Yearly Archives: 2020

When All You Have Is A Hammer… (With Pete Quinones) [SUPPLEMENTAL #693]

(Recorded 12-20-20) Pete and I reconnect to reflect on the how the year played since our last conversation in April. Where were we right? Where were we wrong? What did we overlook? And what have we learned? And what happens next in our world, and beyond? Peter R. Quinones is the co-executive producer of the documentary, “The Monopoly on Violence,” which was released June 1, 2020. He is the host of the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast and has spoken at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Pete is the managing editor at LibertarianInstitute.org and is a proponent of Samuel Edward Konkin III’s strategy of agorism. Pete's Podcast: freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/ Pete's Site: freemanbeyondthewall.com/ Pete's Twitter: twitter.com/peterrquinones Music: "1933" Frank Turner ...

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The Discomfort Zone (s20e20) Honestly, Here’s What Happened [BONUS]

Relationships often strain and break because of what isn't being said, or because of what we don't even know how to say. So here we try to say it all. In late April 2020, we got into a very heated argument on Portmansheau podcast, seemingly over what would or wouldn't happen for the rest of the year with C0VlD and its fallout, and then we didn't speak for almost seven months. We argued on this show all the time, for fun and comedy, but this time was clearly different. Neither one of us understood exactly why until recently, and it turned out to be far more complex (and uncomfortable) than we thought. Recorded while driving around dawn on I-75 south ...

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In My Awareness [PODCAST #692]

(Exploring Integral Theory, Conclusion, With Wes Bertrand) Today Wes and I will discuss self-integration, and one of the most difficult polarities human beings have to reconcile, but sooner or later we all must do it. Also: - Dan Siegel's and Ken Wilber's insights on the power and practice of awareness - Manolis Kellis: Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything | Lex Fridman Podcast #142 - Human mind and the abstraction layers of reality - our burden of awareness of the whole stack of layers - becoming self aware - being bigger than pain - and much, much more Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] Scott Hambrick Follow-Up and Q&A

Scott returns to expand on topics in episode #691 and to take questions from Un-iversity participants. Split into two parts (only this one will ask for a contribution). pills applied to politics communication, inviting curiosity, and creating pattern interruptions setting the frame for conversations and bringing your own script Aristotle's Politics - the 5 regime cycle customer service and "systemic shittiness" Planet Fitness's impact on society I identify as an Ignorist; is that sustainable?   School Sucks Project · Un-iversity - Scott Hambrick Followup and Q&A (1 of 2) Related PostsMasks We Wear [UN-IVERSITY]81Image: The Young Pioneers, 1937 - a youth scout group in the USSR. One of the first images SSP ever used (episode 10) to illustrate the chilling ...

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2020, The Year In Review – With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #691]

Scott Hambrick returns to infuriate probably about half the audience. I wanted Scott's "clear pill" take on our recent "black pill" discussion (in what was supposed to be an Un-iversity-only chat), but we quickly expanded beyond pill heuristics to a reflection on the year and the state of the world. We disagree in several places, as I try to insert optimism where I can, but I also acknowledge that the optimism needs to be focused in the right places. This leads to some examination and autopsy on the so-called liberty movement, politics, and past outreach attempts. We'll also get a running start with a whole history of the pills. * The red pill vs. the blue, a la The Matrix ...

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Our Trip To John Taylor Gatto’s Home [BONUS]

This Tuesday  I was fortunate enough to be part of a group that went to Manhattan and saved the late John Taylor Gatto's entire collection of books and personal papers from being taken  to a dump. John's apartment - where he had lived since the 1970s - is changing ownership at the end of the month. On Wednesday we shared the experience with Autonomy and Un-iversity participants. With stories from Rich, Lisa, Adam, and myself. And as a bonus, a portion of our conversation (about Gatto's impact and mission as a teacher) gets sent live into a public school Zoom classroom. There will be more productions on this. We still need to go through all the books. School Sucks Project ...

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The Black Pill? [PODCAST #690]

Wherein I attend a secret gathering and I am offered some pills. This is an important discussion about a new and rapidly spreading philosophy of hopelessness. It's something I feel needs to be acknowledged and integrated into our larger conversation. Is it actually the most realistic outlook available? And where most people might just see nihilism and despair, is there possibility for new or renewed personal empowerment? Recorded 12/5/20 on a phone (sorry, it was unplanned); featuring Cousin Nick, Cousin Michael, Cousin Milos, and Brett. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks ...

