoming School

2012-07-06
Length: 55m 4s


Topics: At Porcfest, I talk for about 20 minutes on surviving government schooling experience, addressing the frequent question from parents: what should I do if I have to send my kid to public school? Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life Podcast then joins me to discuss overcoming our schooling, entrepreneurship and financial freedom. Look CLoser: The Voluntary Life http://www.thevoluntarylife.com/ …

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149a (Porcfest Micro-Series): Review and Recovery - Live

2012-07-05
Length: 1h 11m 10s


Co-Hosts: Mandrik and Osborne This is an edited version of the 6-28-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Sick and/or exhausted, the three of us fight our way through a raving review of the 2012 Porcupine Freedom Festival. …

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148: School Sucks Radio #6 - Khan Academy and Self-Directed Education

2012-06-27
Length: 1h 17m 54s


Co-Hosts: Osborne, Cory Topics: We discuss the value of Khan Academy, and how it would fit into the larger picture of free, self-directed education in the future. This is the full 6-14-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ Could You Modify It ‘To Stop Students From Becoming This Advanced?’ http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/could-you-modify-it-to-stop-students-from-becoming-this-advanced/ …

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147: School Sucks Radio #5 - Has College Become A Scam?

2012-06-13
Length: 1h 25m 34s


Picture: Hopefully this guy was a theatre major. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Cory Topics: -Understanding college debt -Osborne runs a debt collection company -Our college experiences -Who will end up holding the bag for defaults? -College indoctrination and sycophantic students This is the full 6-7-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Student Loan Debt Hell: 21 Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice About Going To College http://www.lewrockwell.com/rep2/student-loan-debt-hell.html The Higher-Education Bubble Has Popped http://lewrockwell.com/french/french140.html The Subsidized Student Loan Scam http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/10/the-subsidized-student-loan-scam/ …

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146b: School Sucks Radio #4 - A Voluntary World: Origins and Obstacles

2012-06-08
Length: 1h 0m 48s


Picture: A judge and his ethics. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik Topics: -Voluntarism -Politics Versus Patience -Logic Versus Schooling -Meditation -Poverty -Dropping Out -Honor Student Jailed For Doing Real Work -A 25-minute monologue on the Diane Tran incident (not live) This is hour two of the 5-31-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Diane Tran's Judge Offers a Defense, Sorta http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/06/diane_trans_judge_offers_a_def.php Diane Tran Scandal & The Matter Of Dishonorable Judge Lanny Moriarty Before The Texas Ethics Commission http://durangotexas.blogspot.com/2012/05/matter-of-dishonorable-judge-lanny.html …

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146a: School Sucks Radio #4 - The Challenges of A Thoughtful Tutor

2012-06-06
Length: 40m 57s


Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik The first hour of the show is predominantly a discussion initiated by a caller named John. He is a tutor seeking some advice on how to introduce some constructive criticism of the government school system to a struggling student and his father. Mandrik also discusses how "alternatives" to the mainstream schooling path have a certain stigma attached to them. This is hour one of the 5-31-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Army Recruiter threatens student with Jail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RgQYDQIT3o …

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145: School Sucks Radio #3 - There's A Whole Real World Out There

2012-05-31
Length: 1h 4m 55s


Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik The theme for this show is recognizing and accessing the whole world that awaits beyond the obedience, conformity and illogic of government school and the college scam. It begins with a North Carolina student who took a video of his teacher telling him he could be arrested for talking badly about Obama. It's a hit on You Tube. This is an edited down version of the 5-24-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. …

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144: Humanizing Hegel (Brett On the Corbett Report With Richard Grove and Tony Myers)

2012-05-28
Length: 48m 58s


Friday, May 25th, 2012: Richard Grove, Tony Myers, and I guest-hosted on the Corbett Report, a live call-in show on the RBN Network. We spent the hour looking at the life and work of the influential (and frequently misunderstood) German Idealist, Georg Hegel. Bumper Music: "Manges" Darmstadt Look Closer: Show Notes Courtesy of TragedyandHope.com https://www.tragedyandhope.com/friday-night-live-week-2-th-hosts-corbett-report-radio-tonights-topic-hegel/ http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ History...So It Doesn't Repeat https://www.tragedyandhope.com/producing-history/ Peace Revolution Podcast http://peacerevolution.podomatic.com/ Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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143: Logic Saves Lives Part 1 - Foundation, Attitudes and Values

2012-05-25
Length: 1h 22m 14s


"Logic is man’s method of reaching conclusions objectively by deriving them without contradiction from the facts of reality—ultimately, from the evidence provided by man’s senses. If men reject logic, then the tie between their mental processes and reality is severed; all cognitive standards are repudiated, and anything goes; any contradiction, on any subject, may be endorsed (and simultaneously rejected) by anyone, as and when he feels like it." -Any Rand “Nazism and Subjectivism,” The Objectivist, Feb. 1971 Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss the foundational concepts in the science of logic. We use the work of Leonard Peikoff (Objectivism: The Philosphy of Ayn Rand and An Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) as our guide. Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. -Why truth is more important than comfort -Subjectivism -Percepts to Concepts -The Stolen Concept -The Problem With Objectivism -Attitudes and Values -Approach, Communicating Effectively Objectivism (5 Branches of Philosophy) 1. Metaphysics 2. Epistemology-Logic 3. Ethics 4. Politics 5. Aesthetics Metaphysical Laws 1. Identity 2. Causality 3. Non-Contradiction Bumper Music: "If I Ruled the World (Instrumental)" NAS Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ Objectivism: The Philosphy of Ayn Rand http://attitudeadjustment.tripod.com/Books/OPAR.htm An Introduction to Objectivism Part1 - Lecture by Leonard Peikoff http://youtu.be/cW-xUEYaBnU http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Rand's Razor http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/rands_razor.html Achieving “mind like water” through Getting Things Done http://www.alanfurth.com/achieving-mind-like-water-through-getting-things-done/ Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ …

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142b: School Sucks Radio #2 - Two Stories From Inside the System (Teacher and Student)

2012-05-22
Length: 43m 1s


Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik A teacher from New York calls in to explain the rationale behind his school's recent iPhone ban. We also discuss surviving government school with a high school junior from Canada. This is hour one of the 5-17-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. …

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142a: School Sucks Radio #2 - Discovering Voluntarism While Pursuing A Teaching Career

2012-05-22
Length: 41m 40s


Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik Katie was pursuing a public school teaching career. Then she discovered the Philosophy of Liberty. I had a similar experience. This is hour one of the 5-17-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. …

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141: Ron Paul - The Final Fantasy Follow-Up (An Alternative Point of View)

2012-05-19
Length: 1h 15m 43s


Topic: In October of 2011, Stephanie Murphy, George Mandrik and I discussed our experiences with the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. I was recently contacted by Shaun Bowen, a Ron Paul 2012 campaign worker, who heard the episode and wanted to offer an alternative point of view. Bumper Music: "In Motion" Trent Reznor Look Closer; 106: A Young Person's Guide To Politics (Appendix A) - Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-19T06_33_27-07_00 "Democracy--the god that failed: the economics and politics of monarchy" By Hans-Hermann Hoppe http://books.google.com Freedomain Radio-True News 5: The Truth About Voting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igbBItLemsM Democracy Is Not Freedom by Rep. Ron Paul, MD http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul233.html FDR1980 Walter Block vs Stefan Molyneux vs Ron Paul! http://www.freedomainradio.com/DesktopModules/UltraNewsArticle/Read.aspx?Portalid=1&ArticleId=2470 Could the Bay State’s Ron Paul-loving delegates ruin Romney’s coronation? http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/137998-could-the-bay-states-ron-paul-loving-delegates-ru/ …

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140b: School Sucks Radio #1 - After-Show Calls and Discussion

2012-05-16
Length: 56m 50s


UStream-only bonus show after the 5/10/12 live show. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. -Mickey's communication/connecting efforts -Non-Violent Communication -Zingers! -Baby Boomers -Experiences with medication -School Walk-Outs -Wikipedia and Information Literacy …

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140a: School Sucks Radio #1 - Orientation

2012-05-12
Length: 52m 53s


Our first crack at producing a live radio and streaming video show. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik This is all but three segments of the 5-10-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Motivation Problem or Hidden Disability? http://www.uniquelygifted.org/motivation.htm Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ …

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139 (Supplemental): Live Show Announcement, Free Talk Live, Live Free FM

2012-05-10
Length: 1h 4m 46s


Announcing the debut of the School Sucks Live Show on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream. Thursdays at 10pm EST Plus some segments from my recent appearance on Free talk Live (5/6/12) and parts of an interview on Live Free FM. Bumper Music: "Space Wrangler" Widespread Panic "Stop-Go" Widespread Panic Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Flaming Freedom - Bringing the flame to freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ Live Free FM http://livefree.fm/ Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: …

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138: Cevin Soling - The War On Kids

2012-05-06
Length: 57m 45s


Cevin Soling, the director of the documentary The War On Kids joins me to discuss the film, his research and the pathologizing of normal youth behavior. Fortunately the 2009 film is now back in the news. Bumper Music: "Living In A Box" by Living In A Box Look Closer: thewaronkids.com http://www.thewaronkids.com/ Colbert Report http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/256926/november-30-2009/cevin-soling The War On Kids (Trailer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlnwm11d6II …

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136: The American Way Expanded (3 of 3): The Matches

2012-05-01
Length: 2h 20m 4s


Picture: The Nazis were certainly not atheists Part 3 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: The Chronology A meandering monologue covering 1000 years of German history. -The Holy Roman Empire and Biblical Prophecy -Otto Von Bismark -The Franco-Prussian War -German Unification -The Welfare State -Imperialism -Woodrow Wilson and Edward House -WWI and the Treaty of Versailles -The Great Depression -The Rise of Nazism -Policies of the Third Reich -The Real Hitler Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html Hitler's War Against the Jews: A Young Reader's Version of The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz http://books.google.com/books?id=nKl2Vv8HoDwC John Gatto Prussian Education http://youtu.be/o_CeWip5BpU Bismarck’s “Blood and Iron” Speech http://www.edb.gov.hk/FileManager/EN/Content_6332/making_of_modern_world_source10_eng.pdf Germans on Welfare: From Weimar to Hitler By David F. Crew http://books.google.com/books?id=2F9TPrhc46sC&pg=PA137&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false Nazi Germany Timeline http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERchron.htm …

