Wednesday, August 3, 2011

8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

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Bruce E. Levine
AlterNet

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. 

Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.

How exactly has American society subdued young Americans?

1. Student-Loan Debt. Large debt—and the fear it creates—is a pacifying force. 


There was no tuition at the City University of New York when I attended one of its colleges in the 1970s, a time when tuition at many U.S. public universities was so affordable that it was easy to get a B.A. and even a graduate degree without accruing any student-loan debt. While those days are gone in the United States, public universities continue to be free in the Arab world and are either free or with very low fees in many countries throughout the world. The millions of young Iranians who risked getting shot to protest their disputed 2009 presidential election, the millions of young Egyptians who risked their lives earlier this year to eliminate Mubarak, and the millions of young Americans who demonstrated against the Vietnam War all had in common the absence of pacifying huge student-loan debt.

Today in the United States, two-thirds of graduating seniors at four-year colleges have student-loan debt, including over 62 percent of public university graduates. While average undergraduate debt is close to $25,000, I increasingly talk to college graduates with closer to $100,000 in student-loan debt. During the time in one’s life when it should be easiest to resist authority because one does not yet have family responsibilities, many young people worry about the cost of bucking authority, losing their job, and being unable to pay an ever-increasing debt. In a vicious cycle, student debt has a subduing effect on activism, and political passivity makes it more likely that students will accept such debt as a natural part of life.

2. Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance. 

In 1955, Erich Fromm, the then widely respected anti-authoritarian leftist psychoanalyst, wrote, “Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man.” Fromm died in 1980, the same year that an increasingly authoritarian America elected Ronald Reagan president, and an increasingly authoritarian American Psychiatric Association added to their diagnostic bible (then the DSM-III) disruptive mental disorders for children and teenagers such as the increasingly popular “oppositional defiant disorder” (ODD). The official symptoms of ODD include “often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules,” “often argues with adults,” and “often deliberately does things to annoy other people.”

Many of America’s greatest activists including Saul Alinsky (1909–1972), the legendary organizer and author of Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals, would today certainly be diagnosed with ODD and other disruptive disorders. Recalling his childhood, Alinsky said, “I never thought of walking on the grass until I saw a sign saying ‘Keep off the grass.’ Then I would stomp all over it.” Heavily tranquilizing antipsychotic drugs (e.g. Zyprexa and Risperdal) are now the highest grossing class of medication in the United States ($16 billion in 2010); a major reason for this, according to theJournal of the American Medical Association in 2010, is that many children receiving antipsychotic drugs have nonpsychotic diagnoses such as ODD or some other disruptive disorder (this especially true of Medicaid-covered pediatric patients).

3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy. 

Upon accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990, John Taylor Gatto upset many in attendance by stating: “The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.” A generation ago, the problem of compulsory schooling as a vehicle for an authoritarian society was widely discussed, but as this problem has gotten worse, it is seldom discussed.

The nature of most classrooms, regardless of the subject matter, socializes students to be passive and directed by others, to follow orders, to take seriously the rewards and punishments of authorities, to pretend to care about things they don’t care about, and that they are impotent to affect their situation. A teacher can lecture about democracy, but schools are essentially undemocratic places, and so democracy is not what is instilled in students. Jonathan Kozol in The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home focused on how school breaks us from courageous actions. Kozol explains how our schools teach us a kind of “inert concern” in which “caring”—in and of itself and without risking the consequences of actual action—is considered “ethical.” School teaches us that we are “moral and mature” if we politely assert our concerns, but the essence of school—its demand for compliance—teaches us not to act in a friction-causing manner. 

4. “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.” 

The corporatocracy has figured out a way to make our already authoritarian schools even more authoritarian. Democrat-Republican bipartisanship has resulted in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, NAFTA, the PATRIOT Act, the War on Drugs, the Wall Street bailout, and educational policies such as “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.” These policies are essentially standardized-testing tyranny that creates fear, which is antithetical to education for a democratic society. Fear forces students and teachers to constantly focus on the demands of test creators; it crushes curiosity, critical thinking, questioning authority, and challenging and resisting illegitimate authority. In a more democratic and less authoritarian society, one would evaluate the effectiveness of a teacher not by corporatocracy-sanctioned standardized tests but by asking students, parents, and a community if a teacher is inspiring students to be more curious, to read more, to learn independently, to enjoy thinking critically, to question authorities, and to challenge illegitimate authorities.

5. Shaming Young People Who Take Education—But Not Their Schooling—Seriously. 

In a 2006 survey in the United States, it was found that 40 percent of children between first and third grade read every day, but by fourth grade, that rate declined to 29 percent. Despite the anti-educational impact of standard schools, children and their parents are increasingly propagandized to believe that disliking school means disliking learning. That was not always the case in the United States. Mark Twain famously said, “I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.” Toward the end of Twain’s life in 1900, only 6 percent of Americans graduated high school. Today, approximately 85 percent of Americans graduate high school, but this is good enough for Barack Obama who told us in 2009, “And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country.”

The more schooling Americans get, however, the more politically ignorant they are of America’s ongoing class war, and the more incapable they are of challenging the ruling class. In the 1880s and 1890s, American farmers with little or no schooling created a Populist movement that organized America’s largest-scale working people’s cooperative, formed a People’s Party that received 8 percent of the vote in 1892 presidential election, designed a “subtreasury” plan (that had it been implemented would have allowed easier credit for farmers and broke the power of large banks) and sent 40,000 lecturers across America to articulate it, and evidenced all kinds of sophisticated political ideas, strategies and tactics absent today from America’s well-schooled population. Today, Americans who lack college degrees are increasingly shamed as “losers”; however, Gore Vidal and George Carlin, two of America’s most astute and articulate critics of the corporatocracy, never went to college, and Carlin dropped out of school in the ninth grade.

6. The Normalization of Surveillance. 

The fear of being surveilled makes a population easier to control. While the National Security Agency (NSA) has received publicity for monitoring American citizen’s email and phone conversations, and while employer surveillance has become increasingly common in the United States, young Americans have become increasingly acquiescent to corporatocracy surveillance because, beginning at a young age, surveillance is routine in their lives. Parents routinely check Web sites for their kid’s latest test grades and completed assignments, and just like employers, are monitoring their children’s computers and Facebook pages. Some parents use the GPS in their children’s cell phones to track their whereabouts, and other parents have video cameras in their homes. Increasingly, I talk with young people who lack the confidence that they can even pull off a party when their parents are out of town, and so how much confidence are they going to have about pulling off a democratic movement below the radar of authorities?

