Brett Veinotte

[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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Matt Beaudreau – The Departure [PODCAST #681]

(It's how the hero's journey begins) Once upon a time, Matt Beaudreau was deep inside the schooling Matrix - first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Today Matt is an in-demand and provocative education speaker and consultant, and a personal development  coach to people all around the world. He is also the founder of the Acton Academy in Placer, CA; Acton is a program of self-directed learning with over 100 locations around the world. In this show we'll discuss the events that helped him to awaken and start speaking out. He'll also be returning in the near future to map out a hero's journey for teens. About Acton Academy Placer Acton Academy Placer is an Educational Resource Center ...

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PANARCHY – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 3 [PODCAST #680]

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." The matrix discussed in the monologue: Today we discuss Bryan O'Doherty's articles Panarchy: The Political Paradigm of an Integral Society and PANARCHY: The Integral Social Matrix 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, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: * ...

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[BONUS] Tribes and True Believers – With Nathan Fraser

Note: Picture not accurate in any way (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 2) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our 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. Today: We discuss tribalism and two prophetic books - Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin and The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer. School Sucks Project · Tribalism and True Believers Sub-Topics Include: - Lizard brain reasons for why we’re tribal creatures - Why the media has become more tribal over the last few decades - ...

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Crisis Homeschooling Outreach, With Erin Huffstutter [PODCAST #679]

I am excited to welcome Erin Huffstutter, a homeschooling mom and School Sucks listener who has just released an extrordinary outreach resource called Crisis Homeschool Handbook: Practical Home Education Through 2020 and Beyond. This un-intimidating book can be read in a day, but Erin has managed to pack in much of the important research, educational philosophy, and practical resources we have discussed on this show for the last decade. Today we'll discuss: - The Legend of Zelda - Why we both initially rejected John Taylor Gatto - Digging into each child’s learning preferences and personality type - Knowing as a parent what homeschooling style best suits your personality and strengths - avoiding homeschool burnout - the great screen-time debate From ...

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[BONUS] Scott Hambrick – Balkanization and Culture Creation

Scott Hambrick from Online Great Books joins our conversation. We talk about the economic concept of distributism, what's the difference between cults and cultures, the breakup of the United States, and why utopians are so dumb and dangerous. 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. Friday "freestyle" conversations  invite  participants to vent about their current frustrations, usually   triggering Brett into long rants. School Sucks Project · Balkanization and Culture Creation

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How Usefully Idiotic Are We? [PODCAST #678]

Professor CJ returns to discuss the history of divide-and-conquer and divide-and-rule strategies, and as a bonus, how to avoid being what the Russians called a "useful idiot" in one these schemes. Unanimity [literally of one mind] is a sad and dangerous thing on a national scale. But so is a civil war. This year the American people were offered a chance to find common cause in a crisis. But the government and media seemed to encourage them to fight over mask-wearing instead. You remember right? It was right around the time the average person was starting to feel the impact of overreactive lockdown polices. (April and May) And when the mask fight starting getting worn out, surprise! Time for a ...

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[BONUS] Opportunity Knocks Down the Door

AUTONOMY MASTERMIND 9-16-20 Is our current society adaptable or collapsible? If it's the former, how will it happen? If it's the latter, has it been designed that way? More importantly, how much should such questions even matter to an optimistic and autonomous individual? The group discusses New England real estate opportunities or lack thereof, and move on exploring negativity bias, managing uncertainty, finding "blue ocean" opportunities, and Nassim Taleb's concept of Antifragility. Huge thanks to Bobby for his contributions to this conversation. School Sucks Project · AUTONOMY Mastermind 9-16-20

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How’s College Going This Year?! With Professor CJ Killmer [PODCAST #677]

The great Professor CJ returns to discuss the challenges of teaching and learning online. We'll trade some stories of our experiences with face-to-face vs. virtual instruction, and offer some advice to students and educators. I'll also get CJ's take on the bleak future of higher education, based on what he's experienced so far this year. CJ is the host of the spectacular Dangerous History Podcast. We'll be discussing some of his recent work in another episode coming later this week. MUSIC: "Dead Man's Party" Oingo Boingo cover by Lo Key "Everybody's Crazy" Michael Bolton 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. ...

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Integrating the Organization – With Wes Bertrand – Part 2 of 4 [PODCAST #676]

Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. Today we discuss: - altitudes of development, and levels of consciousness as applied to organizations; here is a visualization Wes encountered Ken Wilber's work through his research on organizational theory, so one very important resource is Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux. Wes has extensive notes that would should be able to share with you soon. Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Wilber draws from over 100 seperate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: ...

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Corey DeAngelis: Educational Freedom (if you can keep it) [PODCAST #675]

Corey DeAngelis is the director of school choice at Reason Foundation. He is also an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute. He returns to discuss some very promising developments for school choice and educational freedom. A great opportunity is upon us, but it's likely the real fight is just beginning. Corey and I will also talk about the mindset and strategy that he brings to that fight. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Email me at [email protected] to get it for 30% off Visit THIS LINK to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and OUR ONGOING CONVERSATIONS on applying the summit's tools and lessons to the information chaos of 2020. Please Support School ...

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[BONUS] Our Post-Proof World – AUTONOMY Mastermind 9-2-20

Richard Grove and I discuss the bridges to build between an increasingly frustrated and skeptical (but still reticent) public and the people who have worked for 2 decades to provide a more accurate map of politics, power and propaganda. Plus some exciting related announcements. School Sucks Project · AUTONOMY Mastermind 9-2-20 Related Posts[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - February 18th, 202077Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging without massaging: A thought experiment and discussion about the actual effectiveness of InfoWars. - Feedback from an AUTONOMY participant…Tags: autonomy, richard, grove, bonus, mastermind, discuss, a/v[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard ...