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137: Live Show #6, Hour 1: Indoctrination Songs, Movie Talk, Dumbification Statistics

2012-04-23
Length: 1h 17m 59s


Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss films and film making, We also look at some statistics about the effectiveness of the public schools. Later in the show, we take a call from a listener who studies music, and we discuss the power of song for indoctrination and education. This is hour one Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from April 1st, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Flaming Freedom - Bringing the flame to freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ PorcFest 2012 http://porcfest.com/ Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: …

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135: The American Way Expanded (2 of 3): Pyromania

2012-04-15
Length: 2h 13m 56s


Part 2 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: Power, Obedience and Collectivism -The Milgram Experiment -Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment -Immanuel Kant -The Threat of Losing Control -Carl Von Clausewitz and Total War -Marxism -Fabian Socialism and Gradualism Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Kant made simple http://soler7.com/IFAQ/Kant.htmll What is the Hegelian Dialectic? http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/dialectic.htm Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html How The Nazis Usurped the History of The Teutonic Order http://expertscolumn.com/content/how-nazis-usurped-history-teutonic-order The Stanford Prison Experiment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZwfNs1pqG0 Stanley Millgram: Obedience to Authority http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9l_puxcrlM Philip Zimbardo: Why ordinary people do evil ... or do good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsFEV35tWsg Hitler's War Against the Jews: A Young Reader's Version of The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz http://books.google.com/books?id=nKl2Vv8HoDwC John Gatto Prussian Education http://youtu.be/o_CeWip5BpU The Lucifer Effect, by Phillip Zimbardo http://www.lucifereffect.com/ …

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134: The American Way Expanded (1 of 3): The Gasoline-Soaked House

2012-04-05
Length: 1h 35m 30s


Picture: It takes more than a couple of matches... Part 1 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: Philosophy In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? -Objectivism vs. German Idealism -Immanuel Kant -George Hegel -Johann Fichte -Friedrich Nietzsche Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Kant made simple http://soler7.com/IFAQ/Kant.htmll Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/analytic-synthetic_dichotomy.htmll Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html Fichte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichte A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html Identity And Causality, And The Use Of Logic http://www.logicallearning.net/libidentitycausa.html Quantum Shift TV: The underground history of North American education http://www.quantumshift.tv/v/1198046178/ Hitler's War Against the Jews: A Young Reader's Version of The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz http://books.google.com/books?id=nKl2Vv8HoDwC John Gatto Prussian Education http://youtu.be/o_CeWip5BpU …

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133 (Supplemental): Fajita Fun Time - Exposing New World Order Shills...Wait...What?

2012-04-05
Length: 52m 56s


Recommended for Wheels Off Liberty fans only. Maybe Alex Jones fans too. Not a real show. Look Closer: The Fajita Fun Time Podcast http://kidbri.podomatic.com/ Wheels Off Liberty http://wheelsoffliberty.podomatic.com/ DavidIcke.com http://www.davidicke.com/ …

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131 (School News! #8): El Cambio and Occupy Education

2012-03-25
Length: 1h 14m 10s


Topic: Shane James, one of the founding members of El Cambio (which is allied with the Occupy Movement), joins me to discuss a recent walkout at his high school, and the response from police and administrators. We also discuss the goals of his activism, the meaning/purpose of education, and the Occupy Movement. And I try to sprinkle a few seeds. Bumper Music: "Necessary Trouble" Hard-Fi Look Closer: Attack Dogs used on a High School Walkout in MD http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/attack-dogs-used-high-school-walkout-md School Officials, Students Spar in Northwestern Protest Debate http://riverdalepark.patch.com/articles/school-officials-students-spar-in-northwestern-protest-debate#photo-9319654 …

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130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) - Empowerment and Self-Defense

2012-03-19
Length: 1h 29m 45s


"In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind." -Edward Bernays Topic: Richard Grove and Tony Myers from TragedyandHope.com join me for a general introduction to the series on logical fallacies. Our discussion covers how fallacies fit into the larger picture of critical thinking principles and the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric). We also talk about the recent Republican debates, identifying techniques used by certain candidates. And the primary benefits of learning logic: 1. SELF DEFENSE: If you are a young person, targets are all over you; many different interests are trying to influence your values and actions. 2. PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT Effective communication, logical organization of thoughts and freedom from contradictions. Bumper Music: "Mohammad's Radio" Wareen Zevon Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Mission: Mind Control (ABC NEWS SPECIAL, 1979 http://youtu.be/8r4_BXLvvRc The Century of Self 1 - Happiness Machines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7HClTMzW9g I'M OK YOU'RE NOT OK http://madamepickwickartblog.com/2010/03/im-ok-youre-not-ok/ http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Is Kony 2012 a propaganda campaign? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO9HL99itSU History...So It Doesn't Repeat https://www.tragedyandhope.com/producing-history/ James Corbett - Skeptical on Syria: 'Media reports framed & manipulated' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVQ7gYyGIH4 Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ Richard Grove's Show-Notes: Logic Saves Lives / School Sucks episode 130 Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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129: Logical Fallacies Series Preview #2 - A Brief Analysis of KONY 2012

2012-03-14
Length: 2h 14m 17s


Today's installment is another preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. Topic: The KONY 2012 rabbit hole is deep and dark. In today's show, we'll poke our heads in and take a quick look around. KONY 2012 is viral You Tube film produced by the controversial Invisible Children organization. It explicitly calls for a US military intervention in Uganda to arrest warlord Joseph Kony, claiming this "grassroots" campaign and subsequent government action will serve as a model to end injustice and crimes against humanity in the world. Bumper Music: "Suburban High School" Nice Peter Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Joseph Kony 2012: growing outrage in Uganda over film https://www.sott.net/articles/show/242761-Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film Invisible Children, Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Children,_Inc. Dad-son talk, celebrity tweets key to viral video http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ggyenmJc1TISpG6Yr77qpfEBt03A?docId=24a862e019ad4798b73ac3c352cc104d Joseph Kony, LRA leader, uganda - worlds first ever interview http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3358543972674478503 African Critics of Kony Campaign See a ‘White Man’s Burden’ for the Facebook Generation http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/african-critics-of-kony-campaign-hear-echoes-of-the-white-mans-burden/ Is Kony 2012 a propaganda campaign? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO9HL99itSU Your World News Interview with Keith Harmon Snow The Politics of Genocide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlPY2fWBUeU KONY 2012 Film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY by Keith Harmon Snow http://www.whale.to/c/lord.html Trivium http://www.triviumeducation.com/trivium/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS" …

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128: Live Show #4, Hour 2 - Primary Sources

2012-03-06
Length: 1h 4m 15s


Picture: Who's this "we"? This is hour two Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from March 1st, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network.Gardner and I discuss a variety of school-related topics, after my half-hour introduction about John Dewey, donations/subscription encouragement - through an appeal to emotion (sorry) - and the upcoming SSP website. NOTE: Sorry about the background noise; I'm still working out some kinks with the new set-up. Discussed: -An email from a high school student -The Milgrim Experiment -Collectivism -Sam Blumenfeld's research -John Dewey -Primary Sources -Erica Goldson -Suggestions for students and parents Bumper Music: "If I Ruled the World" Jamie Cullum Look Closer: Stanley Milgram: Obedience to Authority (1974) http://www.panarchy.org/milgram/obedience.html WHO KILLED EXCELLENCE? by Samuel L. Blumenfeld http://richmondacademy.org/WhoKilledExcellence.aspx REVEALING "QUOTES" ON THE GOALS OF PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY http://www.psychquotes.com/ The Early Works, 1882-1898: 1895-1898. Early Essays By John Dewey http://books.google.com/ The Essential Dewey: Pragmatism, education, democracy By John Dewey, Larry Hickman, Thomas M. Alexander http://books.google.com/ Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: …

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127: The Ultimate History Lesson

2012-03-05
Length: 52m 14s


Today Richard Grove from TragedyandHope.com joins me to discuss his recent film, The Ultimate History Lesson - A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto. From theultimatehistorylesson.com: The Ultimate History Lesson is a 5-hour course, illustrating the cause and effect relationship of how Americans became incoherent, and thus how the American dream has was usurped by an international agenda. When John Taylor Gatto resigned from his job, he did so on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal. At the time, he was NYC and New York State School Teacher of the Year. The Ultimate History Lesson is presented as a five-hour interview session -memorializing Gatto's research, publications and life experiences- which forms an impeccable resource and reference library of the Underground History of American Education. Each hour focuses on examining the evolution of ideas which manifest today in the phenomenon of "public schooling". By dissecting the history and presenting you with the references, you're left at the end of each hour with a copious amount of information from which you can continue your own personal journey of discovery. With more than 200 footnotes and more than 30 book references contained in its entirety, this unique interview provides you with the primary sources, quotes, links, and suggested resources to expedite your own open-source education.