7. Television. 

In 2009, the Nielsen Company reported that TV viewing in the United States is at an all-time high if one includes the following “three screens”: a television set, a laptop/personal computer, and a cell phone. American children average eight hours a day on TV, video games, movies, the Internet, cell phones, iPods, and other technologies (not including school-related use). Many progressives are concerned about the concentrated control of content by the corporate media, but the mere act of watching TV—regardless of the programming—is the primary pacifying agent (private-enterprise prisons have recognized that providing inmates with cable television can be a more economical method to keep them quiet and subdued than it would be to hire more guards).

Television is a dream come true for an authoritarian society: those with the most money own most of what people see; fear-based television programming makes people more afraid and distrustful of one another, which is good for the ruling elite who depend on a “divide and conquer” strategy; TV isolates people so they are not joining together to create resistance to authorities; and regardless of the programming, TV viewers’ brainwaves slow down, transforming them closer to a hypnotic state that makes it difficult to think critically. While playing a video games is not as zombifying as passively viewing TV, such games have become for many boys and young men their only experience of potency, and this “virtual potency” is certainly no threat to the ruling elite.

8. Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism. 

American culture offers young Americans the “choices” of fundamentalist religion and fundamentalist consumerism. All varieties of fundamentalism narrow one’s focus and inhibit critical thinking. While some progressives are fond of calling fundamentalist religion the “opiate of the masses,” they too often neglect the pacifying nature of America’s other major fundamentalism. Fundamentalist consumerism pacifies young Americans in a variety of ways. Fundamentalist consumerism destroys self-reliance, creating people who feel completely dependent on others and who are thus more likely to turn over decision-making power to authorities, the precise mind-set that the ruling elite loves to see. A fundamentalist consumer culture legitimizes advertising, propaganda, and all kinds of manipulations, including lies; and when a society gives legitimacy to lies and manipulativeness, it destroys the capacity of people to trust one another and form democratic movements. Fundamentalist consumerism also promotes self-absorption, which makes it difficult for the solidarity necessary for democratic movements. 

These are not the only aspects of our culture that are subduing young Americans and crushing their resistance to domination. The food-industrial complex has helped create an epidemic of childhood obesity, depression, and passivity. The prison-industrial complex keeps young anti-authoritarians “in line” (now by the fear that they may come before judges such as the two Pennsylvania ones who took $2.6 million from private-industry prisons to ensure that juveniles were incarcerated). As Ralph Waldo Emerson observed: “All our things are right and wrong together. The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.”


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88 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do not forget the teaching of "learned helplessness". In schools now there is no such thing as self defense. Should any student be attacked and defend themselves they are found to be just as guilty as the attacker and suspended or expelled.

Anonymous said...

The assumption that youth aren't being activists is invalid, and quite frankly insulting. As a youth activist (I'm 18) I'm well aquanted with many of the youth advocacy movements.

Stop accusing us of being passive.

Anonymous said...

i wasn't passive in school, and became a target of the adim people. fuckers planted insubordination and other bullshit charges all the time, exentually they were able to get rid of me. im a fucking strait A college student now. hmmmm....

Anonymous said...

^Good for you, I'm sure you're the best ever.

The fact is that there is a complete lack of concern, and of these points I have specifically noticed a lack of interest in learning, for the real issues that affect us today.

Janus Duo said...

Dear Anon,

You've gotta be kidding me, as an activist you are insulted by this free speech? What kind of activist are you? I call BS.

HS said...

It is true that there are still some youth activists left in this country, but I believe you are correct that activism has declined. Technology and surveillance is definitely a big issue;I have no idea how a large-scale movement could be orchestrated quietly these days. All it takes is one person posting about it on their facebook and the secret's out.

Anonymous said...

Many of us are awake, but not nearly enough (19)

Anonymous said...

I COnsider myself ans an activist and there are kids in my school who are aware of issues going on but I look around the classroom and see a bunch of pawns kids are taught to be self centered and aim for the grade rather than the information... it just makes me hate american culture more because these old buissness guys have manipulateed and brainwashed american youth for years for their own selfish cause... america will have no future

Anonymous said...

@Janus Duo

I'm not sure you understand the difference between being offended that someone is using their First Amendment rights and being offended that someone is using their First Amendment rights to say some ludicrous all-inclusive assumptive shit. Don't be offended if I call you a half-wit inbred thumb-sucking fudge packer with an IQ of 12, okay? I'm just exercising my free speech.

Anonymous said...

Bah..youth activists..what a crock.What have you ever done?Lobbied the government about inane politically correct non issues? bought Al Gores global warming scam? fought valiantly for gay marriage rights..? You "youth activists" are a bunch of useless whiners who don't know shit from shinola.Get stuffed.
Tyranny is all around you little punks..and you're too lazy, distracted and stupid to see it.
Shut up.and fuck off.

Anonymous said...

^anon, I am with you in the fact that there are many out there, including you and I, that are very aware and active, but as a majority those being brought up in these schools are passive and have been manipulated into subservity to society. I see these things everyday I am at school, very few students are aware of the many problems with our society, our government, and corprate America. By an overwhelming majority, those that are aware are to afiad to act on what they know which makes it incredebly difficult for those willing to act and attempt to shake things up, to try to make a change, to organize enough people to get anything going. There are many out there like you my friend, but we are a dying breed of people, and that is what this article is trying to say.

Mystikan said...

I don't think activism has declined so much as it has moved into new arenas. Many have now realised that traditional protest marches now achieve nothing, are a waste of time and resources, and after their 15 minutes' fame in the media are forgotten about. Whatever the protest was against then simply continues regardless of the protest. So now, people are taking more direct methods of getting their message out there. Consider the Anonymous attacks on Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Sony, HB Gary and other large and powerful organisations. Consider the LulzSec and AntiSec hacks and releases of sensitive information. It is these kinds of activities that have replaced the traditional protest march, in response to the availability and dependence of new technologies. We can see that some of these activists ("hacktivists") are now being arrested, just as their Vietnam War counterparts were - and these arrests are doing nothing to slow down the Anonymous movement. In the end, our individual desire for freedom and the right to run our own lives - an innate aspect of human nature - will fit us, and our children, with the skills and abilities we need to fight authoritarian oppression, despite the worst that the ruling elite can do.

