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

University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech

Today'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 activists? What has the dialog or ...

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

A 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 one our species grew up in, ...

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

Episode 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. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use ...

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

What 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 shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, ...

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[PODCAST] #460: Time To Grow Up, Abandon “Anti-Attitudes” and Embrace the Infinite Game

My guests today are Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz is the Director of Research. These two help to exemplify what I hope more and more of what SSP will be about in the coming years - discussions about how to actually build institutions and movements in education that become un-ignorable, desirable and perhaps even increasingly irresistible alternatives to the failing systems. Exosphere Academy - "a learning and problem solving community features 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." DISCUSSION: -lifestyles and attitudes that support the development of those institutions and movements -the ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods

This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam. Brett Veinotte is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project and podcast. He has worked in private education in various capacities for a dozen years. Recorded 11/3/16 Please Support ...

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[PODCAST] #458: The Enemy of My Enemy Is…My New Enemy – Election Livestream (With Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith)

"Election livestream?! Conformist." Maybe more like a multi-topic hangout loosely inspired by the fact that an election was taking place in the background. Our goal was to provide some sanity on election night, but unfortunately we would ultimately be overtaken by the complete, unavoidable insanity of the night and morning. Thanks again to Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith for their endurance. DISCUSSION: -Exit polls: strong leaders are the top voter priority? -Voting as moral sanction -Wikileaks: signal to noise ratio was too low -If Donald Trump was a Democrat...oh wait -Kevin predicted Trump - misleading polls vs. actual engagement -George Soros -Much, much, much more... Look Closer: Kevin Geary - sixfiguregrind.com Gardner Goldsmith/Libery Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.podomatic.com/ Please Support School Sucks ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part Three – The Eye Behind the Mask

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 Three: -Free will continued -Taoism and Hinduism -The work and influence of Alan Watts -Monism vs. Dualism -What's behind Buddhism? -My most valuable take-aways from Eastern Philosophy -The masks we wear? -Can we move from Eastern Metaphysics to Eastern Epistemology? Is there such a thing? CLICK HERE if the player does not appear.

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[PODCAST] #457: Define Self-Esteem (With Wes Bertrand and Dr. Michael Edelstein)

Reviving the Branden/Edelstein Self-Esteem Debate: Wes and I are joined by Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, an outspoken long-time critic of the concept of self-esteem and self-esteem movements in psychology. One of our goals for this conversation is to persuade Dr. Edelstein to revise or perhaps even remove criticisms of Nathaniel Branden's work from his otherwise valid critique of the self-esteem movement. Important Background Links: 1) The Trouble With Self-Esteem, by Michael R. Edelstein - http://genteman.org/edelstein.html 2) What Self-Esteem Is and Is Not, by Nathaniel Branden - http://www.nathanielbranden.com/what-self-esteem-is-and-is-not An interesting exchange from a Q&A at the Capitalism and Morality Conference - https://youtu.be/pMHFGfVnZQ0?t=45m10s 3) The Edelstein/Branden Email Exchange 2000-2001 - http://genteman.org/self.esteem.html 4) Q&A From Michael Edelstein's Talk, "Why Ayn Rand's Self Esteem ...

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[BONUS] Episode #457 Aftershow, With Wes Bertrand

(AUDIO, 28 MINUTES) Wes and I discuss our successes, challenges, and missteps in our debate with Michael Edelstein. We also add some important details that were skipped over in the show. This immediately follows the conversation in [PODCAST] #457: 457: Define Self-Esteem (With Wes Bertrand and Dr. Michael Edelstein). CLICK HERE to listen.

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[BONUS] Multi-Purpose Trump! (With Richard Grove, Kevin Cole and John Massaria)

(AUDIO)The Deep End Episode 16, Recorded October 19th, 2016 -How will the world be saved from these horrors? -Some history of the current Russia conflict -The cursed mainstream media -the contents and significance of the latest Clinton email leaks -Trump's continued usefulness to Clinton -Trump's continued usefulness to Cultural Marxism -Trump's continued usefulness to the Globalist agenda CLICK HERE if player does not appear. Additional Parts: Rich and John discuss getting robbed in Washington DC...but literally Rich< Kevin and John discuss the contents of the latest email leaks

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[PODCAST] #456: Can Technology Save Our Precious Schools? (Brett On Sovryn Tech)

Brian Sovryn and I discuss the popular canard - perpetuated by media, TED talkers and the "public schools just need more money" crowd - that new technology can revolutionize education inside public schools. So far, studies don't back this idea. And neither do we. Jump to the 35:00 mark to hear the topic in the title discussed. DISCUSSION: - Public Schools are currently trying to co-opt the thing that will ultimately destroy them - Those trying to save the system like to tell two stories, while discarding all the important lessons from them 1. Sugata Mitra and the "Hole-In-the-Wall Experiment" 2. One laptop Per Child successes in Ethiopia - Addressing a series of myths about the impact of new technology ...

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[PODCAST] # 455: The Real Challenges of College Diversity – With Professor John Hasnas

John Hasnas is a professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and a professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He joins me to contrast the lessons of two of his recent articles on two different types of diversity in higher education. 1. The Surprising Obstacle Mizzou and Yale Face in Increasing Diversity - Fortune, November 2015 - http://fortune.com/2015/11/21/the-surprising-obstacle-mizzou-and-yale-face-in-increasing-diversity/ 2. The One Kind of Diversity Colleges Avoid - The wall Street Journal, March 2016 - http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/Diversity.htm Opening Monologue: Happy Halloween! We're approaching the one-year anniversary of ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part Two – Nothing Spooky

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 Two: -Deism and substance dualism -embracing libertarianism and letting go of god -the Socratic gauntlet - auditing ideas and beliefs -teleology - the purpose -Materialism -Sorites Paradox -determinism, free will and compatibilism If the player does not appear CLICK HERE.

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

Zak 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 support keeps the show going and ...

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

Ben 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 List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join ...

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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

This 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 - The human need for safety, ...

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[PODCAST] #451: Exploring Alternative Education With boyinaband

My 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 Or Join the A/V Club Support ...

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

Okay, 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 John Rawls, A Theory of Justice: ...

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[PODCAST] #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. Bumper Music: Foster the ...

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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)

A 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 word that now means nothing -Alt-Right ...

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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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