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126: Logical Fallacies Series Preview - Two Minutes With Mitt Romney

2012-02-24
Length: 37m 56s


Today's installment is a preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. This series will probably begin some time in March. Topic: I examine a clip of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney slithering his way through a statement defending his support of the National Defense Authorization Act. Before being asked if he would have signed the bill as written, the moderator explains how the NDAA includes the new executive power to indefinitely detain American citizens. Romney don't care. His response is less than two minutes and contains over 20 logical fallacies. Bumper Music: "Rebirth of Slick" Digable Planets Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Romney admits he would have signed the National Defense Authorization Act if he were president http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUZoPnYjx0g Mitt Romney: Champion of Big Government http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/howell5.html Romney as Job Creator Clashes with Bain Record of Job Cuts http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-20/romney-as-job-creator-clashes-with-bain-record-of-job-cuts.html SEEKING TAXES, ROMNEY WENT AFTER BUSINESS http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_19021876 …

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125: How To Spot A NARC

2012-02-19
Length: 45m 14s


Picture: There's nothing sexy about hurting peaceful people who commit victimless "crimes." School Sucks Podcast does not support or encourage teenage drug use. However, SSP also does not support or encourage predatory police practices targeting and entrapping high school students. Topic: After listening to a piece called "21 Chump Street" on NPR's This American Life, I was compelled to devote some time to the threat of NARCS and informants infiltrating public schools, with the consent of administrators, of course. Jason Osborne and Dale Everett join me once again, and as Free Staters, we are not strangers to this concern. Jason also produced a video called Never Get Raided, which explains how to identify undercover agents. Bumper Music: "The French Connection Theme" by Don Ellis Look Closer: How an Attractive, Undercover Cop Posed as a Student -- Then Entrapped a Smitten Teen to "Sell" Her Marijuana http://www.alternet.org/story/154164/how_an_attractive_undercover_cop_posed_as_a_student__then_entrapped_a_smitten_teen_to_sell_her_marijuana

Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/

This American Life Episode 457 http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/457/what-i-did-for-love

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122: Gaming and Liberty

2012-02-02
Length: 1h 8m 8s


My guest today is Sydney Roc, the host of Gaming and Liberty Podcast. Our discussion goes in several directions, but it includes a lot of previously unexplored material for this show. Discussed: -SOPA/PIPA -Piracy and Intellectual Property -The Educational Value of Games vs. School -Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation -Military Propaganda in Video Games -Zelda Look Closer: How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPA/SOPA http://boingboing.net/2012/01/19/how-the-internet-blackout-affe.html

ReviewTechUSA: RIAA/MPAA: New Tech, Old Tricks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMIKGiamj4

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121 (Supplemental): Brett On Anarchast With Jeff Berwick

2012-01-28
Length: 29m 0s


Picture: Johann Gottlieb Fichte was one of the German intellectuals behind institutionalized compulsory schooling. Look into his eyes. From anarchast.com: To us, Anarchy means freedom. The desire to live without a violent, coercive State. Anarchy is peace, love and prosperity. Free markets. And, power to the people. Topic: Jeff and I discuss my path to voluntarism, Ron Paul, the intellectual insults of presidential campaigning, the purpose of School Sucks Podcast, unschooling, critical thinking and the history of government school. Look Closer: About Jeff Berwick http://anarchast.com/about/

106: A Young Person's Guide To Politics (Appendix A) - Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-19T06_33_27-07_00

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120: Live Show #1, Hour 1 - The Constitution of No Authority

2012-01-26
Length: 44m 23s


This is hour one of Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show. I am tentatively planning to do this once per week. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: We start out coming a story about Senator Rand Paul being detained by the TSA, and then expand the discussion to include the history of government regulation of air travel, the efficacy and legitimacy of the US Constitution, and the concept of collectivism. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/

Gardner On School Sucks Podcast 028 - Let's Make A Hero! (FDR) http://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/29

Gardner On School Sucks Podcast 027 - Let's Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln) http://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/28 …

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119: Get Out of My Way; I'm Trying to Learn (2 of 2)

2012-01-22
Length: 25m 25s


Topic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In One Time http://edu-lu-tion.com/support Send Bitcoins http://edu-lu-tion.com/support/bitcoin Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Other Ways to Help School Sucks: 1) FACEBOOK: School Sucks Podcast - Like, Comment, Share http://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Sucks-Podcast-The-END-of-Public-Education/144639747999 2) PODOMATIC -Like, Share, Embed, Comment 3) Follow School Sucks On TWITTER https://twitter.com/#!/SchoolSucksShow 4) YOU TUBE: Subscribe to the School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast …

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118: Get Out of My Way; I'm Trying to Learn (1 of 2)

2012-01-19
Length: 48m 15s


Topic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In One Time http://edu-lu-tion.com/support Send Bitcoins http://edu-lu-tion.com/support/bitcoin Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Other Ways to Help School Sucks: 1) FACEBOOK: School Sucks Podcast - Like, Comment, Share http://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Sucks-Podcast-The-END-of-Public-Education/144639747999 2) PODOMATIC -Like, Share, Embed, Comment 3) Follow School Sucks On TWITTER https://twitter.com/#!/SchoolSucksShow 4) YOU TUBE: Subscribe to the School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast …

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117 (Supplemental): Brett On Porc Therapy With Stephanie Murphy

2012-01-15
Length: 1h 25m 50s


Porc Therapy is a pro-freedom relationship talk show that takes a unique look at the question of how we can attain the most individual liberty possible, starting with our personal lives and relationships with others. On Porc Therapy, host Stephanie Murphy explores ways to apply voluntaryist or libertarian principles – for example, peace, honesty, respect for natural rights, empathy and compassion, voluntary association, and individual sovereignty – to relationships with friends, loved ones, family, neighbors, coworkers, and more. Stephanie looks at current social norms and traditions through a critical lens, and tries to apply a rational perspective to every subject that is raised on Porc Therapy. The result is a show that is very different from traditional relationship talk shows. During the show, Stephanie discusses listener questions, articles, news items, and takes phone calls. Porc Therapy is a live radio show and podcast. Topics: What is unschooling?; things you can do with legos; kids, school, and feelings; Connie, a radical homeschooling mom, shares her experiences about parenting and liberty; the atrocities of war and people’s reactions to them. Donate to School Sucks: Chip In One Time http://edu-lu-tion.com/support Send Bitcoins http://edu-lu-tion.com/support/bitcoin Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Other Ways to Help School Sucks: 1) FACEBOOK: School Sucks Podcast - Like, Comment, Share http://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Sucks-Podcast-The-END-of-Public-Education/144639747999 2) PODOMATIC -Like, Share, Embed, Comment 3) Follow School Sucks On TWITTER https://twitter.com/#!/SchoolSucksShow 4) YOU TUBE: Subscribe to the School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast …

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116 (Keys Installment #7): Dale J. Stephens and the Uncollege Movement

2012-01-07
Length: 40m 40s


Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the sixth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Dale J. Stephens joins me to discuss the Uncollege movement. Topics: (from dalejstephens.com) Hacking Your Education If you want to be unremarkably average, go to college, turn in your homework, and graduate summa cum laude. You’ll have a college degree to your name, but you won’t be any closer to changing the world. The path to wild success does not involve jumping through hoops. If you want to succeed you cannot be a lemming. We all have something that makes us different in one way or another–and society has trained us to be ashamed of our unconventional quirks. By using your unique qualities to your advantage, you can turn the conformist paradigm on its head and speed along the path to success. Ultimately the only authority you need is your own, and by defining success for yourself you’ll make happiness readily achievable. Working with the Millennial Generation 22.4% of college graduates under 25 are unemployed. That means that only the best and the brightest are getting jobs—but it’s difficult to interface with these digital natives. Information is cheap and access is instant. We see no separation between work and life—Twitter and Facebook are part of our workflow. These changes are difficult for previous generations—and institutions—to understand. Because Dale bridges the gap between youth and adults, he doesn’t just relate to both but shares their experiences, fears, and challenges. He can help you understand how to successfully work with the leaders of tomorrow. The UnCollege Movement: Reinventing Higher Education College provides four things—knowledge, network, community, and signal—yet technology is changing faster than educational institutions. The university is at a crossroads, trying to stay competitive in a constantly changing market while still delivering a quality education at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the university is failing on both counts: tuition is skyrocketing while student learning is plummeting. What is the future of higher education? This talk will address the coming transformation of education, both inside and outside institutions. Look Closer: Dale's Website http://dalejstephens.com/new/ TEDx (Video) - Dale Stephens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOsCQY6q1Ro

Marginal Revolution: Teachers Don’t Like Creative Students http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/12/teachers-dont-like-creative-students.html School Sucks Links: The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY2XuNyq9jw SUBSCRIBE!-School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast School Sucks On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Sucks-Podcast-The-END-of-Public-Education/144639747999 …

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115: School Sucks At the Movies (#2) - Charlie Bartlett

2012-01-04
Length: 1h 4m 34s


Three listeners - Evan, James, and Sarah - join me to discuss the film, Charlie Bartlett. Cast: Tyler Hilton, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Megan Park, Kat Dennings and Robert Downey Jr. Summary: Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likability positions him as the resident "psychiatrist" dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription with his partner and fellow student, Murphy Bivens (Hilton), to other students in need. Along the way, he decides to take some of his own advice, find romance, and learn to accept who he is, thus wielding a witty dark comedy about the angst-filled years before college. Bumper Music: "Unnecessary Trouble" Hard-Fi Look Closer: Charlie Bartlett (IMDB) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423977/ Ritalin Rebellion http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?p=7917 'Charlie Bartlett' Tackles Teen Prescription-Drug Abuse, In A Funny Way http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1582262/charlie-bartlett-tackles-prescriptiondrug-abuse.jhtml School Sucks Links: The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY2XuNyq9jw SUBSCRIBE!-School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast …

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114: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Four) - Greenspan's Gobbledygook

2011-12-31
Length: 24m 7s


With a focus on the bizarre dialect of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, I discuss the fourth form of doublespeak: Gobbledygook and Bureaucratese. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Greenspan describes Greenspeak, Fedspeak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1ldr1vvz0w Print More Money! according to Alan Greenspan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCWw8tQW15g&NR=1 The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY2XuNyq9jw …

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113: Punished By Elves?

