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045: Curiosity Kills Christianity (And Vice-Versa)

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 3) PICTURE: What kind of a person commands others to kneel in front of them? Topic: Ahhh, religion. Another great way to learn about all the things that are wrong with you. I receive an email from a Conservative Christian organization that sends me into an explosive rant and an examination of the amazing contradictions and inconsistencies in American Culture. Could culture even exist if people applied principles consistently? I also look back at my own Roman Catholic upbringing, specifically at an interaction with a nun resulting from my curiosity over the chronology of the life of Jesus. Then I imagine the same interaction with a more precocious and enlightened child. Bumper Music: "Magical Mystery ...

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044: The True Self Vs. the Fantasy Family

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 2) Topic: After reflecting on the last show, I wanted to explore my family comments a bit more thoroughly. Why do adults jump so quickly to the defense of the authority figures in their lives? Why are so many people resistant to the idea that their childhoods were not exactly great? When and how will the effects of childhood mistreatment reveal themselves? Because they always do. To answer these questions, I briefly channel a "composite character" assembled from many of my past discussions about raising children. Bumper Music: "Hometown Glory" by Adele Look Closer: Freedomain Radio 211: Childhood Prisons http://www.freedomainradio.com/Traffic_Jams/FDR_211_Childhood_Prisons.mp3 Complete Liberty Episode 31 - Authoritarianism and family, getting personal with ethics, battles of the ...

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043: Kids Are Not Defective (Introduction)

PICTURED: A listener sent me this example of his son's (first grade) school work, which includes the teacher's thoughts on his exercise of creativity. The introduction to a new series of shows about some other messages forced into the minds of children and young adults. These shows will include topics like medication, parenting, spanking, behavioral "disorders," bullying, "reward" systems and zero tolerance policies. Today, and hopefully someday this will not be the case, childhood and adolescence are not about a process of discovery that eventually leads to the embrace of ideas and beliefs that are chosen by you. Instead, childhood and adolescence are all about a process of training that eventually leads to the acceptance of ideas and beliefs that ...

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042 School News! (#3): School District Sues Taxpayers To Stop Questions

Picture: The primary lesson of public school politics. Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questions Mark Flatten Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report March 10, 2010 The Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report is a periodic publication intended to identify government corruption and waste and to hold politicians and public agencies accountable to taxpayers. A handful of taxpayers in a small community north of Wickenburg, Arizona are being targeted by the local school district in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare they have no right to request public records, sue the district, or complain to outside agencies. The Congress Elementary School District claims that past efforts by these residents to obtain documents such as minutes of board meetings and spending ...

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041: The Natural State? (American History F-ed, Conclusion)

(American History F-ed, Conclusion) The eighth (and final) installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Imagine if we all woke up tomorrow and all government was just...gone. What's the worst thing that could happen? And how would statists feel about this most catastrophic outcome? The answer might surprise you. Topic: The three most persistent myths throughout history: 1. The State is essential for the survival of the human race 2. Slavery is essential for the prosperity of all societies reliant upon agriculture 3. God and religion are essential for establishing morality Two down, one to go. ...

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040 Keys (Installment #3): Transition

Picture: Pragmatists love charts. Charts that illustrate effects. So here's a chart showing how much government school sucks. It's also pretty representative of all 'services' provided at gunpoint, in terms of cost verses quality. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the third in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Critical Thinking Questions: -Why do people accept government education? -Why do people need tangible alternatives? Bumper Music: "The Lonely Bull" Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Topic: Kate ...

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039 School News (#2): Too Fat To Fight

Picture: Hey kids! The military wants you to know that if you eat right and exercise, a nice box like one of these could have your name on it one day. School lunches called a national security threat! Retired military officers say kids are growing up too pudgy for service WASHINGTON - School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat. That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped make the nation's young people so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards, and recruitment ...

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038: UConn-athon! (Students For Liberty Discussion Part 2)

On Wednesday April 14th, I was invited to speak to the UConn Students For Liberty at the University of Connecticut. I had prepared a thirty-minute speech, and planned to devote another 30 minutes to Q&A. However, the audience included several socialists, and the entire event wound up running three hours. I gave some of the speech. Even though the outcome was different from what I anticipated, and I didn't counter their objections as well as I would've liked, I thought the whole experience was great. I have split it into two parts. This part includes a bit of political discussion. I also talk in depth about my difficulties in trying to figure out my role as a tutor, and dealing ...

