Tag Archives: history

192: Tom Woods – Liberty Classroom

Topic: Today I am joined by Tom Woods - historian, economist, political analyst, and author. Tom wrote the 2004 New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask. His latest book is Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse Discussion: BACKGROUND Tom survived Harvard and Columbia How did he come to be a libertarian? HISTORY There's a lot of people today who haven't learned from history telling us about the importance of learning from history Last week we had the inauguration In 2009 with the economic "crisis," the popular theme for the mainstream media was FDR and Great Depression As Obama's first term ...

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176: Pestilence and Superstition – Obligatory Revisionist Thanksgiving History Rant

Topic: Osborne and I celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing a more accurate account of the Pilgrim arrival in the Massachusetts Bay area in 1620, what happened beforehand, and what unfolded next. Why is this story so important to American mythology? From which important truths is it misdirecting our collective attention? What are the lost opportunities for public school history students? This is the full 11-22-12 live show, with an additional segment taken from the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving: The Birth of Private Enterprise in America by Richard M. Ebeling http://defenseofcapitalism.blogspot.com/2009/11/true-meaning-of-thanksgiving-birth-of.html Appeal to tradition http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_tradition First Thanksgiving,Red Eyes, Invisibility of ...

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After School Sucks Special 11-22-12

Revisionist History - Mainstream media - JFK - Kubrick - Conspiracy - Pilgrim hygiene - Myth of Savage (book) Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special (2-14-13)83(A/V CLUB) Bruce Willis - Liberals like drones now, because...Obama - defending drones - defending Ron Paul's website seizure - ICANN - Liberty Forum preparation - comedy dropsTags: a/v, school, sucks, special, media, mainstreamBonus Show: Red Scare Discussion With Gardner Goldsmith (Video)78A/V CLUB: This was our first attempt to record the second part of the How the Truth Became Illegal Series.Tags: a/v, mainstream, media, history

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Full Video – 176: Pestilence and Superstition – Obligatory Revisionist Thanksgiving History Rant

b>Topic: Osborne and I celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing a more accurate account of the Pilgrim arrival in the Massachusetts Bay area in 1620, what happened beforehand, and what unfolded next. Why is this story so important to American mythology? From which important truths is it misdirecting our collective attention? What are the lost opportunities for government school history students? This is the full 11-22-12 live show, with an additional segment taken from the After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving: The Birth of Private Enterprise in America by Richard M. Ebeling http://defenseofcapitalism.blogspot.com/2009/11/true-meaning-of-thanksgiving-birth-of.html Appeal to tradition http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_tradition First Thanksgiving,Red Eyes, Invisibility of ...

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144: Humanizing Hegel (Brett On the Corbett Report With Richard Grove and Tony Myers)

Friday, May 25th, 2012: Richard Grove, Tony Myers, and I guest-hosted on the Corbett Report, a live call-in show on the RBN Network. We spent the hour looking at the life and work of the influential (and frequently misunderstood) German Idealist, Georg Hegel. Bumper Music: "Manges" Darmstadt Look Closer: Show Notes Courtesy of TragedyandHope.com Friday Night Live! (Week 2) T&H Hosts Corbett Report Radio / Tonight’s Topic: Hegel http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ History...So It Doesn't Repeat (New Series!) History… So It Doesn’t Repeat Peace Revolution Podcast http://peacerevolution.podomatic.com/ Trivium Trivium Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS"

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136: The American Way Expanded (3 of 3): The Matches

Picture: The Nazis were certainly not atheists Part 3 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: The Chronology A meandering monologue covering 1000 years of German history. -The Holy Roman Empire and Biblical Prophecy -Otto Von Bismark -The Franco-Prussian War -German Unification -The Welfare State -Imperialism -Woodrow Wilson and Edward House -WWI and the Treaty of Versailles -The Great Depression -The Rise of Nazism -Policies of the Third Reich -The Real Hitler Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html A People's History Of The United ...

