Podcasts

[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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An Exciting Annoucement From Thad and Brett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThad and Brett are excited to announce... Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present "A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell" Happening this August in historic and tragic Salem, MA! Get Tickets: thaddeusrussell.com/courses/weekend More Shows With Thaddeus Russell: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism (3 episodes) A Renegade History Course (10 episodes) SCHEDULE Friday, August 4th (multiple locations, Salem) 4:30pm - VIP Happy Hour 5:30pm - VIP Walking Tour: Salem's Renegade History 8:00pm - VIP Dinner with Thaddeus and Brett Saturday, August 5th (Hawthorne Hotel, Salem) 9:00am - coffee, meet and greet 10:00am - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session one) 12:00pm - Lunch and Downtown Exploration 1:30pm - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session ...

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[PODCAST] #489: Empath-thon (Conclusion) – You Don’t Have To Cuck.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy welcome Brett to their studio for the final chapter in this series of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempted to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. In the end, it worked out. Today we continue our reflections on the series, talk about recent events and answer some listener questions. Bumper Music: "Street Fighting Man" Motley Crue "Street Fighting Man" John Mellencamp Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja Please ...

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[PODCAST] #488: Jeff Deist – Advice For the Free-Minded College Student

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJeff Deist is the president of the Mises Institute. The institute is dedicated to teaching and research in the Austrian school of economics, and individual freedom, honest history, and international peace. It also hosts the annual Mises University event - a one-week crash course in Austrian Economics. Since we have devoted a lot content recently to exploring the behavior of college students and how they got there, we thought it would be useful to get Jeff's thoughts about the toxic culture overtaking higher ed and to discuss how free-minded students can defend themselves from it. Our conversation is build around two of Jeff's talks that book-ended the 2016 Presidential Campaign: PC is Control, not ...

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[PODCAST] #487: New Angles On the Dark History of Public School – With Jay Dyer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy first conversation with Jay Dyer - author of Esoteric Hollywood and host of Jay's Analysis. Hour One (Free): - how SSP helped Jay Dyer - shape-shifters? - comparing notes on the social engineers who influenced the schools - behaviorism projects in 1960s public schools - outcomes-based education - freedom from the individual up - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy Hour Two (Premium, Available HERE): - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy (continued) - the emergence of a voluntary world? - ways to talk parents out of public school - what do elite universities offer? - educational entrepreneurship - Getting Things Done - much more... Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With ...

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[PODCAST] #486: Empath-thon (Session Four) – Reflections

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: - The liberty movement has changed - picking sides - social media vs. real life - the allure of conflict - Brett vs. SJWs on Facebook - privilege revisited - Brian vs. Tom Woods: reaching out to the left - porn problems - the nuclear family and marriage - luxuries of western civilization? Look Closer: Sex ...

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[PODCAST] #485: What We Saw and Learned At Yale, With Tom Woods

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat a week! On Wednesday just after the stroke of midnight, Tom Woods and I sat down in a hotel room overlooking the Yale campus to discuss his new book Sane Space and a variety of other topics. Included: - Our positive experiences at the Yale Political Union meeting - The current state of higher education - There is no finish line for social justice warriors - What can libertarians learn from the modern left? - Debating the usefulness of engaging the left (referencing Tom's email that i read in episode #461) - Productivity: how does Tom get so much done? - Workaholism Tom's Sites: TomWoods.com happyearner.com Sane Space Related Shows: [SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! ...

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[PODCAST] #484: Apathetic Minds Meet Political Science – Vanderbilt University

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(CAMPUS CORRESPONDENTS #2) Sam Wolf is a freshman studying Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Soon he will serve as the president of the Vanderbilt College Republicans. Today we'll talk about what he's being taught, but also what he's actually been learning... In this correspondence we discuss: - Capitalism and Neo-Liberalism: capitalism is slavery and genocide? - The dangers of apathetic students - The culture of Vanderbilt outside the classroom - Professor Carol Swain controversy - Classes canceled for Trump trauma: what's the message there? - Outrage theater - Social capital: a minority of students sets the tone for campus life - The silent majority of Vanderbilt - The philosophy behind social justice warring - ...

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[PODCAST] #483: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Chuck Barris and CIA TV

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(MASTERCLASS #9) On March 25th, the Podcastmasters reconvened at Osborne's "Deplorabar and Cinema" to discuss the recently deceased Chuck Barris. Chuck Barris was a television producer in the 1960s (The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game) and the host of The Gong Show in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, Barris wrote a book called Confessions of A Dangerous Mind in which he claimed he had also worked for the CIA. Barris described his role as an assassin, but is the truth even stranger? Podcastmasters is an infrequent summit where we discuss our recent shows, current events, historical investigations, movie goings etc... Discussed In This MasterClass: - The CIA has an entertainment division? - Why did ...

