This is the first of two conversations; today Kylon interviews me and next time I will interview him.
Kylon dropped out of college during his freshman year in 2009. Since then he has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the construction, fitness, food service, real estate, and online education industries. He is the creator and host of The Successful Dropout Podcast. He joins me today to discuss School Sucks Project, Successful Dropout, college culture, and entrepreneurship.
- New thoughts my career, college and School Sucks
- Above the Snowflakes? the current college culture
- the future of higher education
- the student loan bubble and the "college is necessary" bubble
- aesthetic diversity
- the consequences of social engineering in college
- live off campus!
- Direct vs indirect credentialing
- just in case learning vs just in time learning
- transferable skills
- personal accountability, success is not an option
- kids are not defective
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Daniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer.
Dan's You Tube Channel:
- If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School
- The influence of Robert Kiyosaki
- The college drop-in
- School in the way of Dan's learning
- Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn
- real estate investing and flipping
- 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube
- intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis
- The value of college; Dan's advice to high school students
- Freelance economy, diversified income streams
- Investing mindset, don't gamble
Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues...
Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us today to discuss Jacques Derrida and how postmodernism manifests itself in some of the ugly developments in higher education. We also explore the potential dangers of hyper-skepticism.
Dr. Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. He has written four other books-- Deduction, The Art and Science of Logic, Simple Logic, and Worldly Wisdom. His website is a great resource; check out all his articles, courses and books at philosophical.spaceDiscussed:
- Postmodernism didn't have to turn out this way
- Jean-François Lyotard: incredulity towards meta-narratives
- no overall view of the world is possible?
- Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction
- Kant's influence - 'the appearances'
- Hegel and "the myth of the given"
- The missing explanation argument
- Scientific Realism
- Ayn Rand vs. postmodernism
- how did postmodernism get such a hold on academia
- Freud and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion
- why is this suspicion and skepticism so appealing?
- hyper-skepticism is ultimately boring
- the postmodern path to Marxism?
Lior Gantz is entrepreneur, world traveler, financial researcher, and advisor in many forms to many different types of investors. He currently serves as President of Wealth Research Group.
Lior's You Tube Channel:
- Mindset, protecting your mind from bad influences
- Lior started working at 13, and investing at 16
- High School: Surprisingly the ideal time in life to fail
- Finding A Niche; complete uniqueness is not retired
- Solopreneurship vs. forming a partnership
- How to find the right partners
- Stoicism and self-discipline in investing
- Crisis preparation: cash, precious metals, chaos hedges, foreign real estate
- Silver market price manipulation, silver bullion holders vs silver stock investor
- The future of marijuana
(Part Two) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues...
Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and the Executive Director of The Center For Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He joins me today to discuss the consequences of postmodernism as a political/education project.
- Words as weapons
- Do the postmodernists of the mid-20th century set out to undermine the enlightenment?
- The philosophical movement has a long philosophical lineage dating back to Rousseau and the German idealists, it comes to prominence in the 1960s
- What's confusing for the novice here - These people looked back the enlightenment, reason as a starting point instead of faith and superstition, how did they look at dividends that were paid, that they were the beneficiaries of, science, engineering, medicine, free markets, abolition, spreading materal wealth, emergence of leisure time, near universal literacy and not say this is something we could improve upon?
But instead, this is something to be undone or attacked?
- Postmodern art
- Hypothesis: post-modernism is the crisis of faith for the academic left (it's how socialism moves forward)
"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" Timbuk 3
Well I'm well aware of the world out there,
getting blown all to bits, but what do I care?
"After the Gold Rush" Neil Young
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.
Author, teacher and podcaster Hunter Maats joins me for a fun and challenging marathon conversation. Hunter and I discover lots of areas of disagreement, but our exploration into our differences has just begun. Hunter is the co-author of The Straight A Conspiracy and the co-host of the Mixed Mental Arts Podcast.
- The elephant and the rider
- the academic "rope-a-dope"
- Humanity's first family dinner
- using ridicule against social justice warring
- College kids and their feelings
- Getting podcast guests to be vulnerable
- The FDA and the market demand for government
- The Straight A Conspiracy?
