Podcasts

013 (Supplemental): Brett On The Peter Mac Show

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy 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. Peter's Bio: Peter is a former math professor turned entrepreneur. He swims, works outs regularly, and occasionally competes in U.S. Masters Swimming. His ...

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012: Why the Future Won’t Be Like 1984

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical and Creative Thinking Exercise: Imagine a free world... 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. (NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a ...

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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Most of the people you know (Foreground) Critical Thinking Question: First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity... Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? Topic: The ...

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009 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedomain Radio

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy 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 Freedomain Radio Interview: Brett Veinotte (You Tube) School Sucks Beginner's Guide to Freedomain: (For those who are unfamiliar, some suggestions...) If Episode 7.2, with Daniel Lakemacher, raised some questions about war: True News 10: Soldiers, War and Freedom... (This is the first Freedomain video ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? 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 - ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe first in a series of episodes aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Why is obedience to authority actually the opposite of virtue? 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 ...

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006: Conformity & Compliance

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Introduction to the Hidden Lessons of School) Critical Thinking Question: Imagine a very small group people trying to exercise power and control over a very large group of people. How dangerous would this situation be for the small group if they lacked the tools to control the thinking of people in the much larger group? Topic: Introducing the three aims of public education: blind obedience, assimilation, and the surrender ...

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005: Authoritarian Absurdities vs. The Philosophy of Liberty

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA Young Person's Guide to Politics III(Conclusion) Critical Thinking Question: WHO is the owner of YOU? 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 ...

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004: Politics Is Force

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA Young Person's Guide to Politics II Critical Thinking Question: Explain the difference between government and organized crime... 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 ...

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003: The Myth of Democracy & The Illusion of Freedom

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA Young Person's Guide to Politics I Critical Thinking Question: How easy would it be to convince someone that they were free...if you could also make sure that they never knew what "freedom" really was? 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 ...

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002: Pavement On the Road to Hell…

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical Thinking Question: What would you think of a person who claimed that they had the ability to make plans for the life of another person who they had never met and didn't know anything about? What if they said they had the ability to make plans for the lives of ten people that they had never met and didn't know anything about? 100 people? 1000? A million? And ...

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001: The “Business” Plan

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNOTE: This is the second part of a re-recording of the original episode one. My apologies if it temporarily appears out of order in the podcast feed. Critical Thinking Question: Why would something that's so good for us, like public education... need to be imposed on us with the use of force ? And funded with the use of force ? Maybe something else is going on. Topic: The ...

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000: An Introduction to School Sucks Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIntroduction: 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. Bumper music: "Troublemaker" by Weezer Look Closer: School Sucks Website Click Here

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