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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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[preview] What Is No Country For Old Men?

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. Picture of the Month Club - May 2020 - No Country For Old Men Installment #7 (AUDIO, 116 MINUTES) "The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willin' to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet somethin' I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to ...

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Can the World Finally Disentangle School and Education? [PODCAST #657]

Matt Shumski is a former public school social studies teacher and a current School Sucks listener. You're going to love his story! He's currently pursuing a graduate degree from the College of Education at The University of Oregon, and he also served as a core staffer at The Hive - a blog and self-directed learning resource for teens. Recently Matt published an essay on the Hive called How COVID-19 Can Disentangle School From Education He's here today to discuss his research, his outlook, and much much more. 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 ...

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[preview] The End Justifies the Means

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. A lot can happen in 20 minutes on an episode of In Pursuit of Utopia: we discuss Marshall McLuhan, cybernetics, the "crisis of democracy," Rules For Radicals, utopian socialism, and Donald Trump. (FULL AUDIO: 99 MINUTES) In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 9) New Harmony and Beyond Kevin Cole joins Danny and Brett once again to wrap-up the exploration of New Harmony. Discussed: - After its collapse, was New Harmony (or the broader work of Owen) cited by later social planners, philosophers, etc.? In what ...

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This Is A Test (Part Two) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #656]

Darrell Becker returns to encourage a deeper and broader look at both the scientific consensus and dissenting voices of our current crisis. Today we discuss the germ and terrain theories of disease. Are these two theories even in conflict? Why is one amplified while the other is obscured? 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, ...

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This Is A Test (Part One) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #655]

Darrell Becker returns to encourage a deeper and broader look at both the scientific consensus and dissenting voices of our current crisis. In this introductory discussion we cover: - The test and opportunity of this time; the application of a kind of pressure, higher stakes - Agnosticism vs Addiction to Certainty; craving certainty as a foundation to stand on - Divide and Conquer; realizing that there's no clear side to be on can be both gratifying and alienating - The nurse vs idiot dialectic - Darrell's Scenarios, best and worst case - warnings about the promotion of unhealthy habit and disconnection Darrell’s website notmedicaladvice.co is a growing collection of informative shows, interviews, and health resources. Not Medical Advice videos are ...

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[preview] Managing Perceptions in Chaotic Environments

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: [BONUS] The Deep End #012: Managing Perceptions in Chaotic Environments Released August 17th, 2016 (AUDIO, 107 MINUTES) With Richard Grove, Darrell Becker, Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole and Dylan LeFebvre. Days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, we meet in the T&H studio to discuss how and why certain media and political narratives emerge about transformative events. Darrell introduces the concept of perception management. The topics vary across the spectrum - ranging from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the second amendment - juxtaposing current events ...

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Everyone’s Children? With Corey DeAngelis, Part 2 of 2 [PODCAST #654]

It's rather odd that the academics and policy makers so concerned with child welfare have decided to devote so much of their time, attention, and energy to the salvation of 3% of the school-aged population (the homeschooled), while all their concerns about danger and indoctrination could be more appropriately directed to the system currently capturing 95% of children. Let's discuss! Today we'll analyze Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet's Arizona Law Review article, "Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education & Protection." Corey DeAngelis is here again to defend home education against the most facile and predictable of criticisms, coming from a still formidable opinion-shaping academic institution. It's Harvard Weak (week)! Harvard magazine publishes an incredibly weak assault on homeschooling. ...

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Harvard’s Homeschool Hypocrisy, With Corey DeAngelis, Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #653]

Corey DeAngelis is finally here! This week we'll be working to defend home education against the most facile and predictable of criticisms, coming from a still formidable opinion-shaping academic institution. It's Harvard Weak (week)! Harvard magazine publishes an incredibly weak assault on homeschooling. That piece points us to a scholarly article in the Arizona Law Review, which is mind-bending in its weakness and unchecked premises. And all of this is in anticipation of an upcoming anti-homeschooling summit at Harvard Law School. So we'll see how that goes! But I predict weak. Fortunately a very impressive group of self-directed education advocates - Cevin Soling, Corey DeAngelis, Kerry McDonald, Patrick Farenga, and Peter Gray - has organized a response; it's a virtual ...

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[preview] Revolting – 2 Clips

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: Two clips. The first comes from a recent members-only discussion I did for Nathan Fraser's Free Market Squad on several topics, including whether or not we'll see parents revolt against the current schooling system once they have a closer look at what their children are doing every day. The second clip comes from this week's AUTONOMY Mastermind. We discuss the recent quarantine revolt and the revolting mainstream media counter-narrative that followed. Both are available to supporting listeners. Join us here: Patreon, A/V Club ...