2011-12-30
Length: 27m 42s


I try to record an installment of School Sucks At the Movies, and fail completely. Enjoy the results! What derailed me? The story of a new Christmas craze: The Elf On the Shelf Bumper Music: "Reading Time With Pickle" Regina Spektor Look Closer: Lesson 28: Elf on the Shelf -- Innocent Holiday Whimsy or Dangerous Informant? by Jenny Lawson http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/130507/lesson_28_elf_on_the/ Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/pdf/Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY2XuNyq9jw …

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111 (School News #7): Community Outraged By Teacher Who Tells Kids the Truth

2011-12-10
Length: 29m 11s


From the New York Post (which is not a good newspaper): Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids There's No Santa Claus By Todd Venezia and Jennifer Bain Even the Grinch wouldn’t be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters — mostly 7- and 8-year-olds — that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. Read More here... Video: Santa Claus Bailout Hearings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxBl9BXLom4 …

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110: School Sucks At the Movies (#1) - The Cartel

2011-12-09
Length: 40m 0s


Today we'll discuss sound, the f-word in Christmas songs and a documentary called The Cartel. This film looks at various levels of corruption in the government school system, primarily using New Jersey as a case study. The filmmaker, Bob Bowden supports voucher programs and the expansion of charter schools. Although I have always opposed vouchers as a "solution" to a "problem," the stories in the film got me thinking about this issue in new ways. However, I am still not a proponent of vouchers. Look Closer: The Cartel Website http://www.thecartelmovie.com/ An Unfavorable Review of The Cartel http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2009/10/the_cartel_movie_review_docume.html $700 Billion Bank Bailout was Secretly $7 Trillion http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q42011/700-billion-dollar-bank-bailout-was-secretly-7-trillion571/ …

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109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

2011-12-01
Length: 1h 23m 45s


Laurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From unpluggedmom.com: Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he supports home education as a reasonable option, he does still feel that home ed families should be supervised and subject to standards and regulation by the board of education. It’s for the protection of the children. Now anyone familiar with me and Unplugged Mom already knows that I’m not exactly in agreement with regulation on home education so there was a matter of disagreement there. However, I have to say that despite our differences there were many points of agreement. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the Professor, I am grateful for the time he gave us to discuss his work and thoughtful opinions and would be honored to talk education and home ed with him sometime again. Look Closer: Unplugged Mom http://www.unpluggedmom.com/laurette-lynn/ Unplugged Mom On Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/unpluggedmom Write These Laws On Your Children, by Robert Kunzman http://www.amazon.com/Write-These-Laws-Your-Children/dp/0807032913 BOOK REVIEW: Write These Laws On Your Children, by Robert Kunzman http://homeedmag.com/newscomm/3774/review-write-these-laws-on-your-children/ …

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108 (Supplemental): Free Radical Radio With John Kurtz

2011-11-18
Length: 47m 27s


From freeradicalorlando.com: Free Radical Radio with John Kurtz and Whitcomb Kincaid, Broadcasted Monday thru Friday at 7PM on 810 AM WEUS Orlando’s Real Talk is one of the most unique and informative talk-radio shows on Central Florida Radio. Premiering in September of 2011, this refreshing program breaks away from the typical Conservative – Liberal Paradigm and discusses the issues of the day in a truthful, no holds barred approach. The program has grown a very large following with its in depth and firsthand knowledge and experiences of its hosts, providing an entertaining yet thought provoking radio experience. Free Radical Radio is one of the most active and interactive local Orlando talk shows with a very high volume of call ins, online listeners and podcast downloads. Lyrics For the Sing-Along: Yo quiero tocar la guitarra y necesito a bailar a la música Yo quiero tocar la guitarra y necesito a bailar a la música Cantando y bailando me hace muy feliz Te vas a divertir cantando. Cantando me Junto a mí y haremos algo de música. Ven a mi casa a mear en mi boca. Show Website: freeradicalorlando.com Free Radical On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreeRadicalRadio …

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106: A Young Person's Guide To Politics (Appendix A) - Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy

2011-10-19
Length: 1h 11m 33s


Over two years ago, we discussed the futility and the dangers associated with believing in the possibility government solutions to government problems. Today, there are two growing movements that may lure young people into the cage match of political participation. Critical Thinking Question: How are we going to get all of the corruption, and abuse, and predation out of our government? Followed by some other questions that make equally as much sense (none). Topic: Stephanie Murphy and George Mandrik join me to discuss their experiences and lessons learned from the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. We also ruminate on what motivates people to participate in politics in the first place. Bumper Music: "Angry Young Man" Billy Joel Look Closer; "Democracy--the god that failed: the economics and politics of monarchy" By Hans-Hermann Hoppe http://books.google.com/ The Myth of Democratic Peace: Why Democracy Cannot Deliver Peace in the 21st Century by James Ostrowski Death by government By R. Rummel http://books.google.com/ Freedomain Radio-True News 5: The Truth About Voting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igbBItLemsM Democracy Is Not Freedom by Rep. Ron Paul, MD http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul233.html FDR1980 Walter Block vs Stefan Molyneux vs Ron Paul! http://www.freedomainradio.com/DesktopModules/UltraNewsArticle/Read.aspx?Portalid=1&ArticleId=2470 FDR 972 The Ron Paul Revolution - A Postmortem (and prescription) http://www.freedomainradio.com/Podcasts/PodcastList/tabid/72/mid/434/articleId/1478/ctl/ReadDefault/Default.aspx …

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104: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Three) - Legalese v. Curiosity and Critical Thought

2011-07-27
Length: 43m 0s


Marc Stevens, author of Adventures In Legal Land and host of the No State Project, joins me to illuminate the dark and bizarre world of the so-called justice system. With this focus on law and the courts, we discuss the second form of doublespeak: jargon. Marc also explains his Socratic approach to defending against the doublespeak of lawyers, judges and tax collectors. "Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it merely sloppy language. It is the intentional use of euphemisms, synonyms, jargon, and vagueness which pretends to communicate but really does not, or implies the opposite of what it would appear to communicate." -Metta Winte Bumper Music: "One Million Lawyers" Tom Paxton Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak MarcStevens.net http://marcstevens.net/ Adventures In Legal Land http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/061512299X?tag=openlibr-20 No State Project http://marcstevens.net/nsp-commercial-free.html?layout=defaulthttp://marcstevens.net/ William Lutz Biography http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/xbrl/2006/wlutz_bio.pdf …

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103: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Two) - The Cacophemism

2011-07-24
Length: 48m 30s


With a focus on the intellectually insulting tactics of the mainstream media, I discuss an often overlooked form of doublespeak: the cacophemism (aka malphemism or dysphemism). In language, dysphemism (from the Greek dys δύς "mis-" and pheme φήμη "reputation"), malphemism (in Latin malus "bad"), and cacophemism (in Greek kakos κακός "bad") refer to the usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one. -Wikipedia Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Bumper Music: "That's Not My Name" The Ting Tings Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak …

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) - The Euphemism

2011-07-20
Length: 40m 0s


With a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman http://www.fff.org/comment/com0407a.asp Rendition: a dangerous euphemism http://www.theage.com.au/news/Editorial/Rendition-a-dangerous-euphemism/2005/03/10/1110417612086.html Propaganda, American-style by Noam Chomsky http://www.zpub.com/un/chomsky.html …

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101: Unschooling Liberty - The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

2011-07-18
Length: 48m 0s


Kelly Halldorson from unschoolbus.com joins me to discuss her family's unschooling awakening. Kelly and her husband Jeff are the parents of three unschooled teenagers. We also cover the reactions and judgements of others, the challenges, travels on the Unschool Bus and the successes of liberty-minded parenting. Correction: Northeast Unschooling Conference, not New England Unschooling Conference Look Closer: unschoolbus.com http://kelly.halldorson.com/blog/

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099: Teachers Unions 103 - My First Discussion With A Public School Teacher

2011-06-29
Length: 40m 0s


PICTURE: I show a teacher the most valuable tool of the government school system and the public employee unions. At the end of March 2011, I was lucky enough to encounter a public school teacher who had come to protest the NH budget cuts in Concord, NH. She agreed to a discussion, which lasted about half an hour. Jason Talley was there to film it. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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098: Porcfest Education Forum

2011-06-27
Length: 1h 36m 2s


PICTURED (L to R): Brett Veinotte, Bob Murphy, Kelly Halldorson, Jenn Hewson, Eileen Landies From porcfest.com: This forum brings together Porcupines in the know about many areas of NH education. This will be an open discussion on educating your children in the free state. If you are concerned about state regulations, finding homeschool or unschool groups, or getting to know the individuals who are fighting for parental rights, this is the one-stop-shop for addressing your concerns. Educational freedom activists, homeschoolers, and unschoolers will answer questions and discuss various aspects of education in NH. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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097 (Keys Installment #6): Autodidacticism & Engaging the "Public"

2011-06-20
Length: 1h 17m 59s


BACKGROUND: The consequences of state aggression. FOREGROUND: Probably most of the people you know. Today's show includes Paul, Rob and Adam from Remedy Radio. We discuss a variety of topics, including the essential process of becoming an autodidact. We also devote some time to the difficult process of discussing our ideas and conclusions with others, and some strategies for doing so. Topics: -My path to teaching -Serious questions about the necessity of higher education in the 21st century -The challenge of engaging people on these ideas -Reconciling private virtue with political or public aggression -Logical fallacies Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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096: Teachers Unions 102 - Fairytale Villages and Rhetorical Bear Traps

2011-06-12
Length: 54m 49s


The second installment in a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -The Myths of Hoover vs. FDR on economic policy -Presidential "Terribles" and their media challenges/triumphs -The ease of spreading propaganda vs. the challenge of providing context -Manipulation of statistics -Ignorantio Elenchi: the irrelevant conclusion logical fallacy Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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093(audio): Adam Vs. The Man - School's Out For Summer Special

2011-05-30
Length: 33m 35s


My recent appearance on RT America's show Adam vs. the Man with Adam Kokesh. The show airs M-F at 7pm EST. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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092: Osama Bin Laden - Any Questions?

2011-05-26
Length: 1h 29m 59s


"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor E. Frankl This is not an investigation into the veracity of the claims that the US military killed Bin Laden. It is an examination of why - once again - there is so little curiosity or doubt from the public and the media. Topics: -What 9/12/01 looked and felt like -"Choices" for travel, TSA -The argument from authority easily prevails in the absence of critical thinking -Lessons in authority worship from school -Obama speech mock press conference -My reaction to the public reaction -A closer look at al Qaeda, Bin Laden and intelligence relationships -Confirmation Bias -Logical fallacies Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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090: Teachers Unions 101 - This Is What Hypocrisy Looks Like

2011-04-28
Length: 28m 5s


An introduction to a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -Angry again -The Wisconsin situation spreads -Students protesting with and for teachers -Public sector union evasion -Voices -Choices -Consistency -The inverse relationship between obvious truth and the need for training Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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088 (Supplemental): More Discussion With Laurette Lynn

2011-04-11
Length: 4m 20s


At 52:53 in Keys #5: Unplugging and Activating, I cut out about 25 minutes of off-topic discussion to tighten up the show. However, I think it is definitely worth hearing. Discussed: -The War on Independent Thinking in schools, fact-checking teachers -The demand for "alternative" central plans -The futility of engaging the elders? -Can young people help their parents unplug? -Measuring personal success -Celebrity Worship -Self-trust Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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087 (Keys Installment #5): Unplugging and Activating - A Show For Parents

2011-04-07
Length: 1h 0m 0s


Topic: Laurette Lynn of Unpluuggedmom.com joins me to discuss the challenges of home education and active parenting...and how to overcome them. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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086: Can We Blame the Students? (A Conversation With A College Professor)

