Podcasts

Podcast #280: Autonomy Through Agorism (Part 1) – Why Permaculture?

Jamin and I discuss how agorism, permaculture and the Philosophy of Liberty work together. Jamin's Notes: Why would somebody want to do this? Your efforts will be rewarded. You will have spent less money and time buying food. Less money will go to commercial farming that is heavily subsidized by stolen productivity. The time you spend will be truly working for yourself with the least amount of contribution to supporting the systems of domination possible. Providing for your own food perpetuates the counter economy by moving productivity out of the realm of the false economy and taxation and into the agora. When paired with barter and alternative currency it exponentially increases it's effectiveness as a revolutionary act. The current systems ...

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Podcast #279: Some Abolitionists Thought Slaves Were Too…Free? (with Thaddeus Russell)

Part 4 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is the fourth discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Discussed Today: -Differing views on the 14th Amendment -W.E.B. DuBois, what happened? -Assimilation of free black people -formal culture vs. popular culture -Dan Emmett created black face out of envy? -who is the #1 consumer of hip-hop today? -the expectations immigrants refused to meet -the strange benefit of racial segregation -the "wages of whiteness" -Drapetomania -work without religion -using labor saving devices to labor all the time -racial liberalism -Brown v. The Board of Education Bumper Music: "Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos" - Public Enemy Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's ...

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Podcast #278: Ben Stone (1 of 2): Creating A Market Demand For Liberty

Ben Stone joins me for a discussion about the past, present and future of the philosophy of liberty. Ben is the host of the Bad Quaker podcast. Discussed: -Ben's journey to liberty through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -the genesis of the "Bad Quaker" -The costs and benefits of civil disobedience -Mandela, Gandhi, MLK -Creating a market for liberty -Don't fight the government -why force fails -when learning is properly defined, school is clearly unnatural Bumper Music: Widespread Panic - "Little Lilly" Widespread Panic - "Time Zones"

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Brett On Free Talk Live 4-16-14

Audio and Video VICE- Stop Paying Income Tax :: FSP Charity Fundraiser for St Jude :: Why work for humanity rather than profit? :: JP Morgan and Big Bad Businessmen :: Accepting Welfare and Hypocrisy :: Not Paying Taxes and Interacting With the IRS :: Bad Quaker Fundraiser :: Free Software :: The Engineer's Drive :: Inheritance :: Convincing Parents to Homeschool :: Warmongering, Taxing State :: War Tax Resistance Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)86I appear on Free Talk Live every Wednesday at 7pm EST. Visit for freetalklive.com/listen/live viewing and listening options.Tags: talk, free, live, video, brettBrett On Free Talk Live 1-15-1482Disucussed: 15 Habits of Successful People :: Failure :: Fair Trials :: Difficulty ...

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Podcast #277: Michael Dean Didn’t Like School, and Vice Versa

Michael W. Dean joins me for some casual conversation. Michael is the host of the popular Freedom Feens radio show and Michael Dean After Dark, as well as an author and a film maker. -What's so scary about Ray Kurzweil -Reading Michael's disciplinary reports -Making the arts more accessible, removing gatekeepers -Why do young people reject libertarianism -Going to college -Reverence for authors and scientists -Khan Academy vs. teachers -The "defective" label and treatment -Brett's teaching history -Do statists have the potential to be reached? -Are we in competition with each other? Look Closer: D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.I.Y._or_Die:_How_to_Survive_as_an_Independent_Artist

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Podcast #276: Nurturing A Child’s Self-Esteem (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 7)

Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we move into the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -everything going on inside me is weird and alien to the rest of the world -we have this natural desire to be seen, heard, understood -what would happen if we extended the courtesy we have for adults to children -Understanding the need or the fear behind scolding? -When we convey love, appreciation, acceptance, respect and empathy we make the child visible -When we convey Indifference, ridicule, condemnation and scorn drive child into "lonely underground of invisibility" -Inappropriate Praise -evaluative praise ...

