Podcasts

[PODCAST] #389: Jordan Page – Home Education, Self-Governance and the Future

Jordan Page joins me in the School Sucks studio for a casual conversation, peppered with intense and musical moments. BIO: Jordan is an American recording artist who performs a mixture of rock and folk music that has captivated audiences all over the US. He is known for headlining at major protests and rallies in support of freedom, peace, and limited government. Jordan has headlined at hundreds of political events since 2008 and is known as a leading voice of liberty in America. Jordan shared the stage with Congressman Ron Paul 18 times on the presidential campaign trail including the Revolution March in 08', the Iowa Straw Poll in 11', and the Sun Dome Rally in Tampa at the RNC in ...

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[PODCAST] #388: I’d Really Like To Talk To Chris Cantwell (with Chris Cantwell)

NOTE: The only things being promoted in today's show are open dialogue and a respect for reality. WARNING: Probably our most explicit and potentially offensive podcast to date. Christopher Cantwell has been an extremely controversial figure in the libertarian conversation for a number of years. He recently lost his Free Talk Live co-hosting spot after promoting the concept of "race realism" on the air. While I disagree with Chris on many important and/or current issues (including immigration, Stefan Molyneux's promotion of r/K theory's application to humans, Donald Trump, the alt-right), I have found his program to be a much-needed intellectual challenge. Even though I began listening to Radical Agenda out of a dark curiosity, I have found Chris to be ...

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[PODCAST] #387: Larken Rose – Metacognition vs. Indoctrination

If the way you see things is not consistent with the way things really are, would you want to know about it? Author and activist Larken Rose returns after three years to discuss his new project: a 3D self-teaching tool that invites the user to take a tour of their own brains and their own belief systems. Discussed: -What is the Mirror? -Why is it being created? -How did you prepare in terms of experience and research? -What's your understanding of educational psychology? -Problem being addressed: Acceptance of authoritarianism -The practical approach, the logical approach doesn't work with people -WHAT IS GETTING IN THEIR WAY? -HOW TO DEPROGRAM THEM? Ask them questions; The stakes are lower in this setting; no ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #386: The Unfortunate Consequences of Well-Intentioned Social Engineering

This installment is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Free Your Mind Podcast. I recommend this conversation for those of you who are newer to our work and interested in the history of public schooling. Monologue: "The Dark Side Of Nationwide School Tests" Covered In This Discussion: -What are "Travelers' Reports" -School is a tool of governance -What was the rationalization for establishing social controls through schooling? Immigration, changing economic needs -rugged individualism and "Yankee entrepreurialism" seen as "menace of overproduction" -production needed to be controlled, channeled into serving the needs of the managerial classes -1934 Ellwood P Cubberley - Public Education in the United States During his career, he maintained a view of education as an instrument ...

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[PODCAST] #385: Putting College Race Tensions In Context

Thaddeus Russell is back to discuss the recent events, demands and responses at The University of Missouri, Yale, Dartmouth and Occidental College. Important Themes: (identified by Professor Glenn Loury of Brown University) Principles free speech vs inclusion; a preemption of discussion by the throwing of fits Pedagogy comfort vs enlightenment; absence of scientific discussion, or fear of it Psychology faculty members are placating students Our discussion includes these topics: -Thomas Jefferson and the origins of scientific racism -Scientific racism gives way to racial liberalism -Problems with integration and assimilation - it's white supremacy -Racial liberalism spreads to higher education -"white responsibility" and paternalism -The resulting legitimate problems and concerns of blacks in higher education -Achievement gaps -Silence is violence? All ...

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[PODCAST] #384: Professor William Boyes – The Demise of Government School and the Future of Academia

Professor William Boyes, Austrian Economist and Director of the Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University, joins School Sucks for the first time. I was introduced to his work through the following video posted in the School Sucks Facebook group: It's always exciting when a prominent figure at an enormous public university - the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S - openly calls for the end of public schooling. Professor Boyes has called education the #1 issue facing us on the path to greater personal and political liberty. Preliminary question: People on the left don't want to hear from their opponents; the fact that opposition even exists in so-called social justice or economics issues seems to be ...

