Brett Veinotte

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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Career Launch Stories (Episode 2) – Logan Westberg [PODCAST #670]

What can a career look like for someone who overcomes the permission mentality and cuts their own path? This is a new monthly series I'll be co-hosting with my friend, previous guest, and Praxis graduate Nick Rundlett. Career Launch Stories takes our opt-out-of-college conversation out of the abstract and into the personal. Our second story is told by Nick's fellow Praxis Alum, friend, and sales mastermind member Logan Westberg. The format for these conversations: 1. What is your educational experience? 2. How and why did you make the decision to seek an alternate path? 3. What are the most valuable wisdom gained from that alternative path? 4. To what pursuits is that wisdom currently being applied? Nick's Introduction to Logan: ...

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Reflections On Eleven Years of School Sucks, With Joel Bein [PODCAST #669]

A joint production with Exponentially Empowered, Full Show Joel's Notes: Brett Veinotte joins me, Host of School Sucks Project, the podcast to which I've listened curiously and consistently since 2009, -Joel's story listening to SSP since 2009 -SSP evolution: school problems (cynical) to self-reflection (productive) -Circle of Control vs. Circle of Concern -Marketing the message of empowerment -A Better World Starts with a Clean Bedroom -Start with health freedom -Personal growth snowballs -Relationship freedom, staying visible -Deschooling, processing the past -Internal Family Systems Therapy, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE’s), 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem Mentioned: - Complete Liberty Podcast - https://www.selfauthoring.com/ - If You Can Hear What I Cannot Say, by Nathaniel Brandon - The Psychology of Romantic Love, by Nathaniel Brandon ...

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The American Way From Horace Mann To Today, With Bob Murphy [SUPPLEMENTAL #668]

(Supplemental) Brett on The Bob Murphy Show, Highlights Bob and Brett discuss what's wrong with these libertarians, Thinking fast and Slow, COV-spiracy theories, progressivism, public school and other lockdowns, and America's path to fascism. FULL SHOW: Ep. 131 Brett Veinotte on the Prussian Roots of US Education and Assessing Experts on the Coronavirus 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). ...

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[BONUS] How To Not Scare People (or Get Fired)

Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #4 (8-3-20)  A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world. Today's conversation is about rhetoric, and how to temper a message and tailor it to your audience, whether personal or professional. Brett discusses some of his early libertarian mistakes and talks through a specific intervention on so-called unconscious bias training in the corporate world.   School Sucks Project · Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #4

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All News Is Fake News – With Isaac Morehouse [PODCAST #667]

Isaac returns to discuss how he curates his inputs from the outside world, for optimal achievement, mental health, and happiness. We build our discussion around a blog he wrote recently (same title as this show). It's short and sweet, so here it is: There is infinite information in the universe. Any time you select a tiny slice of info and focus on it, you are creating a story that is different from reality itself. Imagine a movie sliced into a million still screenshots. Say it was impossible to watch the movie and your only way of interacting with it was with these screenshots. If someone picked three of them and presented it to you as the “truth” of the movie, ...

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This Is A Test (Part 4) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #666]

Conclusion: Today, the test. Darrell’s website notmedicaladvice.co is a growing collection of informative shows, interviews, and health resources. Not Medical Advice videos are stories that show how various types of practitioners would find effective treatment for a wide variety of chronic problems. He also offers a free guide to finding the first member of your holistic healthcare team. Darrell offers holistic healthcare consultations, and he’s available to help you find effective medical options, locating healthcare professionals, medicines and treatments in your area, anywhere on the planet. 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! ...

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[preview] Thoughts On the Moon Landing? Contra Cruise AMA

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: My Speech and AMA On the Contra Cruise Full Show description - This is audio of my two presentations on the Contra Cruise, including a speech, an impromptu workshop and an Ask Me Anything. My speech was written as the cruise progressed and it was delivered in two parts later in the week. It was assembled from thoughts and feelings I gathered from the dinner conversations I had over the week, and it covered a set of experiences, mostly related to the crucial ...

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[BONUS] Loops of Feedback – Circles of Argument – Spheres of Control

AUTONOMY Mastermind 7-17-20, with Richard Grove and a dozen Autonomy students The conversation begins with me discussing my recent interview with Isaac on Crash and Praxis. An AUTONOMY graduate shares her experience in the professional world, primarily marketing, where highly schooled people have trouble dealing with feedback loops and adapting and evolving with new trends and information. This leads us into a criticism of higher education's failure to adapt, both operationally and ideologically. Then on to how many of common social issues circular arguments have infected general curriculum and the corporate world.  That leads to the discovery of this: This takes us to Kafka-Trapping, and the importance of naming and explaining deceptive tactics when people try to use them on ...

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Isaac Morehouse – Burn Your Résumé [PODCAST #665]

Isaac Morehouse is one of my favorite higher ed disrupters and he's here today to discuss the principles of the Crash.co career launch platform. In a previous appearance, Isaac told us "degrees are dead." He's back with an update about another once-prized piece of paper quickly diminishing in value. But is resume-burning safe?! Listen to this episode to learn if this is good advice for you. Other options include throwing it away, or simply no longer sending it to people. The point is that for many industries and vocations, the résumé is an outdated mode of opening the right doors when launching or re-launching a career. Topics Include: - a Venn diagram for career planning - how obedience, conformity, and ...

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