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Podcast #275: A Better State of Mind: Introduction to Meditation

I'd like to get serious about incorporating meditation into my routine, and hopefully many of you are curious as well. I am joined by meditation teacher, Kyle Davis to discuss the basics and some benefits of the practice. My Questions: What is meditation? What are the different techniques? How can discover which practice is best for me? General guidelines? Posture, time, eyes, duration What are the physiological and psychological benefits? What are the benefits of working with a teacher? Look Closer: Meditation & Buddhism in Providence: Mindfulness for Busy People - http://meditationinrhodeisland.org/ Robert Anton Wilson - http://www.rawilson.com/

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Podcast #274: Living and Teaching In Turkey – Listener Discussion

I am joined by a listener named Tony to discuss his public school teaching experience in the Bronx through New York State's version of Teach For America, and his experience and insights living and teaching in Turkey. We also run through a primer on Turkish politics, current events and history. Look Closer: Turkey Fears 'Deep State' Return - http://www.voanews.com/content/turkey-fears-deep-state-return/1874926.html The deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state Secret Warfare: Operation Gladio and NATO’s Stay-Behind Armies - http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-warfare-operation-gladio-and-natos-stay-behind-armies/5303061

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Brett On Free Talk Live 4-5-14

Brett and Mark discuss... Common Core :: School Sucks :: Hacking Voting Machines :: Children taken from their parents :: Vaccines :: Mark called out for murder :: Whit rambles :: Paleo Diet :: Student Sit-in :: State's Dump Common Core :: Computer Adaptive Testing Related PostsFree Talk Live Saturday Show 11-2-13 (With Mark and Brett)85Education Techniques :: Education Conspiracy Theories :: Lights in the Sky (UFOs) :: Radical Education Concepts :: Standardized Tests :: School Sucks Podcast :: Bitcoins :: TSA Killer :: NSA Spying :: Common Core :: Charleston Mayor cancels Halloween :: More UFOs! http://www.freetalklive.com/Tags: common, core, sucks, tests, brett, mark, talk, live, standardized, free

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Podcast #273: The Practice of Living With Integrity (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 6)

Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the sixth pillar, the Practice of Living With Integrity. Do your ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs and behavior line up? Do most people know what their ideals, convictions, standards and beliefs are? The root of self-esteem is not in accomplishment or output, but in our practices. However in school, we are only our output. WORDS AND BEHAVIORS MATCH “Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match, we have integrity. If they don't, we lose face in out own eyes." SUPERIORS AND AUTHORITY ...

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Brett On Free Talk Live 3-26-14

Bring Bad Quaker to Porcfest :: NK Mandates Kim Jong Un Haircut :: Bad Car Title :: Adam Kokesh to Run for President? :: Eliminating the Federal Government :: Taking Out Ron Paul? :: Lysander Spooner's No Treason :: Mafia :: Be the Change :: 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself :: The People Your Are Around :: Fail Your Way to Success :: Rocky Story :: Homeless Man Murdered by Albuquerque Police :: Bandar :: Cannabis vs Alcohol :: Thug Governments :: Ron Paul Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)85I appear on Free Talk Live every Wednesday at 7pm EST. Visit for freetalklive.com/listen/live viewing and listening options.Tags: talk, free, live, brettBrett On Free ...

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Podcast #272 (Supplemental): Brett and Ian’s School Spectacular

This supplemental podcast is an edited version Free Talk Live from 3-12-14. Ian and I planned to discuss a reason.com article called Homework Can Turn Your Kid Into a Stressed-Out Wreck, Researchers Say by J.D. Tuccille, but our discussion meanders into numerous school and education-related digressions. Included Topics: -Obedient Teachers -Ending Government School -Anger and Activism -Insane Homework Requirements -Young People Innovating -Compulsory Shakespeare -Common Core Full show:

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Podcast #271: The Practice of Living Purposefully (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 5)

Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fifth pillar, the Practice of Living Purposefully. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, struggles -how to overcome them ...

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Podcast #270: Book Review – Learn Anything In 20 Hours?

