Podcasts

First Moments, With Jay Harrington – Self-Discipline Part 5 [PODCAST #631]

"Success, happiness, contentment, joy, accomplishment—all of these things hinge on one’s ability to tame the mind. To be conscious and aware. To make our minds our servants not our masters." Jay Harrington, LifeandWhim.com Jay Harrington is an entrepreneur, father, husband and adventurer who went from living the American dream to really living the American dream. He joins us today for fresh perspective on one of our ongoing topics: training the mind. I discovered Jay's great work while researching for our Self-Discipline series, through a blog article called Training the Mind: The Most Important Workout You’ll do in 2019. He opens with a problem: his mind not behaving the the way he would like. I can relate. We discuss several practices ...

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School Has Robbed Young People of Their “Why” [PODCAST #630]

Dan Sanchez is the Director of Content at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the editor-in-chief of FEE.org. Dan is also the main writing coach for our friends at Praxis. He joins me today for a fresh take on a familiar problem: young people are drowning and purposelessness, searching for meaning. Political operators, tech giants, and disingenuous marketers are happy to tap into that desire and angst for their own exploitative purposes, offering young people a pre-packaged "why." John Taylor Gatto said “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 4) – Automating Self-Discipline, With Zak Slayback [PODCAST #629]

Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-Yinz to share his insights on the benefits of interpersonal and intra-personal systems of accountability. Zak suggests that when many of us run into different forms of unproductive friction, we should consider a reappearing lack of self-knowledge as the cause. This is not to say that we're all inauthentic frauds constantly living a lie, but many of us do continuously struggle to predict and adapt to internal and external stressors and distractions. So we'll discuss how to reduce this fiction and achieve greater self-discipline without an endless over-exertion of effort. Our Solutions break into three categories: 1. Understanding Context and Environment 2. Proper Scheduling 3. Minding Time-Lines Zak is also presenting on Day ...

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T.K. Coleman and Isaac Morehouse: Office Hours At Praxis Headquarters [PODCAST #628]

Office Hours Podcast hosts T.K. Coleman and Isaac Morehouse join School Sucks host Brett and Discomfort Zone co-host Andrew for a casual and delightfully digressive conversation about personal experimentation and challenge, spreading new ideas, the utility of debate, and leaving on a high note. We recorded this as guests at Praxis headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. You already know that Praxis is a 6-month professional bootcamp for young aspiring entrepreneurs seeking an alternative path to the traditional 4-year degree. Isaac founded Praxis and T.K. current serves the Education Director. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 3) – Lessons From A Year of Personal Transformation [PODCAST #627]

CJ Kilmer joins Brett to share his very impressive story of personal transformation over the last year. CJ had struggled with his weight for 20 years, and in the last nine months he has lost 125 pounds, has taken up martial arts, goes on regular 5+ mile runs, and he continues to make gains in the gym. CJ will go into detail about his holistic hot-rodding approach to this enriching and potentially life-saving transformation. A majority of our conversation deals with resolving inner conflict. We'll walk two paths to do this, both focused on the idea that we are made up of several different, sometimes conflicting, parts of self. The first path is the simpler of the two. Cognitive distortion. ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 2) Your Internal Pharmacy…and Meth Lab [PODCAST #626]

In this late-night-into-early-morning monologue I give an accounting of the most valuable take-aways from the so-called "dopamine fast" as they relate to productivity, happiness and self-discipline. Dopamine is just one of several neuro-chemicals playing key roles in our happiness and motivation. I'll discuss some ideas for how to inventory behaviors and achieve better lifestyle and chemical balance. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. TIME SENSITIVE! The special offer for SSP listeners to Attend Day One For $1 ends Monday September 16th at midnight. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 1) – Harmonize [PODCAST #625]

Scott Hambrick joins Brett to discuss what self-discipline is and what it isn't. We also contrast the emerging self-discipline leadership industry against true self-discipline leadership. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. Special offer for SSP listeners ends September 10th. 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 ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Introduction) – Dopamine Fast [PODCAST #624]

You struggle with self discipline. How hard should you be on yourself about that? We debate this question and set up the problem and internal conflict that this series will address in the coming weeks. This show features an excerpt from The Discomfort Zone (s02414) "On Purpose." Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. 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 ...