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037: UConn-athon! (Students For Liberty Discussion Part 1)

Picture: My estimate of the audience members' average political position, based on the World's Smallest Political Quiz. On Wednesday April 14th, I was invited to speak to the UConn Students For Liberty at the University of Connecticut. I had prepared a thirty-minute speech, and planned to devote another 30 minutes to Q&A. However, the audience included several socialists, and the entire event wound up running three hours. I gave some of the speech. Even though the outcome was different from what I anticipated, and I didn't counter their objections as well as I would've liked, I thought the whole experience was great. I have split it into two parts. This first part will include a lot of repeated information, as ...

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036 (Supplemental): NH Capitol Access TV Interview

Topic: From Capitol Access Website: Denis and Lydia interview Brett V., host of the School Sucks Podcast and creator of SchoolSucksProject.com -- a project concerning, in his words, "the END of public education" Brett is a professional educator who has come to realize that the basic design of public school "sucks" the creative capacity out of children, and also "sucks" wealth away from more productive uses. I've added an introduction. Bumper Music: "Granite State of Mind" (Jay-Z Parody - The SSP) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX7nQrCgALM Look Closer: Capitol Access Website http://nhcaptv.com/ Episode 109: School Sucks http://nhcaptv.com/episode/109

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035: Problem. Reaction. Solution.

(American History F-ed #7) The seventh installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Statism appears to be only example of a system of ongoing attack and predation where the aggressors seem to be more fearful of victims than the victims are of the aggressors. How do the aggressors manage these fears? Topic: An email from a listener gets me thinking about conspiracy theories. We'll divert our attention from the roots of the tree I like to think we're chopping at, to jump down a nearby rabbit hole. Let's see where it takes us! -Vietnam -Iraq and ...

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034 (Supplemental): Cary Grove Student Discussion/Debate

ABOVE: Cary-Grove High is home of the "Trojans" and I've included the horse because we talk about government school. Topic: A recent discussion with Michael, a high school junior from Illinois, and a couple of friends named James. One James took a pro-government school position, and I took objection to that. Most of the discussion is between James and myself. Bumper Music: "Don't Talk To Strangers" Rick Springfield 80s Douche Look Closer: The Nazi Comparison http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/the-nazi-comparison.html Comparing U.S.A. to Nazi Germany http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/comparison.html "Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/liesmyteachertoldme.php Quantum Shift TV: The underground history of North American education http://www.quantumshift.tv/v/1198046178/ CBS: Parents arrested for failing to register home-schooled kids http://www.cbs6albany.com/articles/district-1269895-school-county.html Jason Osborne's Movie "Chartarum" (Teaser)

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032 School News! (#1): The Pledge of Xenophobia and Intolerance

Pledge of Allegiance Apology Will Come From Montgomery Teacher By Jenna Johnson and Michael Birnbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, February 25, 2010 A Montgomery County teacher has agreed to apologize to a 13-year-old student whom he reprimanded and sent to the office for twice refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, said a lawyer who represents the student. Read More Here Are people outraged at the teacher? Or the student? The answer...will not surprise you.

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031 Keys (Installment #2): Leaving Government School

ABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the second in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Bumper Music: "Alright" by Maxine Nightengale "Heaven In the End" by Chad Verbeck Topic: Jack is a fourteen-year-old who left government school to educate himself. We discuss the advantages of unschooling, talking to parents about school and politics, and public perception of home ...

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030 (Supplemental): Ian Freeman and I Discuss Action As Education

Some additional content from my discussion with Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live, edited out of Episode 15. We cover the Free State Project, Keene, activism for liberty, and the return-on-investment of political action and civil disobedience. Most importantly, we discuss the combination of action and an educational message. NOTE: The first minute of the discussion overlaps one minute of Episode 15 for context. NOTE: I call this recent tea party movement "stupid" because I feel it completely misses the point and I'm pretty sure it will simply vanish after Obama leaves office. NOTE: Not a blanket endorsement of civil disobedience. For more info, please check out the earlier Supplemental with Wes, Daniel and I. Or the Freedomain Roundtable on ...

