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September, 2016

  • 30 September

    College “Fainting Couch” Feminism vs. “Freedom” Feminism – An Interview With Christina Hoff Sommers

    [EDITED TRANSCRIPT, Click HERE for the podcast version] Two weeks ago I spoke on the phone with feminist, author and former academic Christina Hoff Sommers. At the time, I was concerned that the experiences I've had in the last year observing college culture have led to an overly hostile and simplistic view of both academia and feminism. I was hoping her perspective could provide some clarity and restore a sense of calm. I was quite frustrated about these issues as I began the interview, informing Christina I would like to discuss three of her books: Freedom Feminism, The War Against Boys, and Who Stole Feminism? Brett: Which of those have been set on fire? Christina: Someone on Tumblr burnt “The ...

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  • 24 September

    [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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  • 18 September

    [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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  • 10 September

    [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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  • 5 September

    [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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  • 4 September

    [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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August, 2016

  • 31 August

    [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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  • 31 August

    [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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  • 29 August

    [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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  • 24 August

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

    This 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 film (authoritarian, permissive, neglectful) -Authoritative "power-with" ...

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