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123: Live Show #2, Hour 2 – Government School and Current Events

This is hour two of Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show. I am tentatively planning to do this once per week. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Gardner Goldsmith, Dale Everett and I connect the messages of government schooling to some current events. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ The Tragedy of American Compassion, by Marvin Olasky http://flamingfreedom.com/http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Tragedy_of_American_Compassion.html?id=K6FOU-s0l0QC

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073: Bush and Obama Join Forces For Liberty Podcasts!!! (Obviously Not Real)

School Sucks has been nominated for Podcast Awards in the Education and Best Produced categories. Voting begins December 1st and runs through the 15th. You can vote once a day! Please consider voting for... Best Produced: School Sucks People's Choice: Freedomain Radio Politics: Wheels Off Liberty or Free Talk Live Cultural/Arts: Pirates of Savannah Education: School Sucks or Freedomain Radio Health: Healthy Mind, Fit Body Comedy: Joe Rogan Please Vote! Podcast Awards: 2010 Nominations are Now Open! http://podcastawards.com/ Please Join! PodCastAwards.com voting bomb! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180348121975545&index=1

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061: Escape From Imaginationland (3 of 3) – The Most Successful Criminal Gang In History

Critical Thinking Question: What is the real purpose of government? Topic: This (third part of three) is the continuation of a two-part discussion I recently had with Wes Bertrand. On September 18th, I tried to weave a series of loosely related thoughts together into one topic, while driving. I wasn't thrilled with the result. I eventually contacted Wes to help me try to make sense of it all. This is an examination of how fantasy is used to manage personal and/or political anxiety, the relationship between the personal and the political, and how outrage and attack are employed to deal with the disruption of fantasy. Discussed Today: -Trust in government coming back? -Faith and Force -Violence as virtue -The historical ...

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054 Keys (Installment #4): Emergence (w/ Erica Goldson)

Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the fourth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Critical Thinking Questions: We are told in school that this "education" will open up the world to us and create endless options for our future. So why does it often feel like the world is being closed off and our options are being diminished? Topic: emergence (noun): 1. coming out of, passage out 2. a beginning 3. coming into sight Erica Goldson ...

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037: UConn-athon! (Students For Liberty Discussion Part 1)

Picture: My estimate of the audience members' average political position, based on the World's Smallest Political Quiz. On Wednesday April 14th, I was invited to speak to the UConn Students For Liberty at the University of Connecticut. I had prepared a thirty-minute speech, and planned to devote another 30 minutes to Q&A. However, the audience included several socialists, and the entire event wound up running three hours. I gave some of the speech. Even though the outcome was different from what I anticipated, and I didn't counter their objections as well as I would've liked, I thought the whole experience was great. I have split it into two parts. This first part will include a lot of repeated information, as ...

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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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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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020: The Hidden Lessons of School (Conclusion)

The concluding episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: What if the only thing we really learn in school is...how to get through school? And what if, for too many of us, that is actually one of the most destructive things we can possibly learn? Topic: A review of what I consider to be the three foundational lessons of public education. These are the most destructive to the individual. I go to John Taylor Gatto for reinforcements. I also recount my recent visit to three New Hampshire public schools. And some jibba-jabba about the show. Bumper Music: "Another Brick In the Wall" by Pink Floyd ...

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018 (Supplemental): Caribbean Holiday Spectacular!

Another loose and unorganized non-episode installment of School Sucks. Wes Bertrand and Daniel Lakemacher join me to discuss my recent travels... -Pirate Paranoia -Did I participate in a voluntary society? Sure felt like it, but not really -US Customs and the TSA -My wonderful interactions with a very inquisitive three-year-old boy -Homesteading on the sea and the "Freedom Ship" -State predations on the cruise industry? During the 15 minutes I had access to the internet on my trip, I learned that many people had objected to my support of the Keene civil disobedients and FSP activists. In the second part, we'll discuss our thoughts in more detail, and I'll extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to share their ...

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016: Working Against Apathy

Critical Thinking Question: Simply put, what have my work experiences revealed about public education? Topic: I record a podcast while driving a car. During the drive, I ponder a couple of important professional questions, veer off course (podcast-wise), channel Stewie Griffin, and discuss what I think the real job of an "educator" should be. My Embedded Curriculum: (Within Mainstream Tutoring Services) -Logical Reasoning -Critical and Creative Problem Solving -Revival of Childhood Curiosity -Building Positive Relationships with Adults Who Are Potential Mentors -A Healthy and Persistent Skepticism of Authority and Tradition (social, cultural & mystical) -Intellectual Confidence -Ethical Consistency Bumper Music: "Head Over Heels" Tears For Fears Click Here To Watch A Rad 80s Video! Look Closer: John Holt's Website http://www.holtgws.com/ ...

