Podcasts

[PODCAST] #514: Social Justice. Socially Engineered. (With Jay Dyer)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Above the Snowflakes Part 4) Our investigation continues... This series aimed to examine the philosophical roots of the current intensifying social justice movement, and how messages from academia have spilled out into popular culture and consciousness. Today, Jay Dyer joins me to argue that the phenomenon actually has darker origins. Jay is the author of Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film and host of Jay's Analysis Podcast. We'll spend the first half hour talking about film analysis and his TV show, Hollywood Decoded. Then we'll discuss whether or not there is actually a kind of covert war against the minds of Millennials that began a long time ago, and with designs far ...

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[PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(FreeCoast Fest - Day 2 - Dover, NH) Diane Murphy taught in public schools for 30 years before she retired early to build BigFish, an innovative self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at the FreeCoast Festival and of hearing her presentation on BigFish. We sat down to discuss her past experience, current efforts and passion for self-directed learning and integrating teens into the real world. Discussion: - Diane's path out of public school - properties of natural learning - physical costs of school - A new model for a self-directed learning center - Cooperation and competition can work together - Community networking for real-world education and ...

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[PODCAST] #512: School Sucks Across America (With Thaddeus Russell)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThaddeus Russell joins me to make the biggest announcement in the history of School Sucks Project. We look forward to your participation! Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V ...

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[PODCAST] #511: James Davis – Forced Learning Is Too Dangerous

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(FreeCoast Fest, Day 1, Newmarket, NH) James Davis is a long-time School Sucks listener and supporter. He promotes and exemplifies peaceful parenting, self-directed learning and entrepreneurship in the NH seacoast liberty community. He is the co-founder at Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings and the co-founder at Camp Stomping Ground. Discussion: - who is going to help your kids gain context for the things they see in the world - children are targets for political manipulation - sailboat children: basic literacy without critical thinking - how James and his wife moved from preparing to be public school teachers to embracing self-directed education - why most teachers and parents aren't experimenting, learning and seeking best practices - ...

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[PODCAST] #510: Lessons From Summer That We Can Apply To the Fall (With Thaddeus Russell)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadProfessor Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss cause and effect, the jarring events of August, what's coming in September and what it all might mean for the future. Opening Sequence: Cause and effect in European identity politics Announcement: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. We go over the seminar topics. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Discussion: - Extremism, left and right - The race war is the academic left's creation - Most Marxists wish to ignore race entirely - Does American popular culture still have a liberating quality? - Dave Smith, a rare voice in comedy - has ...

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[PODCAST] #509: Conflicts Without Protagonists

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday, another story about a "by any means necessary" approach to fighting Nazis... Manuel Pasquale returns for a discussion about Fascism, Communism and the lessons WWII can teach us about dividing the world into good and evil. We focus our story around the dangerous mythology of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is the subject of two feature films this year. Manuel's YouTube Channel Highlights: - Monologue: "Good and Evil" in Charlottesville - modern Western mythology is used to sell imperialist pursuits - Why are 2 Churchill movies (and Dunkirk) coming out this year? - World War II precipitated the downfall of western civilization - Who was Winston Churchill? - Hitler's aversion to a two ...

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[PODCAST] #508: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – The Live Interactive Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne of my favorite shows of all time. This was the final event of A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell, where attendees took the mic to share their thoughts, questions and appreciation. And we reciprocated. Participants: - Alex B. - Jay - Danny M. - Nelson A. - Kevin G. - Phillip F. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the ...

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[PODCAST] #507: Teen Teaches Economics To Teens, With Elijah Johnson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadElijah Johnson launched his Finance and Liberty You Tube channel and website when he was sixteen years old, motivated to teach other teens about Austrian Economics and financial self-defense. Now 21, Elijah is currently finishing up his Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Before attending college, Elijah was home-educated in a religious family. We'll talk about the transition between those settings and whether or not Elijah feels college was "worth it." We also discuss: - family and community - home education and religion - is being home-educated a liability when trying to succeed in college? - losing passion for subjects in college - Elijah's goals for his media projects Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon ...

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[PODCAST] #506: Emily Hirsh – Financial Freedom At 22 (instead of a college degree)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's guest is among the increasing number of bright young people who have come to view the traditional college path as an opportunity cost. Emily Hirsh opted out of college at age 19 to pursue her first online business full time. Just three years later, Emily has built multiple six-figure-a-year ventures. In addition to running Virtual Assistant Academy and KettlebellMovement.com, Emily works as a Sales Funnel Strategist helping entrepreneurs to grow their business and generate revenue and leads using sales funnels and Facebook Ads. As a very busy young mother, she also actively promotes the freedom of working from home and controlling your schedule. Learn more about Emily's work at emilyhirsh.com. She joins me ...

