The Blackboard Jungle

days spent beating back the seeds of doubt

Monday, December 06, 2004

Another blogger posits that there are two political perceptions of the world:
"a politics teacher once told us, that the basic difference between the political left and the political right is that the left believe that people (by which I mean the general populus, rather than the people in power) are inherently good, and that it is bad leadership / rules of society / corruption that can make them bad, whereas the right believe that people are inherently bad and that only rules, punishment and (usually material) incentives can make them good."

Alvin Toffler, however, posits that school teaches you three things:

To be Punctual.

To be Obedient.

To perform Repetitive Tasks Uncomplainingly.

These are the skills needed by the Military-Industrial Complex not only to mass produce useless goods with built in obsolescence, but also to fight their dirty wars.

That time of year. I have to teach Marxist critical theory again. Can you tell?