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[PODCAST] #383: If You Don’t Know What It Is…Don’t Eat It (With Kevin Geary and Nick Hazelton)

This is an episode about supermarket mastery - the wheres, whats, whys and hows of affordable, real-food grocery shopping. Kevin Geary and I join Nick Hazelton for another life skills episode of his Anarch-Yakitalist Podcast. As we discussed in episode #378, Nick left school this September to pursue self-education. Part of his self-designed curriculum focuses on independent living, which includes learning how to plan and execute a health-conscious trip to the grocery store, without paying the f$$$ing ridiculous Whole Foods prices. Discussed: -controlling costs -alternatives to the supermarket -Kevin's beginners guide to healthy grocery shopping -our grocery lists -organics -"rewilding" -how to read the nutrition panel, what to look for -developing a positive and shame-free mindset about food - the ...

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[PODCAST] #382: Kids Don’t Need or Want Your Praise (with Kevin Geary)

"The relevant question...isn't "How motivated are my students?" It's "How are my students motivated?" In other words, it's the type of motivation that counts, not the amount. The type created by the use of rewards is not only less effective but also erodes the kind we really want to promote." - Alfie Kohn Kevin Geary returns to discuss why the widely accepted carrots-and-sticks approach to teaching and parenting is harmful to children. The discussion centers around two articles Kevin recently wrote for his site, RevolutionaryParent.com. 1. Kids Don’t Need or Want Your Praise 2. Your Children Don’t Need “Positive Reinforcement” We talk about the costs of this approach through the lens of Nathaniel Branden's Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. We also ...

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[PODCAST] #381: The School Newspaper and Information Control (with Laurette Lynn)

Laurette Lynn returns for a follow-up to our previous discussion about how parents and educators can improve communication and connection with young people. Covered: -Transforming a meaningless school environment into a meaningful educational one -Choosing cooperation over obedience -Choosing self-responsibility over surrender -The needs of the masters? -The need for visibility -"good" school children are to behave like good animals on a farm -The "training wheels phase" of new communication -Why information is occulted Look Closer: "Different Light" Steve Winwood "Kill Your Heroes" AWOLNATION Look Closer: LauretteLynn.com - http://www.LauretteLynn.com Laurette Lynn on School Sucks: Archives - https://schoolsucksproject.com/tag/laurette-lynn/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going ...

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[PODCAST] #380: Visible Children (with Laurette Lynn)

Laurette Lynn returns for a discussion about how parents and educators can improve communication and connection with young people. From LauretteLynn.com: With an emphasis on communicating with youth, and infused with critical reasoning, we talk about perfecting parenting. We make a distinction between education and schooling and the ways in which destructive communication can negatively impact personal growth. And we discuss why we project our esteem issues onto our children. This truly is an intelligent, lively and great conversation. It is long, so take it with you and listen in segments, but I promise you, it’s worth every second! How do teens respond to condescension? How do young children respond to praise? Should we even call young humans, “Children”? What ...

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[PODCAST] #379d: John Bush – Peaceful Parenting, Productivity and Purpose (LibertyFest NYC)

Recorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Activist John Bush returns to update us on his family's journey. We discuss their new venture - Brave New Books - along with resilience, parenting challenges, confronting our own parents, how to get things done, and why to get things done. Look Closer: Brave New Books - http://www.bravenewbookstore.com/ Introducing the Un-coin-ventional Bitcoin Bus Tour! - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/introducing-the-uncoinventional-bitcoin-bus-tour John Bush on School Sucks (12-7-13) - https://schoolsucksproject.com/249-some-small-steps-toward-sovereign-living-with-john-bush/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also ...

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[PODCAST] #379c: Carey Wedler – The Anti-Media (LibertyFest NYC)

Recorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Carey Wedler, a journalist at TheAntiMedia.org, joins me to discuss positive and negative applications of propaganda. This is a very short discussion; please think of it as a preview of a longer discussion we'll be having in the future. Look Closer: The Anti-Media of facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiMedia/ The Anti-Media Website - http://www.theantimedia.org/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with ...

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[PODCAST] #379b: Jeffrey Tucker – Spheres of Control (LibertyFest NYC)

Recorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Jeffrey Tucker sits down with me to discuss the following topics: -How I started the Iraq War? -the increasing tone of Fascism in political discourse -why pay attention to politics? -cancel the Presidential election -no one is coming to save us -the feeling of smallness in political action -Cyrpto-currency is the true way forward -youth empowerment through voluntary exchange Look Closer: Liberty.me - http://www.liberty.me Jeffrey's Site - http://www.jeffreytucker.me Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this ...