2011-03-18
Length: 1h 2m 15s


Topic: Aleks, a professor at Washington State University, joins me to discuss his blog entry: Education Reform-Can we blame the students? Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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085: Free Talk Live - Stephanie and I Discuss Teacher Unions And Wisconsin Students

2011-03-15
Length: 1h 5m 35s


Stephanie Murphy and I host the FTL Sunday Show (03-13-11). The very talented Hannah Hoffman joins us about half way into the show, so be sure to get the whole show from the FTL archives. This is only the first half. Discussed: -The Wisconsin situation, Students protesting with teachers -Public vs. private sector unions -The mind-numbing mainstream media -Republicans and Democrats -Corporations -Reformed conservative -Treatment of children in society -Listening -ROTC and Police "Explorers" Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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084: Seeds (2 of 2) - Bullying, Way Up In the Tree

2011-03-13
Length: 34m 6s


CHART: Some of the consequences of bullying Topic: This is my commentary on a NH Department of Education bullying seminar. The DoE's plan in a nutshell: If aggression causes aggression, try aggression. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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083: Seeds (1 of 2) - Small People Can Be Dangerous

2011-03-11
Length: 45m 0s


(Part 1 of 2) For the last two months, I have been working primarily with younger kids (ages 6-10). While comparing and contrasting these recent experiences to my work with high school students, I gained a fresh perspective on this whole "school sucks" idea. Discussed: -Domination Systems -Crushing...courage, imagination, ambition, individuality -NCLB -Bureaucratic inertia in the tutoring business Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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082: John Holt - Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 2 of 2)

2011-03-01
Length: 1h 5m 10s


(Part 2 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up the conference on Skype. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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081: John Holt - Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 1 of 2)

2011-02-27
Length: 1h 4m 41s


(Part 1 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up and managing the conference on Skype. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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080: Persuasion, Prussia, and the Purpose of Education (SAT Writing Class Rant)

2011-02-25
Length: 48m 50s


PICTURE: Friedrich Nietzsche had eyebrows, mustaches, and ideas that all eventually grew out of control. In my SAT class last Saturday (2-19-11), a student pulled out an interesting essay question: "Is the purpose of education to change the world?" At this point, I was compelled to tell a story. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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079: Youth Bashing - A Generation Ago and Beyond

2011-02-14
Length: 45m 35s


Back when I was a teenager, in the mid-1990s, a myriad of politicians, reporters, experts and officials all shared a serious concern over a growing problem: me “Today’s media portrayals of teens employ the same stereotypes once openly applied to unpopular racial and ethnic groups: violent, reckless, hypersexed, welfare-draining, obnoxious, ignorant. And like traditional stereotypes, the modern media teenager is a distorted image, derived from the dire fictions promoted by official agencies and interest groups.” -Mike Males, Bashing Youth (1994) Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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078: Nonviolent Communication Round-Table (w/ Wes Bertrand and Stefan Molyneux)

2011-01-26
Length: 4m 13s


Wes, Stef and I discuss the theories of Marshall Rosenberg. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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077: Children of the State (Part 3) - Trapped

2011-01-07
Length: 1h 1m 14s


Why do most people turn a blind eye to the violence of the state? (Part 3) Discussed Today: -The Supplemental Security Income program -How the poor are victimized in the name of helping the poor -Medicaid -Other dependency traps Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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076 (Supplemental): Brett On Peace Revolution Podcast - Origins of Money Round-Table

2010-12-23
Length: 4m 31s


This is an excerpt from my recent appearance on Peace Revolution Podcast. In this episode, we discuss economic theory and the history of money. How does this relate to education? In this clip, we'll also touch on the "deliberate dumbing down" of the population, along with the importance of a systematic form of critical thinking, understanding rhetoric and the use of logical fallacies.

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075: Gender Roles and Pigeon Holes

2010-12-21
Length: 1h 24m 39s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 10) Today, a further exploration of acquiescence and aggression, from a different angle. Stephanie Murphy, Wes Bertrand and I discuss the perpetuation of gender roles and stereotypes throughout childhood, referencing the work of Cordelia Fine. We also question the disparity between the numbers of men and women in the liberty movement and the Free State Project. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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074: Police State Pupils - Acquiescence and Aggression

2010-12-17
Length: 1h 6m 7s


The news over the last month has been interesting... The invasive TSA. The emerging snitch society. The calls for the execution of Julian Assange. Surprised? Outraged? Juxtapose today's current events with your childhood experiences. Were you expecting some other social or political reality? Today's show is a renewed call to strike at the root of the acquiescence and aggression making it all possible. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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073: Bush and Obama Join Forces For Liberty Podcasts!!! (Obviously Not Real)

2010-11-30
Length: 1m 53s


School Sucks has been nominated for Podcast Awards in the Education and Best Produced categories. Voting begins December 1st and runs through the 15th.You can vote once a day! Please consider voting for... Best Produced: School Sucks People's Choice: Freedomain Radio Politics: Wheels Off Liberty or Free Talk Live Cultural/Arts: Pirates of Savannah Education: School Sucks or Freedomain Radio Health: Healthy Mind, Fit Body Comedy: Joe Rogan Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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072: Children of the State (Part 2) - The Treatment Trough

2010-11-26
Length: 40m 5s


A look at my own professional past, and at what happens on the other side of the gun.(Part 2) Discussed Today: -I gave kids drugs -I was a 'good' employee -I worked at a 'good' residential treatment center -Medicaid -The lure of bad money -Good Intentions, in service of evil -The Milgrim Experiment -Voices of the institutionalized children Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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071 (Supplemental): Wes, Daniel and I Discuss Domination Systems and Non-Violent Communication

2010-11-24
Length: 1m 53s


(Complete Liberty Podcast Episode 127 Repost) Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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070: What You've Been Missing!

2010-11-19
Length: 1h 25m 0s


Today's guests are Richard Grove, Jan Irvin, and Paul Verge: three friends, independent media creators, collaborators, and School Sucks listeners who have teamed up to produce a new You Tube series called What You've Been Missing. From Tragedyandhope.com: What You've Been Missing was created to fill the massive gap created by corporate media, between itself and reality. A virtual variety show with a point, WYBM helps you learn how to outgrow the status quo; through a systematic process of critical thinking supplemented with comedy. In addition to discussing this superb new project, we also explore the lost art of real learning and critical thinking, self-esteem, the deceptive power of language, and the people who lurk in the shadows of state power. Paul, Jan and Rich have done an exhaustive amount of research on these topics, and I am very pleased to introduce them to my audience and the LRN community. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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069: A History Teacher Walks Away...(Addendum)

2010-11-13
Length: 16m 53s


Addendum: This part was cut out of the conversation but I thought it was worth hearing. Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. …

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068: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (2 of 2)

2010-11-08
Length: 1h 3m 32s


...quickly PART 2: Is Anyone Learning About Economics In School? Anyone? Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -The lies of government school history (every crisis is presented as a problem of too much freedom) -Voting -Family to schooling to Citizenship -The success of Government school (in service to evil) -Propaganda: Mixing the good with the evil -If force comes first, it doesn't matter what happens next -Erica Goldson -The National Debt: it's for the children...to pay -Central planning of the economy, the coming collapse and the economic aftermath -The road to serfdom, governments make dependents Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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067: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (1 of 2)

2010-11-06
Length: 47m 20s


...quickly PART 1: Preparation For Citizenship Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -Literacy and Information Literacy -Public Education and the Welfare State, Failure Reframed As Success -Portrayal of the Public Education System In Film -Introducing Philosophy to the History Cirriculum -Squeeky Wheels Get the Grease -Working with Students From Broken Homes -Day-to-Day living/short-term thinking of abused kids -Preparation for the Economic Realities of the 21st Century -Grades and Diplomas as "Job Tickets," but where are the jobs? Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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066: School Sucks/Wheels Off Liberty Simul-(pod)-cast, AKA The Wheels Off Liberty Sucks Podcast

2010-11-04
Length: 1m 53s


WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE/OFFENSIVE CONTENT Topics:: -Voting -Transvestites -Voting For Transvestites -Government Marriage -California Prop 19 -Public Education Don't Listen To: Wheels Off Liberty Podcast http://wheelsoffliberty.com/wordpress/ …

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065: Bureaucrats Are People Too!

2010-10-31
Length: 46m 10s


In today's installment, I interview Steve Ressler, founder of the government employee social networking site govloop.com, and organizer of the Government Doesn't Suck Rally (October 30th, Washington D.C.). I happen to have a show that suggests the government does suck, so I thought we could bounce some ideas off each other. I skipped past a number of arguments and questions to deal specifically with the non-aggression principle. While I thought this would be little more than an amusing discussion, it actually evolved into a larger examination of empathy, forgiveness, and differentiation within the bureaucratic structure. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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064 (Supplemental): School Sucks In Keene / FKF Panel Discussion

2010-10-23
Length: 1m 53s


Today's show begins with a compilation of audio clips and polite exchanges from the last six months, looking at the response to School Sucks outreach in the city of Keene, NH. Also included is the audio from panel discussion organized by Michael Garcia at Free Keene Fest (October 17th, 2010). The topics included communication and outreach strategies. I was asked to participate, joining Rich Paul, Antigone Darling and Luthor Freeman/Kingsley on the panel. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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063 (Supplemental): Free Talk Live Saturday Show - Internet Only Extended Segment

2010-10-20
Length: 1m 53s


On Saturday, October 16th, I was one of the fill-in hosts on my all-time favorite radio show, Free Talk Live. I was on the the air with Stephanie Murphy of Porc Therapy and Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy Podcast. We had such a terrific time that we decided to do an internet-only extended addition of the show. If you listened on the radio, you missed the last hour and a half of our conversation. This is the internet-only portion of the show. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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062: Children of the State (Part 1) - Incentives

2010-10-15
Length: 47m 30s


No one could answer all of the questions about how child protection would work in a voluntary society. However, due to my past professional experience, I can answer a lot of questions about how it works today. Topic: A recent CPS story in Concord, NH got me thinking about my own professional history, on the "other side of the gun." I spent four years of my career working with kids who were in state custody. (Part 1) Discussed Today: -The John Irish/Oathkeepers Story -Child Protection In A Voluntary Society Questions -My Path to Working With Young People -Residential Treatment -Welfare Incentives -The Horrors of CPS Politics -Foster Care Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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061: Escape From Imaginationland (3 of 3) - The Most Successful Criminal Gang In History