Anonymous said...

Fear is the major problem in my opinion. Fear of the police state, the executive branch of the ruling class. Hell, I bet my IP address was logged just writing this.

Anonymous said...

I would like to challenge reason #5 on one basic principle. Back in the late 1800s, the class gap they knew then was vastly different than the class gap we know now. You could tell just by looking at someone then what their class was. Now, the majority of people have access to the comforts and commodities that back then, so lower classes view themselves as socially equal even if they are economically placed lower. It's the equalization of our society that can be blamed for the lack of overt rebellion; it's very hard to rally against the upper class if you know them, went to school with them, are friends with them... there simply isn't the same clearly visible division or hostility their was back then.

woodbill said...

I would also include the lack of a military draft -- facing conscription forces one to be aware of the risks associated w/ military service, and the foreign policy events of the moment, and how that may affect one. (As a former draft resister, I am not necessarily one you would think would advocate for conscription; however, the draft also exposes visibly the class basis of who serves -- or doesn't--, and where/how. Mandatory Conscription, either to the military or a CCC-type civilian alternative, would also do much for exposing young people to a much more diverse setting than most of them currently experience.

Anonymous said...

Today's youth are virtually dead, when it comes to being politically active, let alone "activists".

All that matters is that they're drinking their chai tea and it's broadcast on facebook for all to know.

Anonymous said...

@Anon ^
Are you really arguing on the internet? Not to mention immature name calling? I believe those are two major symptoms of acute asshole-ism. Grow up. If you don't think this article applies to you, then you're missing the point of this article. Stop being narrow minded and self centered and realize that this a a call to end passivity ALL around, not just within your little narcissistic world. Sheesh.

Erin said...

I believe that you are correct when you say that the youth of today are taught to be compliant young adults and not do anything about the way things are.
As an elementary student, I was ostracized because I was 'acting' out and not conforming with the rest of the class, therefore there was something wrong with me. I was tested multiple times, by multiple organizations who found nothing wrong with me, just being a normal kid, but I was still kicked out of school multiple times and separated from my classmates because I was "acting out". It got to a point where I only had one friend and no one wanted to associate with me. I was ten at the time. They even moved to expel me from the 4th grade, but were overruled by the student board because I was the smartest student in the school and pulled the class along with my scores on standardized testing. I moved to a different school after that year and didn't have any problems afterwards (though I never stopped voicing my opinion in my classes all the way through college).

While in college, I worked in a daycare system that ran out of schools. There I saw kids similar to how I was at that age, acting out for 'attention' and causing trouble. Their parents were encouraged and followed the advice of the administration and were medicated for being a kid.

It be repulsive and completely absurd what people can get away with a mere ten years after my own problems. This post really touched base for me.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I wish more people cared. Most of my friends are college educated and are very knowledgeable about the problems and the coming disaster if steps aren't taken. But they do nothing, they watch football, and continue to run in the rat race. I suppose I too continue in the hopes that one day I will have the power to effect change.

The funny thing is, when serious problems arise, there is always a loud minority of people who try to demonize the belief in the coming problems. Like peak oil and global warming, these problems are the number one threat to national and global security in the coming decades, world governments have begun to recognize this, but there are people in our country who still pretend like it's some sort of scam.

Consumerism and the desire to want more shit that you don't need is a big problem, especially considering that same consumption drives the earlier problems I mentioned, it also happens to continue the unfair trade deals we have with third world nations.

Now I'm just ranting, anyways, if you can't get support from the people, fight from within the system, get rich, contribute to research in AI, robotics, genetic research, or use that money to build a new charter school or build clean water wells in Africa.

Become the force for good, if no one else cares.

Charles Bosse said...

For the price of education now, students need to be more willing to demand their money back for courses that don't live up to demands. This can happen in higher education if students read other student reviews, and in cases where an incompetent or badly rated teacher is repeatedly asked to teach a course (especially a required course) students should look into transferring, and making their reasons for transferring known to the administration.

Looking back at my own education (I am now an educator myself) I would have benefited from some knowledge of what other education systems were truly available. As that information becomes more available to students, I think education will be forced to change from the top down, but it will be a slow and painful process during which time students and not the system will take the blame for failure.

Anonymous said...

boring..

Anonymous said...

I disagree when our school implemented a strict dress code in high school for the no child left behind deal we did a sit in for a week. We gladly made it up at the end of the year but we got our slacker dress code and worked with them.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with a lot of things in this article. I haven't gone to college yet because, well, I live in Texas and our education system blows. But, because I haven't gone yet, I get dirty looks even though I study most of the stuff I'd learn anyway in my own free time. That said, I've noticed that I'm more politically active and more... aggressive in my ideals than those that are in my peer group who went to college. They're more willing to let things go, while I want to know why they happened. That also used to get me into trouble.

In elementary, until third grade, they were not interesting me with their courses so I got bored and would act out. I got in trouble a lot and was called the problem child until they sat me down in third grade and forced me to take an IQ test. I scored high, really high, and they put me into the advanced classes. My grades excelled and I was interested again. I think all of these 'problem' kids are just very smart and bright and aren't being challenged, and that's half the problem of American schooling. We don't challenge. We teach to the test.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that the Mark Twain quote was used correctly. I would propose that the 'education' he is referring to would be life experience as opposed to the monotonous lecturing and indoctrination of 'schooling'. Considering how subjective/biased everything is that you have written above, the quote speaks against someone like you as well as the people you are speaking out against. Also, considering the fact that Mark Twain is a satirist and humorist, using any of his quotes as straight forward words of wisdom usually undermines the overall message he intended to portray.

Anonymous said...

I think John Carpenter displays this point excellently in 'They Live'

Simon Mas said...

