Tag Archives: liberty

School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all the problems of school like zero tolerance. We did that in the early days of the show and it got pretty tiring. Now we’re spending most of our time talking about what real education is, but also frequently reminding people that schooling, government schooling, is ...

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[PODCAST] #389: Jordan Page – Home Education, Self-Governance and the Future

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJordan Page joins me in the School Sucks studio for a casual conversation, peppered with intense and musical moments. BIO: Jordan is an American recording artist who performs a mixture of rock and folk music that has captivated audiences all over the US. He is known for headlining at major protests and rallies in support of freedom, peace, and limited government. Jordan has headlined at hundreds of political events since 2008 and is known as a leading voice of liberty in America. Jordan shared the stage with Congressman Ron Paul 18 times on the presidential campaign trail including the Revolution March in 08', the Iowa Straw Poll in 11', and the Sun Dome Rally ...

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[PODCAST] #379c: Carey Wedler – The Anti-Media (LibertyFest NYC)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Carey Wedler, a journalist at TheAntiMedia.org, joins me to discuss positive and negative applications of propaganda. This is a very short discussion; please think of it as a preview of a longer discussion we'll be having in the future. Look Closer: The Anti-Media of facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiMedia/ The Anti-Media Website - http://www.theantimedia.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 and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V ...

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[PODCAST] #379b: Jeffrey Tucker – Spheres of Control (LibertyFest NYC)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Jeffrey Tucker sits down with me to discuss the following topics: -How I started the Iraq War? -the increasing tone of Fascism in political discourse -why pay attention to politics? -cancel the Presidential election -no one is coming to save us -the feeling of smallness in political action -Cyrpto-currency is the true way forward -youth empowerment through voluntary exchange Look Closer: Liberty.me - http://www.liberty.me Jeffrey's Site - http://www.jeffreytucker.me Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and ...

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Podcast #307: Confessions of A Recovering Libertarian (Salon.com Article Reaction)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnother (close to) real-time reaction to an article from Salon.com. Listen as I try to maintain my composure while reading and analyzing a piece by Dustin Petzold called Confessions of a recovering Libertarian: How I escaped a world of Ron Paul hero worship. Will it be similar to our previous Salon.com reading entitled Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany? Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club 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 subscription also grants you ...

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Podcast #282: Self-Esteem In the Schools (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 8)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we continue to move through the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -Branden: "For many children, school represents a second chance." says a lot about the home -There are so many great and caring teachers I had my first when I was in college -We are repeated sold this idea of the power of a good teacher and we chase it -the destructive leverage of the power-over system) -the impact of even one bad teacher can "extinguish the fire" -teachers' embrace of self esteem ...

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Podcast #278: Ben Stone (1 of 2): Creating A Market Demand For Liberty

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBen Stone joins me for a discussion about the past, present and future of the philosophy of liberty. Ben is the host of the Bad Quaker podcast. Discussed: -Ben's journey to liberty through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -the genesis of the "Bad Quaker" -The costs and benefits of civil disobedience -Mandela, Gandhi, MLK -Creating a market for liberty -Don't fight the government -why force fails -when learning is properly defined, school is clearly unnatural Bumper Music: Widespread Panic - "Little Lilly" Widespread Panic - "Time Zones"

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Podcast #276: Nurturing A Child’s Self-Esteem (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 7)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we move into the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -everything going on inside me is weird and alien to the rest of the world -we have this natural desire to be seen, heard, understood -what would happen if we extended the courtesy we have for adults to children -Understanding the need or the fear behind scolding? -When we convey love, appreciation, acceptance, respect and empathy we make the child visible -When we convey Indifference, ridicule, condemnation and scorn drive child into "lonely underground ...

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Podcast #273: The Practice of Living With Integrity (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 6)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the sixth pillar, the Practice of Living With Integrity. Do your ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs and behavior line up? Do most people know what their ideals, convictions, standards and beliefs are? The root of self-esteem is not in accomplishment or output, but in our practices. However in school, we are only our output. WORDS AND BEHAVIORS MATCH “Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match, we have integrity. If they don't, we lose face in ...

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Podcast #271: The Practice of Living Purposefully (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 5)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast (presenceandproductivity): Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fifth pillar, the Practice of Living Purposefully. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: ...

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Podcast #268: The Practice of Self-Assertiveness (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 4)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fourth pillar, the Practice of Self-Assertiveness. LIVING CONSCIOUSLY and asking in every applicable situation: Am I being authentic or not? Assertion of consciousness, see, think, be aware, outward and inward -ask questions -challenge authority -think for oneself SELF-ASSERTIVENESS isn't tested by what we are against, but by what we are for COMMITMENT: to my right to exist CONVICTION: my ideas and wants are important CONCLUSION: no one is coming, we are all responsible for our own existences all relate to COURAGE: When we were young: we were taught that what ...

