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Latest Podcasts

June, 2020

  • 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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May, 2020

  • 29 May

    [preview] What Is No Country For Old Men?

    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. Picture of the Month Club - May 2020 - No Country For Old Men Installment #7 (AUDIO, 116 MINUTES) "The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willin' to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet somethin' I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to ...

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Supporter-Only Content

February, 2020

  • 29 February

    [BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind – February 18th, 2020

    Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging without massaging: A thought experiment and discussion about the actual effectiveness of InfoWars. - Feedback from an AUTONOMY participant on some advice I gave several weeks back. How to move from inertia into action. Related Posts[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett VeinotteTags: autonomy, discussion, grove, richard, bonus, rich, action, a/v[BONUS] Our Post-Proof World - AUTONOMY Mastermind 9-2-20Tags: autonomy, mastermind, bonus, discuss, grove, richard, a/v[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - January 7th, 2020Tags: autonomy, discuss, grove, richard, featuring, bonus, mastermind, students, talk, rich[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind - December 3rd, 2019Tags: ...

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  • 21 February

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e05) The More, the More.

    The continued story of Andrew's impossible life. Options and opportunities abound, and more opportunities are knocking on his door. But on the other side of that door is a house languishing in a state of unfinish. That can be taken literally or figuratively. Brett's life is great, btw. No Player? Click HERE

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  • 16 February

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 7) – “New Harmony”

    (AUDIO, 135 minutes) with Danny McCarthy and Kevin Cole. The New Harmony  story includes interesting and largely unknown roots of both American compulsory  schooling and socialism.  In the Richard Grove/John Gatto clip that opens the show, you'll notice some nice tie-ins to our previous podcasts this week . Outline: How does Robert Owen's system (called by Marx and Engels "utopian socialism") compare to Marx and Engel's system (called by them "scientific socialism")? How are they similar? Was Owenite socialism consistent with the ideals of the Enlightenment? In other words, is it fair to say that socialism is just as much a product of Enlightenment rationalism as is American republicanism? Just as the religious utopias are reminiscent of the Puritan colonies, ...

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John Taylor Gatto

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

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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