Posts Tagged ‘public schools’

Technology, Socialism, and the Human Mind

February 26, 2013

In the last thirty years, under the Western Socialist Democracies like the U.S. and Europe, and especially under the Asian economies, like India and Japan, we have seen a huge amount of human energy put into the development of technology, while at the same time these societies have become more and more bureaucratic. What has been the effect of these two simultaneous developments on the brain of the Human Being?

The development of the computer, and the multitude of gadgets that now incorporate computers within themselves, has meant that the Human Brain and Human Thought have become more and more mechanical. It now requires a mechanical brain to successfully negotiate with the world, while previously it required an intelligent, energetic brain, that was not conditioned by the step one, step two, step three, mechanical necessities of the computer. The politicians have even touted computers in the classroom, and we now are developing generations of humans who have been conditioned since childhood in a completely mechanical way, so that anyone of thirty or under has now probably had their brains deeply conditioned since childhood by this new necessary way of thinking, while those over thirty did not have such conditionings in their early childhood, but have been forced to think in that mechanical way later in life.

What is going to be the longterm effect of this mechanical technology on the Human Brain and the way man thinks?

After all, man has had to rely on his memory and experience for survival since time immemorial, but now, with the computer, a vast number of facts that used to be held in the head of the expert, can now be held in the head of the computer discs, so what need is there for the memory expert, or the masterful reference librarians of the past, who displayed the art of memory, association, and linkage with what was in the library’s collection? Google wiped them out.

So, a vast amount of mental energy, that used to be used in a non-linear way, is now exclusively channeled into mechanical, procedural, step-by-step processes, that make the mind dull and repetitive.

Perhaps in this fact lies the appalling shallowness and superficiality of modern art forms, such as pop music or cinema. These art forms blossomed in the pre-computer age, but now they are moribund and superficial.

So one asks, if the human mind has been made both redundant and second-class by the computer when it comes to calculation and memory, what is the function of the human mind, and what will be its function in the future? Moreover, can a brain which is so heavily conditioned from childhood in the mode of mechanical thinking ever brake out of the patterns it has been put through for years in our horrendous public schools, which merely develop children to be fodder for the corporations?

One might well ask, why haven’t things gone the other way? Why, with such a rich earth that could easily provide all the basic necessities for everyone, haven’t we put all the vast energy we have put into technology and armaments into freeing the human mind from conditioning, instead of reinforcing that conditioning through technology? Say all that energy had been put into philosophy, into understanding why mankind lives such a disordered, problematic life. Perhaps we would now have an orderly, non-violent world, where children were encouraged to think out the problems that will confront them as people — not just as wage-earners.  But mankind seems only fascinated by the latest technological gadget. The problems that occupied the Greek Philosophers, the Buddhists and Hindus, the Rabbis and Church Fathers — all these have very little interest for modern man.

And, added to the deadening of the Human Mind by the repetitive, mechanical technologies, are the Socialist Bureaucracies and Corporate Destuctiveness that is pervasive throughout the so-called Western Democracies. Socialist societies suck up more and more energy from the individual (at least the one not on a pension or some form of welfare), as they make more and more demands on him, and create more and more economic inflation. The Obama medical insurance mandate, his zwang-arbeit “national service” plan, which in Jefferson’s day was called “slavery”, his constant inflation of the currency to bail out the banking interests he represents and takes huge sums from in his campaigns, and the raising of tax rates — all these are examples of this sucking away the life energy of the individual by the Socialist State. The pattern is virtually identical in other socialist democracies like Canada, the Eurozone, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and Israel.

Any individual who manages to survive on their own in these socialist bureaucratic societies, and haa some energy left over for philosophical examination of his own psyche and behavior, will soon find that energy submerged by the mechanical demands of either the computer, or some other gadget, like the new computerized cars. Modern life has become far more complex than any previous age in this mechanical aspect, as well as its governmental-bureaucratic aspects.

So between the mechanical technologies, and the demands on the individuals freedom and energy by the socialist societies, the Human Being is being destroyed, and completely transformed into a mechanically-brained robot, whose mind is incapable of breaking out of its conditioned pattern. The vital energy he needs to wholly confront life, as the Indian did, is now broken up and fragmented into a thousand unintegrated actions, thanks to the computer and the Socialist. His only outlets are amusement and entertainment, which is why television and video media have become so important in modern life. Entertainment is what most people seek in the modern world, not Philosophy or Truth, or transforming this rotten world society.

The Libertarian Philosophy, or Classical Liberalism, is the only response we see in society to this all-pervasive bureaucratic mechanicalism, for it is the only political movement based on a philosophy of Natural Rights, and not merely politics. But in a world so heavily ruled by the socialist’s governments, and the gadgets, Libertarianism has very little chance of breaking through. In the last American election, it garnered only one percent of the vote, which is probably about the percentage of people remaining who have not been completely conditioned by the mechanical world, or brainwashed into the various political ideologies, Left, Center, and Right. Libertarianism is far beyond these mere political ideologies, for it is the only political movement with only one goal: the mental and physical Liberty and Freedom of Humankind.

