Bad medicine today is driven by untenable assumptions about how things are done in America. These assumptions in turn are based upon a lack of creativity and curiosity that often presages the fall of a civilization. There seems to be a universal dullness of mind. We are directed to follow certain predetermined axioms, and not expected to question why. As in the totalitarian states, the people who can most rapidly and nimbly keep up with the Proclamation of the Day, no matter whether it makes sense or conflicts with the Proclamation of Yesterday, are the ones who thrive, or at least keep out of the prisons.
To become as thoroughly indoctrinated as the American people and American business community are today, the citizenry needs to experience a deep and far-reaching manipulation over a long time. And this is why the American schools are a critical part of striking our path towards slavery and obedience rather than creative reasoning.
John Taylor Gatto, a former NYC schoolteacher, has written extensively on childhood programming and indoctrination. His essay attached is excerpted in Lew Rockwell’s website. All rights, of course, are those of Mr. Gatto and Mr. Rockwell in turn.
The attached article, The Politics of Schooling, is a chapter excerpted from Mr. Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Public Education. It is worth reading. Fear and conformity are on the lesson plan. The art of not asking questions, the art of not standing out from the herd, the comfortable snuggling towards the apex of the bell curve, is valued.
The military history of the United States provides a good example of conflict in the organization and strategy of other institutions in America. I’ll break this essay up and follow it tomorrow with discussion of military history. But why do we discover that brilliance advances us, and yet instinctively turn towards dullness and mediocrity?