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Critical Thinking Questions For An Increasingly Uncertain Future [PODCAST #652]

Part Four of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. For our purposes here, can this new future still be test-driven? Jim and I inventory our evolving understanding and expanding concerns - political, personal, social, medical, professional, economic - and we explore how to plan accordingly for what might be next. Also Discussed: - Capitalizing on a Crisis, not just for politicians! How we can take advantage of this crisis to grow, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually - Reconnecting with your core beliefs, your spiritual operating system, the foundation upon which your beliefs are built - The value of death awareness Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife ...

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[preview] Long Way Down (One Last Thing)

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: An analysis and appreciation of a truly explosive third act scene in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic second film. (FULL AUDIO: 114 MINUTES) Picture of the Month Club (April 2020) BOOGIE NIGHTS Releasing April 18th, 2020 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, ...

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James Davis – Mindset Advice For New Homeschoolers [PODCAST #651]

James Davis is a friend, father of three boys, entrepreneur, home-educator, and long-time member of New Hampshire's Freecoast community. In the recent past, he and his wife Taylor created a wonderful unschooling and parenting resource called OneFreeFamily.com. As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. His current project is app called Homeschool Moment. James is back today to discuss some mindset advice, which we both hope will be helpful outreach resources for all of the parents currently exploring how to help their children learn and thrive outside of school (where almost all learning and thriving actually takes place). This advice includes 1. What it means to effectively ...

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Kerry McDonald – The Silver Linings of Mass (forced) “Home Schooling” [PODCAST #650]

Kerry McDonald is back again to discuss what numerous mainstream media outlets have apparently decided to call "home schooling." What they're all talking about is the forced distance learning brought about by the country's current health crisis. But even the term "distance learning" is perhaps too kind; we're talking about "distance schooling," where many of the impositions of school have been driven even further into the home and the family. Is a media campaign underway to connect the current inconveniences, fears and frustrations to the idea and practice of home education? If the answer is yes, it has been a resounding success so far; according to Google Trends the term "home schooling" reached peak popularity in March 2020. Its previous ...

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[preview] Origins of Utopian Socialism and American Public Schooling

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. (FULL AUDIO: 99 MINUTES) In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 8) New Harmony, Part 2 What was the ideal for New Harmony, as well as what life was actually like there. What was the theory? How was it practiced? Education at New Harmony: Last time we discussed his philosophy of "love" super-ceding classical instruction, concluding that Pestalozzi (while he might have meant well) developed a "soft-power" approach to education, which then came to New Harmony via F.J.N. Neef. We discuss how exactly that system of ...

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Back To “Normal” – A Debate [PODCAST #649]

Is it hysterical to say that C0VID and the government response will amount to 9/11 x 10? I didn't think so on Sunday, but I'm already re-evaluating that statement. So here is the debate that I mentioned in my conversation with Tom Woods, where I wasn't thrilled with my performance (or anyone else's). But I'm interested in your thoughts. Also, this is very optional listening! This show contains cynicism, very strong language, and some speculation. This was on the comedy podcast I do (this isn't funny though) called Portmansheau. 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 ...

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“Hi. How Are You?” (agitated) – Tom Woods

I am all for taking reasonable precautions and keeping an eye on this virus. And we can discuss which methods more effectively preserve biological life. But is mere biological life worth living? If people's hopes, dreams, and aspirations are all dashed for an indefinite period of time, is that living? "Probably no mass gatherings for a long time." How long? And what are "mass gatherings"? Oh, just concerts, theater, lectures, church, sporting events, the arts in general -- pretty much everything that makes life worth living. The kind of "life" all this portends has a pulse, yes, but no soul. - Tom Woods, April 4th

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The Verdict Is In On Public School? With Staci Hill [PODCAST #648]

Staci Hill is a School Sucks listener, and an academic coach who introduced herself to me as someone who's "had too much school." Staci holds two masters degrees: one in chemistry from Yale University and one in the liberal arts (with a focus on Euclidean geometry) from St. John's College (we'll discuss this too). She recently left a Ph.D program at Yale, and her story leads us into an introductory conversation about college and career. Even though we recorded this weeks ago it references several problems with information and worldview acquisition that have certainly come more into focus with recent news developments. Our main topic is a recent nationwide survey of 21,678 U.S. high school students. Researchers from the Yale ...

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“Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #4: Professor CJ

CJ is the host of Dangerous History and a regular contributor to School Sucks. He joins me to discuss how to put the current crisis into a historical context, how he talks to his children about this situation, and what personal and philosophical silver linings we might find in what's happening. This new format - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will be helpful and informative - will continue, but we will also be resuming our regular content very soon! 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 ...

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