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Latest Podcasts

June, 2020

  • 12 June

    [preview] January 2017: The Wars To Come

    Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Three men stare into a crystal ball (and into the abyss). [BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Privilege Check, Listener Q&A (Part 3 of 3) On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion dubbed "Ow, My Inaugural Balls." What does the future hold? What concerns to people have about their future in Trump's America? Released January 27, 2017 on Patreon + A/V Club. Full Show: Support Us On Patreon

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  • 8 June

    Rules For Radicals (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST #659]

    Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from Online Great Books join me to discuss Saul Alinsky's frightening, frustrating, and formidable 1971 book, Rules For Radicals. Alinsky was a "small c" communist who was also such an apparent individualist that he never publicly aligned himself with with any group, but he wrote a book accessible to any ideology. Even if you're unwilling to embrace the tactics, you'd be unwise to ignore them. An optimistic take: real-world tactics for changing the status quo And a more cynical one: a non-ideologically driven, slogan-rich quest for power relying on ridicule and polarization, happening in an environment where widespread rationality is not a factor The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. ...

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  • 1 June

    Rules For Radicals (1 of 2) – With Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt [PODCAST #658]

    Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from Online Great Books join me to discuss Saul Alinsky's frightening, frustrating, and formidable 1971 book, Rules For Radicals. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Alinsky was a "small c" communist who was also such an apparent individualist that he never publicly aligned himself with with any group, but he wrote a book accessible to any ideology. Even if you're unwilling to embrace the tactics, you'd be unwise to ignore them. An optimistic take: real-world tactics for changing the status quo And a more cynical one: a non-ideologically driven, slogan-rich quest for power relying on ridicule and polarization, happening in an environment where widespread rationality is not a ...

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2020

  • 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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  • 3 April

    The New Progressive Era? (Autonomy Mastermind 3-31-20)

    This is more speculative and conspiratorial than I'm willing to get in the regular podcast. Danny McCarthy and I discuss the current crisis on scales ranging from the personal to the international. Rich and others join in as we move on to tips about caution and preparation. Related PostsShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-24-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-31-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 12-13-12Tags: discuss, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/v

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March, 2020

CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

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

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

Welcome to SchoolSucksProject.com. We strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. This includes in-depth explorations into higher-level thinking, organization and productivity, emotional and physical health, habit and lifestyle optimization, history and philosophy, psychology, self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and communication/negotiation strategies. It's all essential information, but almost none of it is taught in school. Our content is ideal for frustrated high school and college students, home-educating parents, and adults who are interested in independently furthering their education and achieving self-actualization.