Podcasts

[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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[BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – The Grand Chessboard (Part 2 of 3)

On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion. Podcastmasters is an infrequent summit where we discuss our recent shows, current events, historical investigations, movie goings etc... Can't see the player? Click HERE. Discussed In This MasterClass: PART ONE: (Last show) -Starbucks learns about "anarchy" -Trump's address, the Bane thing -Betsy DeVos, the Department of Ed and the student debt "bubble" -#DisruptJ20 -Sorros: agent of chaos -Gard's thoughts on "Cultural Marxism" -Sympathy for Trump? How could that possibly happen -Reagan vs. the media; Gard's historical perspective -the future of the libertarian message PART TWO: (This show) -Inauguration fashion and why it matters -The Grand Chessboard, by Zbigniew Brzezinski -The US, Russia and the Middle East PART THREE: ...

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[PODCAST] #472: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Ow, My Inaugural Balls (Part 1 of 3)

On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion. Podcastmasters is an infrequent summit where we discuss our recent shows, current events, historical investigations, movie goings etc... Discussed In This MasterClass: PART ONE: (This show) -Starbucks learns about "anarchy" -Trump's address, the Bane thing -Betsy DeVos, the Department of Ed and the student debt "bubble" -#DisruptJ20 -Sorros: agent of chaos -Gard's thoughts on "Cultural Marxism" -Sympathy for Trump? How could that possibly happen -Reagan vs. the media; Gard's historical perspective -the future of the libertarian message PART TWO: (Coming soon) -Inauguration fashion and why it matters -The Grand Chessboard, by Zbigniew Brzezinski -The US, Russia and the Middle East PART THREE: (Coming soon) -Listener Q&A Look Closer: ...

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[PODCAST] #471: Empath-thon (Multiple Sessions) – Culture Clash and Cultural Appropriation

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: Trigger Warning. These videos are discussed: 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 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #470: Empath-thon (Session 3, Part 1) – Cultural Marxism, Horseshoe Theory and Listener Feedback

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: - why is "cultural Marxism" a throwaway term? - what does the term mean to Brett - Freedom vs. Tyranny - Individualism vs. collectivism - Horseshoe political spectrum Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja Stephanie's Audio book Titles - http://www.smvoice.info/audiobooks/ Related Shows and Series: SPEED AND POLITICS (Series) [BONUS] A Listener ...

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[PODCAST] #469: Nick Hazelton – Teaching and Learning Through Facebook Conflicts

Nick Hazelton of an-yak.com is a young entrepreneur who opted out of school a couple years ago to pursue his passions and teach himself. He is back on the show to discuss a recent question he posed in the School Sucks Facebook group. It started one of the more educational and productive thread I have seen in the group in a while. Nick's Questions: Since there seems to be some fracturing of this group on the left-right paradigm, I want to hear more conversation about this paradigm and how much it really matters. Most people in this group are Liberty minded(probably close to 100%). We all value freedom and peace, I presume. Most of us are in favor of voluntarism ...

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[PODCAST] #468: Empath-thon (Session 2, Part 1) – Shame

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: Gender Fluidity and Fat-Shaming 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 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 ...

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[BONUS] Life Extension, Fitness and Diet (with Brian Sovryn)

(AUDIO, 57 MINUTES) This is the aftershow from my appearance on Sovryn Tech back in the fall. Brian called this conversation "Who Wants To Live Forever?" Disclaimer: we are not making any claims that exercising and eating well will lead to you living forever. Brian asks me some questions about my diet and my "Dogg Crapp" training routine.

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[PODCAST] #467: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 2) – Remember the 90s?

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. INTRODUCTION: A 55-minute commentary on entertainment media, political correctness and identity politics in the 1990s. This segment does not reflect the opinions of the guests. DISCUSSION: The liberal vs. conservative mind - PC/anti-PC seeds planted in the 1990s - the Satanic panic - the psychological benefits of identity associations - the threat of changing culture - "privilege" and intersectionality - the state holds civilization ...

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[PODCAST] #466: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 1) – Different Lenses

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've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: -Is it really easier to reason with people on the right? - A brief gender pronouns derailment - Is PC really a threat? - "virtue signaling at the point of a gun" - social psychology and tribalism - the hammer of the law - approaches to activism - the impact of US foreign policy - Jonathan Haidt's liberal/conservative categories Look Closer: Sex ...

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[PODCAST] #465: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Three – Don’t Disregard System One)

Thinking, Fast and Slow

With Steve Patterson - Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Referencing back to our earlier series, The Principles of Learning ANYTHING, Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Steve's Review of Politics In 2016 -Positive trends including Milo Yiannopolis? -Academia's culpability in Trump's election -Why many in the right-leaning media are more rational -Is it over for the Mainstream Media? -The groundwork for soft fascism -Nationalism and tribalism Thinking Fast and Slow -Steve's book review -Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational? -"The Hot Hand" ...

