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The Great Indoctrination

by baldilocks

The Left has been build­ing Amer­ica up for overt communism/​socialism/​marxism/​progressivism — hence­forth called left­ism – for a long, long time. Most edu­ca­tional sys­tems have long ceased to edu­cate their charges properly.They baldilockshave ceased to define objec­tively the con­cepts of left­ism, small-​l lib­er­al­ism, cap­i­tal­ism, basic eco­nom­ics and, of course, his­tory. Specif­i­cally, edu­ca­tional sys­tems stopped call­ing left­ist con­cepts and ide­olo­gies by name. This made it eas­ier to present these prin­ci­ples as good and nec­es­sary – present them as rights.

The accepted and assumed “truth” that left­ist prin­ci­ples are rights is virus-​like. It has become so per­va­sive that, when those who are prop­erly edu­cated, for­mally or oth­er­wise, try to explain how and why such prin­ci­ples aren’t rights guar­an­teed by the US Con­sti­tu­tion and how the imple­men­ta­tion of these “rights” has bank­rupted this nation and how it has rad­i­cally altered life in this coun­try for the worse, explain­ers get labeled adversely: racist, Nazi, Uncle Tom, fas­cist, Aunt Jemima, sex­ist, tool of the Patri­archy, or some com­bi­na­tion thereof, depend­ing on the coat­ing and plumb­ing of the Cas­san­dra in ques­tion. And, these labels stick for the same rea­son – because the def­i­n­i­tion and his­tory behind those terms isn’t taught either. So, for exam­ple, instead of a Nazi being defined as some­one who oppresses a set of per­sons, a Nazi is defined as some­one who stops another from oppress­ing a set of persons.

And, in the wake of the sow­ing of those seeds, the human emo­tions of cov­etous­ness have fur­ther soft­ened the ground for Left­ism. The idea of profit beyond a cer­tain limit being morally wrong stems from noth­ing but envy. There­fore, if the reg­u­lar Jane knows noth­ing about gov­ern­ment or eco­nom­ics or his­tory except for the dis­torted top­i­cal ver­sions dis­pensed by the aver­age pub­lic edu­ca­tional sys­tem, the aver­age uni­ver­sity sys­tem and/​or the seven o’clock news, she can be con­vinced, for exam­ple, that nation­al­iz­ing the oil indus­try will bring down her gaso­line bill. She can be con­vinced that cor­po­ra­tions are the enemy of the worker. She can be con­vinced that their money is her money — stolen out of her pocket. She can be con­vinced that all prof­its of other indi­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions belong to her and those like her. She can be con­vinced that the great, almighty gov­ern­ment can save her and every­one from the das­tardly, mustache-​twirling cor­po­ra­tions. And, ulti­mately, she can be con­vinced that the icon of Hope and Change — the very flow­er­ing of the Left­ist trans­for­ma­tion plan for Amer­ica – can and will make all of her dreams come true.

And so it is that the Cas­san­dras, elo­quent though they may be, will go unheeded for the most part.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

The Left has been building America up for overt communism/socialism/marxism/progressivism—henceforth called leftism–for a long, long time. Most educational systems have long ceased to educate their charges properly.They baldilockshave ceased to define objectively the concepts of leftism, small-l liberalism, capitalism, basic economics and, of course, history. Specifically, educational systems stopped calling leftist concepts and ideologies by name. This made it easier to present these principles as good and necessary–present them as rights.

The accepted and assumed “truth” that leftist principles are rights is virus-like. It has become so pervasive that, when those who are properly educated, formally or otherwise, try to explain how and why such principles aren’t rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and how the implementation of these “rights” has bankrupted this nation and how it has radically altered life in this country for the worse, explainers get labeled adversely: racist, Nazi, Uncle Tom, fascist, Aunt Jemima, sexist, tool of the Patriarchy, or some combination thereof, depending on the coating and plumbing of the Cassandra in question. And, these labels stick for the same reason–because the definition and history behind those terms isn’t taught either. So, for example, instead of a Nazi being defined as someone who oppresses a set of persons, a Nazi is defined as someone who stops another from oppressing a set of persons.

And, in the wake of the sowing of those seeds, the human emotions of covetousness have further softened the ground for Leftism. The idea of profit beyond a certain limit being morally wrong stems from nothing but envy. Therefore, if the regular Jane knows nothing about government or economics or history except for the distorted topical versions dispensed by the average public educational system, the average university system and/or the seven o’clock news, she can be convinced, for example, that nationalizing the oil industry will bring down her gasoline bill. She can be convinced that corporations are the enemy of the worker. She can be convinced that their money is her money—stolen out of her pocket. She can be convinced that all profits of other individuals and corporations belong to her and those like her. She can be convinced that the great, almighty government can save her and everyone from the dastardly, mustache-twirling corporations. And, ultimately, she can be convinced that the icon of Hope and Change—the very flowering of the Leftist transformation plan for America–can and will make all of her dreams come true.

And so it is that the Cassandras, eloquent though they may be, will go unheeded for the most part.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!