2010-10-04
Length: 1h 0m 30s


Critical Thinking Question: What is the real purpose of government? Topic: This (third part of three) is the continuation of a two-part discussion I recently had with Wes Bertrand. On September 18th, I tried to weave a series of loosely related thoughts together into one topic, while driving. I wasn't thrilled with the result. I eventually contacted Wes to help me try to make sense of it all. This is an examination of how fantasy is used to manage personal and/or political anxiety, the relationship between the personal and the political, and how outrage and attack are employed to deal with the disruption of fantasy. Discussed Today: -Trust in government coming back? -Faith and Force -Violence as virtue -The historical purpose of government -People in NYC loved the Gambino Family. Why? Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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060: Escape From Imaginationland (2 of 3) - The Emotional Incentives of Fantasy

2010-09-30
Length: 1h 1m 0s


Topic: This (second part of three) is the beginning of a two-part discussion I recently had with Wes Bertrand. On September 18th, I tried to weave a series of loosely related thoughts together into one topic, while driving. I wasn't thrilled with the result. I eventually contacted Wes to help me try to make sense of it all. This is an examination of how fantasy is used to manage personal and/or political anxiety, the relationship between the personal and the political, and how outrage and attack are employed to deal with the disruption of fantasy. Discussed Today: -Me and my uncle; comparing our anxiety -Focusing on the meta-talk of political and philosophical discussions -Developing an emotional vocabulary -Self-esteem and the works of Nathaniel Branden

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059: Escape From Imaginationland (1 of 3) - The Set-Up

2010-09-28
Length: 39m 5s


A stand-alone episode of School Sucks Podcast...in three parts. Critical Thinking Question: What are some strategies you could use to tell the difference between having a debate with someone, and watching them have an anxiety attack? Topic: This (first part of three) is a set-up for a two-part discussion I recently had with Wes Bertrand. On September 18th, I tried to weave a series of loosely related thoughts together into one topic, while driving. I wasn't thrilled with the result. I eventually contacted Wes to help me try to make sense of it all. This is an examination of how fantasy is used to manage personal and/or political anxiety, the relationship between the personal and the political, and how outrage and attack are employed to deal with the disruption of fantasy. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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058 (Supplemental): Brett On Gnostic Media With Jan Irvin

2010-09-25
Length: 1m 53s


This is an interview I did for Jan Irvin's Gnostic Media Podcast on May 9th 2010. Brand new shows are coming soon!! Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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057 Relationships: Conformity and Convenience

2010-09-09
Length: 1h 35m 30s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 9) Topic: I meet up with Stephanie Murphy and Mike Barskey, the hosts of Porc Therapy Podcast, to discuss common types of dysfunction in adult relationships. We examine the question: Are there embedded lessons or messages from school and childhood that most people can't seem to escape in their adolescent and adult romantic relationships? The Lessons From School: 1. People can be easily changed 2. It's dangerous/abnormal/inconsiderate to express your emotions 3. Pay attention to words, ignore deeds We cover the all-too-common phenomenon of 'settling,' due to a lack of self-knowledge and low self-esteem. I also discuss my experience with the "Skinner Box" of relationships. If I do this, I will get this. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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056 (Supplemental): Brett On Liberty Conspiracy With Gardner Goldsmith

2010-09-03
Length: 1m 53s


My September 2nd, 2010 Discussion With Gardner Goldsmith Topics Covered: -Gardner's Experience Wearing A School Sucks T-Shirt In Public -Explaining the Philosophy of Liberty to "Political" People -The Insanity of Central Planning -The History of Government Education -Keene School Outreach and Related Outrage -Background of School Sucks Project -Vouchers -Redefining Education -Impacts of Indoctrination Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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055: A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...and Today

2010-08-26
Length: 1h 7m 10s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 8) Topic: Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio joins me to discuss the seemingly elusive nature of heroism. Our discussion surveys a variety of historical topics as we examine how heroes are manufactured by our government education, while our own capacity for "heroism" is gradually diminished. We also explore the conjecture that government school's theft of our sense of personal power contributes to a desire to experience heroism only through fantasy. Then, "heroism" gets a long overdue redefining. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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054 Keys (Installment #4): Emergence (w/ Erica Goldson)

2010-08-19
Length: 1h 17m 40s


Critical Thinking Questions: We are told in school that this "education" will open up the world to us and create endless options for our future. So why does it often feel like the world is being closed off and our options are being diminished? Topic: emergence (noun): 1. coming out of, passage out 2. a beginning 3. coming into sight Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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053: Drapetomania

2010-08-14
Length: 57m 23s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 7) Topic: Dr. Bruce Levine joins me to discuss his article, How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness. It turns out that pathologizing or "diseasing" rebellious behavior is not a new trick for those who hold tenuous power over others. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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052: Holes

2010-08-04
Length: 42m 21s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 6) Topic: There is a phrase, "hole in the soul," that describes how a person may feel incomplete, unworthy, or dependent on external things. While much of this is probably rooted in family, I believe that school can contribute to one's sense of personal emptiness. This is a long and winding show that covers a valedictorian's brave and moving graduation speech, leading into a discussion of the problems created for all students by the carrots and sticks of school. As Alfie Kohn points out in his book (linked below), even the rewards are a kind of punishment, robbing us of our own purpose and intrinsic motivation. Whether we are the "overachiever" who gets the carrots or the "underachiever" who gets the sticks, these metaphors for the management of our lives tend to leave some holes, or even emptiness, in who we are. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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051 School News! (#4b): The Mainstream Media: Parrots On the Shoulders of Pirates

2010-07-17
Length: 1m 53s


Most of this show was my original attempt to begin the Kids Are Not Defective Series, but it just turned into a rant about the mainstream media. A couple months ago I decided to watch a little cable news. MSNBC to be precise. They were running a story/series called "V Is For...Violence." It focused on the inability of adolescents to handle the stimulation they get from the technology of today. From Scientific American: Bully or Victim? More Similar Than We Might Think Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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050 School News! (#4a): Warning Signs of Violence To Come

2010-07-17
Length: 1m 53s


Part one of two somewhat related installments. With all this concern about the violent behavior of teenagers, and subsequent crackdowns, would you be surprised to learn school administrators are actually encouraging even more widespread aggression. How about mandating it? JROTC obligation is stirring discomfort From mysanantonio.com By Lindsay Kastner - Express-News …

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049: The Free Lunch Project (Massachusetts Infomercial)

2010-07-04
Length: 1m 53s


My response to the recent arrests in Greenfield, MA, coupled with my leftover resentment from two years of living in the Commonwealth, which includes my quarrel with Salem bureaucrats over what excise tax is and why I "owe" it after I moved out of state, and being ticketed in 2006 for riding my bike without a helmet. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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048 (Supplemental): The Catastrophe of Conventional Wisdom

2010-07-01
Length: 1h 11m 33s


A Free State Project Edition of School Sucks Podcast Due to my Porcfest vacation, new shows are not ready yet. In the meantime, here is the audio version of my speech from the 2010 NH Liberty Forum, "The Catastrophe of Conventional Wisdom." I'm pretty sure most people who listen to the show have not heard it yet. I also include some thoughts on my recent experience at the 2010 Porcupine Freedom Festival. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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047: The Incubator

2010-06-22
Length: 44m 0s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 5) Topic: in·cu·ba·tor (noun) 1.An apparatus in which environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, can be controlled, providing suitable conditions for a chemical or biological reaction. 2. A place or situation that permits or encourages the formation and development of new ideas Forced Associations Adolescence is plagued by an artificial, society-created extension of childhood dependence. This is time where people can certainly begin to achieve greater self-knowledge and emotionally maturity, unless they're trapped in place that prevents it. There is no escape from the negativity; school is compulsory The Hypocrisy of Adults What's even worse: in this place, some pretty abhorrent behavior is modeled for kids on a daily basis. This behavior violates all three of the kindergarten rules: don't hurt others, don't steal, tell the truth The same people benefiting from this behavior are the ones tasked with making children "good" Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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046: The Mutually Destructive Exchange

2010-06-18
Length: 32m 40s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 4) Topic: My thoughts on bullying. It's not a problem that always begins at school, but that's often where it ends. Tragically. We all understand that bullies seek out victims. But do victims often seek out bullies? Do victims wish to be bullies? Almost all bullies are the victim of someone else. This is a quick look at root causes, but there is more to come on this topic. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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045[Abridged]: Christianity Kills Curiosity (And Vice-Versa)

2010-06-14
Length: 31m 15s


This is an abridged version of a longer show. PICTURE: What kind of a person commands other people to kneel in front of them? (Kids Are Not Defective Part 3) Topic: Ahhh, religion. Another great way to learn about all the things that are wrong with you. An examination of the amazing contradictions and inconsistencies in American Culture. Could culture even exist if people applied principles consistently? I also look back at my own Roman Catholic upbringing, specifically at an interaction with a nun resulting from my curiosity over the chronology of the life of Jesus. Then I imagine the same interaction with a more precocious and enlightened child. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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045: Curiosity Kills Christianity (And Vice-Versa)

2010-06-13
Length: 47m 37s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 3) This is the long version. PICTURE: What kind of a person commands others to kneel in front of them? Topic: Ahhh, religion. Another great way to learn about all the things that are wrong with you. I receive an email from a Conservative Christian organization that sends me into an explosive rant and an examination of the amazing contradictions and inconsistencies in American Culture. Could culture even exist if people applied principles consistently? I also look back at my own Roman Catholic upbringing, specifically at an interaction with a nun resulting from my curiosity over the chronology of the life of Jesus. Then I imagine the same interaction with a more precocious and enlightened child. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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044: The True Self Vs. the Fantasy Family

2010-06-06
Length: 40m 55s


(Kids Are Not Defective Part 2) Topic: After reflecting on the last show, I wanted to explore my family comments a bit more thoroughly. Why do adults jump so quickly to the defense of the authority figures in their lives? Why are so many people resistant to the idea that their childhoods were not exactly great? When and how will the effects of childhood mistreatment reveal themselves? Because they always do. To answer these questions, I briefly channel a "composite character" assembled from many of my past discussions about raising children. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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043: Kids Are Not Defective (Introduction)

