Podcasts

190: Lenore Skenazy – Free Range Kids

Topic: Lenore Skenazy joins me to discuss the Free Range Kids movement, and strategies for reaching out to helicopter parents. We also explore the trends that have led to the panic, paranoia and over-protective nature of so many parents today. Look Closer: Free Range Kids - Blog Lenore's reality show - World’s Worst Mom Free Range Kids - Book The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Lenore On The View

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189: Politics, Gun Control and Facebook – How People Divide and Conquer Themselves

Topic: Cory and I discuss some of his recent social media conflicts over the gun issue. We also discuss the presentation of and political discourse on this topic in the month since the Newtown shooting. -The purpose of politics? -An NVC approach to this issue -Statistics Look Closer: Complete Liberty Episode 132 - Cultural roots of authoritarianism in need of nonviolent communication NVC - needs inventory

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188: Disinformation On Purpose Or Just By Accident? (Aftershow 7-26-12)

By popular demand: another show about Alex Jones. This is an After School Sucks Special recorded on July 26th, 2012, shortly after the shooting in Colorado. Brian Hagen, Allen Murdoch and I discuss various concerns and criticisms of Alex Jones and infowars.com. This is optional listening. Look Closer: Join the A/V Club Logical Fallacies Handlist Cognitive Distortions InfoWars The Skeptical Libertarian Wheels Off Liberty

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187: Logic Saves Lives Part 9 – Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan

...vs. Reason, Manners, Composure, Meaningful Communication and Philosophy Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Tony Myers (TragedyAndHope.com) and I discuss what is troubling us about Alex Jones, Piers Morgan, and the current gun control debate. Look Closer: Starsuckers(Documentary) Complete Liberty Podcast Logical Fallacies Handlist Cognitive Distortions Ayn Rand Lexicon How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress Argumentum Ad Populum Argumentum Ad Hominem Straw Man Fallacy The Existential Fallacy

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186: Parenting Challenges Discussion With Stefan Molyneux

Topic: Stefan Molyneux, Osborne and I continue our discussion, shifting to questions about parenting challenges and frustrations. -Christmas, gift-giving and entitlement -Youth marketing -The Problem of Daycare -Why do people have kids? -Why did Stef have a kid? This show was recorded live on 1-5-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Related PostsFull Video 186: Parenting Challenges Discussion With Stefan Molyneux100http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRJoFvlt9Q Topic: Stefan Molyneux, Osborne and I continue our discussion, shifting to questions about parenting challenges and frustrations. -Christmas, gift-giving and entitlement -Youth marketing -The Problem of Daycare -Why do people have kids? -Why did Stef have a kid? This show was recorded live on 1-5-12. School Sucks is live…Tags: stefan, ...

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185: The Red Pill Blues – Freed Minds and New Resentments

Topic: Stefan Molyneux and I discuss the anger and frustration that many people encounter after discovering the message of liberty. Context: When people become aware of the philosophy of liberty, many will feel anger, betrayal and paranoia... Is this why they often gravitate to politics first? Because it's such an appropriate outlet for those emotions? After another season of political hopefulness, reality sets in. Discussion: What to do next? -Political action vs. peaceful parenting -Acknowledging and dealing with resentments -Denormalizing parental treatment to be a better parent -Anger as an opportunity -"Real-Time" relationships This show was recorded live on 1-5-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Freedomain Radio Breaking Free by Nathaniel Branden The ...

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184: Youth Marketing – Old Tricks For New Generations

The new website is up! HUGE thanks to Tony Sage, our webmaster. Topic: Cory, Celestina and I discuss what many may consider predatory practices in modern advertising and 360-degree marketing to children. While these techniques have become more sophisticated with the arrival of new media, they still rely on the basic tricks that adults have been falling for since the mid-1920s. -Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (Documentary) -Government intervention in media, Federal Trade Commission -Edward Bernays This show was recorded live on 12-27-12. School Sucks is live on UStream Saturdays at 6pm EST. Look Closer: Propaganda (1928)by Edward Bernays http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html

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183: The War On…A Clockwork Orange

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." -Alphonse Karr Translation: The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing Pursuing a topic that I wish was less relevant...Cory, Matt and I discuss the political and cultural reaction to the Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange, based on a book by the same name, written by Anthony Burgess. Please be patient with this show. Society's decision-makers, opinion-manipulators and their loyal followers frantically search for scapegoats when deeper problems manifest in an immediate crisis or tragedy. I believe they do this to avoid looking at culture, government, traditions, parenting, institutions...and most importantly, the self. Authentic, meaningful examination is just too overwhelming, compared the to ease of blaming youth, permissiveness, too ...