Back in December I stumbled across an article on Forbes.com called Josh Kaufman: It Takes 20 Hours Not 10,000 Hours To Learn A Skill. It sound like a gimmick, but I decided to take a closer look. Many may find some of the suggestions obvious, but there are opportunities here to examine David Allen's Getting Things Done method, ideas about learning, and why we sometimes fail at new pursuits. Bumper Music: "So Fresh, So Clean" (Instrumental) Outkast Look Closer: Josh Kaufman: It Takes 20 Hours Not 10,000 Hours To Learn A Skill - http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2013/05/30/josh-kaufman-it-takes-20-hours-not-10000-hours-to-learn-a-skill/ first 20 hours -- how to learn anything: Josh Kaufman at TEDxCSU - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgBikgcWnY Outliers (Book) by Malcolm Gladwell - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers_%28book%29

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Podcast #269: The Shame Debate, With Thaddeus Russell

Part 3 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is the third discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Discussed Today: -challenging ourselves with new voices and ideas -smoking pot in the Crown Plaza Hotel: aggression? -Kevin Carson and property rights -Is offensive behavior forwarding freedom -the presentation of liberty activists -what brings change? -employers vs. workers -are employment "contracts" really voluntary? -the state/corporate web -Fabianism: the state's gradual war on all fronts -Is the public ready for topless women on the street? -Miley Cyrus, freedom fighter? -Super Bowl commercial sexism? -balancing pleasure with personal responsibility -the cultural demand for a nuclear family -Can we discuss morality without shaming? -Self-regulation ...

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Free Talk Live “B-Team” 3-7-14

With Brett, Conan and Daryl. Washing hands with hot water :: Woman denied citizenship because of her ethical opposition to war :: What would you do after achieving liberty? :: Reasons behind Greenwich England being chosen to "house" the Prime Meridian :: Libertarian thoughts on porn :: Arizona cops forcing prostitutes to go to church Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)88I appear on Free Talk Live every Wednesday at 7pm EST. Visit for freetalklive.com/listen/live viewing and listening options.Tags: talk, free, live, brettBrett On Free Talk Live 1-15-1484Disucussed: 15 Habits of Successful People :: Failure :: Fair Trials :: Difficulty of Changing the Judicial System :: Changing Beliefs :: Self-Actualizing People and Happiness :: Monarchy vs ...

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Podcast #268: The Practice of Self-Assertiveness (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 4)

Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fourth pillar, the Practice of Self-Assertiveness. LIVING CONSCIOUSLY and asking in every applicable situation: Am I being authentic or not? Assertion of consciousness, see, think, be aware, outward and inward -ask questions -challenge authority -think for oneself SELF-ASSERTIVENESS isn't tested by what we are against, but by what we are for COMMITMENT: to my right to exist CONVICTION: my ideas and wants are important CONCLUSION: no one is coming, we are all responsible for our own existences all relate to COURAGE: When we were young: we were taught that what we think and want are not ...

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Podcast #267c: Jeffrey Tucker – Ninety Minutes of Peaceful Chaos (2014 Liberty Forum Rap Session)

Jeffrey Tucker sprinkles the philosophy of liberty and free market principles into a frenzied conversation about fashion, shaving and pop culture. Recorded at the 2014 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Bumper Music: Mike David (Red Bar Radio) "Lookin' So Good" The Rolling Stones "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel" Look Closer: Jeffrey Tucker on School Sucks - https://schoolsucksproject.com/?s=jeffrey+tucker Liberty.me/ - http://liberty.me/ Laissez Faire Club - http://lfb.org/ Kids: Smarter Than Adults, by Jeffrey Tucker - http://lfb.org/today/kids-smarter-than-adults/

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Podcast #267b: Derrick J. Freeman – Our Most Popular Guest Ever (2014 Liberty Forum Chat)

Derrick J. returns for a discussion about government school, monetizing media projects, Peace News Now, Sick Sad World, rape jokes, Keene activism, assimilation, and shaving. Recorded at the 2014 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Bumper Music: "Hootie Hoo" Outkast Look Closer: Live Free Or Dance - http://livefreeordance.com/ Peace News Now - http://peacenewsnow.com/ Derrick J Freeman on You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/user/Fr33manTV?feature=watch Derrick On School Sucks - https://schoolsucksproject.com/?s=derrick

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Podcast #267a: Carlos Morales – Truth, Comfort and Child Protective Services (2014 Liberty Forum Interview)