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Podcast #263: The Libertarian Homeschooler – A Discussion With Ana Martin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday I am joined by Ana Martin, who has built a Facebook following of over 40,000 people at The Libertarian Homeschooler. Discussion Outline: -Were you a homeschooler who found libertarian or vice versa? -What/who led to you to (whichever came first)? -Austrian economics -How does the philosophy of liberty inform your educational environment? -Have you found challenges in developing a consistent philosophy of parenting and education? -Recommendations to parents who are starting to question traditional or compulsory schooling? -How have you incorporated the Trivium?(methods/resources/successes/challenges) -History discussions through the lenses of economics and motivations -Developmental stages (Sayers): Poll-Parrot, the Pert, and the Poetic Look Closer: The Well-Trained Mind - http://www.welltrainedmind.com/ Mises.org - http://mises.org/ T&H Trivium ...

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Podcast #262: The Practice of Self-Acceptance (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the second pillar, the Practice of Self-Acceptance. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, ...

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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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Podcast #260: The Practice of Living Consciously (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 1)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I begin a series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes an introductory discussion and also covers the Practice of Living Consciously. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, ...

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Podcast #259: From Libertarianism to Liberalism – How Does That Work?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA (close to) real-time reaction to an article from Salon.com. Listen as I try to maintain my composure while reading and analyzing a piece by Scott Parker called Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany. Despite my best efforts to do this in one take, the show contains three edits.

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Podcast #254: Compulsory Schooling In Revolutionary Times (with Jeffrey Tucker)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's podcast is made up of two long out-takes from a five-hour live show Osborne and I recorded on 1/3/14. I asked Jeffrey Tucker to join us to discuss the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This podcast includes everything but the discussion of the film, which will follow in the next show. -are we living in revolutionary times? -Jeffrey's optimism and my cynicism -New Project: Liberty.me -how the state and schools distort the market -the state/corporate/finance web -Compulsory Schooling -child labor -the next 10 years -Bitcoin -Hare hats Look Closer: Liberty.me Indiegogo Campaign - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/liberty-me--2 Laissez Faire Books - http://lfb.org/ Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy By Murray N. ...

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Podcast #240 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedom Lovin’ Podcast With Kevin Koskella

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy recent conversation with Kevin Koskella, who also hosted one of my all-time favorite shows: Healthy Mind, Fit Body. The first 25 minutes: a personal story and some developments with my former place of employment Discussed with Kevin: 26:52 – Freedom Lovin’ iTunes review 30:23 – School Sucks beginnings 34:24 – Brett’s school experience 35:49 – Wes Bertrand and Logical Learning 37:42 – The problem with school 41:18 – Let’s get rid of school? 43:56 – Intellectual self-defense 48:55 – How do we break out of not thinking for ourselves? 54:52 – Intrinsic motivation 55:47 – The three lessons of school: obedience, conformity, intellectual apathy 57:50 – College loan system 62:18 – Future of ...

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Why Libertarianism Is So Dangerous – Video

A former libertarian abandons his dream of a voluntary world and explains the potential worse case scenario after the overnight disappearance of government. The ending will SHOCK you! DISCLAIMER: Most libertarians do support such a drastic change, and many might say something like: "liberty is a philosophical evolution, and not an overnight thing." From School Sucks Podcast #041: The Natural State Links/Resources For Further Research: The Philosophy of Liberty (Video) For A New Liberty, by Murray Rothbard - http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp Google: Voluntarism - https://www.google.com/search?q=voluntarism&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a Freedomain Radio - http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Complete Liberty - http://completeliberty.com/ Everyday Anarchy, By Stefan Molyneux - http://board.freedomainradio.com/blogs/freedomain/archive/2008/11/13/everyday-anarchy-the-book.aspx Tragedy & Hope - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Liberty Conspiracy - http://www.libertyconspiracy.com/

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Pre-Show 3-29-13

By myself in the studio. I discuss the article, The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 2-7-1370(A/V CLUB) Liberty Forum announcements and merchandising ideas - A new way to label people by their professions, what do they produce? And the add "-sman." For example, now a baker will called a muffinsman. Will calls in to discuss his experiences working as an advocate for "troubled youth" -…Tags: discuss, liberty, a/v, project, state, free

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166 (Supplemental): Unreleased Live Show Potpourri

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: From school to self-education...and so much more The show is on hiatus until the end of the month. In the meantime, here is an unreleased live show from a couple months ago. Topics: -Cognitive Bias -Sidney Roc from Gaming and Liberty Podcast calls in to discuss behaviorism and gaming -Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education -Cory and I discuss our work frustrations -Transitioning from school to self-education This is an edited version the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "A Man of Many Words" Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Look Closer: The ...

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162 (Supplemental): A God-Damned Piece Of Paper – Larken Rose Versus A Caller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: The authority of the constitution is one of my least favorite subjects, but we decided to give a listener almost 50 minutes to make his case. This show is 2 selected clips from the 9-6-12 live show and the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Attacking the Sacred, By Larken Rose http://boldvoices.tv/content/attacking-sacred-larken-rose No Treason The Constitution of No Authority, by Lysander Spooner http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/spooner1.html

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124b: Live Show #3, Hour 2 – Top Ten Ways To Annoy Students

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Magic! This is hour two Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from February 9th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss our school experiences in the context of an article called Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child . We also pause for some breaking news: what is the FBI telling police to for with respect to domestic terror Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/

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