The saddest thing about this is that it is not only United States that have this problem. This might be different from country to country, but I have seen it in UK, Italy, Ireland, and to some extent Canada, too.

The globalization of the problem is caused by the cultural bias towards Anglo-Saxon culture.

Think about it for a second: if you live anywhere outside U.S.A. and U.K. you are supposed to learn English if you want to access the higher classes and have the top jobs.

It's also almost a must to write articles in English (and get them published in American or, perhaps, British publications) if you are into academia. Of course these publications have their agenda about what is good and publishable. Don't get me wrong, every publication has its own agenda, but by de facto forcing university professors and phd students to comply to some standards (otherwise their research simply doesn't exist, as long as the international community is concerned... causing professors get fewer grants and money from the state and from the universities) means that there is less variety of things studied, less viewpoints, less curiosity.

Think about other types of culture, such as music or films. We all know the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and perhaps even some obscure indie band from deep Scotland or something... but who knows, for example, what's in fashion in today's German cinema, or in Iranian music?

The prominence of commercialism as the true, total religion of these days is causing the entire world to take a gigantic step back, without anyone capable of doing anything.

Like you said in your article, even if you are aware that things are getting bad and you want to do something, you are often alone and helpless.

Sad state of affairs indeed.

Kmuzu said...

It seems like yer saying there is only one reason - fear. And it ain't just youngins' it's all of us.

terrawhistle said...

What a dreary assessment. Knowledge is available for the price of Internet access for those with the interest and motivation. Open Courseware and other sources open up higher learning and the building of relationships across national and cultural barriers. It's the knowledge that's empowering. Buildout of high speed and unregulated digital communication allows individuals and diverse groups to achieve cooperatively what governments, corporations, and other large institutions have proven over and over throughout history not to be able to do consistently.

Anonymous said...

The human spirit is too strong to be controlled by the system. It doesn't matter what they do to us, inside there is a light that can never go out. These children will recognize the lies of the school system for themselves, which is true wisdom.

Anonymous said...

The picture is so offensive that I did not read the post.

Leslie Mertz said...

Nobody cares anymore--its really just that simple and here's why... This passivity is brought to you by the minutia of interactive thought and conversation via facebook, the numbing sameness of curriculum taught in our schools, the obsession with tabloid culture, the endless wave of bad news, poverty in both the bank accounts and spirit (caused partly by the empty culture of consumerism, and the fun and easy of escapist technology...Why worry about my powerlessness in a depressive world when I could do a raid on the undead with my level 80 mage...

Anonymous said...

Very good article. Regarding pychopathologizing and Medicated noncompliance, pLease put up a link also for: www.cchr.org, www.cchrint.org, www.targetedindividuals.com and www.gangstalkingworld.com. I have been in many activist projects and also done experiments, one of this was also done almost like Rosenhan Experiment. Since then I have been targeted for surveillance. Have you seen the movie the Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson? It seems that you can be targeted, even if your not a big whistle-blower. I am not a important human for being a target for surveillance. Some say even individuals from US is involved in my surveillance in Sweden, because my experiment like Rosenhan experiment affects big pharma industry in US, but I think that must be a wrong statement. I am not important. Is not possible anyone from US would be involved in surveillance for some so far away from Sweden. Even if it would, I still admire US more than Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Very good article. Regarding pychopathologizing and Medicated noncompliance, pLease put up a link also for: www.cchr.org, www.cchrint.org, www.targetedindividuals.com and www.gangstalkingworld.com. I have been in many activist projects and also done experiments, one of this was also done almost like Rosenhan Experiment. Since then I have been targeted for surveillance. Have you seen the movie the Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson? It seems that you can be targeted, even if your not a big whistle-blower. I am not a important human for being a target for surveillance. Some say even individuals from US is involved in my surveillance in Sweden, because my experiment like Rosenhan experiment affects big pharma industry in US, but I think that must be a wrong statement. I am not important. Is not possible anyone from US would be involved in surveillance for some so far away from Sweden. Even if it would, I still admire US more than Sweden. Once you are in touch with psychiatrists in SWeden after doing activist projects and a Rosenhan experiment (but testing more labels in psychiatry), many have informed me psychopathologizing civil disobedience, noncompliance and disagreement (even with co-worker, ex-girlfriend etc), illegal activities etc. is huge here in SWeden.

Anonymous said...

It should be also more activism for reform in mental health care. Is impossible for me to care about that sine I have been in surveillance. In the surveillance I have to live with individuals who other have said are more evil than psychopaths

mgvd said...

"Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements." Well, that maybe true for the last 50-60 years or so. But _traditionally_ young persons just needed to shut up and get inline to start working asap for the benefit of their family. Only after their 30's, 40's, 50's people (men) got bold enough to raise their voices. The democratization of Europe was not triggered by youthful protesters on the streets.
My point being that this 'youth-activism' is still relatively young, and with the internets and such you don't need to go out on the streets to feel 'together'.
Personally, I believe quite a lot of young people still want to better the world, but they're not on the streets, wasting time, but actually doing something about it!

Anonymous said...

Our society is like a badly designed plane, that has already been pushed of the cliff. We haven't fallen yet, but we believe we are flying. There are many aspect of our society that needs to change but the status quo is temporarily safe and comfortable. Our lives, youth's lives are too comfortable. What is the incentive to leave our safe womb of consumerism. I think there will be more incentive to act when the ruling class demolishes the rest of our rights and security net. When the plane feels the full effect of gravity and comes to a crash landing, all in the name of the American dream: giving tax cuts to the top 2%.

Anonymous said...

While it was not surprizing that the majority of blacks as well as a large number of other minorities voted for Obama but the younger voters did in record numbers.The age group from 18-34 voted for Obama. 76% to be exact.Some experts see Obama being re-elected with the same groups supporting him again.This is bad news for those of us who know what he and his aadministration as well as George Soros with the 140 commumist-socialst organizations he funds is behind Obama. As well as wall st. and major corporations. Unless they want four more years of Obama they had better wake up and realize what he promised didn't materalize.

Anonymous said...