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182: Logic Saves Lives Part 8 – Cognitive Distortions and Cognitive Restructuring

Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) and I discuss cognitive distortions, exaggerated and irrational thoughts common in thinking about self, society, politics and relationships. Cognitive distortions can interfere with our most sincere efforts to think in a clear, consistent and logical manner. Bumper Music: "Woodstock" Crosby, Stills and Nash Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast Home Happiness Counseling http://happinesscounseling.com/ Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress http://www.gapsychology.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=217 What is a Cognitive Bias? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cognitive-bias.htm Cognitive Restructuring http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_restructuring Mood Repair Strategies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mood_repair_strategies The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns ...

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181: An Exploration of Reasoning In Politics

"Often wrong but never in doubt." -Reason.com (on political reasoning) Topic: Osborne, Marcus and I discuss the Reason.com article, Study Shows Smart Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians Are Easiest to Fool by Ron Bailey. Osborne raises some important questions about the validity of the studies presented in the article. This is an edited version of the 12-6-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion The Nothing Project - One-Man Band http://www.nothingproject.com/ Brainless Tales http://www.brainlesstales.com/ $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 ...

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180: Kids Hear Tones Through Megaphones

Presence vs. Urgency Topic: A listener named Tim calls in to discuss his remorse about raising his voice with his young children. This is a segment from the 12-6-12 After School Sucks Special, with an additional non-live monologue. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Stephanie Mattei of the Consciously Parenting Project interviews Jorge to discuss parenting with an NVC approach http://www.vivenciawork.com/media.html $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. When we launch the new site, you'll have access ...

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179: Myths About Youth, By Mike Males (Article – Circa 2001)

I found an irresistible book in a used book store called Everything You Know Is Wrong. It was a compilation of articles by alternative media journalists, revisionist historians, and social commentators, which included a piece by Mike Males entitled "Myths About Youth." Since I could not find this article on the web, I decided to share it here. Topics include teen violence, teen drug use, teen suicide, teen sex, the anti-youth agendas of special interests...and the inevitable crackdowns. Look Closer: Mike Males Articles http://home.earthlink.net/~mmales/ Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need ...

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178: Sexy Asian Tutors and the Reevaluation of My Career

Topic: Two events in the past few weeks have forced me to think more intensely about my career choice and to contemplate where it is ultimately taking me. It will all be explained in the show. This is a selection of segments from the 11-29-12 live show, with an additional non-live monologue. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Introduction: Discussed: Look Closer: Meet the "Tutor Kings and Queens" By Yojana Sharma http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20085558 $6.00/Month - Join the A/V Club and Receive Bonus Content We need 150 monthly subscribers! If you listen to the show and enjoy the videos, please consider making a commitment of $6.00 per month, or about $.20 per day. ...

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177: Proactive, Authentic, Cooperative Conflict Resolution (vs. Lose-Lose Parenting)

Lose-Lose Parenting: Tough Love, "Last Resorts" and Public Shaming A stream of consciousness show, in response to a story about the Florida parents who publicly shamed their 15-year-old daughter as a "last resort" act of "tough love." “We’re losing a lot of kids and a lot of teachers because we still view challenging kids the wrong way and handle them in ways that don’t address their true difficulties. It's an exercise in frustration for everyone involved, and it’s time to get off the treadmill.” Ross Greene, Lost At School Picture(Clockwise from top-left): 1. 17th century Puritan New England 2. 19th century American South 3. Communist China 4. Florida, 2012 Look Closer: Parents Shame Daughter for Sneaking Boys In, Make Her ...

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176: Pestilence and Superstition – Obligatory Revisionist Thanksgiving History Rant

Topic: Osborne and I celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing a more accurate account of the Pilgrim arrival in the Massachusetts Bay area in 1620, what happened beforehand, and what unfolded next. Why is this story so important to American mythology? From which important truths is it misdirecting our collective attention? What are the lost opportunities for public school history students? This is the full 11-22-12 live show, with an additional segment taken from the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving: The Birth of Private Enterprise in America by Richard M. Ebeling http://defenseofcapitalism.blogspot.com/2009/11/true-meaning-of-thanksgiving-birth-of.html Appeal to tradition http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_tradition First Thanksgiving,Red Eyes, Invisibility of ...

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175: Logic Saves Lives Part 7 – Did Stanley Kubrick Help NASA Fake the Moon Landing? I Sure Hope So!

Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: An investigation of a very compelling conspiracy theory involving a visionary film maker, the media, the final frontier, the government and a fight against my own confirmation bias. The fallacies covered in this show can all be categorized under Fallacies of Omission, where essential material is left out of an argument or the presenter deliberately misdirects others from crucial information (or lack thereof). This group includes: -The Loaded Question -Stacking the Deck, or Cherry Picking -The Argument From the Negative -The Appeal to Ignorance -Hypothesis Contrary to Fact Also covered: -Backround knowledge, Grammer -Rhetorical Styles ...