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[PODCAST] #379a: A Conversation With A Public School Teacher and The High School Drop-Out Who Loves Her (LibertyFest NYC)

Within my first hour at LibertyFest, I encountered arguably the most interesting couple at the event. Jessica is a middle-school Spanish teacher in the New Jersey public school system. Dave, her fiancee, is a high school drop-out and the WeAreChange.org webmaster. I told Jessica that I believed middle school is the darkest time in child's life. She adamantly disagreed. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ ...

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[PODCAST] #378: An Introduction To Self-Directed Learning and Living For Teens (with Nick Hazelton)

This episode is what The School Sucks Project is all about! Nick Hazelton, the seventeen-year-old creator of The Anarch-Yakitalist Podcast, is back to share his new self-education plan. Nick first reached out to me in early 2014 to discuss the possibility of leaving school (he was a freshman at the time)and becoming a farming entrepreneur. You can watch a clip of that conversation here: Nick left school this September to pursue this venture on a full-basis. He is still very committed to his education, and he asked me for some guidance on taking it into his own hands. Discussed: -Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age (Wired.com) -questions for potential autodidacts -identifying strengths and how to use them -selecting ...

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[PODCAST] #377: The Shift – A Casual Conversation With Julia Tourianski (2 of 2)

Juila Tourianski, creator of Brave the World, joins me for a continuation of our previous discussion. Julia's online hub is a YouTube channel with very impressive production values and some extremely confronting content. Born in the USSR and raised in Canada, Julia offers several new and unique approaches to discussing the philosophy of liberty. Her video, "The Shift: The State of Our Minds and the Mind of the State" provides the springboard and loose structure for our pleasantly meandering conversation. Please watch the video before the show if you can: Topics and Tangents: 1. THE INSULT OF EQUALITY -today equality means "all the same" -an entitlement to perpetuate baseless ideas -our only differences are externally imposed injustices? -deserve-oriented language and ...

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[PODCAST] #376: The Shift – A Casual Conversation With Julia Tourianski (1 of 2)

Juila Tourianski, creator of Brave the World, joins School Sucks for the first time. Julia's online hub is a YouTube channel with very impressive production values and some extremely confronting content. Born in the USSR and raised in Canada, Julia offers several new and unique approaches to discussing the philosophy of liberty. Her video, "The Shift: The State of Our Minds and the Mind of the State" provides a springboard for our pleasantly meandering conversation. Please watch the video before the show if you can: Topics and Tangents: -video production -explanation "Brave the World" -Orwell and Huxley -Born in the USSR -rebelling in polite Canadian society -What is the shift that is happening? -Safety and Fairness - Society's Top Values? ...

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[PODCAST] #375: College Debt – The Most Expensive Lesson of All Time?

is college worth it

Today's guest is Mike Vine, the Editor at Schiff Gold News and the Principal at Centinel Consulting. I sat down with him last week in his Portsmouth, NH office to discuss the recent paper by Addison Quale titled, "The Student Loan Bubble: Gambling with America’s Future." Episode #375 In a Nutshell: Topics: - the place for personal responsibility in the student loan debt crisis - Student loans represent the third bubble in the last 20 years, following the dot coms in the late-90s and the mortgage crisis of 2008 - there is a 300% increase in student loan debt in the last 10 years - almost 25% of all loans are in some state of non-payment (default, deference, or forbearance) ...

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[PODCAST] #374: The Liberty of Creative Production (With MK Lords and Carlos Morales)

This is a repost of my recent appearance on the Libertarian Atheist Podcast. Here are their notes: As promoters of free thought we stand in a position which is in contradiction to the narrative that our society is built on. This is by definition inconvenient, for convenience is comes from conformity and conformity cannot lead to change. All great changes occur with little care for convenience, but even when we are standing in front of those espousing the evil we want to end, we must speak truth with clarity and not rage alone. Brett Veinotte from school sucks podcast joins us to talk about this subject and quite a bit more. Look Closer: libertarian-atheist.com - http://www.libertarian-atheist.com/

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[PODCAST] #373c: CONSPIRA-THON (The Prequel) Conclusion – No Planes?