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Into the Shadow [PODCAST #689]

An Introduction To Integral Spirituality, With Wes Bertrand We know there are some tough topics here. Today we ask you to listen with an awareness of something that feels unsolved, unhealed, or with access to a painful memory that had great impact. WAS IS SPIRITUALITY? * Nathaniel Branden - raising the level of your consciousness to reality * practical and grounded (Jeff Brown) * transcending, not bypassing * Inhabiting the wound So what is the wound? Panel with Alanis, Peter Levine, Gabor Maté, Richard Schwartz and Dan Siegel. WHAT IS Trauma? * Alanis - keeps us from living from our essential selves * Richard - impact, not event, vulnerable parts get hurt and locked away * Peter - when we ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] The World’s Most Beautiful Productivity Conversation

A crescendo from habit, to routine, to goals, to motivation, to vision, to life purpose. I wasn't expecting this amazing conversation when I introduced the topic of a GTD yearly review. This is also only recording ever where I cry, so that costs a dollar to hear. (title is subjective) School Sucks Project · The World's Most Beautiful Productivity Discussion Related Posts[UN-IVERSITY] Giving Thanks97Yesterday I posted on our Discord server I wrote "Please come share with me something you're grateful for. I would really appreciate this." Thank you to everyone who participated. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas…Tags: un-iversity, sucks, school, conversation, discussion, project, a/v, ...

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Can You Teach Personal Development Inside A Public High School? [PODCAST #688]

...a public high school teacher asks. I have never posted one of these UN-IVERSITY discussion groups as a podcast, but this one felt a lot like a podcast, and I think it's an important discussion that ties much of our recent content together with some of my own personal explorations of late. My guest is Adam, a public school teacher who is fully aware of how his work environment hinders the self-awareness and personal growth of the teens trapped inside it. Today, we start planning an intervention. Need some community right now? Want to participate in future discussions? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Email me at brett@schoolsucksproject.com to get it for 30% off ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] Giving Thanks

Yesterday I posted on our Discord server I wrote "Please come share with me something you're grateful for. I would really appreciate this." Thank you to everyone who participated. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit   to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · Giving Thanks Related Posts[UN-IVERSITY] The World's Most Beautiful Productivity Conversation97A crescendo from habit, to routine, to goals, to motivation, to vision, to life purpose. I wasn't expecting this amazing conversation when I introduced the topic of a GTD yearly review. This is also only recording ever where I cry, so that costs a dollar to ...

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Behaviorism Never Dies – with Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #687]

(Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 4, Free Again) Today: Behaviorism from some surprising new angles. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Music: "Doped Up Dollies On A Way Ticket To Blood" Big D and the Kids Table "Roamin Around" Supersucker "Free Will" Rush More About Nathan Fraser: The Free Market Squad: The Mastermind Group Need Help Growing Your Business? CopyandFunnels.com The Dark Arts of Marketing Podcast The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] Opening the Kept Gates

Richard Grove and I use the work of investigative journalist Matt Taibbi as a jumping off point to discuss how gatekeepers can be useful to help "on ramp" people stuck on the low roads of mainstream confirmation-bias media to ride on a better super highway of information, if you will. Furthermore, are we building (or can we build) a map that helps to open some of their gates. This exploration was inspired by our recent integral theory series. Where else can we discover ways to integrate disparate or even conflicting sources of information into a clearer picture of reality? (Recorded October 7th) Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] The Tim Pool Deep End

For the record, Tim did not request our constructive criticism and I have great respect for him and for his work. Among other topics discussed, Kevin Cole and I talk about some things we'd like to see him do. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit   to the chaos of the real world. School Sucks Project · The Tim Pool Deep End Related PostsLet's Not Prepare Kids For A World That Sucks [Un-iversity]80This conversation has a very nice crescendo. On Sunday I hosted the weekly discussion group as I sat in a parking lot in what I call a very dystopian part of ...

