Podcasts

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost 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 Michael Moore interviews Marilyn Manson, Bowling For Columbine "The case against adolescence: rediscovering the adult in every teen" By Robert Epstein

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 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)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy 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. Special thanks to Lou Eastman for having the foresight to create freelunchproject.com long before I thought of this idea. NOTE: Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" is played at every Boston Red Sox game.

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048 (Supplemental): The Catastrophe of Conventional Wisdom

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA 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. Bumper Music: "The Wings" Gustavo Santaolalla Mentioned: Fully Informed Jury Association http://fija.org/ Silver Circle Movie http://www.silvercirclemovie.com/ Larken Rose Website http://www.larkenrose.com/ George's Famous Baklava http://mandrik.com/ Chartarum, A John Shaw Film http://www.chartarum.com/ Obscured Truth Network http://www.youtube.com/user/obscuredtruth FSP/Porcfest http://www.freestateproject.org/festival The Motorhome Diaries http://motorhomediaries.com/ The Free ...

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047: The Incubator

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

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046: The Mutually Destructive Exchange

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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. Look Closer: Real Time Relationships by Stefan Molyneux http://www.freedomainradio.com/free/books/FDR_3_PDF_Real_Time_Relationships.pdf On Bullies, by Bob Jackson http://www.strike-the-root.com/content/bullies The Root Evil of Widespread Emotional Damage, by Glen Allport http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/allport/allport4.html

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045: Curiosity Kills Christianity (And Vice-Versa)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Kids Are Not Defective Part 3) 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 ...

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044: The True Self Vs. the Fantasy Family

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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. Bumper Music: "Hometown Glory" by Adele Look Closer: Freedomain Radio 211: Childhood Prisons http://www.freedomainradio.com/Traffic_Jams/FDR_211_Childhood_Prisons.mp3 Complete Liberty Episode 31 - Authoritarianism and family, getting ...

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043: Kids Are Not Defective (Introduction)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPICTURED: 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. Today, and hopefully someday this will not be the case, childhood and adolescence are not about a process of discovery that eventually leads to the embrace of ideas and beliefs that are chosen by you. Instead, childhood and adolescence are all about a process of training that eventually leads to the ...

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

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

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed, Conclusion) The eighth (and final) 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: 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 ...

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040 Keys (Installment #3): Transition

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: 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. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the third 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: -Why do people accept government education? -Why do people need tangible alternatives? Bumper Music: "The Lonely Bull" Herb Alpert ...

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

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

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn 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 ...

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

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

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036 (Supplemental): NH Capitol Access TV Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: 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. I've added an introduction. Bumper Music: "Granite State of Mind" (Jay-Z Parody - The SSP) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX7nQrCgALM Look Closer: Capitol Access Website http://nhcaptv.com/ Episode 109: School Sucks http://nhcaptv.com/episode/109

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035: Problem. Reaction. Solution.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #7) The seventh 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: 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 ...

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034 (Supplemental): Cary Grove Student Discussion/Debate

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: 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. Bumper Music: "Don't Talk To Strangers" Rick Springfield 80s Douche Look Closer: The Nazi Comparison http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/the-nazi-comparison.html Comparing U.S.A. to Nazi Germany http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/comparison.html "Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/liesmyteachertoldme.php Quantum Shift TV: The underground history of North American education http://www.quantumshift.tv/v/1198046178/ CBS: Parents arrested for failing to register home-schooled kids http://www.cbs6albany.com/articles/district-1269895-school-county.html Jason ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPledge 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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the second 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. Bumper Music: "Alright" by Maxine Nightengale "Heaven In the End" by Chad Verbeck Topic: 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome 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. NOTE: The first minute of the discussion overlaps one minute of Episode 15 for context. NOTE: I call this recent tea party movement "stupid" because I feel it completely misses the point and I'm pretty sure it will simply vanish after Obama leaves office. NOTE: Not a blanket endorsement of civil disobedience. For more info, please check out the earlier Supplemental with Wes, Daniel and ...

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029: The War On Fire

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #6) The sixth 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: 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 ...

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