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LIVE In New Orleans With Thad and Brett [PODCAST #564]

The tense and truculent final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and question us on the following topics: Jason - Foreign policy and the military: how to close the physical and psychological distance between America and its enemies? Norm - Higher education: how do you introduce opposing and uncomfortable ideas to people who are not seeking them out? Joel - Altruism vs. selfishness, and reconciling Thad's "politics of self interest" with Brett's "intelligent selfishness;" integrity and moralism, the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Non-violent communication Brit - Parenting: the challenges of co-parenting with an authoritarian helicopter parent Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. ...

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Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? – With Thaddeus Russell [PODCAST #562]

This is a follow-up to Podcast #558: God, Grant Me the Serenity. Thad's presentation in that episode produced a lot of upset among listeners, and there were several aspects of the conversation that left me feeling unsatisfied. I invited Thad back to address this lack of satisfaction, along with some listener feedback to our first conversation. Topics: - Why Thad and I weren't connecting in the first discussion - Shame and guilt are information - All behavior is narcissistic? - Empathy - Ayn Rand on altruism - Differing ideas about integrity - Nathaniel Branden and the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Listener Input: Scott M. - I thought it was a fascinating conversation. I think the premise of Thad’s that I ...

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[BONUS] CUT SEGMENT – From Episode #562 With Thaddeus Russell

(AUDIO, 37 MINUTES) I cut 35 minutes of discussion from the final version of episode #562. This was a difficult decision, because it was a captivating segment and I don't want to censor anything, but I need to consider what is best for the School Sucks brand, along with respect for other recent guests. The prompt for this portion of the discussion was this listener input: Peter M. - While I was intrigued by Thad's self interest approach to sobriety, and by the idea of replacing the puritan with an accountant, I think obligation to others still has an important role to play. Thad mentioned that part of his need to be sober involved wanting to have a relationship with ...

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God, Grant Me the Serenity… With Thaddeus Russell [PODCAST #558]

In our most challenging and uncomfortable conversation to date, Thaddeus Russell and I explore some things about my past that I've had trouble accepting and often wonder if I can still change. A lengthy list of topics follows: shame, moralizing, self-sacrifice, relationships as transactions, dishonesty, the war in our heads between the puritan and the hedonist, integrity and personal responsibility. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. At the end of this podcast we'll discuss some of the details and the new features. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your ...

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[PODCAST] #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell

#MarchForOurLives

This past weekend hundreds of thousands of ill-informed teenagers participated in a nationwide accidental fundraiser for the NRA called #MarchForOurLives. Thaddeus Russell returns to examine the bigger picture. We'll discuss the fetish-ization of children by both the left and the right. Other themes include politics as a performance on a stage, dangers of absolutist thinking, Manichaeism (the age-old religious idea of fighting the battle against the darkness on the side of the light, and the comfort and illusion of moral superiority that idea brings), why this phenomenon does NOT require "crisis actors," and the harnessing of teenage angst towards political ends. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city ...

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[PODCAST] #533: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – Live Interactive Podcast (Part 2 of 2)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWENTY-NINE - NOV 12 - LOS ANGELES, CA) The final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and discuss the following topics: Paul Gibbons Polyamory and the family Marcy and Olivia A mom brings her home-educated 14-year-old daughter from Hawaii to expose her to new and uncomfortable ideas. Stan Tragedy and Hope, The Trivium, technocracy and the future Nick Ulbrick Thad's relationship with Foucault and Freud, and his choices as a writer and historian View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the ...

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[PODCAST] #532: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – Live Interactive Podcast (Part 1 of 2)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWENTY-NINE - NOV 12 - LOS ANGELES, CA) If you think you already heard everything on Unregistered, please listen to the intro for this show. The final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and question Thad on the following topics: Patrick - What are some topics on which you still need to sort out your beliefs and opinions? Brian - What is the call to action from what we're learning here? Jared - Political Violence Nathan - Property rights Henok - What is the ideal ratio of puritanism to hedonism in society? Matt - What are some examples of groups that have dis-assimilated? View all ...

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[PODCAST] #512: School Sucks Across America (With Thaddeus Russell)

Thaddeus Russell joins me to make the biggest announcement in the history of School Sucks Project. We look forward to your participation! Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles 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 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 Club, a bonus content section with ...

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[PODCAST] #510: Lessons From Summer That We Can Apply To the Fall (With Thaddeus Russell)

Professor Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss cause and effect, the jarring events of August, what's coming in September and what it all might mean for the future. Opening Sequence: Cause and effect in European identity politics Announcement: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. We go over the seminar topics. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Discussion: - Extremism, left and right - The race war is the academic left's creation - Most Marxists wish to ignore race entirely - Does American popular culture still have a liberating quality? - Dave Smith, a rare voice in comedy - has the establishment co-opted the renegade? - ...