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Discontented Optimism: How A Teacher Freed Himself From School – With Joel Bein [PODCAST #686]

AND...found a fulfilling new career. Joel Bein is back for a follow-up conversation about his exit from school teaching, and his transition to working with our friends at Crash.co. Joel last appeared on episode 669, where we introduced his story. Today we'll talk about his journey in more detail. An important feature of our discussion is what Joel refers to as Discontented Optimism - as a teacher, allowing himself to hate school, to NOT tolerate it, AND empowering himself to change the situation. Towards the end of the show, we'll also talk about a new mini-course Joel put together for Crash: Job Hunting 101 You can see more of Joel's work at JoelBein.com. Please also check out his podcast Exponentially ...

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[BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 2 of 2)

A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit   to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry 2

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[BONUS] My Exchange With G. Edward Griffin

From Union of the Unwanted, November 2nd 2020 - A quick interaction with G. Edward Griffin (and Richard Grove and some woman who didn't like what I said) about principles, strategies, tactics, and what it will take to increase the market demand for individual liberty. I was also fortunate for the opportunity to thank him for some of his great works. School Sucks Project · My Exchange With G. Edward Griffin

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Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up – With Wes Bertrand [PODCAST #685]

(Integral Theory Part 5) Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have covered integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and society and "governance." Opening Sequence: "Let the Healing Begin" Discussion: We'll move from the political back to the personal and social,reading and expanding on Dustin DiPerna's article Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up Music: "Orinoco Flow" (cover) Vienna Symphony Orchestra "Somewhere In America" Jay-Z "Run For the Roses" (cover) The Grass Is Dead "Don't Stop" Maiya Sykes Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over ...

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[BONUS] Election Week Prediction Chat (with Richard Grove and Kevin Cole)

As it sounds, plus more. Recorded Monday morning 11-2-20. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit   to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · Election Week Prediction Chat (with Richard Grove and Kevin Cole)

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MYTH of the PANIC – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #684]

(Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 3) In 1938, a young thespian named Orson Welles exploited a new communications medium to scare the shit out of an entire country. Or...did his enemies simply exploit an old communications medium to make people think he did? It only gets more complicated from there, folks! Today: We discuss the 1938 radio adaption of War of the Worlds, and the lessons it offers to both manipulators and marketers. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Music: "Callin' Out" Lyrics ...

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[BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

Professor CJ invited me to do an informal exploration of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. I was so excited, I smashed through his door with an axe and asked "when?!?!" "For Halloween, and for 2020." CJ said. We'll cover some familiar ground and offer some new insights into the film. A joint production of Dangerous History and School Sucks. School Sucks Project · [BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

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[BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 1 of 2)

A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma.  Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry Part 1 of 2

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Landon Porter – Dude, It’s A Game [PODCAST #683]

Landon Porter has taught me a lot over the last two years. He was the co-host (along with Nathan Fraser) of the superb Sales Gorilla Podcast. He is also the creator of a currently-launching personal advancement platform and community called Dude, It's A Game. Sales Gorilla focused on importance of relationship building in "doing sales without being salesy," while Dude, It's A Game aims to help us strengthen the most important relationship of all - the one we have with ourselves. In this introductory chat Landon shares his story, and we'll discuss the essential embrace of your weird ass self in both personal and professional pursuits. Then! ...we'll get into how and why Landon was influenced by Ken Wilber and ...

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[BONUS] Information Literacy vs. New York Times Misinformation vs. Russian Disinformation

A lesson in media literacy: how mainstream media uses facts to counterfeit understanding (audio, 2hr 14min) In three consecutive Un-iversity Monday meetings, we watch, deconstruct, and expand upon a New York Times video series from 2018 called Operation InfeKtion:  Russian Disinformation From Cold War To Kanye.  The series has three parts - 1. Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News 2. The Seven Commandments of Fake News 3. The Worldwide War on Truth Why are we going back to 2018? This month, Russian disinformation conspiracy theories are back in style. CNN has revived this story line for damage control in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. While it is too late for most CNN viewers to learn anything, we wanted ...

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A Path To Panarchy – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 4 [PODCAST #682]

Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." Today we continue exploring panarchy and now counter-economics (or agorism); we'll discuss Bryan O'Doherty's article The Peaceful Path to an Integral Society Music: "Touch of Grey" (cover) Mike Masse "Breaking Us In Two" Joe Jackson "Ghost Town" The Specials Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, ...

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