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134: The American Way Expanded (1 of 3): The Gasoline-Soaked House

Picture: It takes more than a couple of matches... Part 1 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: Philosophy In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? -Objectivism vs. German Idealism -Immanuel Kant -George Hegel -Johann Fichte -Friedrich Nietzsche Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Kant made simple http://soler7.com/IFAQ/Kant.htmll Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/analytic-synthetic_dichotomy.htmll Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html Fichte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichte A People's History Of The United States ...

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124b: Live Show #3, Hour 2 – Top Ten Ways To Annoy Students

Picture: Magic! This is hour two Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from February 9th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss our school experiences in the context of an article called Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child . We also pause for some breaking news: what is the FBI telling police to for with respect to domestic terror Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/

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SCHOOL SUCKS: The American Way

Don't let the title fool you. This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s. Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But whose vision is it? And what were their ideals? Based on podcast 025: The Way For an expansion of the ideas in this video, check out these episodes of the podcast: School Sucks #134: The American Way Expanded (1 of 3): The Gasoline-Soaked House School Sucks #135: The American Way Expanded (2 of 3): Pyromania School Sucks #136: The American Way Expanded (3 of ...

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SCHOOL SUCKS: I Could Just Murder You (A History of Government on Earth)

A rapid-fire look at the various threats, myths, excuses, promises and threats (again) the power-hungry relied upon throughout history, and how they were mostly laughed into non-existence by an increasingly rational civilization. Taken from School Sucks Podcast Episode 041: The Natural State? From the series, American History F'ed http://edu-lu-tion.com/podcasts/series_american_history_fed All Podcasts: http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/

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080: Persuasion, Prussia, and the Purpose of Education (SAT Writing Class Rant)

PICTURE: Friedrich Nietzsche had eyebrows, mustaches, and ideas that all eventually grew out of control. In my SAT class last Saturday (2-19-11), a student pulled out an interesting essay question: "Is the purpose of education to change the world?" At this point, I was compelled to tell a story. Bumper Music: "Room At the Top" Adam Ant Look Closer: Nietzsche's Superman https://www.msu.edu/user/bradle45/nietzsche.htm The Übermensch and the Nazis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Cbermensch AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education cripples our kids, and why, By John Taylor Gatto http://www.spinninglobe.net/againstschool.htm Society and the Individual in Nietzsche's The Will to Power http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/travis_denneson/power.html

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070: What You’ve Been Missing!

Today's guests are Richard Grove, Jan Irvin, and Paul Verge: three friends, independent media creators, collaborators, and School Sucks listeners who have teamed up to produce a new You Tube series called What You've Been Missing. From Tragedyandhope.com: What You've Been Missing was created to fill the massive gap created by corporate media, between itself and reality. A virtual variety show with a point, WYBM helps you learn how to outgrow the status quo; through a systematic process of critical thinking supplemented with comedy. In addition to discussing this superb new project, we also explore the lost art of real learning and critical thinking, self-esteem, the deceptive power of language, and the people who lurk in the shadows of state ...

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067: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (1 of 2)

...quickly PART 1: Preparation For Citizenship Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -Literacy and Information Literacy -Public Education and the Welfare State, Failure Reframed As Success -Portrayal of the Public Education System In Film -Introducing Philosophy to the History Cirriculum -Squeeky Wheels Get the Grease -Working with Students From Broken Homes -Day-to-Day living/short-term thinking of abused kids -Preparation for the Economic Realities of the 21st Century -Grades and Diplomas as "Job Tickets," but where are the jobs? Bumper Music: "Pets" Porno For ...

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055: A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…and Today

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 8) Topic: Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio joins me to discuss the seemingly elusive nature of heroism. Our discussion surveys a variety of historical topics as we examine how heroes are manufactured by our government education, while our own capacity for "heroism" is gradually diminished. We also explore the conjecture that government school's theft of our sense of personal power contributes to a desire to experience heroism only through fantasy. Then, "heroism" gets a long overdue redefining. Bumper Music: Star Wars Disco Theme Look Closer: Heroism Part 1 - from Freedomain Radio Heroism Part 2 - from Freedomain Radio BOOK: Lies my teacher told me: everything your American history textbook got wrong, By James W. ...

