human batteries 7 19 15The questions I sometimes ask myself go something like this-
Are the overwhelming majority of people incapable of the type of critical, self-aware thinking required to make informed decisions about who governs them and how they should be governed?
If the overwhelming majority of people really are simply incapable of such critical thinking, a republic that requires an active, informed citizenry is impractical.  It’s always vulnerable to manipulation and exploitation by more intellectually advanced, and less than scrupulous agents.
A volunteerist community, a stateless community, would also be impractical as, once again, a people of idiots would easily be manipulated to revert back to and accept, even cry out for, a strong man to protect them and think for them.
One thing I have forgotten is the many people I have met in my life that people have told me are not that smart.  Some of these folks flunked out of high school, some can barely read and write.  Yet, for all that, I have found it very rare that the people I have gotten to know do not demonstrate high intelligence in one or more fields of interest in their lives.
Among this group of folks that I have been told are just not smart, I have been challenged in my thinking and found myself on the losing side of an intellectual debate, even if they might not have the high-level vocabulary.
I am beginning to believe that Americans have been CONDITIONED to be non-critical, to be emotion-led, to be pleasure-seekers, to have a hard time facing their own mind in silence for any period of time, to be without self awareness.
I am beginning to believe that the machines of power NEED consumers and drones, and that the self aware, the critical thinkers, do not fit into the slots these machine managers need to continue to preserve their exploitative system.
Americans have become the batteries of engines that will dispose of them as quickly as possible when they outlive, if they do, their battery usefulness.
Education in America is the heart of that battery-conversion, from human to machine battery the public schools make the machine managers what they need, what they want to keep their machines running and vast unwashed out of their gated communities.
If you want to have a revolution in America, destroy the public schools.
The question is this- how do we transition from battery-conversion to human empowerment?  We do not reform a school system, we wholly reject it, destroy it, suffer the pains, like going cold turkey from smoking.
Within one generation, the America of the people of ingenuity and self-reliance would be restored,

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