- learning, unlearning and relearning
- A discussion about grades
- The progressive function of the public schools
- The critical thinking opportunities in the SAT
- The origins of IQ
- Confronting failure
- Embracing trolls
- Fundamentalism and the righteous mind
- Debating libertarianism
- Does Hunter think the public school system can be fixed
- Behaviorism in public schools
- Incompetence vs. malevolence
(Part One) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues...
Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He joins me today for more exploration into failed movements for personal liberation. We focus on the Frankfurt School and the New Left.
- Murray Bookchin and lifestyle anarchism
- Book: The Rise of Lifestyle Activism From New Left to Occupy
- a distinction between the old and new left
- projecting what we don't like onto the Frankfurt School and postmodernism
- a new narrative that allowed leftism to survive
- Ayn Rand's warnings: "The New Left" and "Atlas Shrugged"
- How did Frankfurt School thinkers view the Enlightenment?
- The allure of the New Left in the context of the 1960s
- the costs of anti-philosophical individualism
- Marcuse: "make love, not war" what was his motivation?
- what is meant by degeneracy?
- Leftism diminishes self-sufficiency, economic remedies follow
- the wrong ways out of alienation
Today, many young people are looking for personal liberation in all the wrong places.
- Thaddeus vs. Jordan Peterson: common ground?
- letting go of a conspiracy theory
- over-corrective responses to to Enlightenment problems
- The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
- Postmodernism and identity politics
- redeeming Marx from the horrifying political consequences
- making a better world: the top-down and individual-up approaches
- the consequences of biological determinism
- the benefits of identity politics
- the trap of identity politics (essentialism)
- how people accidentally make themselves political pawns
- subjectivity and its philosophical problems
- my unfortunate history prioritizing group identity over my self (knowledge and improvement)
(Not a serious show; from the premium content archives) Only 50 people have ever heard the live pre-show for episode #368, but it is one of my favorite half-hours of School Sucks content ever. Osborne and I examine and discuss the University of New Hampshire's ill-fated "Unbiased Speech Guide."
This was our first known encounter with the social justice movement in higher education, and you might find it interesting to compare our attitudes then to those expressed in numerous shows that followed in 2016 and 2017.
Recorded on August 5th, 2015, this audio is the Pre-Show for [PODCAST] #368: Six-travaganza Live Show Highlights – “Memory Lane”.
School Sucks is a podcast, call-in show, You Tube channel, & web community promoting real education and rooting out indoctrination.
We discuss home-education, self-education, critical thinking, self knowledge, peaceful parenting, personal growth, nonviolent communication & non-aggression
In my 10+ years of teaching,
"school sucks" is perhaps the most common phrase I've heard students use to describe their feelings about public education. But this seemingly bitter and reductive slogan is actually quite clever. When taken literally, "school sucks" is perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I've ever heard. Here's why...
1. The twelve-year process of an American public education has a dramatic effect on the mind of a child. When we first enter school at age six, many of our best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious, innovative, unique, creative and hopeful in ways that we will rarely be able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us...and replaces them with predictability, obedience and apathy.
2. The public school system sucks off the productive capacity of hard-working people. The system is coercively funded through taxation. In other words, whether public education succeeds or fails (spoiler alert: it fails) at providing real education to the public, the cost goes up every year. There are no refunds.
The END of Public Education?
1. END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Does more harm than good.
2. END: (As in means to an end) We'll also explore the true intentions behind the system, which have very little to do with real education. There is substantial evidence that its failure to educate is no accident.
Above all, this is a show about what one might do about these problems...
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Keep it up!"
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"I just listened to school sucks, and now I fear for my mind. I'm still in there, and I need out. He is also very entertaining. I'm always right there with Mr. Veinotte. I guess thats what makes him a good teacher."
"This is probably my favorite so far. Just hearing you two bounce back and forth the logic and ideas you have in a freestyle manor is really great. I learned a lot and realized my natural curiosity is OK. The strange structure that is college and below really makes me feel bad about my natural curiosity and excitement for new ideas. Thank you for validating me."
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