Podcasts

[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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[PODCAST] #472: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Ow, My Inaugural Balls (Part 1 of 3)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn 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... Discussed In This MasterClass: PART ONE: (This 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: (Coming soon) -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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[PODCAST] #471: Empath-thon (Multiple Sessions) – Culture Clash and Cultural Appropriation

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: Trigger Warning. These videos are discussed: 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 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #470: Empath-thon (Session 3, Part 1) – Cultural Marxism, Horseshoe Theory and Listener Feedback

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: - why is "cultural Marxism" a throwaway term? - what does the term mean to Brett - Freedom vs. Tyranny - Individualism vs. collectivism - Horseshoe political spectrum Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja Stephanie's Audio book Titles - http://www.smvoice.info/audiobooks/ Related Shows and Series: SPEED ...

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[PODCAST] #469: Nick Hazelton – Teaching and Learning Through Facebook Conflicts

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNick Hazelton of an-yak.com is a young entrepreneur who opted out of school a couple years ago to pursue his passions and teach himself. He is back on the show to discuss a recent question he posed in the School Sucks Facebook group. It started one of the more educational and productive thread I have seen in the group in a while. Nick's Questions: Since there seems to be some fracturing of this group on the left-right paradigm, I want to hear more conversation about this paradigm and how much it really matters. Most people in this group are Liberty minded(probably close to 100%). We all value freedom and peace, I presume. Most of ...

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[PODCAST] #468: Empath-thon (Session 2, Part 1) – Shame

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: Gender Fluidity and Fat-Shaming 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 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #467: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 2) – Remember the 90s?

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. INTRODUCTION: A 55-minute commentary on entertainment media, political correctness and identity politics in the 1990s. This segment does not reflect the opinions of the guests. DISCUSSION: The liberal vs. conservative mind - PC/anti-PC seeds planted in the 1990s - the Satanic panic - the psychological benefits of identity associations - the threat of changing culture - "privilege" and ...

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[PODCAST] #466: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 1) – Different Lenses

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: -Is it really easier to reason with people on the right? - A brief gender pronouns derailment - Is PC really a threat? - "virtue signaling at the point of a gun" - social psychology and tribalism - the hammer of the law - approaches to activism - the impact of US foreign policy - Jonathan ...

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

[PODCAST] #465: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Three – Don’t Disregard System One)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith Steve Patterson - Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Referencing back to our earlier series, The Principles of Learning ANYTHING, Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Steve's Review of Politics In 2016 -Positive trends including Milo Yiannopolis? -Academia's culpability in Trump's election -Why many in the right-leaning media are more rational -Is it over for the Mainstream Media? -The groundwork for soft fascism -Nationalism and tribalism Thinking Fast and Slow -Steve's book review -Philosophical problems: are ...

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[BONUS] How To Star Wars – Rogue One and A New Order

(1 HOUR) Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn (sexandsciencehour.com) join me in-studio for a live discussion about Star Wars Rogue One and the broader Star Wars universe. Is there a better order than Machete Order or Episode Order to watch all eight films? How do Brian and I rank all eight films (you might be surprised!!) And why does Stephanie dislike Star Wars? Flashback (2013)

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University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech

[PODCAST] #464: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “A Discussion Is Beginning” – The Opportunity At University of Toronto)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's podcast is an expansion of the previous episode. It features an interview with Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew. He is a University of Toronto student, the organizer of the now infamous University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech, and a longtime listener to the School Sucks Podcast. Some footage from The University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech: The "pronouns" debate: My Questions For Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew: - Who you are and what you're studying at U of T? - what has the campus climate been like for the last 2 months, how pervasive through U of T is this conflict we're all watching online? - How have you tried to connect with Social Justice ...

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[PODCAST] #463: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “Violence Is Lurking” – The Tragedy of Jordan Peterson)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA necessary detour in this series, after my discovery of Jordan Peterson. This presentation is a rant-esque monologue that hopefully becomes more calm and collected as it goes on, interspersed with relevant media clips. Thank you to everyone who sent me this video; it began a very educational week. Peterson's repeated warning that "violence is lurking" is the result of a combination of observations of the current discourse with four decades of experience studying and teaching about fascism and Marxism. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the ...

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[PODCAST] #462: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Two) – The Flaw of Identity

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking. They include: 1. Confirmation Bias 2. Cognitive Ease 3. What You See Is All There Is 4. Halo Effect 5. Coherent Stories Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. ...

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[PODCAST] #461: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part One) – Rules For Radicals

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental ...

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