Podcasts

[PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadZak Slayback is an entrepreneur who writes, speaks and takes action on issues of education, innovation, and philosophy. He is an Ivy League dropout and a founding team member of Praxis - an organization that creates apprenticeships for college-age people that lead directly to full-time jobs. Learn more about Zak at ZakSlayback.com. Learn more about Praxis at DiscoverPraxis.com. Zack's Book: Discussion: -apprenticeships -What's the difference between school and education? -career guidance or lack thereof in high school -The truth about college admissions -The Ivy League liability -deschooling 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #453: Ben Settle – Authentic, Ungoverned Self-Promotion (Is Your Duty)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBen Settle is very well-known and well-respected Internet marketer and the world leader in email copy writing education. He joins me for a conversation geared towards young entrepreneurs. Topics include asserting and promoting yourself, believing your words have value, breaking the rules of an industry and becoming a new industry leader, why people struggle with authenticity and what to do about it, how Ben helped me overcome certain types of negative self-talk, Ben's path from multi-level marketing frustration to a marketing industry leader, why principles supersede tactics, the sales-averse mindset, how to increase your depth of knowledge, and teaching to learn. Learn more about Ben at BenSettle.com. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part One – God Is Dead?

Mattheus von Guttenberg joins me for a casual exploration of the history of philosophy, and of his own development as a thinker. Discussed In Part One: -escaping organized religion -Nietzsche - god is dead? -Nietzsche and the state -Nietzsche influences Ayn Rand -rationalism and empiricism - why did the split exist? -David Hume - empiricism and causality -Kant and Fichte, what was Kant really saying? -Kant's real influence - is he the villain the Objectivists make him out to be -Rousseau vs Locke CLICK HERE if the player does not appear.

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[PODCAST] #452: Christina Hoff Sommers – College “Fainting Couch” Feminism vs. “Freedom” Feminism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis episode is a supplement to our current "Sex-Ed" series. Christina Hoff Sommers is a former philosophy professor who now works as a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of several books including Who Stole Feminism, The War Against Boys, and Freedom Feminism. She has a YouTube channel called "The Factual Feminist." Discussion: - I think the experiences I've had in the last year or so have led to an overly hostile and simplistic view of both academia and feminism. -It's not feminism and it's not academia. The problem is where these two worlds collide - academic authoritarianism - What is feminism to Christina? - Responsibility for uncomfortable emotions ...

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[PODCAST] #451: Exploring Alternative Education With boyinaband

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy first conversation with You Tube sensation David Brown, better known as boyinaband. I first started to follow his work over a year ago when his video "Don't Stay In School" prompted our friend Derrick J to write a similarly-themed letter to his two younger sisters. We then discussed the letter on the show. David and I discuss his new video called "You Don't Legally Have To Go To School," our experiences as students, how some of my teaching experience line up with some of themes of his videos, the legality of going to school, Sudbury Schools, and the problem of government schools. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin ...

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[PODCAST] #450: Academic Freedom vs. Academic…Justice?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOkay, define "justice." While doing some research for an upcoming show, I came across an op-ed in The Harvard Crimson - written by a gender studies major - called "The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice." Then all hell breaks loose. Music: Bob Whiting - "Shambala" (cover) Mentioned: FunkyEds Blog - Some valid criticisms of SSP: http://funkyeds.blogspot.hk Look Closer: Philosophy: Who Needs It Freedom vs. Justice: Are They in Conflict? Problematic: The Battle for Free Speech (Harvard Political Review) Richard Herrnstein: I.Q. - by Richard Herrnstein Richard Herrnstein Subramanian Swamy: Pushed out of Harvard, professor returns fire The Outlier - The inscrutable politics of Subramanian Swamy ...

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[PODCAST] #449: Sex-Ed (Part 2) – Widening the Space

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhy are sex and gender issues so volatile? Who bares responsibility for making them that way? This is an examination of modern feminism, men's rights advocacy, and "gender fluidity" - the history, the science, and the philosophical foundations (or lack thereof) Throughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. We are now connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school - including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, leftist indoctrination, the "insult of equality," socialization, higher education opportunities and pseudo-scientific majors like ...

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[UNEDITED] #449: Sex-Ed (Part 2) – Widening the Space

Why are sex and gender issues so volatile? Who bares responsibility for making them that way? This is an examination of modern feminism, men's rights advocacy, and "gender fluidity" - the history, the science, and the philosophical foundations (or lack thereof) Throughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. We are now connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school - including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, leftist indoctrination, the "insult of equality," socialization, higher education opportunities and pseudo-scientific majors like Gender Studies. If the player does ...