I KNEW some idiot would have to have verbal diarrhea about the bogus connection between "Obama/communism/socialism." Noticed he/she/it forgot ALL ABOUT fascism. How "con-veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen-yent"

Happily, there don't seem to be a LOT of nut jobs here, just people concerned about America's future. I marched in the 60's and 70's; those tactics no longer work. Agree with Mystikan that activism has moved into other arenas, most of which are quiet and unseen. Keep hacking!!

Anonymous said...

I think it's funny that former "activists" are posting blogs and comments to blogs about how the youths aren't activists any more. What happened to all of these "great activists" from your generation? Why are they no longer moving the political boulders you claim they once did? Now I know you'll have a bunch of excuses (families, jobs, etc...) but really there is no excuse and to sit on your fat old ass and say "why don't THEY do something about it" makes you no better then the youths you complain about. You can not arbitrarily decide that the "youth" of a country should be doing all of the fighting and quite frankly I don't know what exactly you think has been accomplished by protest but aside from the civil rights movement protesting in this country has achieved basically nothing. Your generation has grown old and it is people IN YOUR GENERATION that are now screwing us all.

In short stop passing the buck and complaining that no one else does anything about it because you are accomplishing nothing but becoming a whiny online baby.

CJ said...

Many of the arguments made by the author of the article are valid points that should definitely be taken into serious consideration. That being said, however, there are always two sides to an argument.

As wonderful and idealistic as it sounds to have a society of free-thinkers who don't need structured education to advance their society in a progressive manner, it is a bit foolhardy to say "the more schooling Americans get... the more politically ignorant they are of America’s ongoing class war, and the more incapable they are of challenging the ruling class". In my opinion, the more educated this country can become, the more we can achieve.

It is a bit ironic to point out that while the author spends a great deal of time pointing out how education may make one susceptible and impotent, yet it is apparent through his opinion and writing that he has had quite a bit of schooling! Regardless, I did enjoy the article. It certainly has the content to make one think.

Anonymous said...

There is also the very real threat of being thrown in jail for organizing and advocating for change, just as has happened to many young animal rights activists, who are now being watched by the FBI.

anger, no management required said...

the pushback is building and its bi partisan.

Anonymous said...

Bril article, but disagree COMPLETELY with number 7`s style of arguing - Brazil is a good example of how dictatorships and TV go together, but considering that there are shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with its LGBT-affirming content (for its time!), and Lost, with its fanbase who actively sought out to understand the plot outside of simply watching the show on the couch, not all TV is bad, and not all audiences are passive.

Also, video games - girls play a lot of video games too! But its not the content thats the problem, its the diversity of content, and the environment the videogame player is in. Not everyone can use Final Fantasy to interrogate the nature of storytelling like I can, but carelessly rubbishing a whole medium of storytelling and playing (and bear in mind having fun on its own, without a purpose, is not a bad thing) will only lead to the corporations having full control of it.

There are major problems, and both media revolve too much around money. But there are plenty of cracks, and some of the shows Ive seen have influenced some of my beliefs, beliefs that would see me as radical by liberal democracy.

Anonymous said...

There are tons of incidents of people fighting back against the system in the US. The article doesn't take this into effect largely because they aren't suburban whites. When stuff really goes down, generally the people this article is targeted to run to call 911 and make sure the riot cops are nearby.

The real reason "young Americans" (read: affluent white people) don't fight is because affluent people are affluent and have no reason to go into the streets.

Anonymous said...

I think the idea that there is no longer any resistance to the status quo and an increasingly powerful centralized government is in some ways "awesome" to think about. But fortunately it is not fact. Most of what is said here is true but its effects on my generation are not as influential as people think. I live in New York City and the last time we had a riot was 1992.. but the 90s were also the first time computers became commonplace. And I thus think its fair to compare the cultural gap of the 50s and 60s (through music and social beliefs) to a cultural gap today. The internet has allowed kids to create there own culture, unknown to teachers and parents, with there own sense of humor, ideals, and in ways there own sub-societies. Yes we may no longer openly defy of teachers. Or throw as many parties, but we play halo during math class. We read these types of articles during history. We educate ourselves with whatever we choose to type into google. So although our streets aren't filled with riots and marches, my generation is the first silent revolution. One that has been growing bigger each year, and will one day make the biggest change. The best part is the other side thinks they've already won. Look they already have you all convinced!!

Katie M. said...

It's not just those reasons.
It's also because we think we are happy and safe. We try to believe that we are safe, but we aren't. We really aren't.

I cry whenever I watch the news. My friends don't watch it, but when I tell them that I cry they just nod their heads like they understand.

The Godfather said...

There's a logical flaw in your argument. If resistance is supposed to come from young people in a school setting, then the overwhelming number of Americans in college should provide that spring board. Yes, the cost of college has increased greatly, but so have many of the scholarships. It is now far more easy for the son of a farmer to have a college education than in the 1890's, a time that you mark up to radical social change. These farmer's kids, because of who they are, are very likely to have a full ride to many schools.

What is more likely is that there are not significant reasons to clash against the status quo. There I said it. People are living longer, healthier, happier, and saner than we ever had in history. Even the poorest in the United States have access to healthcare, education, inexpensive food and housing. The issues we face on a daily basis would have been mere hiccups to even our grandparents' generation.

Young Americans don't fight back mainly because life is good. Our gross injustice of having the possibility of someone having a glance at something that we irresponsibly posted on Facebook hardly holds a candle to the mass starvation that affected our grandparents or the threat of a nuclear holocaust a generation ago. When the "corporatocracy" starts breaking down doors and hauling innocent people into concentration camps, you give me a call, but for most of us, our problems are relatively insignificant and life is pretty damn good.

Anonymous said...

I can see why you call yourself 'The Godfather'
Shill

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have no problem with the 8 reasons why young Americans don't fight back and have been crush not to resist at all. As a matter of fact, it explains why our young people are not active young revolutionaries as in the 60's. They need to size the time right now, they have nothing to lose.

I do agree with John Taylor Gatto reason #3 statement, regarding “The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.". Which is what corporation want a mindless zombie who will not stand with ethics against a slave holder for the moneylenders.

Schools do not teach the real truth about our country and society for example, the real truth behind having a birth certification, the Federal Reserve System, how the moneylender 1929 crash cause this country to go into bankruptcy and use the people as collateral to secure this nation debt, the real truth about the history in this country, how the land was stolen & usurp from the original people of this land & that the real revolutionary war was against the Moorish Americans, the reason why there are two sovereign seal on this country currency, the UCC codes, the slave code's in the Constitution, just out right lies.

