Podcasts

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 Posts[BONUS] Wheels Off Liberty Reunion - UNEDITED83(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-FOUR - NOV 17 - Ardmore, OK) WARNING: This sucks worse than the actual show does. With 35 additional minutes of behind the scenes, out-takes and other material deemed not good enough for the final cut (believe it or not). Or click HERE to download. View all…Tags: sucks, liberty, wheels, school, warning, maddux, mike, crane, jamie[PODCAST] #535: The Wheels Off Liberty Reunion76(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-FOUR - NOV 17 - Ardmore, OK) Mike and Brett fill Jamie in on what ...

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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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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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