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Picture of the Month Club – Mad Max Fury Road [PODCAST #623, FREE BONUS]

September is Back to School Sucks Month and we begin with this one-time-only free-for-all installment of our bonus series Picture of the Month Club. Because everyone needs to hear it. This show also carries a very special announcement: Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and there are special registration instructions for SSP listeners in the monologue. You can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. Today's Show: 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 ...

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Moritz Bierling On Achieving Full Agency Inside All Arenas [PODCAST #622]

Moritz Bierling returns for another marathon conversation about how individuals can be navigators of increasingly complex and dysfunctional communications arenas. The primary focus is what Moritz refers to as the Agent/Arena Relationship. Arenas - be they social, political, cultural, or economic - are breaking down all around us, and many people struggle to figure out how to adapt and thrive (or maybe just survive) in this flux. We talk about how to achieve stability through adaptability in these situations. One of the keys is the building of "internal coherence" or self-integration. Dis-integrated selves cannot be the building blocks of harmonious or even sustainable groups or institutions. Such harmony requires individual agents with the ability to read and understand the dynamics ...

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School Sucks Live and Interactive, Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest [PODCAST #621]

The lively finale in our string of productions from the 2019 Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. Recorded on Saturday evening, June 22nd. The questions (paraphrased): 1. Who wins in a rap battle, John Dewey or Horace Mann? (Prof CJ) 2. In your 10 years of doing the show, what's one important idea you've rethought or revised? (Prof CJ) 3. Should we let go of the hopes of running successful agorist businesses? (Beth S.) 4. Are marketing and advertising predatory? Under what conditions? (Joe M.) 5. How do you know your potential? (Sherry) 6. Where are you falling short of your potential? (Sherry) 7. What if I send my child to public school? (Gretchen) Want to stay in the loop on ...

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The Limited Hangout – With Professor CJ [PODCAST #620]

CJ Kilmer (Dangerous History Podcast) and I sit down for a limited hangout, not be confused with a limited hang-out? This a more meandering and freestyle show, best described as a conversation about the modern history of what happens away from public scrutiny and out of the public reach, with the cold war, war on drugs and the war on terror as the backdrops. Questions We'll Answer: What is the limited hang-out? What is psychological impact of conspiracy theory? The human Scale problem: how big can a functional group people be? What are the emotional incentives against identifying systemic problems (school or otherwise)? What is a solution in search of a crisis? (manufactured or organic) Recorded on Monday morning, June ...

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Filling the Trough (Pedagogy vs. Learning Part 1) With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #619]

Scott Hambrick returns to begin a multi-part discussion on "how people learn and how we help them do that," as he aspires to be a better Starting Strength coach and a more effective leader at Online Great Books. We begin our discussion with an exploration of the common learning theories practiced in public school and higher education, along with a cost/benefit analysis of each: behaviorism, cognitivism, and (social) constructivism. We also touch on connectivism and mindset theory. In future conversation(s) we'll cover additional behaviors and practices that can greatly enhance both the learning and thing processes, including The 20-Hour Rule, the Six Thinking Hats, the Trivium Method, attributes of self-directed learning and strategies for critical thinking in everyday life. Also, ...

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From Powerless Paranoia To Direct Action, With Shane Radliff [PODCAST #618]

Who is Bill Cooper? How did he help? How did he hinder? What's his relationship to Alex Jones? Why was he killed in the Fall of 2001? Today we'll be answering 4/5 of those questions to your satisfaction. Shane Radliff is the creator of Liberty Under Attack Publications and the host of the Vonu Podcast. I first encountered Shane's work in 2016 and I was immediately impressed with his focus on practical self-liberation strategies; he had assembled a comprehensive list of empowering pursuits (with instruction) under the umbrella of his Direct Action series. But Shane's journey, like mine, did not start in the most empowering of places. He says he wound up in a "conspiratorial rabbit hole" which eventually even ...

