Podcasts

[PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald

Kerry McDonald holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she studied education administration, planning, and social policy. She is a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Intellectual Takeout. She is a founding member of AlternativesToSchool.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her blog is Whole Family Learning. She joins me today to discuss - her professional/academic education background - how she learned about and embraced self-directed learning - her current online projects - how education works in her home (and beyond), for each of her 4 children - promoting self-directed education - Benefits of Self-Directed Learning - her article "Cultivating An Unenclosed Childhood" Please Support School Sucks ...

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[PODCAST] #503: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 2 of 2)

Kylon dropped out of college during his freshman year in 2009. Since then he has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the construction, fitness, food service, real estate, and online education industries. He is the creator and host of The Successful Dropout Podcast. He joins me again today to discuss his education and his entrepreneurial journey. Check out part one: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) Discussion: -What does "living the dream" mean when someone says it with a scowl? -Community and accountability through Christianity -but - oh yeah - shame and judgment through Christianity too -the law of attraction! (made less dumb) -Self-trust: Kylon was an unenclosed child -Comfort zones and glamorizing "failure" ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #502: Brett On Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell

Thaddeus Russell has appeared on School Sucks over 20 times, but this conversation is unlike anything you've heard before. It was recorded at Thad's house in Salem, Oregon on July 5th, just hours after I got off a plane. And you know we're doing an event together in three weeks right? A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell begins August 5th in Salem, MA. To see the schedule, topics and ticket options click HERE, or go to thaddeusrussell.com/courses Discussed: School and drinking stories. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the ...

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[PODCAST] #501: Craig Hemke – Escape From Wall Street

Craig Hemke worked on Wall Street as licensed Series 7 securities professional from the 1980s until 2008. Frustrated by various frauds in the "financial planning" sector, he decided to exit the protective bubble of his corporate career, parlaying his online reputation into a new venture as a blogger, precious metals advisor and financial forecaster. Craig is the founder and editor of TFMetalsReport.com. Discussed: - current obstacles in entrepreneurship - the process of moving away from the corporate world - the protective bubble in the financial services industry - glamorizing failure, learning from failure - The Big Short - central banking - precious metals and "sky is falling" scenarios - global reserve currency - the future of US economic power - ...

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[PODCAST] #500: Patrick Byrne – A Vision For Education (Porcfest Interview)

Patrick Byrne is the CEO of Overstock.com and the Chairman of EdChoice. EdChoice, originally developed by Milton Friedman, is now a national leader in school choice research. EdChoice publishes studies, surveys, legislative analyses and blog posts to help the public, the media and key stakeholders understand how school choice is affecting families and students across the United States and internationally. Patrick and I sat down at Porcfest to discuss the history of the school choice movement, political frustrations, and his efforts to promote his vision for education. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and ...

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[PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2)

This is the first of two conversations; today Kylon interviews me and next time I will interview him. Kylon dropped out of college during his freshman year in 2009. Since then he has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the construction, fitness, food service, real estate, and online education industries. He is the creator and host of The Successful Dropout Podcast. He joins me today to discuss School Sucks Project, Successful Dropout, college culture, and entrepreneurship. Discussion: - New thoughts my career, college and School Sucks - Above the Snowflakes? the current college culture - the future of higher education - the student loan bubble and the "college is necessary" bubble - aesthetic diversity - the consequences of social engineering ...

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[PODCAST] #498: Daniel Ameduri – Self-Directed Financial Education

Daniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer. Dan's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - The influence of Robert Kiyosaki - The college drop-in - School in the way of Dan's learning - Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn - real estate investing and flipping - 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube - intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis - The value of college; Dan's advice ...

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[PODCAST] #497: The Intellectual Trump Card (with Dr. Daniel Bonevac)

Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us today to discuss Jacques Derrida and how postmodernism manifests itself in some of the ugly developments in higher education. We also explore the potential dangers of hyper-skepticism, hence "the intellectual trump card." Dr. Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. He has written four other books-- Deduction, The Art and Science of Logic, Simple Logic, and Worldly Wisdom. His website is a great resource; check out all his articles, courses and books ...

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[PODCAST] #496: Lior Gantz – Lessons From A (former) Teenage Entrepreneur and Investor

Lior Gantz is entrepreneur, world traveler, financial researcher, and advisor in many forms to many different types of investors. He currently serves as President of Wealth Research Group. Lior's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - Mindset, protecting your mind from bad influences - Lior started working at 13, and investing at 16 - High School: Surprisingly the ideal time in life to fail - Commitment - Finding A Niche; complete uniqueness is not retired - "Solopreneurship" vs. forming a partnership - How to find the right partners - Stoicism and self-discipline in investing - Crisis preparation: cash, precious metals, chaos hedges, foreign real estate - Silver market price manipulation, silver bullion holders vs silver stock investor - The future of marijuana ...

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[PODCAST] #495: Dr. Stephen Hicks – Postmodernism As A Political Project?

