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July, 2020

  • 13 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 1 of 2 [PODCAST #663]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of my "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. Today, find out why he's probably leaving the country. Part two will be more solutions oriented - a discussion about a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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  • 4 July

    [preview] Ideological Purity Tests

    Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Today: In Pursuit of Utopia 5 - Committee of Public Safety The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Released Nov 17, 2019 on Patreon ...

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June, 2020

  • 30 June

    This Is A Test (Part 3) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #662]

    We're about to make some work for you. In this show and the next, we'll begin putting alternative medical voices head-to-head with their critics. That's preceded by a one-hour lead-in where we discuss developments since our last recording six weeks ago, perception management, relationship stress-testing through crisis and polarization, the societal waves we're all currently trying to surf, David Icke on London Real, pessimism, and much more. Your Homework: Dr. Andrew Kaufman's Original Covid-19 Claims Rebuttal Videos: Synthesized In A Larger Research Project HERE: The Corona Conspiracy Part 1: Corona, Oxygen, 5G, The Paranoid Worldview of David Icke Other Parts of That Project: Part 2: Debunking Andrew Kaufman's Virus Equals Exosome Hypothesis Part 3: We Need to Talk about Exosomes ...

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  • 23 June

    Kerry McDonald – Cato Homeschooling Debate Debriefing [PODCAST #661]

    Kerry McDonald is back to discuss her appearance at and lessons from Cato's recent event called Homeschooling: Protecting Freedom, Protecting Children. Kerry came Zoom-face to Zoom-face with Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet, who authored the controversial Arizona Law Review paper attacking homeschoolers and called for a "presumptive ban" on their educational way of life. Kerry's Take-Aways: - There Are People Who Believe the State Should Be Your Co-Parent - Random Home Visits Will Be a Weapon of the State - Private Education Is in Danger - State Standardized Testing Begs the Question: Whose Standard? - Homeschoolers Will Win (Read her FEE article about the event HERE ) Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: ...

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July, 2020

  • 8 July

    [BONUS] The Chinese Finger-Trap Fallacy (and Other Problems To Solve)

    A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of Ideas Into Action to the chaos of the real world. Today was supposed to be a more informal meet-and-greet, but then... One participant tells us that his job is mandating "implicit bias" training. Required reading? You guessed it. So we've now reached the point where your livelihood might be threatened if you don't tacitly accept some of the most divisive and sanctimonious social justice garbage from the fantasy land of academia. After all, if you argue against the illogical contents of this book you're simply proving the author's point. And you're racist. Aaaand you're fired. We'll discuss! School Sucks Project · Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #1 (7-6-20)

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  • 7 July

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia 10 – Fabian Socialism

      "I don't want to punish anybody, but there are an extraordinary number of  people who I want to kill. Not in any unkind or personal spirit. But it  must be evident to all of you, you must all know half a dozen people at  least, who are no use in this world; who are more trouble than they are  worth. And I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come  before a properly appointed board just as he might come before the  income tax commissioners and say every 5 years or every 7 years, just  put them there, and say, sir or madam, now will you be kind enough to  justify your existence?" - George Bernard ...

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May, 2020

  • 27 May

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – May 2020 – No Country For Old Men

    Installment #7 (AUDIO, 116 MINUTES) "The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willin' to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet somethin' I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say: 'O.K., I'll be part of this world.' - Sheriff Bell PICTURE OF THE MONTH CLUB is a monthly series featuring Dutch - a delightful, insightful and successful film maker who wants to teach you the grammar and logic of cinema. Many will remember Dutch from the CINEMAnufacturing series.

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  • 26 May

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 9) New Harmony and Beyond

    Kevin Cole joins Danny and Brett once again to wrap-up the exploration of New Harmony. Discussed: After its collapse, was New Harmony (or the broader work of Owen) cited by later social planners, philosophers, etc.? In what context? What is the legacy of New Harmony? What impact did the experiment have on American history? The real Illuminati: What was the significance of Pestalozzi's membership? Where does Kevin's personal interest in New Harmony come from? What is most interesting/important about New Harmony? How does the experiment at New Harmony compare to the American experiment? Are they necessarily opposed philosophies? Are there any elements of New Harmony that you think have rightly been incorporated into our society? Are there any other elements ...

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John Taylor Gatto

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Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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