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014 (Supplemental): Expansion & Activation

Above: 80s Teen Movie Antagonist William Zabka (This will make sense when you're done listening) An update on the future of the show... -Donations -Redesigning the website -Setting up a forum -Let's have a logo contest! (For people who don't care too much about winning big prizes) -Activism and incorporating that into the show as well -The next bump? Also... -Daniel Lakemacher's visit to NH -Ofer's incredible efforts -My failure to connect with public school teachers on these topics Bumper Music: "Random Topic" by Jason Mraz and Bushwalla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B0ul4jtZlM Also discussed: Buy Wes Bertrand's Book, Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America http://stores.lulu.com/wbertrand Donate to Freedomain Radio (Stefan asks for a donation of $.50 ...

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013 (Supplemental): Brett On The Peter Mac Show

My interview on The Peter Mac Show from October 10th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and my "performance." Note: Because of the length, I've uploaded the MP3 at a lower bit rate (64 kbps). Please let me know if this is intolerable. Peter's Bio: Peter is a former math professor turned entrepreneur. He swims, works outs regularly, and occasionally competes in U.S. Masters Swimming. His interest in freedom, government, and current events caused him to launch The Peter Mac Show in 2001, which ran for over five years. He is thrilled to be back on the air with The (new) Peter Mac Show. Website: http://www.petermacshow.com/ To Stream His Show: http://www.libertynewsradio.com/ Mentioned In Our Discussion: Complete Liberty ...

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010: (Hidden Lesson Two) The Silencing of the Self

The second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity... Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? Topic: The second embedded lesson of public education: Conformity This is what Alexander Inglis called the "Integrating Function" of secondary education. We certainly pick it up in elementary school as well. And who has benefited? “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Steal ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - public education, religion and military. About Daniel's interview on Antiwar Radio: Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website WarIsImmoral.com, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his mind about war and justice, the ...

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006: Conformity & Compliance

(Introduction to the Hidden Lessons of School) Critical Thinking Question: Imagine a very small group people trying to exercise power and control over a very large group of people. How dangerous would this situation be for the small group if they lacked the tools to control the thinking of people in the much larger group? Topic: Introducing the three aims of public education: blind obedience, assimilation, and the surrender of self-ownership The Matrix and Plato's Allegory of the Cave What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about? Bumper Music: Psychostick "Hokey Pokey" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKZZ7ed7vXY Look Closer: The Matrix and the Cave John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education "AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education cripples our kids, and why" By ...

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005: Authoritarian Absurdities vs. The Philosophy of Liberty

A Young Person's Guide to Politics III(Conclusion) Critical Thinking Question: WHO is the owner of YOU? Topic: A comparison between a cluster of degrading and crippling ideas (referenced throughout the show as the "Authoritarian Absurdities") which I believe are prerequisites for embracing the political process and...The Philosophy of Liberty, based on the principles of self-ownership and property rights. A brief discussion of popular rationalizations for these absurdities and my rebuttals. Bumper Music: Steve Winwood "Different Light" http://www.stevewinwood.com/ Look Closer: The Philosophy of Liberty (Video) By Ken Schoolland and Lux Lucre More About Ken Schoolland http://www.jonathangullible.com/ Hans Hoppe: The Economics of World Government (Audio) http://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/?p=episode&name=2009-08-18_130_the_economics_of_world_government.mp3 Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Archives (Past articles by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on LewRockwell.com) http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe-arch.html Democracy: The God That Failed ...

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004: Politics Is Force

A Young Person's Guide to Politics II Critical Thinking Question: Explain the difference between government and organized crime... Topic: Continued explanation of why I am against political solutions for education or anything else, AKA using the system to change the system by working within the system. Further explanation of the political process in the United States. Shocking comparison between the government and the mafia. I also talk about Ron Paul's principles compared to other politicians, but let's be clear: a Ron Paul Presidency would solve nothing. (See article by Per Bylund below) Bumper Music: MJ "Beat It" http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/home Look Closer: The Politics Of Obedience The Discourse Of Voluntary Servitude By Etienne De La Boetie "Democracy--the god that failed: the economics ...

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002: Pavement On the Road to Hell…

Critical Thinking Question: What would you think of a person who claimed that they had the ability to make plans for the life of another person who they had never met and didn't know anything about? What if they said they had the ability to make plans for the lives of ten people that they had never met and didn't know anything about? 100 people? 1000? A million? And so on... Topic: Central Planning in Education and Beyond What if people tolerated the same system for their food as they did for their education? Examples of people who did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USSR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chinese_Famine Government school is factory where followers and authority worshipers are made. The American education system was borrowed from the ...

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000: An Introduction to School Sucks Podcast

Introduction: Explanation of the title, "School Sucks" and subtitle "The END of Public Education" Who I am, what I'm doing and why. This is not a show about public school reform, because that would suck nearly as much as school. Bumper music: "Troublemaker" by Weezer Look Closer: School Sucks Website Click Here Related Posts001: The "Business" Plan77NOTE: This is the second part of a re-recording of the original episode one. My apologies if it temporarily appears out of order in the podcast feed. Critical Thinking Question: Why would something that's so good for us, like public education... need to be imposed on us with the use…Tags: education, public, music, closer, liberty, bumper, podcast, school, sucks, politics

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