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Jim Cunigan – Hubris + Public Policy, From Psychiatry to Eugenics [PODCAST #617]

Jim is a clinical psychiatrist, a libertarian, and a School Sucks listener. At the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest he gave a presentation called When Scientific Experts Determine Public Policy... What Could Go Wrong? It focused on the implementation of eugenic policies during the Progressive Era, which featured many of the same scientific engineers who shaped the 20th century schooling system. Jim described the motivation behind the presentation: "part of it is that I do have some morbid fascination with some darker elements of history, especially when they overlap with medicine in some way. Also, while I didn’t emphasize this point, because I was preaching to the choir, I like highlighting examples of when government action resulted in something monstrous. ...

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Larry Ludlow – A Libertarian Teacher Walks Into A Public School… [PODCAST #616]

Larry Ludlow first tried his hand at teaching in the Detroit public schools, the very same year I entered first grade. After quickly realizing he was in a dangerous, toxic and anti-education environment Larry moved on to the private sector where he enjoyed a successful 35-year career. Now semi-retired, Larry has re-certified and returned to the system (with a political and educational philosophy he didn't hold his first time around) to teach high school Latin. We discuss what has changed over the past four decades, and what ideas Larry feels a liberty-minded individual should be trying to smuggle into the public schools. Recorded on Saturday June 22nd at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. Want to stay in the loop ...

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Benny Wills – The Making of A (More Thoughtful) You Tube Radical [PODCAST #615]

I'm excited to welcome back one of my favorite entertainers, Benny Wills. Benny is a poet, an actor, and one of the creators of the hilarious and insightful YouTube channel, JoyCamp. Benny and I discuss the impact of JoyCamp, creating and pitching a "too smart for Comedy Central" pilot, the recent NY Times article "The Making of A YouTube Radical," YouTube's ominous new guidelines, political division and Benny's plans for the future. Benny's Site: bennywills.com Benny's New You Tube Channel: Subscribe Want to stay in the loop on our upcoming Virtual Summit Series? Visit THE UN-IVERSITY Use "SCHOOLSUCKS" for your invite code! Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the ...

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Bro, Do You Even Get Things Done? – Brett On Barbell Logic Podcast [PODCAST #613]

Scott Hambrick and Matt Reynolds are entrepreneurs, Starting Strength coaches, and the team behind Barbell-Logic.com. While Barbell Logic primarily focuses on strength training, Scott and Matt also dig into various self-improvement topics; we recently collaborated on an old School Sucks favorite - David Allen's Getting Things Done. I will discuss how my use of GTD has changed since I first implemented it in 2013, including what I have added and subtracted. Matt has has taken a similar approach. We'll also discuss the importance of doing (and occasionally redoing) a "brain dump," the basic GTD workflow, how GTD helps us be more present with ourselves and the people we care about, the importance of context (time and place for work) and ...

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A Professor’s Fight Against Call-Out Culture – With Duke Pesta [PODCAST #612]

Dr. Duke Pesta is an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Academic Director of FreedomProject Education. Frustrated with "call-out culture" and the misguided efforts to shield young ADULTS from upsetting ideas, Dr. Pesta issued a contract to his students at the beginning of this school year. The highlights: - “In this course, we study literature from cultures that existed before you were born,” reads the contract's Statement of Purpose reads. “Their world is not our world. Their beliefs may not be our beliefs. No one asks you to believe or endorse any premise, attitude, precept, theology, political system, or ideology contained in these books or expressed in class. Nor will you ever lose points or be ...