2010-05-28
Length: 53m 2s


PICTURED: A listener sent me this example of his son's (first grade) school work, which includes the teacher's thoughts on his exercise of creativity. The introduction to a new series of shows about some other messages forced into the minds of children and young adults. These shows will include topics like medication, parenting, spanking, behavioral "disorders," bullying, "reward" systems and zero tolerance policies. Also, a discussion of how the state is "fed" by the schools and the family. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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042 School News! (#3): School District Sues Taxpayers To Stop Questions

2010-05-15
Length: 1m 53s


Picture: The primary lesson of public school politics. Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questions Mark Flatten Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report March 10, 2010 The Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report is a periodic publication intended to identify government corruption and waste and to hold politicians and public agencies accountable to taxpayers. A handful of taxpayers in a small community north of Wickenburg, Arizona are being targeted by the local school district in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare they have no right to request public records, sue the district, or complain to outside agencies. The Congress Elementary School District claims that past efforts by these residents to obtain documents such as minutes of board meetings and spending reports amount to harassment that should not have to be tolerated. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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041: The Natural State? (American History F-ed, Conclusion)

2010-05-09
Length: 1h 19m 9s


Critical Thinking Question: Imagine if we all woke up tomorrow and all government was just...gone. What's the worst thing that could happen? And how would statists feel about this most catastrophic outcome? The answer might surprise you. Topic: The three most persistent myths throughout history: 1. The State is essential for the survival of the human race 2. Slavery is essential for the prosperity of all societies reliant upon agriculture 3. God and religion are essential for establishing morality Two down, one to go. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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040 Keys (Installment #3): Transition

2010-05-02
Length: 1h 38m 10s


Picture: Pragmatists love charts. Charts that illustrate effects. So here's a chart showing how much government school sucks. It's also pretty representative of all 'services' provided at gunpoint, in terms of cost verses quality. Critical Thinking Questions: -Why do people accept government education? -Why do people need tangible alternatives? Topic: Kate Richards from The Scholars' Academy joins me to discuss the possibility of non-government solutions and alternatives to public education. Although we are both supporters of unschooling, we discuss the importance of recognizing the harsh reality of the current situation: government school today holds over 90% of the young people in this country and eats up 600 billion dollars a year. Therefore, it is important to contemplate options and ideas for the transition from where we are to where we would like to be. Kate explains that people are more willing to seriously consider alternatives if they can be presented with something tangible, already in operation. In our arguments for the abolition of public education, we often face two significant challenges: 1. Well-grained societal illusions about the benevolence or the necessity of government school 2. The apparent lack of alternatives, or 'abstract' explanations of other ways young people can learn Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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039 School News (#2): Too Fat To Fight

2010-04-22
Length: 16m 0s


Picture: Hey kids! The military wants you to know that if you eat right and exercise, a nice box like one of these could have your name on it one day. School lunches called a national security threat! Retired military officers say kids are growing up too pudgy for service WASHINGTON - School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat. That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped make the nation's young people so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards, and recruitment is in jeopardy.. Read More Here …

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038: UConn-athon! (Students For Liberty Discussion Part 2)

2010-04-20
Length: 1m 53s


On Wednesday April 14th, I was invited to speak to the UConn Students For Liberty at the University of Connecticut. I had prepared a thirty-minute speech, and planned to devote another 30 minutes to Q&A. However, the audience included several socialists, and the entire event wound up running three hours. I gave some of the speech. Even though the outcome was different from what I anticipated, and I didn't counter their objections as well as I would've liked, I thought the whole experience was great. I have split it into two parts. This part includes a bit of political discussion. I also talk in depth about my difficulties in trying to figure out my role as a tutor, and dealing with parents. NOTE: The first minute overlaps the the end of the last part (the Prussian discussion). NOTE: Special thanks to Jon Mohrbacher, Ryan Safner and Howie Reith. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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037: UConn-athon! (Students For Liberty Discussion Part 1)

2010-04-17
Length: 1m 53s


Picture: My estimate of the audience members' average political position, based on the World's Smallest Political Quiz. On Wednesday April 14th, I was invited to speak to the UConn Students For Liberty at the University of Connecticut. I had prepared a thirty-minute speech, and planned to devote another 30 minutes to Q&A. However, the audience included several socialists, and the entire event wound up running three hours. I gave some of the speech. Even though the outcome was different from what I anticipated, and I didn't counter their objections as well as I would've liked, I thought the whole experience was great. I have split it into two parts. This first part will include a lot of repeated information, as I planned to speak to a number of people who were unfamiliar with the show. The second part is more of a discussion. NOTE: The first few minutes are clipped off as I was walking around and having the audience fill out Nolan Charts, so I could have a better sense of the political viewpoints. NOTE: Special thanks to Jon Mohrbacher, Ryan Safner and Howie Reith. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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036 (Supplemental): NH Capital Access TV Interview

2010-04-12
Length: 1m 53s


Topic: From Capitol Access Website: Denis and Lydia interview Brett V., host of the School Sucks Podcast and creator of SchoolSucksProject.com -- a project concerning, in his words, "the END of public education" Brett is a professional educator who has come to realize that the basic design of public school "sucks" the creative capacity out of children, and also "sucks" wealth away from more productive uses. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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035: Problem. Reaction. Solution.

2010-04-04
Length: 1h 27m 36s


Critical Thinking Question: Statism appears to be only example of a system of ongoing attack and predation where the aggressors seem to be more fearful of victims than the victims are of the aggressors. How do the aggressors manage these fears? Topic: An email from a listener gets me thinking about conspiracy theories. We'll divert our attention from the roots of the tree I like to think we're chopping at, to jump down a nearby rabbit hole. Let's see where it takes us! -Vietnam -Iraq and 9/11 -Climate Change -Health Care -19th Century German "Philosophers" What is the Hegelian Dialectic? And how does it relate to last episode's formula: ...the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force...

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034 (Supplemental): Cary Grove Student Discussion/Debate

2010-03-28
Length: 1m 53s


ABOVE: Cary-Grove High is home of the "Trojans" and I've included the horse because we talk about government school. Topic: A recent discussion with Michael, a high school junior from Illinois, and a couple of friends named James. One James took a pro-government school position, and I took objection to that. Most of the discussion is between James and myself.

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033 (Supplemental): NH Liberty Forum and Free Talk Live Interview

2010-03-24
Length: 1m 53s


A quick summary of my thoughts about the NH Liberty Forum, along with a clip of me on my favorite radio show. With Gard Goldsmith and Mark Edge. March 19th, 2010. …

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032 School News! (#1): The Pledge of Xenophobia and Intolerance

2010-03-12
Length: 1m 53s


Pledge of Allegiance Apology Will Come From Montgomery Teacher By Jenna Johnson and Michael Birnbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, February 25, 2010 A Montgomery County teacher has agreed to apologize to a 13-year-old student whom he reprimanded and sent to the office for twice refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, said a lawyer who represents the student. Read More Here Are people outraged at the teacher? Or the student? The answer...will not surprise you. …

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031 Keys (Installment #2): Leaving Government School

2010-03-08
Length: 1h 5m 8s


ABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out. Jack is a fourteen-year-old who left government school to educate himself. We discuss the advantages of unschooling, talking to parents about school and politics, and public perception of home schoolers. Jack shares his story about the realizations that led to his decision to leave school, how he approached his parents, and what has happened since he withdrew. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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030 (Supplemental): Ian Freeman and I Discuss Action As Education

2010-02-25
Length: 1m 53s


Some additional content from my discussion with Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live, edited out of Episode 15. We cover the Free State Project, Keene, activism for liberty, and the return-on-investment of political action and civil disobedience. Most importantly, we discuss the combination of action and an educational message. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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029: The War On Fire

2010-02-17
Length: 1h 10m 3s


Critical Thinking Question: What would you think if you saw an arsonist running back to the scene of their crime moments later...with a fire hose? Topic: Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live joins me to address the myth that government solves problems. We explore the phenomenon of unintended consequences, using the so-called 'war on drugs' as a case study. The Formula: ...the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to...(repeat ad infinitum?)

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028: Let's Make A Hero! (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

2010-02-06
Length: 54m 32s


Critical Thinking Question: You know that light at the end of the tunnel that political leaders are always pointing at... Telling us to be hopeful about... Directing us to follow them in that direction... What if that distant illumination is actually the headlight on a big, dirty oncoming train with no brakes? Topic: A continuation of the previous topic. Gardner Goldsmith (Liberty Conspiracy) and I switch from the legend of Abraham Lincoln to the legend of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We talk mostly about WWII, but I've included some additional audio covering the New Deal and Social Security - the lasting effect and current implications of FDR's policies.

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027: Let's Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln)

2010-02-01
Length: 1h 0m 3s


Critical Thinking Question: How compelling could a mythology be if it didn't have any gods?

Topic: Honestly, Abe...aggression doesn't solve problems. The truth about the greatest American (government school) hero. Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy Podcast joins me for this discussion.

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026: American Idol Worship

2010-01-28
Length: 28m 41s


Critical Thinking Question: How does the supposed mistreatment of a piece of cloth by the owner of said piece of cloth become a more serious offense than the violation of the property rights of the owner of this cloth?

Topic: The Pledge of allegiance. Enough said. IDOL 1. An image used as an object of worship. A false god. 2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively. 3. Something visible but without substance. [Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin dlum, from Greek eidlon, phantom, idol, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

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025: The Way

2010-01-19
Length: 1h 0m 3s


FOREGROUND: The State BACKGROUND: The Future (American History F-ed #2) The second installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in someone's ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? And all things considered, does this even matter?

Topic: Truth, justice, and the American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? The dreaded America/Third Reich...Bush/Hitler...Obama/Hitler comparisons. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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024: American History F-ed (Series Introduction)

2010-01-12
Length: 36m 35s


ABOVE: Not the easiest place to look for those who have hidden their identity behind nationalism, bigotry and mysticism An introduction to a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Topic: The purpose of the American History curriculum in government school SEEMS to be two-fold: 1. Build up a mythology about America and government when we're most impressionable (Grades 1-6) 2. Make history seem so boring and pointless that we never want to learn anything else about it again (Grades 7-12)

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023 (Supplemental): Collective Education, A Listener Email

2010-01-11
Length: 1m 53s


ABOVE: As you can see, private education is...not necessarily the answer. An issue that I've been meaning to cover for a while: The real difference between private and public schools, or pedagogical lack thereof. After reflecting on more recent business-related trips to schools, I want to make sure I'm not oversimplifying. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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022 (Supplemental): School Sucks On A Student's Works Cited Page?