(Part Two) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and the Executive Director of The Center For Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He joins me today to discuss the consequences of postmodernism as a political/education project. Discussed: - Words as weapons - Do the postmodernists of the mid-20th century set out to undermine the enlightenment? - The philosophical movement has a long philosophical lineage dating back to Rousseau and the German idealists, it comes to prominence in the 1960s - What's confusing for the novice here - These people looked back the enlightenment, reason as a starting point instead of faith and superstition, how did they look at ...

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[PODCAST] #494: Fast Friends With Hunter Maats

Author, teacher and podcaster Hunter Maats joins me for a fun and challenging marathon conversation. Hunter and I discover lots of areas of disagreement, but our exploration into our differences has just begun. Hunter is the co-author of The Straight A Conspiracy and the co-host of the Mixed Mental Arts Podcast. Hour One: - The elephant and the rider - the academic "rope-a-dope" - Humanity's first family dinner - using ridicule against social justice warring - College kids and their feelings - Getting podcast guests to be vulnerable - The FDA and the market demand for government Hour Two: - The Straight A Conspiracy? - learning, unlearning and relearning - A discussion about grades - The progressive function of the ...

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[PODCAST] #493: The Grim Legacy of The New Left (With Nikos Sotirakopoulos)

(Part One) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He joins me today for more exploration into failed movements for personal liberation. We focus on the Frankfurt School and the New Left. Discussed: - Murray Bookchin and lifestyle anarchism - Book: The Rise of Lifestyle Activism From New Left to Occupy - a distinction between the old and new left - projecting what we don't like onto the Frankfurt School and postmodernism - a new narrative that allowed leftism to survive - Ayn Rand's warnings: "The New Left" and "Atlas Shrugged" - How did Frankfurt School thinkers view the Enlightenment? ...

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[PODCAST] #492: Above the Snowflakes – Series Introduction

Today, many young people are looking for personal liberation in all the wrong places. Discussed: - Thaddeus vs. Jordan Peterson: common ground? - letting go of a conspiracy theory - over-corrective responses to to Enlightenment problems - The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory - Postmodernism and identity politics - redeeming Marx from the horrifying political consequences - making a better world: the top-down and individual-up approaches - the consequences of biological determinism - the benefits of identity politics - the trap of identity politics (essentialism) - how people accidentally make themselves political pawns - subjectivity and its philosophical problems - my unfortunate history prioritizing group identity over my self (knowledge and improvement) Get Your Tickets! Please Support School Sucks Our ...

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[FREE A/V] #491: Flashback – Our First Encounter With Social Justice

(Not a serious show; from the premium content archives) Only 50 people have ever heard the live pre-show for episode #368, but it is one of my favorite half-hours of School Sucks content ever. Osborne and I examine and discuss the University of New Hampshire's ill-fated "Unbiased Speech Guide." This was our first known encounter with the social justice movement in higher education, and you might find it interesting to compare our attitudes then to those expressed in numerous shows that followed in 2016 and 2017. Recorded on August 5th, 2015, this audio is the Pre-Show for [PODCAST] #368: Six-travaganza Live Show Highlights – “Memory Lane”. Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the ...

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[PODCAST] #490: The Fall of the “Scientific” Political Finger Puppet (A Rant)

On Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), and other science and sex junk. CORRECTION: In this show, I claimed that the 97% percent statistic on human-caused or anthropogenic global warming comes from a survey in which less than 97 scientists took part. While surveys with such small sample sizes have occurred, this sentence was misleading because it is far from the whole story. Furthermore, while I remain skeptical, I am not opposed to the idea that humans contribute to climate change; I am only opposed to proposed UN/US government solutions to this problem (CAFE standards, carbon tax, etc...). Opposition to political outcomes does not justify an uninformed denial of the problem they supposedly aim to address. I ...

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An Exciting Annoucement From Thad and Brett

Thad and Brett are excited to announce... Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present "A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell" Happening this August in historic and tragic Salem, MA! Get Tickets: thaddeusrussell.com/courses/weekend More Shows With Thaddeus Russell: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism (3 episodes) A Renegade History Course (10 episodes) SCHEDULE Friday, August 4th (multiple locations, Salem) 4:30pm - VIP Happy Hour 5:30pm - VIP Walking Tour: Salem's Renegade History 8:00pm - VIP Dinner with Thaddeus and Brett Saturday, August 5th (Hawthorne Hotel, Salem) 9:00am - coffee, meet and greet 10:00am - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session one) 12:00pm - Lunch and Downtown Exploration 1:30pm - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session two) 3:30pm - Afternoon break and ...

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[PODCAST] #489: Empath-thon (Conclusion) – You Don’t Have To Cuck.

Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy welcome Brett to their studio for the final chapter in this series of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempted to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. In the end, it worked out. Today we continue our reflections on the series, talk about recent events and answer some listener questions. Bumper Music: "Street Fighting Man" Motley Crue "Street Fighting Man" John Mellencamp Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish ...