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[PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA few days after Hillary Clinton's speech about Donald Trump and the Alt-Right, Jeffrey Tucker returned to School Sucks to discuss -the swinging pendulum of extremism -his attempts to build alliances between libertarians and right-wingers with Murray Rothbard in the early 90s -the ideological origins of modern nativism, nationalism and protectionism Also Discussed: -Five Differences Between the Alt-Right and Libertarianism -Thomas Carlyle, the Founding Father of Fascism -a tiny doorway of legitimate concerns - social engineering and the forceful end of debate - through which a deluge of violence and insanity can pour -Trump's fascist talking points and ideations all have corollaries or mirrors on the left -a moratorium on calling people racists? A ...

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[BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree

(AUDIO, 22 MINUTES) This is a supplement to episode 448. It's a real-time reaction and response (edited after) to Vox Day's article called What the Alt Right is. For each of his 16 principles, I comment on whether or not it accurately fits my observations of the Alt-Right, and I also discuss how it aligns with or stands in contrast to my philosophy. If the player does not appear, CLICK HERE.

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[BONUS] The Conspiring Clintons – Old Arkansas Schemes On A New World Scale

(AUDIO & VIDEO, 147 MINUTES) This presentation fits in the genre of dark comedy - Rich, Kevin, Dylan and Brett discuss the very ugly 30+ year history of the Clinton operation. As the title suggests, the pay-for-play schemes of the Clinton Foundation are very similar to an older corruption model from the Arkansas era. We discuss both in detail, including names, numbers and...narcotics? AUDIO: CLICK HERE if player does not appear. VIDEO:

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[PODCAST] #447: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend – A New Analysis of The Breakfast Club

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is my collaboration with Patrick and Ady of The Philosophy Film Club. Our subject of discussion is a film that both defined the teen movie genre and (appropriately) broke its rules. See Brett's Notes For This Production THE CHARACTERS (10:30-46:30) -Our identification with characters in the film -Who were our teachers and how did they get there? -The importance of Vernon and Bender THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER (46:30-1:02:30) -Social pressures -Stereotypes and barriers -Missed opportunities for meaningful relationships -Sharing pain in a domination system THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL AND HOME ENVIRONMENTS (1:02:30-1:32:45 ) -How John Hughes connects the audience to the attitudes and experience of the characters -Parenting typologies represented in the ...

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[BONUS] The Deep End #012: Managing Perceptions in Chaotic Environments

(AUDIO, 107 MINUTES) With Richard Grove, Darrell Becker, Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole and Dylan LeFebvre. Days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, we meet in the T&H studio to discuss how and why certain media and political narratives emerge about transformative events. Darrell introduces the concept of perception management. The topics vary across the spectrum - ranging from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the second amendment - juxtaposing current events with the relevant history. We also discuss why we're all optimistic despite a preponderance of troubling developments. The full video version is available to Tragedy and Hope supporters. https://tragedyandhope.com/ If the player doesn't appear, CLICK HERE.

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[PODCAST] #446: Sex-Ed (Part 1) – Back To Biology Class?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThroughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. For months we have talked about connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school, including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, socialization, higher education opportunities and absurd pseudo-scientific majors like Gender Studies. -discussion of Julia's Purposes -my purposes, School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys -Sex vs Gender distinction -discussion of Julia's methods and sources -impressions of Cordelia Fine and our SSP discussion on gender roles from 2010 -Behavior is never either nature or ...

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[BONUS] Self-Esteem Is A Scam? – Wes and Brett Respond

(AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) Wes and I respond to an episode of the Tom Woods Show called "Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like A Bug." The episode features Dr. Michael Edelstein, a clinical psychologist and proponent of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy who has been a critic of the "self-esteem movement" for decades. Edelstein also believes that Branden's work contains serious problems because, in Edelstein's view, it encourages people to engage in self-rating. In this discussion we use: -Edelstein's website -audio from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -transcripts from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -an email exchange between Branden and Edelstein from 2001 RECOMMENDED: Check this out first. If the player doesn't ...

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[PODCAST] #445: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 4) Reparenting and Self-Integration

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I discuss facets of healing trauma and activating 7th pillar true-self motivation. This is the fourth part in our rebooted series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: The 1989 film Parenthood is a humorous but touching look across three generations of a family system. The film's protagonist (Gil, played by Steven Martin), despite not having the ...

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[BONUS] Neuroscience, Political Conventions, Psychedelics, etc… (Pre-Show For Podcast #445)

(AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) After a brief discussion of New Hampshire mountain trivia, Wes Bertrand and I discuss the neuroscience work of Dr. Dan Siegel, both political conventions, Milo Yiannoplos, Stefan Molyneux's strange video Donald Trump's RNC Speech for Democrats, the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Adam Kokesh, psychedelics and a book called Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. If player does not appear, click HERE.