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Toxic Profession – Why This Is Jonathan Carroll’s Last Month of Teaching [PODCAST #611]

My guest today is Jonathan Carroll, a history teacher and a 20-year veteran of Florida's public schools. Jonathan's recent viral Facebook resignation post has made national news, and has inspired messages of appreciation from educators around the world. In his April 30th post he says that teaching has become a "toxic profession" because of numerous factors, several of which we've discussed on School Sucks for many years. While the point of this conversation is connection, and to let Jonathan tell his story long-form, I did need to ask if the compulsory nature of schooling could have produced anything other than toxic outcomes for far too many students and teachers. Special thanks to Jonathan for his commitment, courage to speak out, ...

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UNeducation? – Defending Families Against Globalist Indoctrination and Other Top-Down Intrusions [PODCAST #610]

Pam Lucashu is a home-educating parent and the Legislative Liaison for The Education of Christian Homeschoolers of CT. Because much of our recent content has been devoted to exciting and revolutionary educational alternatives, I wanted to spotlight Pam as an exemplar of the often forgotten people who are doing the less glamorous work of defending children and families from incursions from state legislatures and beyond. Some examples: In 2015 Pam worked with parental and homeschool rights advocates to form the CT Parental Rights Coalition to respond to the Sandy Hook Commission Report. The commission made recommendations to further regulate home education, using the false pretext that Adam Lanza had been homeschooled. Pam is also an outspoken critic of UN/UNESCO designs ...

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Isaac Morehouse – How To Choose, Build, Signal, and Sell Valuable Skills [PODCAST #609]

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. He joins me today to map out a better route to beginning or even relaunching a fulfilling career. Better than what? Better than what almost all of us learned to do. School inculcates a permission mentality; schooled people seek someone to vouch for them. Today you'll stand out more if you can vouch for yourself. Isaac's book, Crash Your Career: Ditch the Gatekeepers and Be Your Own Credential, provides a step-by-step process for how to do this. In it he writes: "...degrees are dead, whether or not most people know it yet. The internet killed them. But it didn’t kill ...

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Is It Time To Give Up On Millennials? With Aaron Clarey [PODCAST #608]

A whole generation? Is that even a fair question? Today's discussion is a series of polite disagreements and even politer agreements with Aaron Clarey, who argues the answer to that question is yes. One huge point of agreement: marketing and advertising are both getting increasingly obnoxious and aggravating as large corporations move their targeting to woke Millennials. The center of our disagreement: are most Millennials (and even many Gen-Xers like Aaron and myself) even in search of a purpose? Or has leftist politics prevented such a quest from ever happening? Bio: Aaron is a motorcycle riding, ballroom dancing, fossil hunting, mountain climbing, economist. He spent 15 years in the banking industry to learn that work sucks, life is short, and ...

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Jason Seib – Optimizing Your Mind/Body Alliance [PODCAST #607]

Jason Seib is a fat loss coach, fitness and nutrition author, and speaker. He is also the creator of the Alt-Shift Diet, which doesn't have to be seen as a "diet diet" - temporary and filled with frustrating sacrifices. His philosophy aligns with previous health and fitness coaches we've had on the show, and with what has proven most successful for me. Even though Jason's work focuses primarily on 30+ moms frustrated with yo-yo diets, I've bought into his approach in a big way over the last 2 years, with great results. Recently I was looking for ways to optimize my diet and fitness pursuits, which actually means addressing some mistakes and shortcuts I have been making. I thought, who ...

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With Great Time Freedom Comes Great Time Responsibility – A Guide To Block Scheduling [PODCAST #606]

Three years ago a time, energy and attention management expert name Kevin Kruse came on School Sucks to discuss block scheduling and some of its helpful, supporting strategies. I listened politely, and then did something entirely different. However, after much more trial and error in managing my time efficiently and effectively, I am revisiting Kevin's advice and combined it with some additional resources from Brian Tracey, Cal Newport and Tim Ferriss. After three solid months of experimentation with block scheduling, I'm ready to report my findings in this marathon solo show. I hope this is helpful for many of you. Backstory/Problems Lately on SSP, we've been spending a lot of show time discussing the glories of being your own boss. ...

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