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[PODCAST] #488: Jeff Deist – Advice For the Free-Minded College Student

Jeff Deist is the president of the Mises Institute. The institute is dedicated to teaching and research in the Austrian school of economics, and individual freedom, honest history, and international peace. It also hosts the annual Mises University event - a one-week crash course in Austrian Economics. Since we have devoted a lot content recently to exploring the behavior of college students and how they got there, we thought it would be useful to get Jeff's thoughts about the toxic culture overtaking higher ed and to discuss how free-minded students can defend themselves from it. Our conversation is build around two of Jeff's talks that book-ended the 2016 Presidential Campaign: PC is Control, not Etiquette | Jeff Deist (October 2015) ...

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[PODCAST] #487: New Angles On the Dark History of Public School – With Jay Dyer

My first conversation with Jay Dyer - author of Esoteric Hollywood and host of Jay's Analysis. Hour One (Free): - how SSP helped Jay Dyer - shape-shifters? - comparing notes on the social engineers who influenced the schools - behaviorism projects in 1960s public schools - outcomes-based education - freedom from the individual up - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy Hour Two (Premium, Available HERE): - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy (continued) - the emergence of a voluntary world? - ways to talk parents out of public school - what do elite universities offer? - educational entrepreneurship - Getting Things Done - much more... Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club ...

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[PODCAST] #486: Empath-thon (Session Four) – Reflections

Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: - The liberty movement has changed - picking sides - social media vs. real life - the allure of conflict - Brett vs. SJWs on Facebook - privilege revisited - Brian vs. Tom Woods: reaching out to the left - porn problems - the nuclear family and marriage - luxuries of western civilization? Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn ...

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[PODCAST] #485: What We Saw and Learned At Yale, With Tom Woods

What a week! On Wednesday just after the stroke of midnight, Tom Woods and I sat down in a hotel room overlooking the Yale campus to discuss his new book Sane Space and a variety of other topics. Included: - Our positive experiences at the Yale Political Union meeting - The current state of higher education - There is no finish line for social justice warriors - What can libertarians learn from the modern left? - Debating the usefulness of engaging the left (referencing Tom's email that i read in episode #461) - Productivity: how does Tom get so much done? - Workaholism Tom's Sites: TomWoods.com happyearner.com Sane Space Related Shows: [SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods [SUPPLEMENTAL] #323: Brett ...

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[PODCAST] #484: Apathetic Minds Meet Political Science – Vanderbilt University

(CAMPUS CORRESPONDENTS #2) Sam Wolf is a freshman studying Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Soon he will serve as the president of the Vanderbilt College Republicans. Today we'll talk about what he's being taught, but also what he's actually been learning... In this correspondence we discuss: - Capitalism and Neo-Liberalism: capitalism is slavery and genocide? - The dangers of apathetic students - The culture of Vanderbilt outside the classroom - Professor Carol Swain controversy - Classes canceled for Trump trauma: what's the message there? - Outrage theater - Social capital: a minority of students sets the tone for campus life - The silent majority of Vanderbilt - The philosophy behind social justice warring - the gun in the room Related ...

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[PODCAST] #483: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Chuck Barris and CIA TV

(MASTERCLASS #9) On March 25th, the Podcastmasters reconvened at Osborne's "Deplorabar and Cinema" to discuss the recently deceased Chuck Barris. Chuck Barris was a television producer in the 1960s (The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game) and the host of The Gong Show in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, Barris wrote a book called Confessions of A Dangerous Mind in which he claimed he had also worked for the CIA. Barris described his role as an assassin, but is the truth even stranger? Podcastmasters is an infrequent summit where we discuss our recent shows, current events, historical investigations, movie goings etc... Discussed In This MasterClass: - The CIA has an entertainment division? - Why did Confessions of A Dangerous Mind even ...

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[PODCAST] #482: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Three – Audience Questions Answered

Historian and Professor Thaddeus Russell returns for a three-part discussion about problems in academia and the challenges facing this generation of college students. What's new? Thaddeus has launched the first phase of his Renegade University. Listener Questions We Address: Peter M. - Is intellectual conformism among academics a purely academic problem, or does it extend into other social/intellectual spheres? How do we actively combat it, and what does he plan to do to make sure that the same problem doesn't evolve at Renegade? Phillip F. - Great question. Maybe Renegade (and other universities) can somehow incentivize intellectual diversity? Patrick E. - I'd be interested in his thoughts on accreditation or some equivalent in a post university future. David G. - ...

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[PODCAST] #481: How Do We Empower Parents Against the Expanding Nanny State?

David DeLugas has 35 years of experience practicing family law. During that time he has observed some disturbing trends in state intrusions into the parent-child relationship. Today he serves as Executive Director and General Counsel for the National Association of Parents, a 501(c)(3) member charitable association. David DeLugas and I discuss: the problems created by divorce + family court - school attendance: how schools create criminals out of parents - is there an anti-family ideology at work? - CPS intrusions - the public's assumption of benevolence when it comes to bureaucracies - zero tolerance - Lenore Skenazy and free-range kids - helicopter parenting enforced by law - the long-term costs of over-parenting by government From ParentsUSA.org: The Voice for Parents ...

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