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[PODCAST] #505 (Supplemental): Conspiracy Fact! – Brett On SGT Report

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA discussion about emerging technocracy, college debt, UNESCO, Trump and the NeoCons, God, the four phases public school has progressed through since the mid-19th century, and the impact of school in the current society. Thanks again to Sean for having me on. Monologue: The CNN Meme War is unsettling Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a ...

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[PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKerry McDonald holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she studied education administration, planning, and social policy. She is a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Intellectual Takeout. She is a founding member of AlternativesToSchool.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her blog is Whole Family Learning. She joins me today to discuss - her professional/academic education background - how she learned about and embraced self-directed learning - her current online projects - how education works in her home (and beyond), for each of her 4 children - promoting self-directed education - Benefits of Self-Directed Learning - her article "Cultivating An ...

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[PODCAST] #503: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 2 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKylon dropped out of college during his freshman year in 2009. Since then he has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the construction, fitness, food service, real estate, and online education industries. He is the creator and host of The Successful Dropout Podcast. He joins me again today to discuss his education and his entrepreneurial journey. Check out part one: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) Discussion: -What does "living the dream" mean when someone says it with a scowl? -Community and accountability through Christianity -but - oh yeah - shame and judgment through Christianity too -the law of attraction! (made less dumb) -Self-trust: Kylon was an unenclosed ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #502: Brett On Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThaddeus Russell has appeared on School Sucks over 20 times, but this conversation is unlike anything you've heard before. It was recorded at Thad's house in Salem, Oregon on July 5th, just hours after I got off a plane. And you know we're doing an event together in three weeks right? A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell begins August 5th in Salem, MA. To see the schedule, topics and ticket options click HERE, or go to thaddeusrussell.com/courses Discussed: School and drinking stories. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and ...

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[PODCAST] #501: Craig Hemke – Escape From Wall Street

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCraig Hemke worked on Wall Street as licensed Series 7 securities professional from the 1980s until 2008. Frustrated by various frauds in the "financial planning" sector, he decided to exit the protective bubble of his corporate career, parlaying his online reputation into a new venture as a blogger, precious metals advisor and financial forecaster. Craig is the founder and editor of TFMetalsReport.com. Discussed: - current obstacles in entrepreneurship - the process of moving away from the corporate world - the protective bubble in the financial services industry - glamorizing failure, learning from failure - The Big Short - central banking - precious metals and "sky is falling" scenarios - global reserve currency - the ...

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[PODCAST] #500: Patrick Byrne – A Vision For Education (Porcfest Interview)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPatrick Byrne is the CEO of Overstock.com and the Chairman of EdChoice. EdChoice, originally developed by Milton Friedman, is now a national leader in school choice research. EdChoice publishes studies, surveys, legislative analyses and blog posts to help the public, the media and key stakeholders understand how school choice is affecting families and students across the United States and internationally. Patrick and I sat down at Porcfest to discuss the history of the school choice movement, political frustrations, and his efforts to promote his vision for education. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued ...

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[PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is the first of two conversations; today Kylon interviews me and next time I will interview him. Kylon dropped out of college during his freshman year in 2009. Since then he has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the construction, fitness, food service, real estate, and online education industries. He is the creator and host of The Successful Dropout Podcast. He joins me today to discuss School Sucks Project, Successful Dropout, college culture, and entrepreneurship. Discussion: - New thoughts my career, college and School Sucks - Above the Snowflakes? the current college culture - the future of higher education - the student loan bubble and the "college is necessary" bubble - aesthetic diversity ...

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[PODCAST] #498: Daniel Ameduri – Self-Directed Financial Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDaniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer. Dan's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - The influence of Robert Kiyosaki - The college drop-in - School in the way of Dan's learning - Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn - real estate investing and flipping - 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube - intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis - ...

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[PODCAST] #497: The Intellectual Trump Card (with Dr. Daniel Bonevac)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us today to discuss Jacques Derrida and how postmodernism manifests itself in some of the ugly developments in higher education. We also explore the potential dangers of hyper-skepticism, hence "the intellectual trump card." Dr. Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. He has written four other books-- Deduction, The Art and Science of Logic, Simple Logic, and Worldly Wisdom. His website is a great resource; check out ...