The Human Mind is dying out thanks to the machine and the government socialist, and only the Libertarian Philosophy of Natural Rights stands in the way.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww—Silverwolf

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The Socialist Trap: Public Education

February 12, 2010

One of the many traps which this Behemoth called the State, or Collectivist government, sets for the unwary child is public education. It will probably seem at first glance that anyone advocating against public education must be a Neanderthal Wolf, not attaining to the sophistication of the modern Social wolf, with his massive State. Such an individual must be an anti-Social, who would send us back to the days of Dickens, where starving street urchins would roll in London filth, rather than being in a “decent” school.

Of course, this view greatly exaggerates the fallout from the instant closure of all public schools, and complete suspension of government subsidies to private schools. While it is true that there would be many cases of a negative impact, say on the rare child who is absolutely gaga in love with his school, loves all his teachers and every subject, and can’t wait to get on the schoolbus. However, for the vast majority of children, public schools are little more than boring prisons which get the child on the path to frustration and anti-social behaviour, and closing them would be greeted by whoops of joy from America’s children. After all, who wants to be locked up seven hours a day, when several if not all of those hours are spent in boredom, while the sun is shining, and outside the class window there is a lizard running up the oak, who is far more interesting than the boring teachers lecture on ” a citizens duty of obedience to the state”.

Do the adults of a society have the right to collectively imprison millions of children who have no voice in their imprisonment, or recourse through the law? Have we adults forgotten the child’s drive towards Freedom, as it attains first Consciousness of it’s powers as a Human Being? Liberals, who are de rigeur pro-public education as if it were Vitamin C, don’t seem to mind the great talents they suppress when they force a child into public education, while his parents are forced to pay taxes not only for public education, but also the hefty fees for private schools, if they don’t want him to be brainwashed beyond point of redemption into a passive robot, or a ball of frustrated fury.

Why should not a child work if he loves the thing he is doing, the desire to work is not only voluntary but begged for, and the child can make an income that would rival the upper 10% of the adult population? Should that child be forced into a prison camp for the best hours of his day and years of his early life (and with graduate school, that now extends to thirty), and be stuffed with information that he could get out of a book in a minute, or spend years couped up, when he could learn the “three Rs” at home from videos in a few weeks?

The Libertarian emphatically says “no”.

And, of course, we have not mentioned the very Libertarianly important factor of the Rights of the Parents. Say they perceive a very great talent in the child, peradventure for painting, music, daytrading soybean futures, or animal caregiving, and the child wants to pursue these ventures, should they and the child be denied the Right to “the pursuit of happiness”? Clearly the modern purveyors of public education are actually State-bully Fascists who want to make sure they continue to get those publicly-generated taxpayer-mulcted salaries and perks, and not the high-minded humanitarians they always claim to be, so deep does their brainwashing go.

And what would happen if we closed the public schools as Silverwolf suggests? Well, when there is a crying need the Market always seems to come in quickly and provide an efficient, in the short term, solution, and since it would suddenly fall on the parents and the community at large to educate the children if they felt that was of crying importance, then they would do something about it. They would determine what was relevant to their children’s education, and set about finding and hiring those competent by reputation, and not just through some bureaucratic credentialing regime, which is merely a testament to how much boring pablum a person will sit through before they are permitted the “license” to teach in the public schools, or even the private ones now.

While millions of public school teachers would be thrown out of work, tens of millions of Americans with skills ranging from changing washers or installing wells, to sewing quilts and stump removal, would be able to earn a livelihood by sharing their skills in exchange for monetary remuneration. Nor would they have to go through the thousand and one vetting loopholes that teacher’s unions use to protect their eggregious salaries, and obscene retirement packages. And all this mulcted at the public trough, from producing Capitalists in the private sector, who provide a steady gravy train of produce to be consumed by the parasitical teachers unions.

But what would happen to those wonderful and dedicated public school teachers, the kind we did find in many well-financed school districts in the 50s and 60s? Well, in a free market, obviously the good teachers would quickly be rehired, perhaps even at a higher salary, though probably with lower, or no, retirement benefits. But that would mean private schools would have no retirement payment worries, and could instead put all their capital towards hiring the best teachers, in their view, and capital improvements on their schools. The variety of different schools, and the quality of schools, which would soon become general knowledge once consumers had had some experience with the various institutions, would be a matter for the consumer to judge. Without the constant flow of funds steadily driving education costs through the roof for the last two score years, the competition over the scarcer education dollars would bring the cost of higher education down for everybody, and not just make it a province for the children of affluent Liberal Democrats and old-money Republicans. People, and children, could study what they wanted, where they wanted, when they wanted, and the only access factor would be cost.  There would be a small percentage of those who would be worse off under the abolition of public education, probably under five per cent we’d guess, but the benefits would accrue to the other 95% of children, who would be freed from years of bondage and boredom, which is leading to a more and more violent society, as the natural Libertarian impulses of Human Beings are being constantly thwarted by the bureaucratic red tape and obstacle courses of the modern Behemoth State.

