Podcasts

Podcast #263: The Libertarian Homeschooler – A Discussion With Ana Martin

Today I am joined by Ana Martin, who has built a Facebook following of over 40,000 people at The Libertarian Homeschooler. Discussion Outline: -Were you a homeschooler who found libertarian or vice versa? -What/who led to you to (whichever came first)? -Austrian economics -How does the philosophy of liberty inform your educational environment? -Have you found challenges in developing a consistent philosophy of parenting and education? -Recommendations to parents who are starting to question traditional or compulsory schooling? -How have you incorporated the Trivium?(methods/resources/successes/challenges) -History discussions through the lenses of economics and motivations -Developmental stages (Sayers): Poll-Parrot, the Pert, and the Poetic Look Closer: The Well-Trained Mind - http://www.welltrainedmind.com/ Mises.org - http://mises.org/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools ...

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Podcast #262: The Practice of Self-Acceptance (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 2)

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 second pillar, the Practice of Self-Acceptance. 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 Bumper ...

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Brett On Free Talk Live 2-5-14

Snowden Continuing to Bust the NSA on Lying :: Guardian Paper Threatened With Shutdown :: Do today's children have imagination? :: Creepy Police Interaction :: Playing Old School Video Games :: ProXPN and the NSA :: Free Speech Me :: Computers and Creation :: Restricted Youtube Video :: Godwin's Law :: Pragmatism :: Snowden on XKeyScore 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, video, 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 :: ...

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Podcast #261: Why Thaddeus Russell Got Fired From Teaching American History

Another eye-opening discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Thaddeus tells the story of his paths into and out of socialism and Columbia University. Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Thaddeus On Stossel - http://youtu.be/xpelVE7trK0 ReasonTV: What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? - youtu.be/N_VHEts3fqk Why I Got Fired From Teaching American History - www.huffingtonpost.com/thaddeus-russell/fired-teaching-american-history_b_767172.html

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Brett On Free Talk Live 1-29-14

AMP :: Flat Earth Nonsense :: Atlanta Area People Freaking Out Over A Few Inches of Snow :: New Englanders Freaking Out Over Hurricanes :: School Safety and Authority :: School Sucks Project :: Bubble Wrapping Kids :: Eliminating Playground Rules :: Thug Congressman Threatens Reporter :: US Drops Further On List of Economic Freedom :: Government-Fellating Bitcoin People

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Podcast #260: The Practice of Living Consciously (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 1)

Wes Bertrand and I begin a series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes an introductory discussion and also covers the Practice of Living Consciously. 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 Bumper ...

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Brett On Free Talk Live 1-22-14

Intelligence and Transhumanism :: DMT and Out-of-Body Experiences :: Science and the State :: Critiques of Libertarianism :: Selfishness :: Government is People :: Motivated By Conscience? :: Evil and Good :: Anarchism and Libertarianism :: Zero Tolerance :: Fighting a Parking Ticket :: Toy Gun at School :: Dave Gets Banned from the BBS :: Weed Chills Out Temper :: Common Law - See more at: http://www.freetalklive.com/ Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)71I 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 3-26-1470Bring Bad Quaker to Porcfest :: NK Mandates Kim Jong Un Haircut :: Bad Car Title ...

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Podcast #258: What We’ve Learned From 20 Years of Zero Tolerance

WARNING: Very strong language. Zero Tolerance policies penetrated American schooling in the early 1990s. A generation later, it could be argued that the verdict is on the effectiveness and damage of this approach. However, Zero Tolerance policies are now more destructive than ever, especially for poor and minority students. We covered this topic in depth in the Kids Are Not Defective series, but because this is still such an important issue, I wanted to use today's show to offer some effective talking points in your schooling vs. education discussions. The discussion is based around a policy brief from the Vera Institute called A Generation Later: What We’ve Learned about Zero Tolerance in Schools Look Closer: Mike Males Articles - http://home.earthlink.net/~mmales/ ...