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Some Things We’ve Learned Over the Last 19 Years – With Richard Grove and Ricky Varandas [PODCAST #674]

Richard Grove, Ricky Varandas, and I discuss movements for truth (new and old), content creation and destruction, entrepreneurship, and how to be a conspiracy theorist without looking like one. Richard: tragedyandhope.com/ Ricky: rvtheory6.podomatic.com/ 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 to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts ...

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Homesteads and Homeschools, With Ben Pangie [PODCAST #673]

Ben joins me for a nice swap-cast between SSP and Homesteads and Homeschools. Ben is a father of four and a former public school teacher who left the schools and the city life (Brooklyn) before those things were cool. He and his wife homeschool two of their children while the other two attend public school, so I knew he would also have some interesting perspectives to share about the current state of affairs. 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 to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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[BONUS] Roundtable With the Creators of LOOSE CHANGE

(AUDIO & VIDEO, 92 Minutes) I was there. And I brought what I thought were some important questions about why the 9/11 Truth Movement has spun its wheels for almost 20 years. What lessons can be learned from this lack of traction? And how can that be applied to our efforts to inspire curiosity in the current " catastrophic and catalyzing event," the newest Pearl Harbor? And do words like proof and smoking gun actually mean anything anymore? My questions got a generally lukewarm reception. We also discuss why, perhaps unfortunately, the current moment of crisis provides some great opportunities to reach new people. AUDIO: School Sucks Project · Union Of The Unwanted 9/11 Round Up! VIDEO: ▀▄▀▄▀ THE UNWANTED ...

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Integrating the Individual – With Wes Bertrand – Part 1 of ? [PODCAST #672]

...and everything else? The most-requested guest of 2020 finally returns. Wes Bertrand is here for a long-form exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We discuss: - Wes's travels and current studies of organizational theory; learn more at completeliberty.com/integration/ - given the current state of the world, is Wes still optimistic about people reaching a higher level of consciousness and realizing more individual liberty? - what happens if 10% of people embraced new values? Ken Wilber claims that's the tipping point for the culture - addressing the language barrier of liberty - What is Integral Theory? What insights does this body of work offer about the current state of politics and culture - ...

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27 Words to Make the World Do Your Bidding? – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #671]

Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I are launching a new 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. The currently untitled series will only be available to School Sucks supporting listeners and members of Nathan's Free Market Squad. But this first one is free (because it's Friday). Today: We discuss an obscure book called The One Sentence Persuasion Course - 27 Words to Make the World Do Your Bidding. 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 ...

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[BONUS] The Three Big Losers of the 2020 Election

We've all heard of the silent majority. But movements comprised of less than 10% of a population can often produce massive political and cultural shifts, positive or negative. Historically and today, a majority of people in the middle of the extremes stay silent. Is it because no one wants to amplify their voice? Or is it because their schooling and their media consumption has left them with nothing meaningful to say? 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. Friday "freestyle" conversations invite participants to vent about their current frustrations, usually triggering Brett into long rants. School ...

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[preview] Degeneration Theory

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 Episode 11 - Fabianism and Degeneration Full Show description - 19th century Victorian Era England was plagued by fears of moral, social, and biological degeneration. And these fears are making a big comeback. Released August 21, 2020 on Patreon + A/V Club. Full Show: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40698425 ATTENTION JOB-SEEKERS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND LEADERS WHO WANT TO LEVERAGE THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS - Get Autonomy's 19 Essential Skills For Success (Not Taught In School)

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[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia 11 – Fabianism and Degeneration

The Fabian Society did seek to improve the living conditions of the poor—but not by the sort of charity that Thomas Malthus had decried. The Fabians wished to totally restructure society brick by brick, and they understood that many people—including the poor they aimed to serve—would have to suffer and die along the way. Originally, Fabians worked within the Liberal Party to implement social reforms. Specifically, they sought to impose universal health care and a minimum wage on England. They disliked the overly-masculine imperialism that had placed Britain above the rest of the world; they felt that the empire should be used as a tool to reform the world, and bring socialism to all the world's dejected peoples. At home, ...

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[BONUS] Why Is QAnon?

Picture: Katamari Damacy is a somewhat convoluted 2004 Playstation game where you're a ball of garage rolling around (with questionable goals), growing in size, and eventually absorbing larger and more valuable objects into the garage ball that is you. Thus, it is basically a video game template for the QAnon conspiracy theory. A continuation of Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #5 A now time-tested weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.  Building off our previous "Shad0wga+e" conversation: A new documentary gains some added intrigue when its creator is arrested. Are valuable insights into and 2020 updates on NSA data collection collection being used to bolster the increasingly ...

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[BONUS] What Is ShadowGate?

Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #5 (8-17-20) A now time-tested weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world. Today: A new documentary gains some added intrigue when its creator is arrested. Are valuable insights into and 2020 updates on NSA data collection collection being used to bolster the increasingly far-fetched QAnon conspiracy theory? And how does cancel culture fit into all this? Regarding Ideas Into Action: the summit was partly focused on how best gather/sort/process information. How do strategic internet influence operations make that work more difficult? School Sucks Project · What Is 5hawd0wGa+e

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