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[PODCAST] #482: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Three – Audience Questions Answered

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHistorian and Professor Thaddeus Russell returns for a three-part discussion about problems in academia and the challenges facing this generation of college students. What's new? Thaddeus has launched the first phase of his Renegade University. Listener Questions We Address: Peter M. - Is intellectual conformism among academics a purely academic problem, or does it extend into other social/intellectual spheres? How do we actively combat it, and what does he plan to do to make sure that the same problem doesn't evolve at Renegade? Phillip F. - Great question. Maybe Renegade (and other universities) can somehow incentivize intellectual diversity? Patrick E. - I'd be interested in his thoughts on accreditation or some equivalent in a ...

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[PODCAST] #481: How Do We Empower Parents Against the Expanding Nanny State?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDavid DeLugas has 35 years of experience practicing family law. During that time he has observed some disturbing trends in state intrusions into the parent-child relationship. Today he serves as Executive Director and General Counsel for the National Association of Parents, a 501(c)(3) member charitable association. David DeLugas and I discuss: the problems created by divorce + family court - school attendance: how schools create criminals out of parents - is there an anti-family ideology at work? - CPS intrusions - the public's assumption of benevolence when it comes to bureaucracies - zero tolerance - Lenore Skenazy and free-range kids - helicopter parenting enforced by law - the long-term costs of over-parenting by government ...

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[PODCAST] #480: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Two – Does the Plot Thicken Or Is There Actually No Plot?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHistorian and Professor Thaddeus Russell returns for a three-part discussion about problems in academia and the challenges facing this generation of college students. What's new? Thaddeus has launched the first phase of his Renegade University. 1. Thad's Thoughts On the Work of Jonathan Haidt and generation-based explanations: - Trigger warnings, moral dependency and the helicopter generation grown up - Is over-parenting a class phenomenon? - Media proliferation and the effect on parenting - Are today's hysterias worse that the hysterias of the past? - Information Overload - Helicopter parents are children of divorce? - Divorce and fear of abandonment - One reason why leftists hate families - Safety animals for college students - Thad's ...

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[PODCAST] #479: Deschool Yourself – Why and How – With Zak Slayback and Jeff Till

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPlease check out Zak and Jeff's entire 8-part Deschooling series at deschoolyourself.com. introduction -What are the personal, professional and motivational problems school helps to create? Deschooling Discussion: -The disowned self -Nathaniel Branden's Six Pillars of self-esteem as an answer to John Taylor Gatto's Seven Lesson Schoolteacher -Provisional self-esteem -Why parents avoid examinations of school and how that avoidance perpetuates the damage -The self-improvement gurus need to address schooling -New 21st century challenges to Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society model from 1971 -How to use school's means - accountability and measurement - to aid in the deschooling process -Growth through Stoic "what ifs" -How a lack of self knowledge can lead to self sabotage -Creating a ...

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[PODCAST] #478: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part One – Beyond Black and White

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHistorian and Professor Thaddeus Russell returns. And unloads. What's new? Thaddeus has launched the first phase of his Renegade University. The Effects of Intellectual Conformism: - Manichaeism in the minds of academics - Charles Murray and Middlebury College - Tucker Carlson owns college professors - Donald Trump's world and how the left gave it to him (fragility vs. repression) - Tangent: Richard Spencer Why and how Thad's thinking has changed: - Thad's conflicts with left libertarians - vertical (knowledge) vs. horizontal (overwhelm) information - shifting definitions and connotations - Policing Is Racially Biased? Thad's commentary on the debate - what I've learned from sheltered college professors - media manipulation of race issues, and the ...

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[PODCAST] #477: What Breitbart Knew: Lessons In Media Literacy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFive years ago this week, Andrew Breitbart passed away very suddenly and, as some have argued, rather suspiciously. It was just weeks after his energetic CPAC speech where he told the crowd about his plans to "vet" Obama in the 2012 election by releasing damning videos from his Harvard days. This timeline raises questions for sure, but Breitbart's threat to the media, political and academic establishment extended well beyond this incident. Today, the focal point of Breitbart's legacy is the very pro-Trump website Breitbart.com. The more I learn about Andrew and what he stood for, the more I see this as an unfair association. Breitbart was a man ahead of his time, and he ...