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Podcast #257 (Supplemental): Better Communication With Ed and Ethan

My recent discussion with Ed and Ethan about NVC and a few other subjects. Check out their show here. From EdandEthan.com: Brett Veinotte, host of the School Sucks Podcast, joins us to talk about the history of the school system. Stick around after the extro music for an extended conversation on non-violent communication and Ethan’s affinity for more abrasive forms of communicating. Look Closer: The Trivium Applied to Communication - https://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/the-trivium-applied-to-communication/

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Brett On Free Talk Live 1-15-14

Disucussed: 15 Habits of Successful People :: Failure :: Fair Trials :: Difficulty of Changing the Judicial System :: Changing Beliefs :: Self-Actualizing People and Happiness :: Monarchy vs Democracy :: Critique :: Disconnected People :: Rhino Hunt :: Waking Up :: Positivity :: Losers and Polygamy :: Hard Work Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)94I appear on Free Talk Live every Wednesday at 7pm EST. Visit for freetalklive.com/listen/live viewing and listening options.Tags: talk, free, live, brettFarewell To Free Talk Live (7-30-14)89A huge thanks to Mark Edge and Ian Freeman for inviting me in as an FTL co-host. It was the first liberty show I ever listened to and I owe them a lot as ...

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Podcast #256: 2 Weird Tips To Make School Suck Less

Today I am joined by a new listener named Duncan, a high school senior from Virginia who has devoted some his own time and curiosity to the question: what is school good for? In our conversation we'll cover some of his tested strategies for making high school tolerable and even enjoyable at times, and a smarter approach to a college education. Look Closer: Duncan's Blog: The Question Academy - http://whatisschoolgoodfor.com/

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Podcast #255: School Sucks At the Movies – The Wolf of Wall Street (with Jeffrey Tucker)

School Sucks At the Movies #7 After I heard Jeffrey Tucker walked out of the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, I was very intrigued and I asked him to join us for our review. Today's podcast is made up of two segments from a five-hour live show Osborne and I recorded on 1/3/14. In the first segment, we read and discuss Jacob Huebert's review of the film from The Libertarian Standard. Jeffrey joins us in the second segment to discuss the film and its messages. -Jeffrey's New Project: Liberty.me -how the state and schools distort the market -the state/corporate/finance web -Scorsese's style and craftsmanship -recurring themes in Scorsese's films -Jeffrey Tucker's objections to the film Look ...

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Podcast #254: Compulsory Schooling In Revolutionary Times (with Jeffrey Tucker)

Today's podcast is made up of two long out-takes from a five-hour live show Osborne and I recorded on 1/3/14. I asked Jeffrey Tucker to join us to discuss the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This podcast includes everything but the discussion of the film, which will follow in the next show. -are we living in revolutionary times? -Jeffrey's optimism and my cynicism -New Project: Liberty.me -how the state and schools distort the market -the state/corporate/finance web -Compulsory Schooling -child labor -the next 10 years -Bitcoin -Hare hats Look Closer: Liberty.me Indiegogo Campaign - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/liberty-me--2 Laissez Faire Books - http://lfb.org/ Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy By Murray N. Rothbard - http://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/wall-street-wars/

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Podcast #253: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 4 of 4, Advanced Strategies and Review)

Part Four: Advanced Strategies and Review What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show concludes a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication or NVC, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: (Darrell's Notes) Statements and Phrases to Help Generate Connection Here's a strategy for designing greater empathetic and intellectual effectiveness (as defined above) in one's own life: Internal Intellectual Equilibrium & Internal Empathetic Equilibrium is desired, designed, engineered and created. “Splinters of the Mind” are self-identified and removed. ...

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Podcast #252: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 3 of 4, Helpful Metaphors and Methods)

Part Three: Helpful Metaphors and Methods What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show continues a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: (Darrell's Notes) Relevant Metaphors: 1. Splinters in the Mind: Mental Splinters are composed of the dependence and exclusive use of the informal logical fallacies as methods of making important decisions. Emotional Splinters are composed of emotional “wounds” or emotions that indicate values and desires that are not adequately being ...

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Podcast #251 (Supplemental): Conspiracy Theorists Vs. Skeptics – Brett On ALP Live

OPTIONAL show! This is my recent appearance on the ALP Live Show. Hosts Ali and Ellen invited me to discuss the topics of conspiracy theories, skepticism, and historical research. The Agenda: -I point out Penn and Teller's bullshit on their show, Bullshit -the utility of conspiracy theories -Libertarian dismissal of conspiracy -Let's change the language: forensics (both groups) now we may be avoid to avoid confirmation bias -Forensic science (often known as forensics) is the scientific method of gathering and examining information. -confirmation bias - you don't decide what makes the most convenient story and then go to look for evidence to back it up, like the 9/11 Commission did! -JFK, the revolutionary -Building 7 demolition theory problems -Where are ...

