Podcasts

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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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[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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Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 2 of 2 [PODCAST #664]

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 "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. In the previous show, we looked back at the first half of what is proving to be a disastrous year for rational discourse. Today Steve and I are more solutions-oriented; we discuss 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 ...

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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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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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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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This Is A Test (Interlude) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #660]

Last week a group of 1200+ medical influencers issued an open letter that aimed to transform public perceptions about protesting. In just one page, they explain how what was a criminally irresponsible, dangerous, and selfish act five weeks ago is now necessary and virtuous. And safe? In the letter they assure the non-medical-expert public: "as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission." This lead to a 45-minute monologue, followed by a one-hour discussion with Darrell about belief, confirmation bias, and adjusting our views based on new events and information. (Recorded May 17th, but still relevant) Discussed: [PODCAST] #338: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 3) – Disciplined Minds Darrell’s website notmedicaladvice.co is a growing ...

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[preview] January 2017: The Wars To Come

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. Three men stare into a crystal ball (and into the abyss). [BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Privilege Check, Listener Q&A (Part 3 of 3) On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion dubbed "Ow, My Inaugural Balls." What does the future hold? What concerns to people have about their future in Trump's America? Released January 27, 2017 on Patreon + A/V Club. Full Show: Support Us On Patreon

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Rules For Radicals (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST #659]

Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from Online Great Books join me to discuss Saul Alinsky's frightening, frustrating, and formidable 1971 book, Rules For Radicals. Alinsky was a "small c" communist who was also such an apparent individualist that he never publicly aligned himself with with any group, but he wrote a book accessible to any ideology. Even if you're unwilling to embrace the tactics, you'd be unwise to ignore them. An optimistic take: real-world tactics for changing the status quo And a more cynical one: a non-ideologically driven, slogan-rich quest for power relying on ridicule and polarization, happening in an environment where widespread rationality is not a factor The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. ...

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Rules For Radicals (1 of 2) – With Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt [PODCAST #658]

Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from Online Great Books join me to discuss Saul Alinsky's frightening, frustrating, and formidable 1971 book, Rules For Radicals. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Alinsky was a "small c" communist who was also such an apparent individualist that he never publicly aligned himself with with any group, but he wrote a book accessible to any ideology. Even if you're unwilling to embrace the tactics, you'd be unwise to ignore them. An optimistic take: real-world tactics for changing the status quo And a more cynical one: a non-ideologically driven, slogan-rich quest for power relying on ridicule and polarization, happening in an environment where widespread rationality is not a ...

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