Despotism 101

Despots stay in power by fighting wars.  Foreign wars.  Only by continually sending the most capable, patriotic young males off to fight and die elsewhere do they avert an eventual uprising at home. At least until enough inculcation has occured in the educational system.  For years and years Castro sent his youth off to wars elsewhere.  Chavez is gearing up to do the same in Columbia.  The patriotic ones, the ones that are willing to stand for something are the ones that need to be kept occupied, bled off, distracted, rendered ineffectual.  The slackers, the dopers, the ones that don’t have enough gumption to do anything but complain are not to be feared. 
Orwell presaged dumbing down the general populace by removing words to conceptualize radical or threatening ideas. Argueably we have done the same with our educational system that produces students who finish near the bottom in international comparisons.
That’s not change.
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About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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2 Responses to Despotism 101

  1. thedrpete says:

    70% of today’s high school and college students have zip critical-thinking skills. Intentionally. The exceptions are mostly athletes and band members because coaches cannot afford to not teach and develop them. Only a tiny minority have the capacity to make a moral choice.

  2. Drik says:

    Sort of like cross training at the gym. You get good at whatever you practice. Teaching to the test creates adults who are good at taking one specific kind of test.

    Heinlein addressed this on one of my favorite aphorisms of his:
    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    Our schools are not building human beings.

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