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Dummy farm

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 4, 2007

Socialized education not only fails its constituency miserably — witness today’s utterly uneducated, and essentially ineducable, masses. As this article at Chicago Boyz aptly points out, it and its class allies also constantly sing a refrain blaming the very imbecility of the supposedly brainless proletariat, and its easy manipulation by The Man (currently embodied by President Monkey), for every political and electoral ill (i.e., election of a Republican, for starters) visited on the commonwealth:

This rant ascribes motivations to the right but the belief that capitalism wants a mindless populace seems not just elitist but stupid. What time warp are they in that they believe modern manufacturers are best served by automatons or service businesses by self-absorbed, illiterate clerks?

Given the monopolistic politics of America’s teacher’s colleges, this seems a bit disingenuous. But it is a lack of imagination, a lack of self-consciousness – indeed, a lack of intelligence. . . .

This is a nice point, though I would extend the concept of “monopolistic politics” to the entire education establishment, including teachers’ unions and public school boards. But the heart of the argument is very powerful: Who is it that keeps pumping out this unskilled, obese and civically unengaged cannon fodder of the military industrial complex, at an ever-increasing price? It is this very monopoly.

Many conservatives believed, at some time in the past 20 years, that major tax reform would take place during their lifetimes. It is clear that will never happen, short of revolution. Public education reform is every bit as onerous a task, and no less important for this country’s future. Both projects require, if there is any hope of success, complete destruction of the existing systems, and both face insuperable political and institutional obstacles.

It’s getting to be that being conservative, and really thinking about these issues, is pretty radical.

UPDATE:  Actually, add a third Impossible Dream:  Cleaning up — or cleaning out — Foggy Bottom (via IP).

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3 Responses to “Dummy farm”

  1. Ken Larson said

    I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. I believed another Vietnam could be avoided with defined missions and the best armaments in the world.

    It made no difference.

    We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

    Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

    There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

    The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

    So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

    This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

    The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

    For more details see:

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

  2. Ara Rubyan said

    “It’s getting to be that being conservative, and really thinking about these issues, is pretty radical.”

    That’s funny! And you’ve topped it by including an illustration from a book by, of all people, George Orwell! The irony is so thick I couldn’t cut it with a chainsaw.

  3. I just got back from a lunch where the table next to me (yes I was eavesdropping) was talking about liberal politics, as they regularly name dropped the editors and editorialists that they knew at the LA times.

    It was interesting to hear them bash Conservatives as just not getting it, and then talk about how their children are doing in PRIVATE SCHOOL? If this is the system that they fight for so much, why don’t they trust it enough to enroll their own children? It’s not like the ciricula and administration are right wingers forcing their views down the student body?

    The system needs to be fixed. My mother has been a teacher in CA for near 20 years…she is well aware of the politics that drives the education, not the actual educational needs to students…how does tenure benefit a child? The teachers unions have a stranglehold on the process, and they’re not going to let go (as obsolete unions tend not to). It’s unusual that the more we try to “fix” the system, the worse it gets…and the logical response? Do more of the same, with more ferocity.

    Tear it down. Rebuild it.

    Animal Farm wasn’t really a “pro left” book Ara…that is assuming you read the same version I did.

    For the modern “Two Minutes of Hate”, see DailyKos.

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