I have a AA degree and have try to completed my BA to no avail and the lack of funding. I used to get mad about it, however thanks to gaining wisdom & knowledge from reading books that I did not find in schools, college or state libraries. I was able to learn and with critical analysis understand why this country is in the situation its in and why most so called Americans have a sheep mentally. Therefore, I don't fall for the lies of today and know better what's really going on. That's why I am an independent thinker and don't spend much time listening to the news media & politicians.

As a matter of fact 8 reasons is not really enough. However, for the content of this posting 8 is sufficient to explain what is happening to our youth. So who will take and lead our young people to the truth they are surely lacking to become strong honorable leaders with a vision. I'm ready and I'm doing my part, what about the rest of you.

Anonymous said...

Boobs.

Anonymous said...

Agreed.

Anonymous said...

You are so close with this post, but so very far away from the truth... For one thing, you seem to have started your understanding of history with your own times, and tried to lay it at the feet of one political party. You seem to have a grasp of the symptoms, but not the true root causes. To understand those, you need to go back much further in American history, and also cross the pond to Europe--to Prussia, to be exact (maybe about the time of Napoleon), but also at the French philosophers, and even some US founding fathers.

But the roots are simply stated. When humankind abandons the idea of the Absolute, society itself becomes the Absolute. When you remove the idea of a transcendent existence (God), and replace it with blind chance via evolution, you no longer have the concept of human dignity and human freedom. Once those are gone, you are left with a manipulative society, just as you describe--blame the fundies if you want, but the real roots to the problem today lies in the evolutionary world view that underlies our society today. Oh, and to help you understand that, I suggest reading BF Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" http://books.google.com/books/about/Beyond_freedom_and_dignity.html?id=CtF6FDfUcQoC

Skinner was a behaviorist, and instrumental in much of what lies behind our educational and government institutions today.

Do some more research, modify your foundation, and _then_ write as if you might know something...

Anonymous said...

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Allison said...

Simple solution to everything...

Think the elites are too elite? The problem is the elites aren't elite enough i.e. we are sharing the earth with too many elites.

Thinning the elites may not be easy. However, as much as they would like to think otherwise, the elites are trapped on this planet just like the rest of us. Theirs should be a constant life of security teams, flack jackets and armored limos. Some may prefer to live underneath Denver International Airport. If that's how they want to survive, that's fine... as long as the "elite life" is far disconnected from any notion of the "good life". Winning a war is all about gimmicks and the best gimmick of all is "no place safe to hide".

Anonymous said...

The problem with the previous posts, who give's care about BF Skinners and his warp atheist white supremacy ideology about society coming from a eurocentric prospective, he definitely did not study or know anything about Moors the true indigenous people of this part of the hemisphere.

What you failed to understand that everything that this world has learned including Europe came from the contribution of Kemet. Remember the Greek learned everything about science, math, history, philosophy and many other profound subjects from this great kingdom. The greeks did not finish the programs which was a 40 year study program, not a 4 or 8 year program that you europeans have instituted in universities today in this country.

The Asiatics man created the global foundations that you stand on today. Remember the origin name Europe comes from an Asiatic women name Europa.

The major problems with european is that you have failed to deal with the real truth of who you really are. Your unmoral arrogant white supremacy nature has blinded you and has kept from appreciating where your true knowledge has come.

If it was not for the Moors whom conquer Spain in the 7th to 14th century which kept that part of Europe from plunging into extreme darkness during the time by building universities, while you were still dumb, blinded and crazy.

If you travel in the North Eastern part of the United States today, you'll still see structures build with a Moorish architecture today.

I would advise that you start to embrace the real truth and change the ways of your thinking. Your lies are dead and the truth will always overcome these lies no matter what.

Anonymous said...

As long as people can use a keyboard to vent their frustrations and rage against the machine, we're stuck with that segment of society, that is making their contribution to protesting and corrective, pro-active citizenship, via the seat of their pants, believing they have done their civic duty.

I was surprised to see one very important element left out of this very good article. The use of fluoride to subdue populations is something we can no longer afford to ignore. Russians used it in their prison systems to control that population. Hitler used it to control the populations of the prison camps to the extent that a couple of dozen men could suppress/control thousands of people. Our government is using this same chemical to subdue the American population under the guise of preventing tooth decay. Poison, used to kill rats is being pumped into our water supply via government mandate...medicated against your will.

Anonymous said...

I think it's going to snap. Don't underestimate the rage of the upcoming generations. The next revolt in America won't be near as polite as the 60's. Yeah, there are many that are brainwashed but there will be fewer as the economy in the US continues to crumble. I used to work in a hospital as a RN. The estimated human value is falling rapidly as the economy gets worse and the population grows. Your medical diagnosis in the hospital is often determined by what treatment you can afford... no joke. There is a lot people don't know yet that I believe will be revealed in the near future. As the younger generations discover their parents held a greater value, they will see the truth behind their life. Parents unknowingly canabalize their children when resources run scarce. The new generations are coming into this world knowing this but are very good at keeping their mouths shut about how they feel about it. Just wait till they get a little older and have the power to have a voice...

Anonymous said...

All that's needed to create rebellion and revolution is a good-looking rock band or rapper with a message, and charisma, and just the right approach, and the teens and pre-teens who'll fall in love with them and follow their lead.

If you don't believe me, try going to a concert of any band highly popular with that age, and watch the crowd at the front of the stage. Watch as they shove and push and try to get one millimeter closer to their favorite bandmember. Imagine that multiplied by thousands, or even millions... No government or army or weapon could hope to stand against that, ever.

At this point, I'm just curious as to how long it'll be before someone tries it. And hope their agenda is one I like (and that the music is good).

Anonymous said...

I believe that you have a lot of good points. but if are government has went to all these lengths to screw with Americans then what are we doing with them. Do you really think that they spend millions of dollars and millions of man hours to figure out how to control the masses. Hell they figured that out thousands of years ago. most people want to believe that everything is as it should be and that it isn't going to get any better. only the few that stand up and complain will get anything done. weather its good or bad. it's the old 90/10 rule.
Most people would like to just have there life and do what they want to. Me included! When that is infringed apon then more people will stand up.

