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The prime enemies to Capitalist America are well-adjusted and well-fed minority and working class kids.  Parents in the US are witnessing a reduction of 40% of their quality time to caring for their kids.  Kids return home alone, eat frozen food, watch TV, play video games, and isolated from their environment. Parents have to work twice harder for longer duration for less than what they earned three decades ago. Even national health care coverage for the downtrodden has barely passed Congress with drastic restrictions.  Kids are getting hooked to alcohol and drugs and are seeking gang-type protection against their loneliness and disorientation.  Fact is, most States considered satellites to the USA lack national health coverage and the schooling system is mostly privatized.

Why IQ is dropping dangerously?  James Coleman reached this conclusion: “Kids competence in school depend largely on the total effect of the environment (family, community…)  The total effect of school programs and system are secondary factors.  It is basically the lack of environmental support and care that is driving kids stupid and dropping from schools:  Kids are being herded to the job market earlier than expected and working in minimum wage jobs with no prospect for advance for lack of adequate education.

For example, Bush Junior has started this program “No Child Left Behind” and is continued by Obama with a nastier restriction.  This program is meant to just teaching kids to the test.  Kids are tested every couple of years and so are the teachers tested in “performance” of teaching to the test program.  Not only kids are not learning but teachers have been robbed of their educational rights to forming good minds, reflecting brains, offering various perspectives and point of views.  Students are to answer according to preset ideological programs.  Obama wants that teachers be evaluated by students!  Ignorant kids evaluating how well the teacher is preparing him to pass a stupid test. Teachers have to play kid among kids to earning his salary:  kids are not learning anything in deep; the educational system does not want to produce competent and creative kids:  Just kids proficient in passing tests.  Later on, proficient in scalping institutions and bypassing regulations by learning how the system works.

John Dewey (1859-1952), social reformer and influential in educational methods, was a prime US principal sources of inspiration to a progressive educational movement.  Dewey wrote: “The ultimate goal of education is not consumerism goods but producing free men, associated as equals.”  Dewey stated in 1920: “Power resides in the control of means of production, of exchange, of publicity, of transport, and of communication.  Those running these facilities are governing the society. The quest for profit is managed and controlled by banks, landowners, and barons of industries. This quest for profit is reinforced by the press, journalists, and the other vectors in publicity and propaganda.”

The British mathematician and philosopher, Bertrand Russell stated: “Education has for objective to extending values contrary to domination; it must be forming well-advised citizens, in a free society; to conciliate patriotism and liberty with individual creativity.  This pre-suppose treating children as we treat a young shoot endowed with proper nature:  Requiring the right soil, air, light, and water.

The current educational ideology can be summarized as follows: “Each individual, in an ideal configuration, seeks to a position of master among slaves.”  Relentless competition and the lure for quick gain are sure ways to destroying a sense of community.  Normal people are feeling insecure, afraid, and uneasy in their environment.  People are claiming to be “apolitical” (in a bad connotation) because they feel helpless to performing any social changes:  They simply blame the political structure, government, and official.

People are sensing after frequent crisis (preemptive wars, financial crashes, and reduction in opportunities and salaries) that governments are but shadows to the capitalist structure favoring private multinationals.  Capitalist enterprises impress upon governments the policies and laws that suit their monopoly over reducing common people to serfdom.

The media is not doing an honest job:  They are not pointing the finger to the proper sources of people’s insecurity and inequality in opportunity and wealth.

For example, David Moss of Harvard Business School compared two graphs extending for a century.  The first graph showed statistics of the gap between the rich and the poor in America over the years.  The second graph showed the tightening of financial regulations and financial crisis.  The two graphs matched completely.  In 1929, 10% of Americans hoarded 50% of the wealth (the 1% of the richest Americans disposed of 24% of the total wealth). In 2007, exactly the same gap between the classes were observed.  In Europe, more factors inter in times of crisis because the States are involved in supporting the downtrodden in matters of health, schooling, and subsidies to the less fortunates.  While in 1930 the gap shrank between the classes, this gap has not changed since 2007.  Most probably, the crisis is not over until the Federal government support the less fortunate in work opportunities and better salaries.

Note:  You are encouraged to read Noam Chomsky’s “For a humanist education”

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Puny avatar; why in the name of God?

Show me a single religion condemning

As blasphemy, the biggest sin of all,

Speaking in the name of God.

Puny avatar;

Why in the name of God?

Allah, Jehovah, Krishna, Buddha

Show me a single religion

Not inaugurating a President

In the name of a God.

Not haranguing the troops

In the name of a God.

Not persecuting other religions

In the name of a God.

Puny avatar; why are you hiding your weaknesses

In the name of a God?

Are you scaring me with eternal fire?

Is a candle burn not bad enough?

Are you frightening me to obedience by eternal pain?

Millions are suffering constant pain in hospitals, tents, in open air;

Of curable diseases, famine, thirst,

No pain-killer powerful enough to let go in peace.

