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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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[PODCAST] #480: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part Two – Does the Plot Thicken Or Is There Actually No Plot?

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. 1. Thad's Thoughts On the Work of Jonathan Haidt and generation-based explanations: - Trigger warnings, moral dependency and the helicopter generation grown up - Is over-parenting a class phenomenon? - Media proliferation and the effect on parenting - Are today's hysterias worse that the hysterias of the past? - Information Overload - Helicopter parents are children of divorce? - Divorce and fear of abandonment - One reason why leftists hate families - Safety animals for college students - Thad's Good Dad/Bad Step-Dad Theory 2. New ...

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[PODCAST] #479: Deschool Yourself – Why and How – With Zak Slayback and Jeff Till

Please check out Zak and Jeff's entire 8-part Deschooling series at deschoolyourself.com. introduction -What are the personal, professional and motivational problems school helps to create? Deschooling Discussion: -The disowned self -Nathaniel Branden's Six Pillars of self-esteem as an answer to John Taylor Gatto's Seven Lesson Schoolteacher -Provisional self-esteem -Why parents avoid examinations of school and how that avoidance perpetuates the damage -The self-improvement gurus need to address schooling -New 21st century challenges to Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society model from 1971 -How to use school's means - accountability and measurement - to aid in the deschooling process -Growth through Stoic "what ifs" -How a lack of self knowledge can lead to self sabotage -Creating a support support system for self-examination and ...

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[PODCAST] #478: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism – Part One – Beyond Black and White

Historian and Professor Thaddeus Russell returns. And unloads. What's new? Thaddeus has launched the first phase of his Renegade University. The Effects of Intellectual Conformism: - Manichaeism in the minds of academics - Charles Murray and Middlebury College - Tucker Carlson owns college professors - Donald Trump's world and how the left gave it to him (fragility vs. repression) - Tangent: Richard Spencer Why and how Thad's thinking has changed: - Thad's conflicts with left libertarians - vertical (knowledge) vs. horizontal (overwhelm) information - shifting definitions and connotations - Policing Is Racially Biased? Thad's commentary on the debate - what I've learned from sheltered college professors - media manipulation of race issues, and the real issues they'll never discuss - ...

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[PODCAST] #477: What Breitbart Knew: Lessons In Media Literacy

Five years ago this week, Andrew Breitbart passed away very suddenly and, as some have argued, rather suspiciously. It was just weeks after his energetic CPAC speech where he told the crowd about his plans to "vet" Obama in the 2012 election by releasing damning videos from his Harvard days. This timeline raises questions for sure, but Breitbart's threat to the media, political and academic establishment extended well beyond this incident. Today, the focal point of Breitbart's legacy is the very pro-Trump website Breitbart.com. The more I learn about Andrew and what he stood for, the more I see this as an unfair association. Breitbart was a man ahead of his time, and he viewed himself as pied piper of ...

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[PODCAST] #476: A Confluence of Complex Problems Called College

Drew Sample: So what's the problem at the universities? Me: Well, I'm realizing it's more complicated than I had thought. Monologue: - A new perspective on classroom trigger warnings - Getting beyond the low hanging fruits of SJWs - My postmodernist thinking traps - How methods of deconstruction can turn into attitudes of destruction - my enemy's enemies are not necessarily my friends Discussion: Recorded 2/17/17 - Drew Sample and I discuss many of the factors that brought about the "snowflake generation" and the current crisis in higher education Full Show: TSH - 142 - College vs Self-Employment, Postmodernism, Persuasion Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon ...

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[PODCAST] #475: When Antifa Attacks – University of Toronto

[CAMPUS CORRESPONDENCE #1] Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew returns to discuss the latest dust-up at University of Toronto, where Antifa protestors disrupted The Toronto Action Forum on Free Speech and Fiscal Policy. Biffo was one of the organizers of the event (working with Students In Support of Free Speech and Generation Screwed), which featured Rebel Media's Ezra Levant, Professor Jordan Peterson, Professor Janice Fiamengo and many others. Our conversation moves back and forth between Biffo's reporting on Antifa behavior at the college, and Peterson's warnings about social justice warring and the post-modern ideas that underlie it. Biffo is a University of Toronto student, the organizer of the now infamous University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech, and a longtime listener to the ...

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[PODCAST] #474b: What I Saw In Washington DC (Part 2 of 2 – Postmodern America and Its Marches)

MONOLOGUE (50 Minutes): What is postmodernism and is Donald Trump proving that he has mastered and harnessed it? DISCUSSION: Silas recounts his experiences at and impressions of the strange events on the day after the inauguration. Silas Amunga is a blogger and an educational entrepreneur. Check out his writing at RantATonne.com Articles Mentioned: Agenda for Women’s March has been hijacked by organizers bent on highlighting women’s differences - http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2017/01/19/agenda-for-womens-march-on-washington-has-been-hijacked-by-organizers-bent-on-highlighting-womens-differences/ Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself - https://thefederalist.com/2017/01/23/donald-trump-first-president-turn-postmodernism/ Some Pieces By Silas: How to Discuss Politics Online - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/how-to-discuss-politics-online/ I Know How Racist You are - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/i-know-how-racist-you-are/ Marching on the Glass Cellar - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/marching-on-the-glass-cellar/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or ...

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[PODCAST] #474a: What I Saw In Washington DC (Part 1 of 2 – #TrumpTrainToMAGAland?)

A three-hour discussion with the man holding the "Trump Is A White Male" sign? We'll see what happpens... Silas Amunga is a blogger and an educational entrepreneur. Check out his writing at RantATonne.com Some Pieces By Silas: How to Discuss Politics Online - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/how-to-discuss-politics-online/ I Know How Racist You are - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/i-know-how-racist-you-are/ Marching on the Glass Cellar - https://rantatonne.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/marching-on-the-glass-cellar/ 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 top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to ...

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[PODCAST] #473: Passion-Driven Education (With Connor Boyack)

Connor Boyack is a home-educating parent and the founder of the Libertas Institute. He joins me today to discuss his book Passion-Driven Education, which is definitely a nice companion piece for the School Sucks Podcast. Discussed: -Tell me your public school origin story... -school is a tool for social transformation -Structure, "assessment" and protection in the home-ed environment -Inquiry over information? -Mitra's Hole In the Wall; Minimally Invasive Education -"hackschooling" -a Star Wars story The Book: HERE Look Closer: Connor's Site - connorboyack.com/blog/ Passion-Driven Education - passiondriveneducation.com/ Libertas Institute - libertasutah.org/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at ...

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