Anonymous said...

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Poor quality site design.

Anonymous said...

ha yea. I saw school for what it was as young as 12- a conveyer belt, a factory, a farm to stack away the kids and teach them to shut up & obey orders. Of course no one listened, i was just 'complaining' and 'spoiled' so i just stopped talking out of depression and almost ended up killing myself when i was 14 and have been on major anti psychotics, anti depresants & tranquilizers ever since.

The fight gets sucked out of alot of us early.

Anonymous said...

yea get a chariasmatic, nice looking leader to play pied piper....like obama

...maybe that kind of psychology is a problem?

and how many popstars have ended up dead at young ages anyhow? Thats a dangerous field to be screwing around in

Anonymous said...

The fact that this implies that a high school education is bad because it pacifies americans makes it a joke.

ME said...

Forgot to mention the cost of "foster homes"... an overwhelming number of children are kidnapped from stable homes and forced into the abusive foster care industry where they are shuffled around and tortured into complete dependence upon government.

Anonymous said...

This article is retarded. Occam's razor states that the simplest explanation is most often the correct one.

Well what is simpler:
The government using very subtle means of infiltration and surveillance to manipulate the school system and the economy, and the health industry and the TV industry due to the fact that they are this magical all knowing force.

Or the simple fact that most youth (including myself at 19) are simply satisfied (maybe not happy, but content) with the way the country is right now.

Honestly you guys give the government wayy too much credit as a force that penetrates the very fabric of society. They are mostly a bunch of lazy bureaucrats.

Anonymous said...

Remove yourself from the system that has been set up to control you ! You are the sheep ! Democracy ? Social Security Benefits ? A person with a brain would already know what these things mean and would not fight for them. Just like all the moron's who followed MLK, who the fuck would be dumb enough to fight for Civil Liberties. Jack Ass !

Anonymous said...

I agree that the oppressive left is drugging children and teenagers to keep them down-but you failed to mention the bogus "diseases" called ADD and ADHD and the chemical lobotomizing drugs Ritalin innocent kids are put on. You also fail to mention that many control freak child abusing parents are a tool to enact this form of violence against kids which has been going on since the 70's. More young people need to sue the pyschiatric and the big pharma industries and that is one good to do activist work. There is also another reason why young adults are afraid to fight back and it is called hate speech laws. They are perhaps the easiest way to shut people up and that along with tasers that the corrupt police departments are using just for merely stating one's opionions has created a sinister flora that is defiling America. The only way we can fight back is to get more Republicans in office and demand paper trails to make sure elections are not fixed. Our country needs very brave and bold young people now who can call out those who threaten those in office and get them arrested for trying to make them serve the evil democratic left wing agenda. I think there can be change if we fight. We just have to get around the current immature and demontic system because the truth is there are more of us then them. Using our smarts we could beat them once and for all.

Anonymous said...

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Also can be make from the buds to destroy cancer cells.
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Anonymous said...

The corporatocracy have attempted to make us all live in our own little world not paying attention to anything too closely. While I agree with most of your article, I do not about all youth. It is the youth in America right now "occupying" various locations, being assaulted and arrested. The OWS 99% Movement has shown the world America is a Police State. I hope this is the first phase because phase two has no recourse but to occupy the voting booths and vote out the incumbents of both parties. However, if we have no candidates to vote into office, the point is moot.

Worldwide people of all ages are taking to the streets as the oppression becomes harder to ignore. In time, it is my wish that the protesters organize into the People's Party and make the changes this country needs. America has the best Constitution in the world, and we are losing it to corporatocracy.

Anonymous said...

Bang on!

I am a sociologist working in Canada. Don't forget about the labelling of moms and dads who understand what is going on and try to mitigate the system for their children as the dreaded 'hovering' or 'helicopter' parents.

It is not easy to address a bully and get an extremenly sadistical teacher removed from the school as we had to do at the school my kids went to.

Be prepared for flack-back, as happened to my daughter who had marks well into the 90's in her final year of highschool, but when the report cards came (and the univeristy scholarships were awarded) her marks were a full grade lower which took her out of the running for an entrance scholarship and financial reward.

We had to confront the principal with her graded work and ask where the marks went. When we got a hmm and haw answer from him, we then had to copy her work and send it to the superintendent, asking for an explanation. We included our intent to take the matter to the Minister of Education if it could not be resolved at his level.

These were all male teachers and admins by the way. My daughter is tall and blonde and more than once was told that they 'didn't think she had it in her.'

Personal ideologies (beliefs), conflict, and competition are outcome of a patriarchical capitalist society based on liberalism and liberal education. You have to be prepared to fight an unfair system.

We did, and won. Nobody locked us up, took away her scholarship, or bugged our phones. And we didn't get fired, car bombed, or followed by the CIA.

Anonymous said...

I was reading comments until kids began bragging they are activists and whether that is true or not (whatever it means in their eyes to be an activist and not taking in to account all sociological and anthropological work is generalized, an over view, rather then say, "A culture does this...well, except for this 18 year old and her boyfriend...they are different" so don't be offended.
Also, when you are 18, you aren't done cooking yet. There are neurons in your brain which will not fuse for another several years and those neurons dictate your full awareness of repercussion and responsibility. I don't care who you are, that's a scientific and biological fact which accounts for why 18 year old's aren't the most experienced of people.
This article is perfect. It is completely and utterly correct and rather then focus on you inappropriate feelings of being personally attacked rather then understanding this is indeed a problem if not with you then with your peers and this system as a whole.
It saddens me that an article about the powers of critical thinking being diminished by the system, the very topic of this article chimes in and unwittingly supports the thesis.
1984 is here.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the problem has much to do with medication, or authoritarian schools. Those are symptoms, rather than the cause. In order to protest, you need mentally healthy individuals, and a community to protest with. We no longer have those things. A divorce rate of nearly 40% means that many kids are cut off from their families, and experiencing emotional trauma. Many kids live in neighborhoods where streets are empty for most of the day. Loneliness is traumatizing. Lack of leisure time in the US--long working hours, short vacations, etc--adds to the isolation, the sense of insecurity and depression. People who are alone, insecure, and depressed are unlikely to rebel.

Those "three screens" you mention are what is left of community. Kids spend 8 hours a day looking at a screen not because a corporation made that screen hypnotic, not because the pharmaceutical industry killed off the urge to rebel, but because there is little left outside of those three screens.

Under ordinary circumstances, would a kid (or his parents, or friends) even know what to rebel against? What to demand? Where to go, in order to rebel and make demands? Would she know anyone, out in the real world, who would go with her?

OWS is an unbelievably good thing. At least in my city, we know where to go to protest, we know we won't be alone, and some kids ARE going.

Anonymous said...

Me as a young student agree with most that is being said. School is supposed to make you less ignorant but it seems to me its spreading ignorance like a disease.

Anonymous said...

I too have found that the schooling system has become nothing more than brainwashing and money grubbing. I even went so far as to move to another country with better school opportunities but although I as accepted into Universities in the States; the American education I have received is about as much worth as if I were to have dropped out of school in the 8th grade. This should say something about the American School System.

Sadly because of America's lack of actually teaching their youth anything I have lost the opportunity for a better education. But I have found an alternative way around the situation. Books, research, people who are still compassionate for the lust of learning still exist. I do not need AN education from a school, but to educate myself in life. If we were all to follow this kind of mentality our societies education and critical thinking would increase

Anonymous said...

As a young person I'd say that all of the above is quite accurate. I'd say that I always felt the acceptance of authority, but until I became awake to what was happening I came to realize that this is wrong and we should do something. Unfortunately I have never fully recovered from the brainwashing I went through I am still passive when it comes to authority. I just sometimes wish they never did that to me. I want to revoke it all but just can't seem to. I got better than most of the kids that I went to school with they still accept it all. I have began to question everything in my college, I have been taking learning more seriously versus school, I have been watching less TV and reading more, I have been challenging the surveillance by mocking it, I never took any drugs for the "ODD" and I discontinued with Christian fundamentalism and went on to Atheism. I am slowly getting out of the authoritarian beliefs school put into my head.

Anonymous said...

All of these elements have been present (in larger degrees) in previous generations! None of these are valid excuses for apathy or political complacency. That noted, we are in a period of democratic empowerment. Worldwide there are more public lead democratic movements than we have seen in a long time. Everything from the US Occupy movements and the Madison union protests to the overthrow of dictators and massive political protests around the world- this will be noted as a time of high democratic activity in history. I'd like to note that the majority of these movements are lead and organized by people under 35 years of age. Many are started and fueled by students in colleges and universities. The assertion that all the youth of the US is sitting on their couch waiting for someone else to make things better is just plain untrue. Don't let articles like this convince youth that they do not have a voice, or that their actions do not make a difference.

Anonymous said...

lol global warming and peak oil???? wow these are only fake issues to distract from real issues

Anonymous said...

Your obvious agenda of making the rich pay for anyhing that you think you deserve overwhelms the rest of the article and frankly turns me off. Kids and all of us have it made in this country. The only thing worth organizing against in this country is govt overreach. Not a country in the world has the things we take for granted every day. Sure college should be affordable, yes our children should be taught independence but as long as govt has the control we will lose. You want change vote the current fascist out of the presidency.

Anonymous said...

This was a good article, but that Obama quote regarding dropping out of high school was a reach. He was not saying that 89% is an acceptable graduation rate. He's attempting to inspire young people to NOT drop out. Not only was that shoddy journalism, it was a really out of place quote. Good article though.

Solarius Scorch said...

"While playing a video games is not as zombifying as passively viewing TV, such games have become for many boys and young men their only experience of potency"

I think a few of my female gaming friends might call you an idiot for this, if not worse.

More to the point though, it was an interesting article. I've never been to the US (I write from Poland), but many points of the text seem valid. I completely disagree with everything you wrote on the education system, since your views are completely utopian and I do not share your view of what school should be, but most other issues are addressed in a way that makes me nod. Overall a good article, I think I'll look for more things like this.

Shine said...

this is true but is also true that despite all the efforts to keep people ignorant, the american people is waking up and they are ready to take back their liberties and restore this country. Vote Ron Paul! end the fed and the zombies.

Mary Neal said...

Support H.R.3785, a congressional bill to repeal Sec. 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to oppose indefinite detention in concentration camps for people who have no criminal charges. Oppose H.R.3166 and S.1698 - bills to remove Americans' citizenship. Resist oppression! Read and vote against these bills at OpenCongress.org online.

uninformedLuddite said...

In 1882, fifth graders read these authors in their Appleton School Reader: William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others like them. In 1995, a student teacher of fifth graders in Minneapolis wrote to the local newspaper, "I was told children are not to be expected to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can, day, did, dog, down, get, good, have, he, home, if, in, is, it, like, little, man, morning, mother, my, night, off, out, over, people, play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, there, time, two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would, etc. Is this nuts?"

- John Taylor Gatto (google Intellectual Espionage)

Activist/journalist/researcher said...

I completely agree. This article isnt generalizing that all youth are being zombified by the previously listed techniques and modes but that these modes of passive, invasive and unjust control are here and thriving and the school systems do program authortarian compliance early in life. Some of us are awake, some of them dont care, some of them cant even see it and are the major victims

Anonymous said...

"I think it's going to snap. Don't underestimate the rage of the upcoming generations. The next revolt in America won't be near as polite as the 60's."

Read The Fourth Turning. I think that things are going down much quicker than you do. This is not going to be an issue for "upcoming generations". Shit is going down NOW. This fight will happen with Gen-X leadership and Millennial foot soldiers.

-Dboy

Anonymous said...

To the guy/girl who said, "the minority who demonize GLOBAL WARMING" I laughed my a$$ off.
I don't know how old you are but you are either purposely misleading others or you really don't know about the Weather Modification Programs going on right above your head.
Vaccines, air, water, food, schools, and t.v. is whats wrong with our young people. And it's not just the young people either.

Unknown said...

Good Article. Wake Up everyone, get your arse off the couch and take your country and your lives back!

sir jorge said...

that is so correct

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