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Latest Podcasts

September, 2020

  • 10 September

    Some Things We’ve Learned Over the Last 19 Years – With Richard Grove and Ricky Varandas [PODCAST #674]

    Richard Grove, Ricky Varandas, and I discuss movements for truth (new and old), content creation and destruction, entrepreneurship, and how to be a conspiracy theorist without looking like one. Richard: Ricky: The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts ...

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  • 8 September

    Homesteads and Homeschools, With Ben Pangie [PODCAST #673]

    Ben joins me for a nice swap-cast between SSP and Homesteads and Homeschools. Ben is a father of four and a former public school teacher who left the schools and the city life (Brooklyn) before those things were cool. He and his wife homeschool two of their children while the other two attend public school, so I knew he would also have some interesting perspectives to share about the current state of affairs. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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  • 1 September

    Integrating the Individual – With Wes Bertrand – Part 1 of ? [PODCAST #672]

    ...and everything else? The most-requested guest of 2020 finally returns. Wes Bertrand is here for a long-form exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We discuss: - Wes's travels and current studies of organizational theory; learn more at - given the current state of the world, is Wes still optimistic about people reaching a higher level of consciousness and realizing more individual liberty? - what happens if 10% of people embraced new values? Ken Wilber claims that's the tipping point for the culture - addressing the language barrier of liberty - What is Integral Theory? What insights does this body of work offer about the current state of politics and culture - ...

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2020

  • 22 April

    [BONUS] Protest and Programming – AUTONOMY Mastermind 4-21-20

    The 1997 film Wag the Dog forever ruined photos like this for me. But if you've never seen Wag the Dog, enjoy this powerful piece of honest photojournalism. It allegedly shows nurses blocking protesters in Colorado, and more importantly, it clearly illustrates the ONLY two positions you can have on the COVID issue. So who's side are you on? The responsible science-and-medicine (dude has scrubs on!) heroes? Or the fat freedom-lovin' Trump-worshipers who are so angry and stupid that they're practically falling out of their gas-guzzling pickup trucks? What other choice could there be? A discussion about the current (largely misguided) lock-down protests, insulting media counter-narratives, use of celebrities in public perception management, competing groups of useful idiots, ideology, and ...

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  • 18 April

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – April 2020 – Boogie Nights

    Installment #6 (AUDIO, 114 MINUTES) We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, but also possible continued downfall), set against the decadent and volatile adult film industry of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is both inspired and relentless, and it was a very impressive second feature for 27-year-old P.T.A. Important themes and elements we'll discuss: - Family: escaping dysfunction and building a new one; the unstable nature of synthetic families - Ego: how it interferes with human connection - Foreshadowing: how Anderson builds ...

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  • 3 April

    In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 8) New Harmony, Part 2

    What was the ideal for New Harmony, as well as what life was actually like there. What was the theory? How was it practiced? Education at New Harmony: Last time we discussed his philosophy of "love" super-ceding classical instruction, concluding that Pestalozzi (while he might have meant well) developed a "soft-power" approach to education, which then came to New Harmony via F.J.N. Neef. We discuss how exactly that system of instruction manifested at New Harmony; what do we know about the actual techniques as they were applied? In this episode and the next, we discuss how New Harmony ties into this series as a whole. It is a quintessential utopia, reminiscent of those that came before (More, Bacon, the Puritans), ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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