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[PODCAST] #444: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 3) Obstacles to Motivation – Domination Systems and the Kluge Brain

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Domination systems scale up. From the home... to the schools... to the military and the police... to the state. DISCUSSION: - The main hurdles: (in embracing and working towards a better concept of self) - Systems of domination (abusive and neglectful parenting, schooling, religion, and government), ...

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[BONUS] The Tesla Problem

(AUDIO, 3 Hours In Two Parts) Many libertarians seem to be in love with Telsa Motors and Elon Musk. But is it actually more of an impulsive lust based on a lack of information? Did that sound like a leading question? Andrew Mercer (Puke and the Gang) and Brian Sovryn (Sovryn Tech) join me in the School Sucks studio for a marathon discussion that will transform you into an expert on automotive tech, Tesla and the politics of the American automobile industry. Part One: Click here if player doesn't appear Part Two: Click here if player doesn't appear Look Closer: Tesla Model X Windshield May Cause Drivers To Experience Double Vision (Update) Tesla Refutes Claims Of Model S Autonomously Crashing ...

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[PODCAST] #443: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 2) How Self-Knowledge Fosters Self-Education and Individualism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Collectivism pulls us away from pursuits of self-knowledge, self-assertiveness and self-actualization, away from becoming who we are. The easiest forms of collectivism to carelessly embrace are tribalism and racism. Pseudo-self-esteem is often the result of such embrace. This montage is a 2016 update on Rand's thoughts ...

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[PODCAST] #442: Never Justice, Never Peace – Higher Education’s Social Justice Infection

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is my conversation with Adam Allpow of the Voluntary Institute on how the Social Justice movement is further damaging higher education, in terms of culture, freedom and actual learning. I think it's important to stress the importance of treating people as individuals, but in order address a problem we have to recognize some patterns. Monologue: Why did I pick such a shitty title? Discussion: - Unique communication and generational challenges Millennials face - the back-story of SJWs? the theories of Paul Joseph Watson and Stefan Molyneux - The new highest values being taught: equality, diversity and inclusion - confusion about structural racism, scientific racism and racial liberalism - racial liberalism in higher ed ...

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[PODCAST] #441: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 1) The Best Year Ever

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: In these conversations, we will integrate some of the lessons from our 2015 series on trauma and Internal Family Systems (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience) with Branden's concept of the disowned self. The 2014 film Birdman provides a fine example. DISCUSSION: - Turning the Six Pillars ...

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[PODCAST] #440: Talking To Lefties About Why School Sucks (Five Considerations)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is an edited version of my recent appearance on Liberty Under Attack Radio, with Shane Radliff. In this conversation we address considerations for constructively communicating the problems with public schooling to its supporters and even its employees. This includes: -knowledge of the needs, beliefs, concerns of audience -confidence in your evidence and conviction in your arguments -clarity in definition, education vs schooling -regular access to the people -and they have to be willing to audit their beliefs From Liberty Under Attack: On this broadcast of Liberty Under Attack Radio, we hosted the 22nd edition of the direct action series. We covered three items off of The Freedom Umbrella of Direct Action; namely, strategic ...

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[PODCAST] #439: Thaddeus Russell – Renegade University

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHistorian Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss the development of his new online university. We also revisit our past college experiences in an effort to identify what was missing, and what is needed optimize education in the future. Discussed: -how Thad discovered his aptitude -why academia attracts narcissists -the insularity of academia -the educational power of debate Also... -the positive impacts of the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? -the strange contradictions of Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes To learn more about Renegade University, please click HERE and join Thad's mailing list. - www.thaddeusrussell.com Bumper Music: "Don't Sweat the Technique (Instrumental)" Eric B. and Rakim "Future Shock" Curtis Mayfield "Steady As She Goes" The ...

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[PODCAST] #438: The Dawn of Freedom (Part 7) Conclusion, All-Star Pile-Up

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is a free sample from our marathon Porcfest production, The Dawn of Freedom . This audio is the final segment (part seven), running from 7:55am until the beginning of Ernest Hancock's Declare Your Independence. The previous six parts are available in the bonus content section at schoolsucksproject.com. In this show: The Marvel cinematic universe - Titanic conspiracy - haunted Porcfest and cryptozoology - Richard Grove arrives to discuss predictive programming - Lynn Ulbrich joins us to discuss outreach for her son - Andrew from Puke and the Gang stops by - Ernie Hancock brings us out Discussed: What film and television do we like and dislike? - From Whoopi Goldberg to Sean Connery ...

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