And the public school pushers also conveniently forget that the child is learning from adults all the time, whether at school or at home. How many experiences and how much learning does a child miss because he doesn’t spend a few days watching his father or grandfather work, or sits listening to his grandmother reminisce about the way things used to work, way back before he was born. The Leftist-Collectivist-Liberal-Pietist coalition always leave out the damage which their do-gooding projects, which seem to always end up destroying Human Liberty, cause to millions. After all, the damage is always unseen. Who knows what valuable lesson that child might have learned from his grandfather, or the milkman, during the hours he was getting trigonometry drummed into a head that just as quickly drummed it out, and with the good common sense of the child too over the vapid stupidity of so many public school teachers.

Let’s end this now-unnecessary violation of Human Rights, which is helping to so badly degenerate our society into a mass of collectivist jelly, instead of an interaction of Individual Freedoms. Let’s close the public schools.

Socrates never needed to get “licensed by the State”.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf

“The Freeman” For Free, Man: A Libertarian’s Dream

July 16, 2009

Silverwolf has been exposing his brain neurons to a new set of those black little smudges, arranged in conventionally fixed orders, that the humans call “words”. These words make up back-issues of “The Freeman”, a Libertarian periodical that published from the mid-50s to the early 60s which the Mises Institute has just put online for the public’s perusal. It was incredible to read the criticisms of President Eisenhower, as a born-again New Dealer, and the Republican Party as not an opposite to the Democratic big-government statists, but a collaboration outfit. It reminded one exactly of the criticisms Presidential-candidate Ron Paul made of his own party during the campaign of ’08. (That’s 2008, for those of you reading this post centuries and millenia from now.) Many were the writers bemoaning the demise of Capitalism before the onslaught of the growing Socialist State, and a few months after Eisenhower’s inauguration, that were already saying that this was just a Truman dressed as General Eisenhower. Many more predicted an inevitable collapse of America now that Socialism has been institutionalized, not only in government, but in the mindset of the masses of Americans. Thoroughly brainwashed, they maintained, the vast majority took without critical thought the axioms of the New Dealers. One finds the exact same mentality today, methinks.

Did those early anti-Statist haters of Communism and Nazism think that it would take 54 years for their prognostications to come true? Methinks not. But now, before our eyes, we are watching the de-rollment of that final descent into the chaos of Socialism, and unfortunately we have a very charismatic President who, knowing he is bright, thinks he is always right, and who has mainly made a living from the public coffers, teaching law and serving in Congress. Unfortunate America probably needs a small businessman as President, as broadly read and charismatic as Obama, but solidly in the tradition of Austrian Economics, amalgamated to the Old Right’s love of the Jeffersonian Bill of Rights and Individualism,  so she can be lead by someone who has had to earn every penny they have through the Free Market, and that after surviving income taxes reaping 25-50% of the fruits of their labor. But college professors at public universities, who know that their bread is buttered by the coercive confiscation of somebody elses wealth, because someone decides that “public universities” are a right and a good, have never had to survive in a Capitalist market from day to day. Once they have tenure, they are on easy street, as long as they show up every day, smile, and don’t get angry at anyone in public. And this, despite centuries of having multitudes of private universities and colleges, who must compete with one another for the fees, and pay their professors according to the quality of their work, depending on how much revenue their lecturing can willingly bring in.  There is no need for “public universities”, because without regulation, private schools will come about when those who have a passion for it, and see a profit in it at the same time, set them up. (However, Silverwolf would agree with Jefferson that their might be a place for government’s trying to non-coercively insure that every citizen of the Republic learn how to read, so that at least they can read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But nowadays, this could more easily be done through the internet, instead of setting up this abhorrent Behemoth of public schools, that provides welfare jobs to the mostly mediocre teachers and staff, while stifling and boring to death the youth of America as they are brainwashed into group-think, and while taxing local property owners, many retirees living on pensions, outrageously.)

Yes, it’s a shame that this highly read, polished, and charismatic President should have and believe incorrect principles of economics. But the Public University does that to the mind because, if its “raison d’etre” were to be examined, it would have to dissolve itself immediately on the grounds of immorality. Yet it purports to exist based on principles of morality. And here we have the essence of its hypocrisy.

The President really needs to take a weekend off from stewarding America and hit the books, like Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” or Mises’ “Interventionism”. Perhaps it will hit him what he is doing wrong. But that would necessitate his repudiating the way he made a living for years, before becoming President. Yet without the experience of being a wage slave or a small businessman in America, having to cope with all the problems thrown at you by Big Government that dissipate so much of the life energy of Americans, Silverwolf doesn’t think these books would get through to him. Many who have had their Rights trampled on by racists and group-image perpetuators, seem to forget that immoral economics also violates the Rights of everyone. Rosa Parks and the American small Capitalist have a lot more in common than President Obama seems to realise.

But for those of us sick of the maudlin group-speak of the mainstream media, brainwashing the public 24-hours-a-day through commercials and news reports, the ragings of the writers at “The Freeman” penned 55 years ago, are as fresh as this morning’s forest air, at least to us Libertarian wolves.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf