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Episode-1480- What Might a Free Market Education System Look Like

Perhaps Not Such a Bad Idea

Perhaps Not Such a Bad Idea

Note - There will be ZERO teacher bashing in this show.   Well zero teacher bashing as a wholesale group anyway, I promise.

Yesterday I pointed out how many problems and divisions in society would not even exist if the state were not involved in key issues.  Once again I dared touch the sacred cow of pubic education.  Once again my inbox is crammed full of hate mail because I am “bashing teachers” when the truth is the word teacher wasn’t even used in yesterday’s show.

Why this reaction?  Because logical and other wise intelligent and sane people become irrational even to the state of temporary insanity when something they see is necessary is called unnecessary.  They may not know why they even believe it to be necessary, they just do and that alone causes at times even a violent response when anyone even infers that they are wrong.

School is important and an education is priceless.  Every child has a fundamental right to an education, everyone knows that right?  There are both truths and inaccuracies in those statements and combined they create what we call a logical fallacy.  What is a logical fallacy?  Logical fallacies are unsubstantiated assertions that are often delivered with a conviction that makes them sound as though they are proven facts.  This is often done by taking true facts and combing them with total fabrication or unsubstantiated conclusions based on some of the actual facts.

In this case “school is important”, well no, education is important, but school is only one form of education.  School is not required for education to even occur.

Every child has a right to an education is another one.  We must first understand that a right as used above means the following…

A moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.

This means that there is a moral and legal obligation to provide everyone with an education.  Is that actually the case?   I don’t believe it is, not in the way we are led to believe anyway.

This also omits a critical reality, that every right comes with corresponding responsibilities.  Further that the State is to ensure rights primary by not oppressing them or allowing others to oppress them.

For instance your right to free speech comes with responsibility to not say incite violence or yell fire in a crowded theater.  More over, the state isn’t responsible to provide you a venue for your free speech nor to force people to listen to you, only to ensure your rights are not trampled on, nor are they permitted to impede them.  This brings us to yet another fallacy, the “fallacy of omission” which is…

Errors occur because the logician leaves out necessary material in an argument or misdirects others from missing information.

The reality is there are hundreds of fallacies and almost all of them at one point or another could be applied to most things we hold sacred such as public education.

Today I would like to examine what a true free market education system might look like.  Once we do I ask that you use logic and reason to determine for yourself not if such a system would be perfect, only would it be better than what we have.  Every system is flawed, this doesn’t mean a system with flaws can’t be better than a system with even greater flaws.  To assert that a flawed system isn’t a better system simply because it has some flaw, when the underlying system itself has greater flaws, is also a fallacy, can anyone name that fallacy?

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Is every child entitled to a good education
  • Does the current system provide a good education to every child
  • Who’s children are they anyway
  • Why teachers are not to blame
  • Why teachers can’t fix the system and why many would not if they could
  • Answering the big but what if style questions…
    • But who decides if an education is valid
    • How would we ensure standards are met or that standards are valid
    • What about children that can’t afford a “good education”
    • Then how would we insure access to education if not provision of education
    • But students with wealthier parents get a better education this way
    • But every other modern nation provides public education
    • But children need school for social skills, to meet other people, etc.
    • This system will create an unfair advantage for many
    • But we have to at least make sure that the average person can read, write and do math
  • Why we must abolish compulsory public education to solve most of our current problems
  • The system I would institute to wean society off the current system
    • No child can be compelled to go to any school ever, the end
    • The state can continue to offer education but not compel attendance
    • A taxes funding education are to be lowered in an evenly apportioned manner as students exit the system
    • Any person or entity may set up any form of education as longs as the activities conducted are other wise legal
    • Any group or entity may set up a standards body, publish its own standards and issue certifications
    • The only state over sight is contract resolution criminal police enforcement
    • The contract resolution component must be voluntary
  • Why a free market system would work better even if it has flaws

Resources for today’s show…

The Red Skin Peach

The Red Skin Peach

Bob Wells Plant of the weekRed Skin Peach –  Adaptable from zone 5-B to zone 9.
This is an off shoot of the old time Elberta Peach. Excellent quality all-purpose yellow freestone. It is frost hardy, disease resistant and very sweet. It does not require a pollinator and ripens early to mid-July. This is Bob Wells personal favorite when it comes to peaches. Find this plant and more at Bob Wells Nursery. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1176- Shawn Hipskind – Libertarian Candidate for Arkansas Governor

Shawn Hipskind and Family

Shawn Hipskind and Family

I am joined today but the first ever political candidate on TSP.  Shawn Hipskind my long time friend is running for Governor of the State of Arkansas as a Libertarian.  Shawn’s real goal isn’t so much winning but to bring awareness to problems in our political system, how votes are bought and paid for and the concept of zero dollar campaigns.

I want to warn some of our audience that today you are likely to hear many things you disagree with.  Specifically on many libertarian issues like the use of force, the war on drugs and gay marriage.  Note that no one is trying to convince you of anything, frankly no one is trying to tell anyone here how to live their lives.  What we are simply asking is that you at least consider some of these concepts in a new light.

Not interfering with another individuals natural rights does not mean your endorsement of their decision as to how to exercise said rights.  If you want to learn more about official positions of the Libertarian Party you can do so at LP.org.

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-545- Five More Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty

Today’s show expands on yesterday’s and gives you five more lies that most American’s believe to be true. No conspiracy theories or tin foil hat concepts here. This stuff is all wide open and easy to verify as fact by reading simple history and looking at current realities.  Again think about the fact that this show was done in advance of the economic recession.  Before the election of Barack Obama and the fully commanding take over of the House and Senate by the democrats.

At the time I did this show the Dow Jones was still hovering around 12,000 and was a few weeks away from the massive October crash and later the February of 09 cliff dive.   There were no Tea Parties, the unemployment rate was about 5.5%.  People like me at that time were being publicly called nuts for saying that now was the time to protect yourself and that bad times were on the way.

Sorry for the background noise in today’s show, while I think the audio is over all much better my mobile studio seemed to attract every semi truck on the highway on that day.

Tune in today to get my thoughts on,

  • The lie that the “governments role is to solve the problems of the people”
  • How ridiculous the concept of a “government that would solve individual problems” would be in a discussion among the Founding Fathers
  • The lie that “America is the freest nation in the world”
  • One thing that you can do in many countries that will get you arrested at gun point in America
  • The lie that we need to “spend more on national defense”
  • The fact that the U.S. spends more money on our military then the combined military budgets of every other nation in the world combined
  • The reality that the U.S. economic system is now best defined as fascist
  • The lie that it is “normal for the price of goods and cost of living to continually rise over time”
  • The effect of having a false paper currency backed by nothing and what a 1935 silver quarter still buys today
  • The lie that “politicians should be experienced”
  • How a government of “career politicians” have destroyed our freedom, yet not had to live with the consequences of their decisions as private citizens
  • Why a Kansas farmer, Texas rough necker or Detroit auto worker would all be better as our senators then the people we have in office today

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-418- Audience Feedback for 4-16-10

I still am sitting on a huge back log of questions and inputs from my week away so I though I would do some catching up for you today.  Additionally some recent shows have provoked a few questions/concerns/objections that I thought I would handle today as well.

I have also been asked on the forum to do a show called “The Best of the Tin Foil Hat Brigade”, discussing the possible reality behind some conspiracy theories.  That may be a bit much for an entire show if such theories are not your thing so today I will pick one or two from that thread and give you my opinion (note the word OPINION) on them.

Tune in today to discuss…

  • Barter is reportable as income to the IRS – SO WHAT!
  • Do I “hate government” and want all things turned over to the corporations
  • Is there anything at all behind the 9-11 Truther Movement
  • Is now a good time to buy gold and silver given their current pricing
  • How much longer will vacuum sealed seeds store than conventionally stored
  • Fluoride is a toxin?  Yes!
  • Buying metal online or locally and the sales tax effect

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-363- Listener Feedback 1-25-10

We have another round of your comments and questions today on subjects such as permaculture, a government grab of 401K money, sharing the prepper mindset with friends and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Prepping a garden with out digging and not using Round Up
  • Prepping for truckers and others who travel with work
  • Ideas for Zone One planting for a permacultured yard
  • How to share prepping with out the typecast hurting you
  • Truck or car if you can only have one vehicle?
  • The legalities and mechanics of squirrel trapping
  • Spreading prepping by gardening
  • A Texas mom plans all family meals for 1 full year (stealth prepping)
  • A report from a listener who ordered from a few sponsors of TSP
  • A trick from Korea with gas cans and water (you got to hear this one)
  • Is the government coming after our 401ks, it sure looks like they plan to

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-269- The Issues Test, Where Do you Stand and Why?

I haven’t talked about much in the political sphere for a while and a lot is going on out there.  Rather then go into any single issue (down a rabbit hole) I though I would revisit this topic that I did originally about a year ago.   The key here is on any issue how should we examine and dissect it before we choose to back or oppose it?

The thing we must understand is as homesteaders, modern survivalists and self sufficiency advocates these things do effect us.  These are decisions that once made by our elected officials (that seem to think they are there to rule us instead of serve us) we are forced to live with them as our our children and our children’s children for many decades.

This information is to help you decide where you stand, not to make you think the way I do!

Tune in today to hear discussion on the following questions we should ask about any issue..

