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Latest Podcasts

July, 2020

  • 15 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 2 of 2 [PODCAST #664]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. In the previous show, we looked back at the first half of what is proving to be a disastrous year for rational discourse. Today Steve and I are more solutions-oriented; we discuss a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to ...

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  • 13 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 1 of 2 [PODCAST #663]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of my "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. Today, find out why he's probably leaving the country. Part two will be more solutions oriented - a discussion about a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge 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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June, 2020

  • 30 June

    This Is A Test (Part 3) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #662]

    We're about to make some work for you. In this show and the next, we'll begin putting alternative medical voices head-to-head with their critics. That's preceded by a one-hour lead-in where we discuss developments since our last recording six weeks ago, perception management, relationship stress-testing through crisis and polarization, the societal waves we're all currently trying to surf, David Icke on London Real, pessimism, and much more. Your Homework: Dr. Andrew Kaufman's Original Covid-19 Claims Rebuttal Videos: Synthesized In A Larger Research Project HERE: The Corona Conspiracy Part 1: Corona, Oxygen, 5G, The Paranoid Worldview of David Icke Other Parts of That Project: Part 2: Debunking Andrew Kaufman's Virus Equals Exosome Hypothesis Part 3: We Need to Talk about Exosomes ...

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2020

  • 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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  • 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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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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