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041: The Natural State? (American History F-ed, Conclusion)

(American History F-ed, Conclusion) The eighth (and final) installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Imagine if we all woke up tomorrow and all government was just...gone. What's the worst thing that could happen? And how would statists feel about this most catastrophic outcome? The answer might surprise you. Topic: The three most persistent myths throughout history: 1. The State is essential for the survival of the human race 2. Slavery is essential for the prosperity of all societies reliant upon agriculture 3. God and religion are essential for establishing morality Two down, one to go. ...

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035: Problem. Reaction. Solution.

(American History F-ed #7) The seventh installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Statism appears to be only example of a system of ongoing attack and predation where the aggressors seem to be more fearful of victims than the victims are of the aggressors. How do the aggressors manage these fears? Topic: An email from a listener gets me thinking about conspiracy theories. We'll divert our attention from the roots of the tree I like to think we're chopping at, to jump down a nearby rabbit hole. Let's see where it takes us! -Vietnam -Iraq and ...

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028: Let’s Make A Hero! (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

(American History F-ed #5) The fifth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: You know that light at the end of the tunnel that political leaders are always pointing at... Telling us to be hopeful about... Directing us to follow them in that direction... What if that distant illumination is actually the headlight on a big, dirty oncoming train with no brakes? Topic: A continuation of the previous topic. Gardner Goldsmith (Liberty Conspiracy) and I switch from the legend of Abraham Lincoln to the legend of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We talk mostly about WWII, but I've ...

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027: Let’s Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln)

(American History F-ed #4) The fourth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How compelling could a mythology be if it didn't have any gods? Topic: Honestly, Abe...aggression doesn't solve problems. The truth about the greatest American (government school) hero. Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy Podcast joins me for this discussion. Bumper Music: "The Last Goodbye" Jeff Buckley Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://www.libertyconspiracy.com/ The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War | Book Reviews http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/0542 DiLorenzo Is Right About Lincoln by Walter E. Williams http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/w-williams1.html It’s Time To ...

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025: The Way

FOREGROUND: The State BACKGROUND: The Future (American History F-ed #2) The second installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in someone's ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? And all things considered, does this even matter? Topic: Truth, justice, and the American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? The dreaded America/Third Reich...Bush/Hitler...Obama/Hitler comparisons. NOTE: Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Alternate titles: The ...

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024: American History F-ed (Series Introduction)

ABOVE: Not the easiest place to look for those who have hidden their identity behind nationalism, bigotry and mysticism An introduction to a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does that which is completely illogical and completely immoral transform... into what is completely acceptable? into what is even completely preferable? and, believe it or not, into what is unquestionably sacred? Topic: The purpose of the American History curriculum in government school SEEMS to be two-fold: 1. Build up a mythology about America and government when we're most impressionable (Grades 1-6) 2. Make history seem so boring and ...

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022 (Supplemental): School Sucks On A Student’s Works Cited Page?

ABOVE: If you want to get 30 extra guys in the NES game Metroid, start the game and quickly press up + down + up + down + left + right + left + right + A + B + Select + Start. Enjoy! Who said I wasn't tech-savvy? Topic: Paul, a fifteen-year-old high school student and listener to the show, asked me to provide some assistance with a psychology project he's working on. The topic is public education. He was actually told about the show by his English teacher. This is the discussion we had on Skype. Bumper Music: "The Legend of Zelda" Theme by FFYears http://www.youtube.com/user/FFYears Look Closer: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, ...

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012: Why the Future Won’t Be Like 1984

Critical and Creative Thinking Exercise: Imagine a free world... Topic: Wes Bertrand and I continue our discussion about conformity and collectivism. Wes touches on the impact of the family in conformity. (Part 2 of 2) This episode also includes some discussion about self-esteem, self-worth, and honoring the imagination and individualism of others. (NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a different call-recording process) Bumper Music: "Who Are You" The Who http://www.thewho.com/ Look Closer: Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America by Wes Bertrand http://completeliberty.com/contents.php Imagine A Free World (From Complete Liberty) http://completeliberty.com/chapter4.php#91 Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/ Apple - 1984 (YouTube) Steve Jobs demos Apple Macintosh, ...

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