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[PODCAST] #496: Lior Gantz – Lessons From A (former) Teenage Entrepreneur and Investor

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLior Gantz is entrepreneur, world traveler, financial researcher, and advisor in many forms to many different types of investors. He currently serves as President of Wealth Research Group. Lior's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - Mindset, protecting your mind from bad influences - Lior started working at 13, and investing at 16 - High School: Surprisingly the ideal time in life to fail - Commitment - Finding A Niche; complete uniqueness is not retired - "Solopreneurship" vs. forming a partnership - How to find the right partners - Stoicism and self-discipline in investing - Crisis preparation: cash, precious metals, chaos hedges, foreign real estate - Silver market price manipulation, silver bullion holders vs silver stock ...

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[PODCAST] #495: Dr. Stephen Hicks – Postmodernism As A Political Project?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part Two) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and the Executive Director of The Center For Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He joins me today to discuss the consequences of postmodernism as a political/education project. Discussed: - Words as weapons - Do the postmodernists of the mid-20th century set out to undermine the enlightenment? - The philosophical movement has a long philosophical lineage dating back to Rousseau and the German idealists, it comes to prominence in the 1960s - What's confusing for the novice here - These people looked back the enlightenment, reason as a starting point instead of faith and ...

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[PODCAST] #494: Fast Friends With Hunter Maats

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAuthor, teacher and podcaster Hunter Maats joins me for a fun and challenging marathon conversation. Hunter and I discover lots of areas of disagreement, but our exploration into our differences has just begun. Hunter is the co-author of The Straight A Conspiracy and the co-host of the Mixed Mental Arts Podcast. Hour One: - The elephant and the rider - the academic "rope-a-dope" - Humanity's first family dinner - using ridicule against social justice warring - College kids and their feelings - Getting podcast guests to be vulnerable - The FDA and the market demand for government Hour Two: - The Straight A Conspiracy? - learning, unlearning and relearning - A discussion about grades ...

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[PODCAST] #493: The Grim Legacy of The New Left (With Nikos Sotirakopoulos)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part One) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He joins me today for more exploration into failed movements for personal liberation. We focus on the Frankfurt School and the New Left. Discussed: - Murray Bookchin and lifestyle anarchism - Book: The Rise of Lifestyle Activism From New Left to Occupy - a distinction between the old and new left - projecting what we don't like onto the Frankfurt School and postmodernism - a new narrative that allowed leftism to survive - Ayn Rand's warnings: "The New Left" and "Atlas Shrugged" - How did ...

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[PODCAST] #492: Above the Snowflakes – Series Introduction

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday, many young people are looking for personal liberation in all the wrong places. Discussed: - Thaddeus vs. Jordan Peterson: common ground? - letting go of a conspiracy theory - over-corrective responses to to Enlightenment problems - The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory - Postmodernism and identity politics - redeeming Marx from the horrifying political consequences - making a better world: the top-down and individual-up approaches - the consequences of biological determinism - the benefits of identity politics - the trap of identity politics (essentialism) - how people accidentally make themselves political pawns - subjectivity and its philosophical problems - my unfortunate history prioritizing group identity over my self (knowledge and improvement) Get Your ...

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[FREE A/V] #491: Flashback – Our First Encounter With Social Justice

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Not a serious show; from the premium content archives) Only 50 people have ever heard the live pre-show for episode #368, but it is one of my favorite half-hours of School Sucks content ever. Osborne and I examine and discuss the University of New Hampshire's ill-fated "Unbiased Speech Guide." This was our first known encounter with the social justice movement in higher education, and you might find it interesting to compare our attitudes then to those expressed in numerous shows that followed in 2016 and 2017. Recorded on August 5th, 2015, this audio is the Pre-Show for [PODCAST] #368: Six-travaganza Live Show Highlights – “Memory Lane”. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List ...

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[PODCAST] #490: The Fall of the “Scientific” Political Finger Puppet (A Rant)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), and other science and sex junk. CORRECTION: In this show, I claimed that the 97% percent statistic on human-caused or anthropogenic global warming comes from a survey in which less than 97 scientists took part. While surveys with such small sample sizes have occurred, this sentence was misleading because it is far from the whole story. Furthermore, while I remain skeptical, I am not opposed to the idea that humans contribute to climate change; I am only opposed to proposed UN/US government solutions to this problem (CAFE standards, carbon tax, etc...). Opposition to political outcomes does not justify an uninformed denial of the problem ...

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