Australian researcher Nick Ulbrick, aka "The Transcendental Tangent General" joins me for another long-form conversation on the topic of "conspiracy theories," which he refers to as "conspiracy narratives." Nick has worked in the university system as a Teacher’s Assistant (called Tutor in Victoria). In the past, he was an artist liaison at major music festivals and has also made 10 feature length documentaries following the Australian Motorsports scene (which can be found at www.hpheaven.com.au). His interest in alternative media was fostered through the works of Tragedy and Hope, James Corbett and School Sucks. In this final installment, we talk about -The Prussian Ph.D system -Cognitive Dissonance -The magic information suitcase thought experiment -No planes on 9/11? -A personal 9/11 investigation ...

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[PODCAST] #373b: CONSPIRA-THON (The Prequel) – Political and Cultural Typologies

Australian researcher Nick Ulbrick, aka "The Transcendental Tangent General" joins me for another long-form conversation on the topic of "conspiracy theories," which he refers to as "conspiracy narratives." Nick has worked in the university system as a Teacher’s Assistant (called Tutor in Victoria). In the past, he was an artist liaison at major music festivals and has also made 10 feature length documentaries following the Australian Motorsports scene (which can be found at www.hpheaven.com.au). His interest in alternative media was fostered through the works of Tragedy and Hope, James Corbett and School Sucks. ty·pol·o·gy tīˈpäləjē/ noun: typology; plural noun: typologies a classification according to general type, especially in archaeology, psychology, or the social sciences. "a typology of Saxon cremation vessels" ...

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[PODCAST] #373a: CONSPIRA-THON (The Prequel) – A Problematic Term and Its Implications

Australian researcher Nick Ulbrick, aka "The Transcendental Tangent General" joins me for another long-form conversation on the topic of "conspiracy theories," which he refers to as "conspiracy narratives." Nick has worked in the university system as a Teacher’s Assistant (called Tutor in Victoria). In the past, he was an artist liaison at major music festivals and has also made 10 feature length documentaries following the Australian Motorsports scene (which can be found at www.hpheaven.com.au). His interest in alternative media was fostered through the works of Tragedy and Hope, James Corbett and School Sucks. In this first installment of three, we talk about - Nick's Masters Degree (Master of Arts) from Monash University, where he studied the role of conspiracy narratives ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #372: Real Learning vs. Getting Schooled – with Kevin Geary and Darrell Becker

From Kevin Gerary's site RebootYourKids.com: Brett Veinotte (School Sucks Project) and Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions) join me for a special episode of the Powerful Parenting Podcast. It’s a discussion about the differences between schooling and education. It’s a long one, but I encourage you to find a way to listen, whether it’s blocking out a big chunk of time or listening in shorter segments and pausing until you have time to revisit it. You want what is best for your child. But the school system (and even homeschooling) leaves a lot to be desired. Listen in as I talk with Brett and Darrell about: - A cliff notes history of the public schooling model. - Can authentic education happen in ...

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[PODCAST] #371: Thaddeus Russell – Renegade Themes and Missed Opportunities In Straight Outta Compton

Thaddeus Russell is back to discuss the recent N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. When I first read Thad's book, A Renegade History of the United States, I couldn't stop thinking about N.W.A, and when I finally saw Straight Outta Compton I immediately thought of Thaddeus Russell. I have also been rethinking my first appraisal of the film and its subjects; there was too much hero worship, and I felt like I superimposed onto N.W.A a libertarian enlightenment that probably wasn't really there. "Heroification" is subtraction of peoples' flaws from their story. However, the identification of someone as a "renegade" doesn't require that. Our discussion centers around two central topics: Missed Opportunities - Examination of Misogyny Renegade Themes -N.W.A fought by ...

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[PODCAST] #370: The Trivium, Non-Violent Communication and Mind Control – A Response to Gnostic Media (Part 5 of 5)

Tony Myers, Darrell Becker and I conclude our response to the Gnostic Media presentation called “Nonviolent Communication, Pt. 2 “From the Fabians, thru MKULTRA, to Today.” - #230 w/Bill Joslin. This was discussed at length in the School Sucks Facebook Group (link). Today we cover their presentation from the 22-minute mark to the end. This portion of the discussion covers the following: -Rosenberg and the roots of Non-Violent Communication -Riane Eisler and Second-Wave Femism -the concept of "domination cultures" -gender implications of domination systems -Secular Humanism and the Humanist Manifesto -Interdependence vs. Independence -Other types of activism "Deep Green Resistence" -Culling the male population, Terence McKenna -Cultural Marxism -the emergence of of "partnership cultures" -Problems with the primacy of conscious ...

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