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[PODCAST] #476: A Confluence of Complex Problems Called College

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDrew Sample: So what's the problem at the universities? Me: Well, I'm realizing it's more complicated than I had thought. Monologue: - A new perspective on classroom trigger warnings - Getting beyond the low hanging fruits of SJWs - My postmodernist thinking traps - How methods of deconstruction can turn into attitudes of destruction - my enemy's enemies are not necessarily my friends Discussion: Recorded 2/17/17 - Drew Sample and I discuss many of the factors that brought about the "snowflake generation" and the current crisis in higher education Full Show: TSH - 142 - College vs Self-Employment, Postmodernism, Persuasion Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the ...

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[PODCAST] #475: When Antifa Attacks – University of Toronto

Podcast: Play in new window | Download[CAMPUS CORRESPONDENCE #1] Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew returns to discuss the latest dust-up at University of Toronto, where Antifa protestors disrupted The Toronto Action Forum on Free Speech and Fiscal Policy. Biffo was one of the organizers of the event (working with Students In Support of Free Speech and Generation Screwed), which featured Rebel Media's Ezra Levant, Professor Jordan Peterson, Professor Janice Fiamengo and many others. Our conversation moves back and forth between Biffo's reporting on Antifa behavior at the college, and Peterson's warnings about social justice warring and the post-modern ideas that underlie it. Biffo is a University of Toronto student, the organizer of the now infamous University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech, ...

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[PODCAST] #474b: What I Saw In Washington DC (Part 2 of 2 – Postmodern America and Its Marches)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMONOLOGUE (50 Minutes): What is postmodernism and is Donald Trump proving that he has mastered and harnessed it? DISCUSSION: Silas recounts his experiences at and impressions of the strange events on the day after the inauguration. Silas Amunga is a blogger and an educational entrepreneur. Check out his writing at RantATonne.com Articles Mentioned: Agenda for Women’s March has been hijacked by organizers bent on highlighting women’s differences - http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2017/01/19/agenda-for-womens-march-on-washington-has-been-hijacked-by-organizers-bent-on-highlighting-womens-differences/ Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself - https://thefederalist.com/2017/01/23/donald-trump-first-president-turn-postmodernism/ Some Pieces By Silas: How to Discuss Politics Online - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/how-to-discuss-politics-online/ I Know How Racist You are - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/i-know-how-racist-you-are/ Marching on the Glass Cellar - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/marching-on-the-glass-cellar/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon ...

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[PODCAST] #474a: What I Saw In Washington DC (Part 1 of 2 – #TrumpTrainToMAGAland?)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA three-hour discussion with the man holding the "Trump Is A White Male" sign? We'll see what happpens... Silas Amunga is a blogger and an educational entrepreneur. Check out his writing at RantATonne.com Some Pieces By Silas: How to Discuss Politics Online - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/how-to-discuss-politics-online/ I Know How Racist You are - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/i-know-how-racist-you-are/ Marching on the Glass Cellar - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/marching-on-the-glass-cellar/ 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #473: Passion-Driven Education (With Connor Boyack)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConnor Boyack is a home-educating parent and the founder of the Libertas Institute. He joins me today to discuss his book Passion-Driven Education, which is definitely a nice companion piece for the School Sucks Podcast. Discussed: -Tell me your public school origin story... -school is a tool for social transformation -Structure, "assessment" and protection in the home-ed environment -Inquiry over information? -Mitra's Hole In the Wall; Minimally Invasive Education -"hackschooling" -a Star Wars story The Book: HERE Look Closer: Connor's Site - connorboyack.com/blog/ Passion-Driven Education - passiondriveneducation.com/ Libertas Institute - libertasutah.org/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going ...

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[BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – The Grand Chessboard (Part 2 of 3)

On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion. Podcastmasters is an infrequent summit where we discuss our recent shows, current events, historical investigations, movie goings etc... Can't see the player? Click HERE. Discussed In This MasterClass: PART ONE: (Last show) -Starbucks learns about "anarchy" -Trump's address, the Bane thing -Betsy DeVos, the Department of Ed and the student debt "bubble" -#DisruptJ20 -Sorros: agent of chaos -Gard's thoughts on "Cultural Marxism" -Sympathy for Trump? How could that possibly happen -Reagan vs. the media; Gard's historical perspective -the future of the libertarian message PART TWO: (This show) -Inauguration fashion and why it matters -The Grand Chessboard, by Zbigniew Brzezinski -The US, Russia and the Middle East PART THREE: ...

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