Yearly Archives: 2010

075: Gender Roles and Pigeon Holes

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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. Bumper Music: "Baby It's Cold Outside" Dean Martin and Martina McBride Look Closer: Gender gap a scientific myth, says psychology expert http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/10/gender-gap-myth-cordelia-fine Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine http://www.amazon.com/Delusions-Gender-Society-Neurosexism-Difference/dp/0393068382 Wes Bertrand's Site: Complete Liberty Home Stephanie Murphy's Site: Porc Therapy http://porctherapy.com/ Past articles by Stephanie ...

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074: Police State Pupils – Acquiescence and Aggression

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe 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. Bumper Music: "Paper Planes" M.I.A. Look Closer: History of the Income Tax in the United States http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005921.html Moms angry over swats: 2 students at City View get spanked http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/dec/11/moms-angry-over-swats/ The School Crotch Inspector http://reason.com/archives/2008/04/02/the-school-crotch-inspector#commentcontainer Pay Your Income Tax: 1943 Disney Propoganda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00u6qUelp6c Michigan high school students terrorized in police-state security drill ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSchool 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 Vote! Podcast Awards: 2010 Nominations are Now Open! http://podcastawards.com/ Please Join! PodCastAwards.com voting bomb! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180348121975545&index=1

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA 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 Bumper Music: "Disappear" INXS Look Closer: GAO report: Millions in fraud, drug abuse clogs Medicaid http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-09-29-Medicaid-drug-abuse-fraud-Michael-Jackson_N.htm Massive Medicaid Fraud Exposed in Psychiatric Drugging of Kids in US http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/massive-medicaid-fraud-exposed-in-psychiatric-drugging-of-kids-in-us-0112.html The Milgram Experiment, by Jeff Riggenbach http://mises.org/daily/467 Psychiatry Drugs Foster Care Children - Montage Daniel Lakemacher's site: warisimmoral.com

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Complete Liberty Podcast Episode 127 Repost) The tribe I have had some contact with is Orang Asilie tribe in Malaysia. I'll never forget what my translator was saying before we got started. He was going over how he was going to translate. He pointed out his language has no verb to be, like [you are] good, bad, wrong, right. You can't classified people if you take away the verb to be. How are you going to insult people? You take away ninety percent of my vocabulary! So I say what are you going to say if I say "You're selfish"? "Its going to be hard, I'd translate it like this: Marshall says he sees ...

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070: What You’ve Been Missing!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday'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 ...

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069: A History Teacher Walks Away…(Addendum)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAddendum: 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. Please Vote! Nominations close on November, 21st. Podcast Awards: 2010 Nominations are Now Open! http://podcastawards.com/

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download...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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download...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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWARNING: 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/ Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9371Jamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war.Tags: jamie, liberty, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9570The guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then they talk about the presidential debate. Jamie then decides to endorse snuff dipping for young children.Tags: liberty, jamie, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9170The fellas review a few of the calls they received praising their new cleaner format then talk a bit about Ademo Voluntaryist Freeman ...

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065: Bureaucrats Are People Too!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn 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. Look Closer: Bob Murphy's Mises Archive http://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=380 Government workers: 'We need love too.' http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/Vox-News/2010/1030/Government-workers-We-need-love-too. Steve Ressler: Government Doesn't Suck ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday'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. Look Closer: Rich Paul’s letter from Jail: Libertarianism (FreeKeene.com) http://freekeene.com/2010/08/07/richpaulletterfromjail080710/ Sam Dodson: Government Learned Me Good http://freekeene.com/2010/06/16/government-learned-me-good/ Sam Dodson: Response to “Protestors Don’t Belong Near School” http://freekeene.com/2010/06/29/response-to-%e2%80%9cprotestors-don%e2%80%99t-belong-near-school%e2%80%9d/ Free Keene from the Free Keene Stigma Keene School Outreach: "Government Schools Suck, Education ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn 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. And a big thanks to Stephanie for recruiting me! Look Closer: Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Porc Therapy http://porctherapy.com/ Wheels Off Liberty http://wheelsoffliberty.com/wordpress/

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNo 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 Bumper Music: "Thru and Thru" The ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA stand-alone episode of School Sucks Podcast...in three parts. Critical Thinking Insinuation: When we consider the amount of faith and power that most people invest in government...maybe this group of people who call themselves "president" is not the real source of the disappointment and dissatisfaction of most people. 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is an interview I did for Jan Irvin's Gnostic Media Podcast on May 9th 2010. Brand new shows are coming soon!! Trivium Education Website: where Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom Begin Trivium Education Home Gnostic Media Website http://www.gnosticmedia.com/ Tragedy and Hope Communications http://tragedyandhope.com/

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057 Relationships: Conformity and Convenience

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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, ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy 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 Bumper Music: "We Want A Rock" They Might Be Giants Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ School Sucks Podcast 028 - Let's Make A Hero! (FDR) http://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/29 School Sucks Podcast 027 - Let's Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln) http://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/28

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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. Bumper Music: Star Wars Disco Theme Look Closer: Heroism Part 1 - from Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ix9MT3jn0 Heroism Part 2 - from Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVHAWSFXbPw BOOK: Lies my teacher told me: everything your ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the fourth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. 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 ...

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053: Drapetomania

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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. Bumper Music: "The Man Who Danced Too Slowly" Baka Beyond Look Closer: Frontline - The Medicated Child http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoHv-_Rwu6c How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness by Dr. Bruce E. Levine http://www.alternet.org/health/75081?page=entire The Drugging of Our Children By Gary Null http://www.familyrightsassociation.com/bin/white_papers-articles/drugging_our_children/ Appendix 43 - Drapetomania by Michael Greger, MD and United Progressive Alumni http://upalumni.org/medschool/appendices/appendix-43.html ADHD schoolkids '10 times worse' on Ritalin, dexamphetamine, study finds http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/adhd-schoolkids-10-times-worse-on-ritalin-dexamphetamine-study-finds/story-e6frea73-1225831266819?from=public_rss

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052: Holes

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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 ...

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