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Podcast #250b: Live Sestercentepisodic Gala, Part 2 – More On Sustainable Living and Permaculture

A fake celebration of a show that is not even our 250th. Recorded live. Part 2: Voices include long-time supporters and friends, Osborne and Brian. This installment includes a fascinating (in my opinion) discussion about agricultural history, practices and sustainability. -the 3 Ds of agriculture (drudgery, diesel, design) -what are we eating? -GMOs, food labeling, "Pure" honey -Paul Wheaton, permies.com -what can food growers learn from Mother Nature/forest ecology -hugelkultur -the magic of mushrooms? -chicken shit-fed tilapia -aquaponics -Doomsday Preppers and violent hordes preparing to replace the state -every garden needs a chicken -how schooling distorts the "free" market Bumper Music: "Look Around" Formidable Vegetable Sound System Look Closer: Sovereign Living Blog - http://sovereignliving.com/ Design Principles of Permaculture - http://www.fincatresanillos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/designprinciples.jpg ...

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Podcast #250a: Live Sestercentepisodic Gala, Part 1 – GTD Challenges and Solutions

A fake celebration of a show that is not even our 250th. Recorded live. Voices include long-time supporters and friends, Osborne and Brian. Osborne discusses his initial challenges with GTD implementation. Tony Myers calls in to discuss GTD principles, as well as integrating Evernote and Outlook. Lister Cameron also joins the conversation at the end. Discussed Today: -The Secret Weapon -The importance of a capture device -email overload eating mental RAM? -Evernote and MS Outlook -Our professional organizational histories -dealing with unplanned meetings, interuptions -finding serenity in what might seem like chaos -Observation and identification -Your mind, the computer: what programs are running in the background? The GTD Flowchart: Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium ...

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Podcast #249: Some Small Steps Toward Sovereign Living (with John Bush)

Today we are joined by John Bush of the "Sovereign Living" reality TV series. John and I discuss connecting with the community through gardening, peaceful parenting, home education and self-sufficient/natural living. We also cover the personal and emotional rewards of escaping from politics, the rat race and social media. Enjoy! Look Closer: The Sovereign Living Reality Show - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sovereign-living-reality-show The Sovereign Living Blog - http://sovereignliving.com/ Tragedy and Hope - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html School Sucks Podcast Series: Presence and Productivity - https://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/presence-and-productivity/ Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/

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Podcast #248: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 2 of 4, Process)

Part Two: Process What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show continues a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: -The who, what, where and when of NVC -One of the whys - anxiety reduction -how the NVC process connects to the Trivium method -Observation, discussed in detail -Feelings, discussed in detail -Needs, Motivating Factors, discussed in detail -Requests, discussed in detail -"The worst sentence in the world" - Disconnected Communication -Demands ...

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Podcast #247: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 1 of 4, Purpose and Definitions)

Part One: Purposes and Definitions What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show begins a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Darrell's Purposes For This Pursuit 1. The first purpose was so that an individual may possess an explicit (meaning explainable to one's self and others in a simple and straightforward way) method to find and gently remove one's own sources of “cognitive dissonance”, which were labeled with the metaphor of “splinters in ...

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Podcast #246: Down the Remembrance Hole – Exploring the Myths of WWII

"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to ...

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Gene Odening joins me to elucidate a time tested method of self-education.

Covered: -The Classical Trivium vs the Trivium Method -What is General Grammar? -The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers -Examples of how General Grammar is applied to the study of a subject -What happened to the seven liberal arts? -the servile arts vs. the liberal arts -General Grammar vs. Special Grammar Law of Non-Contradiction (38:00) contradictions exist only within the mind of man through the misuse of free will (misinterpretations). Logic is meant to minimize these misinterpretations. Truth vs Belief (41:50) One of the most overused words without an definition attached is "truth" truth: a proposition in correspondence with objective, factual reality (i.e., a conceptual statement with no innate disagreements) English is a confusing language, denotation and connotation The ...

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Podcast #245: The Trivium (Part Three) – Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric

This is part three of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: Grammar Review (4:50-16:20) -parts of speech -the Golf analogy of wisdom Logic Review(16:20-29:35) -the term dialectic -induction and deduction -the syllogism Rhetoric Introduction (29:35-38:30) -compassionate communication -self esteem -the best way to learn is to teach? The three types of discourse: (38:30-46:47) -deliberative (political), -judicial (forensic), -ceremonial (epideictic). -related to time: future, past, and present -common and special topics The Five Canons of Composition - Cicero (46:47-49:46) -invention (creating ways to be persuasive) -arrangement (structuring argument effectively) -style (appealing to emotion) -memory (speak extemporaneously) -delivery (presentation) The Socratic Circle/Method and the Delphi Technique (49:46-54:52) -abuse ...

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