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[BONUS] How To Star Wars – Rogue One and A New Order

(1 HOUR) Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn (sexandsciencehour.com) join me in-studio for a live discussion about Star Wars Rogue One and the broader Star Wars universe. Is there a better order than Machete Order or Episode Order to watch all eight films? How do Brian and I rank all eight films (you might be surprised!!) And why does Stephanie dislike Star Wars? Flashback (2013)

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[PODCAST] #464: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “A Discussion Is Beginning” – The Opportunity At University of Toronto)

University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech

Today's podcast is an expansion of the previous episode. It features an interview with Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew. He 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 School Sucks Podcast. Some footage from The University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech: The "pronouns" debate: My Questions For Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew: - Who you are and what you're studying at U of T? - what has the campus climate been like for the last 2 months, how pervasive through U of T is this conflict we're all watching online? - How have you tried to connect with Social Justice activists? What has the dialog or ...

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[PODCAST] #463: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “Violence Is Lurking” – The Tragedy of Jordan Peterson)

A necessary detour in this series, after my discovery of Jordan Peterson. This presentation is a rant-esque monologue that hopefully becomes more calm and collected as it goes on, interspersed with relevant media clips. Thank you to everyone who sent me this video; it began a very educational week. Peterson's repeated warning that "violence is lurking" is the result of a combination of observations of the current discourse with four decades of experience studying and teaching about fascism and Marxism. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, ...

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[PODCAST] #462: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Two) – The Flaw of Identity

Episode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking. They include: 1. Confirmation Bias 2. Cognitive Ease 3. What You See Is All There Is 4. Halo Effect 5. Coherent Stories Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use ...

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[PODCAST] #461: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part One) – Rules For Radicals

What is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, ...

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[PODCAST] #460: Time To Grow Up, Abandon “Anti-Attitudes” and Embrace the Infinite Game

My guests today are Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz is the Director of Research. These two help to exemplify what I hope more and more of what SSP will be about in the coming years - discussions about how to actually build institutions and movements in education that become un-ignorable, desirable and perhaps even increasingly irresistible alternatives to the failing systems. Exosphere Academy - "a learning and problem solving community features 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." DISCUSSION: -lifestyles and attitudes that support the development of those institutions and movements -the ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods

This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam. Brett Veinotte is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project and podcast. He has worked in private education in various capacities for a dozen years. Recorded 11/3/16 Please Support ...

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[PODCAST] #458: The Enemy of My Enemy Is…My New Enemy – Election Livestream (With Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith)

"Election livestream?! Conformist." Maybe more like a multi-topic hangout loosely inspired by the fact that an election was taking place in the background. Our goal was to provide some sanity on election night, but unfortunately we would ultimately be overtaken by the complete, unavoidable insanity of the night and morning. Thanks again to Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith for their endurance. DISCUSSION: -Exit polls: strong leaders are the top voter priority? -Voting as moral sanction -Wikileaks: signal to noise ratio was too low -If Donald Trump was a Democrat...oh wait -Kevin predicted Trump - misleading polls vs. actual engagement -George Soros -Much, much, much more... Look Closer: Kevin Geary - sixfiguregrind.com Gardner Goldsmith/Libery Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.podomatic.com/ Please Support School Sucks ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part Three – The Eye Behind the Mask

Mattheus von Guttenberg joins me for a casual exploration of the history of philosophy, and of his own development as a thinker. Discussed In Part Three: -Free will continued -Taoism and Hinduism -The work and influence of Alan Watts -Monism vs. Dualism -What's behind Buddhism? -My most valuable take-aways from Eastern Philosophy -The masks we wear? -Can we move from Eastern Metaphysics to Eastern Epistemology? Is there such a thing? CLICK HERE if the player does not appear.

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[PODCAST] #457: Define Self-Esteem (With Wes Bertrand and Dr. Michael Edelstein)

Reviving the Branden/Edelstein Self-Esteem Debate: Wes and I are joined by Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, an outspoken long-time critic of the concept of self-esteem and self-esteem movements in psychology. One of our goals for this conversation is to persuade Dr. Edelstein to revise or perhaps even remove criticisms of Nathaniel Branden's work from his otherwise valid critique of the self-esteem movement. Important Background Links: 1) The Trouble With Self-Esteem, by Michael R. Edelstein - http://genteman.org/edelstein.html 2) What Self-Esteem Is and Is Not, by Nathaniel Branden - http://www.nathanielbranden.com/what-self-esteem-is-and-is-not An interesting exchange from a Q&A at the Capitalism and Morality Conference - https://youtu.be/pMHFGfVnZQ0?t=45m10s 3) The Edelstein/Branden Email Exchange 2000-2001 - http://genteman.org/self.esteem.html 4) Q&A From Michael Edelstein's Talk, "Why Ayn Rand's Self Esteem ...

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