  • Will it effect me? (me meaning us, the average American)
  • Does it increase or decrease the power of government?
  • Is it Constitutional?
  • Does it make people that agree on 95% of issues fight amongst themselves?
  • What is it going to cost us? What is our ROI on it?
  • Who is paying for it?  Who benifits the most financially?
  • Is my personal prejudice or bias influencing my judgment on this?
  • What happens if we take this action?
  • What happens if we don’t do anything?
  • Does it set up the future potential for government intrusion in more areas?
  • Do I really need to be “for” or “against” this issue?
  • If we only focused on issues that “passed the test” what would be left?
  • How would that effect the ability of our government to bullshit us?
  • If everyone did this, would we know “what we believe” and “why we believe it”?

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, (866-658-4465) please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-137- Individual Secession from The Systems

Can an individual alone secede from the current system of politics and government support?  Yes I believe that you can.  It is not “un American” or a “renouncement of citizenship” and it isn’t anything like a state seceding from The Union.

No instead it is an affirmation of citizenship and the responsibility that goes with it.  Today I start off answering a question about Mitchell Fishing reels from an earlier episode, get into more on the Trillion Dollar Stimulus and end up with my personal declaration of independence from “the systems”.

I ask you to listen and consider what I am saying, I will be formalizing this “act of secession” this weekend and asking others to join in.

I am also giving away two tactical slings from SOE Tactical Gear today, so make sure to listen for the code word and email it as instructed to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Links for Today

Episode-107- User Feed Back for Dec. 10th 2008

Today’s show is a bit of a change up with some feed back responses to emails, blog comments and forum posts from our listeners.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Yes Jack Screwed up and gave out two different contest code words (don’t worry I accepted both)
  • The call to arms yesterday was not “the commandments of Jack” (grin)
  • Yes you should call your 5 key government reps the allocate and spend about 40% of your income collectively and have racked up about 440K of debt on your behalf
  • Can the government do anything right?  What about the GI Bill and the Civil Rights Act?
  • A bit on Manna Storehouse, yes it really happened here in America
  • The real “conspiracy” today is in the food and money industries, not in FEMA
  • Thoughts about Alex Jones (not everyone that listens to Alex is in the Tin Foil Hat Brigade)
  • I tried the solar water heat sink (black water barrel) it worked
  • Thoughts about antifreeze and being sure you don’t harm animals with it
  • Thoughts on “not timing the market”, all it really amounts to is an advisers excuse for failure
  • Why mutual funds are NOT what you think they are
  • My commitment to you, including my commitment to occasionally piss you off, it’s my job

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Please get involved with Stockings for Soldiers as well.

Episode-43- Five More Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty

Today’s show expands on yesterday’s and gives you five more lies that most American’s believe to be true. No conspiracy theories or tin foil hat concepts here. This stuff is all wide open and easy to verify as fact by reading simple history and looking at current realities.

Sorry for the background noise in today’s show, while I think the audio is over all much better my mobile studio seemed to attract every semi truck on the highway today.

Tune in today to get my thoughts on,

  • The lie that the “governments role is to solve the problems of the people”
  • How ridiculous the concept of a “government that would solve individual problems” would be in a discussion among the Founding Fathers
  • The lie that “America is the freest nation in the world”
  • One thing that you can do in many countries that will get you arrested at gun point in America
  • The lie that we need to “spend more on national defense”
  • The fact that the U.S. spends more money on our military then the combined military budgets of every other nation in the world combined
  • The reality that the U.S. economic system is now best defined as fascist
  • The lie that it is “normal for the price of goods and cost of living to continually rise over time”
  • The effect of having a false paper currency backed by nothing and what a 1935 silver quarter still buys today
  • The lie that “politicians should be experienced”
  • How a government of “career politicians” have destroyed our freedom, yet not had to live with the consequences of their decisions as private citizens
  • Why a Kansas farmer, Texas rough necker or Detroit auto worker would all be better as our senators then the people we have in office today

Resources for today’s show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Episode-14- Troubled Times and a Troubled Economy

This podcast is kind of a recap of a lot of what we have discussed already. Hear my thoughts on Toyota and GM shutting down plants and some other things. We will discuss..

  • Fuel Efficiency and Mopeds
  • Should we listen to “stay the course” when it comes to investing
  • Adjusting to a new lifestyle without “sacrifice”
  • A new form of “Transportation Taxation”
  • Time based and lane based toll charges are coming
  • The real movement toward self sufficiency
  • Small scale farming coming to suburbia
  • The Texas “Natural Gas Boom”
  • The nervous laughter of reporters discussing “growing your own food”
  • In 1929 it was a run on the banks, today it could be a run on the market
  • The effect of Baby Boomers moving money from stock to “safer investments”

Resources for this Podcast