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174: Individual Identity In A Collectivist World (Brett On The Freedom Experiment)

My recent discussion with Rodney Smith from The Freedom Experiment Podcast. Topics: -Collectivism in the African-America community -The myths of the Great Society -Obama -The forfeiting of individual identity -Coming to terms to be spanked and being a spanker -Nonviolent Communication -The problems in college athletics -Lessons of baseball Look Closer: The Freedom Experiment Podcast http://therodneysmith.podomatic.com/

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173: Autonomy Vs. Authority (Brett On Sex, Lies and Anarchy)

What are the forces and ideas preventing children from attaining autonomy? Topics: -Child labor laws -Governnment regulation of apprenticeship programs -Emancipation -Age restrictions -The legality of child abuse -Some pretty bad jokes Look Closer: SexLiesAnarchy.com/ http://sexliesanarchy.com/ Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens G. Stanley Hall: The Inventor of Adolescence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Stanley_Hall

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172: Don’t Do Drugs, Stay Out of School (With Laurette Lynn)

School: Don't try this at home! "...the truth is that you can't homeschool. You can't. Nobody can do school but school. However, the good news is that you are not supposed to do school. You are supposed to do life." - Laurette Lynn Topic: Laurette Lynn joins Osborne and me to discuss her new book, Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School. This show provides a good introduction and some elaboration on the topics Laurette and I frequently discuss on our shows. This is the full 11-8-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Laurette's Website http://www.laurettelynn.com/ Gatto: The Underground History of American Education http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Related PostsFull Video ...

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171: Logic Saves Lives Part 6 – Reality Time For Bill Maher

Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Today's show is a personal exercise to help me let go of a long-standing resentment against comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. Cory, Osborne and I analyze several clips from his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, primarily focusing on two fallacies: composition and division. Many tangents result! Composition: This fallacy is a result of reasoning from the properties of the parts of the whole to the properties of the whole itself--it is an inductive error. Division: This fallacy is the reverse of composition. It is the misapplication of deductive reasoning. One fallacy of ...

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170: Catallaxy

Catallaxy describes a "self-organizing system of voluntary co-operation" -Friedrich Hayek Topic: A doctoral candidate named John, who currently teaches in Hawaii, calls in to the after-show to discuss education as a self-organizing system. He references a TED Talk by Sugata Mitra and some interesting outcomes from the One Laptop Per Child project in Ethiopia. Excerpt: "We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they ...

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169: Carrots and Sticks Roundtable With Mark Edge and Ian Freeman

Topic: Mark Edge and Ian Freeman, the hosts of Free Talk Live, join Osborne, Cory and me for a discussion about punishments and rewards, and peaceful parenting. The primary question driving our conversation: do incentives work? But is that really the right question? This is an edited version the 10-25-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Damn Right I Got the Blues" Buddy Guy "Revival" Allman Brothers Look Closer: Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ Street Giraffe http://www.wiseheartpdx.org/post/128 An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/pdf/Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf Parenting from Your Heart, by Inbal Kashtan http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/inbal_kashtan.html 10 Principles of Unconditional Parenting http://rainbowrecognizer.hubpages.com/hub/10-Principles-of-Unconditional-Parenting Secrets of ...

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168: Breaking Free

Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss Nathaniel Branden's book, Breaking Free. Wes is currently doing on series on this book on Complete Liberty Podcast. "Do you believe you're worthless? Ineffectual? Mediocre? Helpless? Nathaniel Branden, best selling author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem introduces a revolutionary method to show you how repressed feelings and forgotten past experiences may have shaped your current sense of self. Breaking Free introduces 22 key questions designed to break down repressive barriers. Questions such as: Were you taught to be an independent thinker, or encouraged to be obedient? Were you free to express your fears openly, without fear of punishment? Did your parents' behavior towards you make you feel guilty? Were you taught to ...

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167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 – The Stolen Concept

Picture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept. "When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (p59–60) This ...

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166 (Supplemental): Unreleased Live Show Potpourri

Picture: From school to self-education...and so much more The show is on hiatus until the end of the month. In the meantime, here is an unreleased live show from a couple months ago. Topics: -Cognitive Bias -Sidney Roc from Gaming and Liberty Podcast calls in to discuss behaviorism and gaming -Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education -Cory and I discuss our work frustrations -Transitioning from school to self-education This is an edited version the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "A Man of Many Words" Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Look Closer: The Underground History of American Education: A ...

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