Tag Archives: academia

[PODCAST] #497: The Intellectual Trump Card (with Dr. Daniel Bonevac)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us today to discuss Jacques Derrida and how postmodernism manifests itself in some of the ugly developments in higher education. We also explore the potential dangers of hyper-skepticism, hence "the intellectual trump card." Dr. Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. He has written four other books-- Deduction, The Art and Science of Logic, Simple Logic, and Worldly Wisdom. His website is a great resource; check out ...

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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] #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] #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] #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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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] #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] #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] #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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[VIDEO] Brett On Liberty Under Attack Radio

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 withdrawal, myth busting, and debunking fallacies. In the first three segments, we were joined by Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Podcast to discuss government indoctrination, more commonly known as public schooling. We started our discussion by digging into the root problems of the institution and the sheer lunacy found within. In the second segment, we dug into Brett’s background, the Prussian model of schooling adopted by the United States, and more. In the third segment, Brett provided the basic criteria for communicating the dangers of public schooling ...

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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] #384: Professor William Boyes – The Demise of Government School and the Future of Academia

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadProfessor William Boyes, Austrian Economist and Director of the Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University, joins School Sucks for the first time. I was introduced to his work through the following video posted in the School Sucks Facebook group: It's always exciting when a prominent figure at an enormous public university - the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S - openly calls for the end of public schooling. Professor Boyes has called education the #1 issue facing us on the path to greater personal and political liberty. Preliminary question: People on the left don't want to hear from their opponents; the fact that opposition even exists in so-called social justice ...

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[PODCAST] #373a: CONSPIRA-THON (The Prequel) – A Problematic Term and Its Implications

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAustralian researcher Nick Ulbrick, aka "The Transcendental Tangent General" joins me for another long-form conversation on the topic of "conspiracy theories," which he refers to as "conspiracy narratives." Nick has worked in the university system as a Teacher’s Assistant (called Tutor in Victoria). In the past, he was an artist liaison at major music festivals and has also made 10 feature length documentaries following the Australian Motorsports scene (which can be found at www.hpheaven.com.au). His interest in alternative media was fostered through the works of Tragedy and Hope, James Corbett and School Sucks. In this first installment of three, we talk about - Nick's Masters Degree (Master of Arts) from Monash University, where he ...

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[PODCAST] #362: The Individual Against the State – A Conversation With Professor Crispin Sartwell

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCrispin Sartwell is a Professor at Dickinson College, a philosopher, individualist anarchist and journalist. His books include Against the State: An Introduction to Anarchist Political Theory (2008) and How to Escape: Magic, Madness, Beauty, and Cynicism (2014). He is well-known for his work deconstructing social contract theory and other justifications for the existence of the state. Why did I want to have Professor Sartwell on the show? 1. It's always nice to chat with a renegade academic, and to provide a platform for venting 2. Recent conversations with non-libertarians have me thinking about the "social contract" 3. The 2016 election is coming and the political conversation is getting scarier Discussion Summary: -Libertarian philosophy as ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #337: History According to Schools, Media and Hollywood

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is my recent appearance on the Greening Out Podcast. From GreeningOutPodcast.co.uk: "Caity and Dan welcome Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Project to the show.We have a fun and interesting chat about historical research, the great man theory and how history is taught in schools.We go on to talk about historical inaccuracies in movies and what future historians may make of us."

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Podcast #261: Why Thaddeus Russell Got Fired From Teaching American History

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnother eye-opening discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Thaddeus tells the story of his paths into and out of socialism and Columbia University. Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Thaddeus On Stossel - http://youtu.be/xpelVE7trK0 ReasonTV: What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? - youtu.be/N_VHEts3fqk Why I Got Fired From Teaching American History - www.huffingtonpost.com/thaddeus-russell/fired-teaching-american-history_b_767172.html

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200f: Thaddeus Russell – A Renegade History of the United States

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(2013 NH Liberty Forum Series, Part Six) A fascinating discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. -A Renegade History (brief synopsis) -The question of morality -Bernays and marketing -Thaddeus vents about public education Recorded at the 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Thaddeus On Stossel - http://youtu.be/xpelVE7trK0 ReasonTV: What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? - youtu.be/N_VHEts3fqk Why I Got Fired From Teaching American History - www.huffingtonpost.com/thaddeus-russell/fired-teaching-american-history_b_767172.html

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192: Tom Woods – Liberty Classroom

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Today I am joined by Tom Woods - historian, economist, political analyst, and author. Tom wrote the 2004 New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask. His latest book is Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse Discussion: BACKGROUND Tom survived Harvard and Columbia How did he come to be a libertarian? HISTORY There's a lot of people today who haven't learned from history telling us about the importance of learning from history Last week we had the inauguration In 2009 with the economic "crisis," the popular theme for the mainstream media was FDR and ...

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116 (Keys Installment #7): Dale J. Stephens and the Uncollege Movement

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the sixth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Dale J. Stephens joins me to discuss the Uncollege movement. Topics: (from dalejstephens.com) Hacking Your Education If you want to be unremarkably average, go to college, turn in your homework, and graduate summa cum laude. You’ll have a college degree to your name, but you won’t be any closer to changing the world. The path to wild success does not involve jumping through hoops. If you want to succeed you cannot be a lemming. We all have something that makes us different in one ...

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109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLaurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From unpluggedmom.com: Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he supports home education as a reasonable option, he does still feel that home ed families should be supervised and subject to standards and regulation by the board of education. It’s for the protection of the children. Now anyone familiar with me and Unplugged Mom already ...

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) – The Euphemism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman ...

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