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029: The War On Fire

(American History F-ed #6) The sixth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: What would you think if you saw an arsonist running back to the scene of their crime moments later...with a fire hose? Topic: Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live joins me to address the myth that government solves problems. We explore the phenomenon of unintended consequences, using the so-called 'war on drugs' as a case study. The Formula: ...the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force ...

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028: Let’s Make A Hero! (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

(American History F-ed #5) The fifth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: You know that light at the end of the tunnel that political leaders are always pointing at... Telling us to be hopeful about... Directing us to follow them in that direction... What if that distant illumination is actually the headlight on a big, dirty oncoming train with no brakes? Topic: A continuation of the previous topic. Gardner Goldsmith (Liberty Conspiracy) and I switch from the legend of Abraham Lincoln to the legend of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We talk mostly about WWII, but I've ...

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027: Let’s Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln)

(American History F-ed #4) The fourth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How compelling could a mythology be if it didn't have any gods? Topic: Honestly, Abe...aggression doesn't solve problems. The truth about the greatest American (government school) hero. Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy Podcast joins me for this discussion. Bumper Music: "The Last Goodbye" Jeff Buckley Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://www.libertyconspiracy.com/ The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War | Book Reviews http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/0542 DiLorenzo Is Right About Lincoln by Walter E. Williams http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/w-williams1.html It’s Time To ...

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026: American Idol Worship

(American History F-ed #3) The third installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does the supposed mistreatment of a piece of cloth by the owner of said piece of cloth become a more serious offense than the violation of the property rights of the owner of this cloth? Topic: The Pledge of allegiance. Enough said. IDOL 1. An image used as an object of worship. A false god. 2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively. 3. Something visible but without substance. [Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin dlum, from Greek ...

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025: The Way

FOREGROUND: The State BACKGROUND: The Future (American History F-ed #2) The second installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in someone's ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? And all things considered, does this even matter? Topic: Truth, justice, and the American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? The dreaded America/Third Reich...Bush/Hitler...Obama/Hitler comparisons. NOTE: Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Alternate titles: The ...

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024: American History F-ed (Series Introduction)

ABOVE: Not the easiest place to look for those who have hidden their identity behind nationalism, bigotry and mysticism An introduction to a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does that which is completely illogical and completely immoral transform... into what is completely acceptable? into what is even completely preferable? and, believe it or not, into what is unquestionably sacred? Topic: The purpose of the American History curriculum in government school SEEMS to be two-fold: 1. Build up a mythology about America and government when we're most impressionable (Grades 1-6) 2. Make history seem so boring and ...

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023 (Supplemental): Collective Education, A Listener Email

ABOVE: As you can see, private education is...not necessarily the answer. An issue that I've been meaning to cover for a while: The real difference between private and public schools, or pedagogical lack thereof. After reflecting on more recent business-related trips to schools, I want to make sure I'm not oversimplifying. A listener named Sebastian sent me one of his posts from the Freedomain Radio Boards, which was a big help. Psychologist Carl Rogers' quotation about instructional approach: "To free curiosity; to permit individuals to go charging off in new directions dictated by their own interests; to unleash the sense of inquiry; to open everything to questioning and exploration; to recognize that everything is in process of change—here is an ...

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022 (Supplemental): School Sucks On A Student’s Works Cited Page?

ABOVE: If you want to get 30 extra guys in the NES game Metroid, start the game and quickly press up + down + up + down + left + right + left + right + A + B + Select + Start. Enjoy! Who said I wasn't tech-savvy? Topic: Paul, a fifteen-year-old high school student and listener to the show, asked me to provide some assistance with a psychology project he's working on. The topic is public education. He was actually told about the show by his English teacher. This is the discussion we had on Skype. Bumper Music: "The Legend of Zelda" Theme by FFYears http://www.youtube.com/user/FFYears Look Closer: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, ...

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021 Keys (Installment One): The Decentralization of Information & Communication

Above: If this picture isn't disturbing enough, read the article that goes with it. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the first in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever... Bumper Music: "Free" by Phish Topics: -What has changed in the last two decades? -Taking technological advancement for granted -Facebook -Wikipedia in High Schools -Alec Muller and Daniel Royer of Alekese.com join me to discuss the history of information control, the impact of technology on information & communication, ...

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