2010-01-02
Length: 1h 2m 48s


ABOVE: If you want to get 30 extra guys in the NES game Metroid, start the game and quickly press up + down + up + down + left + right + left + right + A + B + Select + Start. Enjoy! Who said I wasn't tech-savvy? Topic: Paul, a fifteen-year-old high school student and listener to the show, asked me to provide some assistance with a psychology project he's working on. The topic is public education. He was actually told about the show by his English teacher.This is the discussion we had on Skype. Please visit schoolsucksproject.com for full show notes, references and links.

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001: The "Business" Plan

2009-12-28
Length: 24m 41s


The problem with the "business?" of public education. And it's a big one. (An evaluation of the logic and ethics of the American public education system) Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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021 Keys (Installment One): The Decentralization of Information & Communication

2009-12-27
Length: 1h 12m 20s


Above: If this picture isn't disturbing enough, read the article that goes with it. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the first in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Topics: -What has changed in the last two decades? -Taking technological advancement for granted -Facebook -Wikipedia in High Schools -Alec Muller and Daniel Royer of Alekese.com join me to discuss the history of information control, the impact of technology on information & communication, and the future Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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020: The Hidden Lessons of School (Conclusion)

2009-12-18
Length: 53m 41s


The concluding episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Topic: A review of what I consider to be the three foundational lessons of public education. These are the most destructive to the individual. I go to Jonathan Taylor Gatto for reinforcements.I also recount my recent visit to three New Hampshire public schools. Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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019 Supplemental: The Civil Disobedience Onion (Peeling Layer One)

2009-12-09
Length: 1m 53s


Wes, Daniel and I continue our discussion, switching to the topic of civil disobedience. This topic will be an open forum in the near future. If you want to come on the show and discuss it, please let me know. Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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018 (Supplemental): Caribbean Holiday Spectacular!

2009-12-07
Length: 1m 53s


Another loose and unorganized non-episode installment of School Sucks. Wes Bertrand and Daniel Lakemacher join me to discuss my recent travels... -Pirate Paranoia -Did I participate in a voluntary society? Sure felt like it, but not really -US Customs and the TSA -My wonderful interactions with a very inquisitive three-year-old boy -Homesteading on the sea and the "Freedom Ship" -State predations on the cruise industry? Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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017: The State's Facade of Honor and Benevolence

2009-11-22
Length: 1h 4m 58s


Topic: Kat Kanning (newhampshirefreepress.com) joins me to discuss the opposites of indifference and apathy: activism and civil disobedience.

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016: Working Against Apathy

2009-11-16
Length: 1h 2m 42s


Topic: I record a podcast while driving a car. During the drive, I ponder a couple of important professional questions, veer off course (podcast-wise), channel Stewie Griffin, and discuss what I think the real job of an "educator" should be.

My Embedded Curriculum: (Within Mainstream Tutoring Services) -Logical Reasoning -Critical and Creative Problem Solving -Revival of Childhood Curiosity -Building Positive Relationships with Adults Who Are Potential Mentors -A Healthy and Persistent Skepticism of Authority and Tradition (social, cultural & mystical) -Intellectual Confidence -Ethical Consistency

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015: (Hidden Lesson Three) The Installation of Indifference

2009-11-11
Length: 30m 30s


The third episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Topic: The third embedded lesson of public education: Apathy and Indifference If the training in obedience and conformity doesn't properly sink in, or doesn't last throughout a person's life, this lesson provides a nice safety net for the status quo. Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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Freedomain: Wes Bertrand, Stefan Molyneux and I Discuss Education and the State

2009-11-05
Length: 1m 53s


A rousing roundtable with Wes Bertrand http://www.completeliberty.com Brett Veinote http://www.schoolsucks.podomatic.com and Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com

Topics: Operant Conditioning, Parenting, Intrinic Verses Extrinsic Motivation, Conformity With a quick intro by me

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014 (Supplemental): Expansion & Activation

2009-11-01
Length: 1m 53s


Above: 80s Teen Movie Antagonist William Zabka (This will make sense when you're done listening) An update on the future of the show... -Donations -Redesigning the website -Setting up a forum -Let's have a logo contest! (For people who don't care too much about winning big prizes) -Activism and incorporating that into the show as well -The next bump? Also... -Daniel Lakemacher's visit to NH -Ofer's incredible efforts -My failure to connect with public school teachers about these topics Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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013 (Supplemental): Brett On The Peter Mac Show

2009-10-22
Length: 1m 53s


My interview on The Peter Mac Show from October 10th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and my "performance." Note: Because of the length, I've uploaded the MP3 at a lower bit rate (64 kbps). Please let me know if this is intolerable. Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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012: Why the Future Won't Be Like 1984

2009-10-22
Length: 1h 2m 42s


Topic: Wes Bertrand and I continue our discussion about conformity and collectivism. Wes touches on the impact of the family in conformity. (Part 2 of 2)

This episode also includes some discussion about self-esteem, self-worth, and honoring the imagination and individualism of others.

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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns...and YOU

2009-10-18
Length: 1h 2m 42s


Pictured ABOVE: Most of the people you know (Foreground)

Topic: How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society? Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss conformity and collectivism (Part 1 of 2)

I also talk about Ayn Rand's novelette, "Anthem" (1938)

(NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a different call-recording process)

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010: (Hidden Lesson Two) The Silencing of the Self

2009-10-09
Length: 29m 49s


The second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education.

Topic: The second embedded lesson of public education: Conformity This is what Alexander Inglis called the "Integrating Function" of secondary education. We certainly pick it up in elementary school as well. And who has benefited? Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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009 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedomain Radio

2009-10-03
Length: 53m 9s


My interview on Freedomain Radio from September 27th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and about my thoughts on Freedomain Radio. freedomainradio.com Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

2009-09-26
Length: 1h 2m 41s


(ABOVE: There's that tree I'm always talking about)

Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - public education, religion and military.

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007: (Hidden Lesson One) - Obedience Is A Virtue?

2009-09-26
Length: 39m 20s


The first in a series of episodes aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education.

Topic: An experience I had with students last Saturday led to a web of ideas about the problem of obedience training and about the philosophical path toward the solution...

The effect of this obedience training on 3 Values: Reason, Purpose and Self-Esteem

“There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho

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006: Conformity & Compliance

2009-09-17
Length: 36m 3s


(Introduction to the Hidden Lessons of School)

Topic: Introducing the three aims of public education: blind obedience, assimilation, and the surrender of self-ownership The Matrix and Plato's Allegory of the Cave What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

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005: Authoritarian Absurdities vs. The Philosophy of Liberty

2009-09-06
Length: 40m 23s


A Young Person's Guide to Politics III(Conclusion)

Topic: A comparison between a cluster of degrading and crippling ideas (referenced throughout the show as the "Authoritarian Absurdities") which I believe are prerequisites for embracing the political process and...The Philosophy of Liberty, based on the principles of self-ownership and property rights.

A brief discussion of popular rationalizations for these absurdities and my rebuttals.

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004: Politics Is Force

2009-09-01
Length: 46m 41s


A Young Person's Guide to Politics II

Topic: Continued explanation of why I am against political solutions for education or anything else, AKA using the system to change the system by working within the system. Further explanation of the political process in the United States. Shocking comparison between the government and the mafia.

I also talk about Ron Paul's principles compared to other politicians, but let's be clear: a Ron Paul Presidency would solve nothing. (See article by Per Bylund below) Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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003: The Myth of Democracy & The Illusion of Freedom

2009-08-24
Length: 46m 34s


A Young Person's Guide to Politics I

Topic: Why I am against political solutions for education, AKA using the system to change the system by working within the system. To me, that sounds like a myth that came out of the system, like bears spreading rumors about staying still when you encounter bears (it's easier for them to eat you that way). Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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002: Pavement On the Road to Hell...

2009-08-16
Length: 24m 26s


Topic: Central Planning in Education and Beyond What if people tolerated the same system for their food as they did for their education? Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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000: An Introduction to School Sucks Podcast

2009-08-05
Length: 20m 5s


Introduction: Explanation of the title, "School Sucks" and subtitle "The END of Public Education." Who I am, what I'm doing and why. This is not a show about public school reform, because that would suck nearly as much as school. Please visit the website for full show notes, references and links.

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School Sucks Podcast: Education Evolution

School Sucks is a podcast, call-in show, You Tube channel, & web community promoting real education and rooting out state indoctrination. We discuss home-education, self-education, critical thinking, peaceful parenting, personal growth, nonviolent communication & non-aggression We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you are employed and you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you have access to a bonus content section that will be updated weekly. Please click here to sign up. $6.00/Month Subscribe! You can help the show grow by committing to one of these monthly subscription levels (demonstrating how inflation affects the price of another source of knowledge). It is greatly appreciated! A New Book!(in 1960) $3/ mo A New Book! (in 1972) $6/mo A New Book! (in 1981) $9/mo A New Book! (in 1995) $15/mo A New Book! (Today) $25/mo Angel Investor $150.00/mo. Tweets by @SchoolSucksShow !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Contact Brett, leave comments and view shows by series: schoolsucksproject.com In my 10+ years of teaching, "school sucks" is perhaps the most common phrase I've heard students use to describe their feelings about public education. But this seemingly bitter and reductive slogan is actually quite clever. When taken literally, "school sucks" is perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I've ever heard. Here's why... 1. The twelve-year process of an American public education has a dramatic effect on the mind of a child. When we first enter school at age six, many of our best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious, innovative, unique, creative and hopeful in ways that we will rarely be able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us...and replaces them with predictability, obedience and apathy. 2. The public school system sucks off the productive capacity of hard-working people. The system is coercively funded through taxation. In other words, whether public education succeeds or fails (spoiler alert: it fails) at providing real education to the public, the cost goes up every year. There are no refunds. The END of Public Education? 1. END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Does more harm than good. 2. END: (As in means to an end) We'll also explore the true intentions behind the system, which have very little to do with real education. There is substantial evidence that its failure to educate is no accident. Above all, this is a show about what one might do about these problems...

School Sucks Podcast: Education Evolution


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