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[PODCAST] #508: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – The Live Interactive Podcast

One of my favorite shows of all time. This was the final event of A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell, where attendees took the mic to share their thoughts, questions and appreciation. And we reciprocated. Participants: - Alex B. - Jay - Danny M. - Nelson A. - Kevin G. - Phillip F. 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 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 Club, a bonus content section ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #502: Brett On Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell

Thaddeus Russell has appeared on School Sucks over 20 times, but this conversation is unlike anything you've heard before. It was recorded at Thad's house in Salem, Oregon on July 5th, just hours after I got off a plane. And you know we're doing an event together in three weeks right? A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell begins August 5th in Salem, MA. To see the schedule, topics and ticket options click HERE, or go to thaddeusrussell.com/courses Discussed: School and drinking stories. 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 growing, which keeps us at the ...

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[PODCAST] #492: Above the Snowflakes – Series Introduction

Today, many young people are looking for personal liberation in all the wrong places. Discussed: - Thaddeus vs. Jordan Peterson: common ground? - letting go of a conspiracy theory - over-corrective responses to to Enlightenment problems - The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory - Postmodernism and identity politics - redeeming Marx from the horrifying political consequences - making a better world: the top-down and individual-up approaches - the consequences of biological determinism - the benefits of identity politics - the trap of identity politics (essentialism) - how people accidentally make themselves political pawns - subjectivity and its philosophical problems - my unfortunate history prioritizing group identity over my self (knowledge and improvement) Get Your Tickets! Please Support School Sucks Our ...

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An Exciting Annoucement From Thad and Brett

Thad and Brett are excited to announce... Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present "A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell" Happening this August in historic and tragic Salem, MA! Get Tickets: thaddeusrussell.com/courses/weekend More Shows With Thaddeus Russell: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism (3 episodes) A Renegade History Course (10 episodes) SCHEDULE Friday, August 4th (multiple locations, Salem) 4:30pm - VIP Happy Hour 5:30pm - VIP Walking Tour: Salem's Renegade History 8:00pm - VIP Dinner with Thaddeus and Brett Saturday, August 5th (Hawthorne Hotel, Salem) 9:00am - coffee, meet and greet 10:00am - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session one) 12:00pm - Lunch and Downtown Exploration 1:30pm - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session two) 3:30pm - Afternoon break and ...

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[PODCAST] #482: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Three – Audience Questions Answered

Historian 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 post university future. David G. - ...

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[PODCAST] #480: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Two – Does the Plot Thicken Or Is There Actually No Plot?

Historian 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 Good Dad/Bad Step-Dad Theory 2. New ...

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[PODCAST] #478: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part One – Beyond Black and White

Historian 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 real issues they'll never discuss - ...

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[PODCAST] #439: Thaddeus Russell – Renegade University

Historian 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 Raconteurs Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site ...

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[CHRISTMAS BONUS] #398: Behind the Scenes With Thaddeus Russell

Recorded January 25th, 2014. Some selections from a recent Skype planning session with historian and author, Thaddeus Russell. Next week, we will start a history series largely based on his book, A Renegade History of the United States. Most of this audio is conversation about the "Progressive" control over schooling and society. 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 Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If ...

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[PODCAST] #385: Putting College Race Tensions In Context

Thaddeus Russell is back to discuss the recent events, demands and responses at The University of Missouri, Yale, Dartmouth and Occidental College. Important Themes: (identified by Professor Glenn Loury of Brown University) Principles free speech vs inclusion; a preemption of discussion by the throwing of fits Pedagogy comfort vs enlightenment; absence of scientific discussion, or fear of it Psychology faculty members are placating students Our discussion includes these topics: -Thomas Jefferson and the origins of scientific racism -Scientific racism gives way to racial liberalism -Problems with integration and assimilation - it's white supremacy -Racial liberalism spreads to higher education -"white responsibility" and paternalism -The resulting legitimate problems and concerns of blacks in higher education -Achievement gaps -Silence is violence? All ...

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[PODCAST] #371: Thaddeus Russell – Renegade Themes and Missed Opportunities In Straight Outta Compton

Thaddeus Russell is back to discuss the recent N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. When I first read Thad's book, A Renegade History of the United States, I couldn't stop thinking about N.W.A, and when I finally saw Straight Outta Compton I immediately thought of Thaddeus Russell. I have also been rethinking my first appraisal of the film and its subjects; there was too much hero worship, and I felt like I superimposed onto N.W.A a libertarian enlightenment that probably wasn't really there. "Heroification" is subtraction of peoples' flaws from their story. However, the identification of someone as a "renegade" doesn't require that. Our discussion centers around two central topics: Missed Opportunities - Examination of Misogyny Renegade Themes -N.W.A fought by ...

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[PODCAST] #329: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – A History of Hollywood Self-Censorship

Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed:A chronology of film and television self-censorship with many tangents 1. WHY THIS TOPIC? -censorship of the film, The Interview by Sony Pictures entertainment -What's unique about this situation? What isn't? -It is unlikely that North Korea is behind the hack: -Whether it's a legit cyber attack, an inside job by Sony or a government false flag the response from Washington is predictable 2. HISTORY - ESCALATION OF CENSORSHIP -Censorship increasing and decreasing were both gradual processes -first film censorship laws -movies were considered evil, similar to all new mediums at first -The First Amendment and "Community Standards" ...

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