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Latest Podcasts

May, 2021

  • 18 May

    fOLloW tHe sCiENcE [PODCAST #713]

    Today: medical surveillance, lockdowns, the new segregation, and other crimes against science I am joined by an anonymous member of the SoundMind Creative Group to discuss their upcoming documentary film "Follow the Science: On Lockdowns and Liberty." A timely conversation as we move beyond lockdowns (for now) and on the the next phase of what it means for mediocre minds to follow the science. MUSIC: "Mediocre Minds" Bad Religion "Handlebars" (Instrumental) Flobots "King of the World" Steely Dan "Room At the Top" Adam Ant OUR NEXT VIRTUAL SUMMIT IS JUNE 7&8 Visit to learn more about this exciting new presentation, the topics, and bonuses! Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is ...

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  • 4 May

    Selling Salvation – With Nathan Fraser and Landon Porter [PODCAST #712]

    (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 8) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Today: Building your own cult, for fun and profit! We welcome Landon Porter from Nathan claims Landon is a master "cult-builder." Is that a compliment? The conversation picks up where we left off in our show about tribalism, but today we'll go to extremes. We'll explore: * ways Cult Leaders manage their cults * some cult-like areas in popular culture and society at large: * Recognizable Marketing Examples * how those same ...

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April, 2021

  • 28 April

    Century of the Safe (Un-iversity Book Club – “Why We Drive”) [PODCAST #711]

    In this third monthly meeting of the Un-iversity Book Club, we discuss Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road by Matthew B. Crawford. What appears to be a book celebrating driving as liberation is just as much a condemnation of the "safety-ism" that has so far defined the 21st century, and certainly this new decade. Some snapshots: “Left to its own internal logic, the regime of public safety must find ways to justify its own growing payroll, and its colonization of ever more domains of life. This can always be accomplished through further infantilization of its clients; under the banner of good democratic values.” "Self-driving cars must be understood as one more escalation in the war to ...

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Supporter-Only Content

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Let’s Not Prepare Kids For A World That Sucks [Un-iversity]

    This conversation has a very nice crescendo. On Sunday I hosted the weekly discussion group as I sat in a parking lot in what I call a very dystopian part of Pittsburgh - in the shadow of a giant Google complex watching people wait in line for food. (I'll explain more) It was very candid conversation about parenting struggles, largely around screen time. It eventually turns to the question "should people prepare their kids to exist in an increasingly unconscious and docile society?" I suggest (from the observation of my surroundings) that this world and is already here, but none of "us" are really living in it. Joel joins in to encourage everyone to go beyond the first question, shift ...

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  • 12 February

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s04e02) Get Out.

    Listener and friend Jay joins us again, helping us launch our new rotating TDZ format (Brett's pain point -> Andrew's pain point -> listener pain point). It begins as a calm and constructive look at how to "get out of your own way,"  shame, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, and countering negative self-talk (like in the previous episode). Then about half way through we discover some new elements of Jay's story, and it transforms into a fiery conversation about failed relationships, how to know when they've failed, when to get out, and how to move on. MUSIC: "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad -> Cold Rain and Snow" The Grateful Dead "Get the Hell" Supersuckers "The Lonely Bull" Herb Alpert ...

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  • 10 February

    Ritual Humiliation [UN-IVERSITY]

    A very large group convenes to discuss the recent viral Time Magazine article called "The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election." It was presented to me a "confession" but I see more as psychological warfare and demoralization. Scott Hambrick joined us for the discussion and called a "ritual humiliation" of all non-blue-pilled Americans. Then Scott asked: so now that we know this is how politics will work going forward, what do we do? This led to one of my favorite Un-iversity discussions to date, and from there we transition into communication strategies to reach the potentially reachable people in our personal lives, at this incredibly crucial time. Several new voices and points of view here! ...

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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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