Isn’t a single case bad enough to you?

Are you enticing me for immortality?

Anything scarier than boring immortality?

Puny avatar; why are you heaping your ignorant arrogance on me

In the name of a God?

Is there a single religion with enough imagination?

A total silence preceding a major cataclysm as God.

A complete darkness, not a candle flickering.

A world devoid of the feeling of touch;

Not a single soft breeze, not a wet loving kiss.

A world odorless and tasteless as God

Any one of that kinds of Gods would scare the hell out of me

And you won’t have to preach in his Name.

Puny avatar; talk in the name of God

And stay this dwarf: petty, mean, and coward.

Mankind! Stand up; wake up.

Dare speak in the name of Man.

Take on your responsibilities in the name of mankind.

Embrace your countless limitations;

Develop your limitless potentials.

Pray your God in the solitude of your heart;

Give grace to your God in the many ways to enjoying life;

For the opportunity to working with passion and sweating labor.

Puny avatar you were and is

In the name of God.

Try speaking in the name of man

With respect and humility to your fellow co-survivors

Sharing the same boat, the toil, hardship, and labor.

Sharing the smiles, joy, laughter, and compassion

Sharing what earth has in reserve to us all.

Singing with birds, the breeze, the sea wind.

Avatar you are and will be

And puny no more.

Led by women: US Labor movements (1840-1860)

David Montgomery in “Citizen worker: The experience of workers in the US with democracy and the free market during the 19th century” demonstrated that modern America was born of movements of workers’ protestations and demonstrations.

The workers’ press flourished from the beginning of the 19th century to 1930.  It was then suffocated by the private barons of industries after the scare tactics propaganda of the Red monster revolution in Russia.

Women were mostly the editors of workers’ presses and lambasted the new set of values of the barons of industries that reduced common people to experiencing degradation in their values, loss of dignity and independence, deprivation of self-esteem, decline of the status of workers as individuals, and the stepping back of culture.

For example, the “factory girls” of Lowell revolted when the owner cancelled the custom of workers assigning someone to read to them at loud voice when working. The women wrote:

who sells his work loses his liberty and becomes at the pay of enterprises controlled by rich aristocrats, ever ready to crush any minor protest to his right to serfdom. The alternative is that you sell the product of your work and save your individuality.  Workers must own the factories and regain their health, morale, intelligence, and their civil rights.”

The workers’ press denounced the “betrayal of clerks” in media, universities, and institutions concerned of legitimizing the tyranny of the “new spirit of the time” and disseminating degrading values of slaving for the job market. The US workers’ press and magazines preceded Karl Mark’ “Capital” by two decades.

Norman Ware’s book “The industrial Workers, 1840-1860:  The reaction of American industrial society to the advance of the industrial revolution” opened the way for further social studies that feel very current and most appropriate.

It is interesting to note that, during the social upheaval in France of 1848 (to deposing the monarch Louis-Philippe), women were the most vocal and active in march protests and denouncement.  The new breed of “psychologists” got in arm analyzing the activist women as ripe for asylum.  The club of psychologists and physicians claimed that women are not endowed with enough emotional strength to supporting “political excitements”.

Consequently, women activists tend to go overboard in zeal and relentless actions.  For example, women activists horrified the mental experts by wearing men’s cloth.  The experts would give samples of sober women, taking good care of husband, children, and home and then, suddenly dropping every social responsibilities to joining wholeheartedly the uprising.

The term “democratic sickness” was first introduced by Hamilton, just after the US independence, in order to siding with the aristocratic classes for governance.  “Democratic sickness” was taken up later on by the aristocrats and conservatives “thinkers” as a form of lunacy such as monomania, idiots, and demagogues.

Those passionate French women activists were haranguing the masses: “No more misery.  No more exploitation of man by man.  No more rich people.  No more police force.”  The same opinions on women activists were repeated after the Paris Commune in 1870.

Physicians strongly suggested that such women should be held in straight jackets because they are dangerous elements with ideas going contrary to nature in values relevant to family, properties, liberty, and constitution.

The German and English physicians worried that French “democratic sickness” could be physically contagious and they made sure to close borders to such trespassers for the duration of the upheaval.  The German physician Carl Starck warned of the “smaller brain size of French women that is organized in a peculiar manner, and fraught with pathological characteristics of autism and leading to physical degeneracy.”

The prime enemies to Capitalist America are well-adjusted and well-fed minority and working class kids.

Parents in the US are witnessing a reduction of 40% of their quality time to caring for their kids.  Kids return home alone, eat frozen food, watch TV, play video games, and isolated from their environment. Parents have to work twice harder for longer duration for less than what they earned three decades ago. Even national health care coverage for the downtrodden has barely passed Congress with drastic restrictions.

Kids are getting hooked to alcohol and drugs and are seeking gang-type protection against their loneliness and disorientation.  Fact is, most States considered satellites to the USA lack national health coverage and the schooling system is mostly privatized.


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