Carlos Morales of Truth Over Comfort Podcast joins us to discuss his goals with the Blue Ridge Liberty Project and his experience working inside Child Protective Services in Texas. Previous Discussions: 1. 222 (Supplemental): Brett On The Renegade Variety Hour 2. Empathizing with “The Enemy” (Brett On The Renegade Variety Hour, Part 2) 3. 228 Porcfest Interview: Conspiracy Theorists vs. Skeptics Bumper Music: "Live Your Life (Instrumental)" by TI Look Closer: Carlos On YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSosyewZ2gMdbS1JlSIGkVw Blue Ridge Liberty Project - http://www.blueridgelibertyproject.com/

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Brett On Free Talk Live 2-26-14

Vaping Under Attack in Los Angeles :: Teetotaler on Ecigs :: Keene Drinking Game :: Obedient Population :: CT Vape Ban Proposed :: Junk Food, Porn, and the Internet :: Todd, Former FTL Host Calls In :: Appreciating Food :: Daily Show Attacks Judge Napolitano :: Slavery and the South :: Acclimating Youth to the Police State :: Supernormal Stimuli :: Weight Loss -

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Podcast #266: The Practice of Self – Responsibility (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 3)

Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the third pillar, the Practice of Self-Responsibility. Reacting vs. Responding “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor E. Frankl -live consciously : within ourselves and observing and identifying WHAT EXISTS our surroundings -self-acceptance : a non-adversarial relationship with reality THE PRACTICE OF SELF-RESPONSIBILITY “I am responsible for my choices and actions. To be ‘responsible’ in this context means responsible not as the recipient of moral blame or guilt, but responsible as the chief causal agent in ...

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Brett On Free Talk Live 2-19-14

Jason King of Bitcoin Across America and Sean's Outpost Joins Us to Discuss Running Across America! :: Satoshi Forest Threatened By Pensacola Government Gang :: Teen Shot by Cops For Possession of Wii Remote :: Threatened for Publishing Utah Voter List :: Biweekly vs Semiweekly :: Police Abuse :: Defending the Police for Beating a Deaf Man :: School Board Meeting Controversy :: Clothing Offensive? :: Liberty-Oriented Bureaucrats? :: Monopolies :: Working Within the System

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Podcast #265: Running On A Treadmill (On the Train Tracks) – Inside Public School Politics

An optional show about the bitter morass of public school politics. I recently was a guest on the Keene-based Black Sheep Rising, with Darryl Perry and Conan Salada. Conan and Darryl have been involved in a effort to control school spending and the power of the local school board. It isn't going well. Bumper Music: "Nighttime In the Switching Yard" Warren Zevon "Da Rockwilder" Method Man and Red Man "Shakedown Street" The Grateful Dead Look Closer: Origins and Purpose of "No Child Left Behind" - http://www.educationanddemocracy.org/Emery/Emery_NCLB.htm A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING - http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm Keene voters amend several articles, leave proposed school district budget total unchanged - http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/keene-voters-amend-several-articles-leave-proposed-school-district-budget/article_b5e542ed-4244-5606-b177-77e402c25b7c.html Sentinel Editorial: School officials outmanned, outfoxed Free Keeners - http://www.sentinelsource.com/opinion/editorial/school-officials-outmanned-outfoxed-free-keeners/article_ba336b48-e78a-5311-8839-d9fd3790ba5f.html ...

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Podcast #264: History Through A Cultural Lens, with Thaddeus Russell

Part 2 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is the second discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Discussed Today: -Brett's Problems with Macklemore -Are gay people being encouraged to embrace and celebrate conformity? -Thaddeus discusses his appearance on the Sean Hannity Show -The Progressive Lineage of Macklemore’s And Lorde’s Attacks On the Pleasures of the Poor, by Thaddeus Russell -Daniel Bell and cultural contradictions of capitalism -The Puritan work ethic of Girls Gone Wild -Truth by consensus -Hegel -History through a cultural lens -Would Karl Marx have changed the world if he had been a union organizer? -Doris Kearns Goodwin and the Great Man theory -Full audio of ...

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