#Book Review: Weapons Of Mass Instruction By John Taylor Gatto | #SmartReads


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 4, 2019

For quite some time there has been a growing undercurrent of displeasure and outright disdain for the current public schooling system and its repeated failures throughout the years.  Predictably, driving reason for these displeasures are the consistent failures of students within a public schooling.

No matter how many new additional methods are added and no matter how much more money – usually in the hundreds of millions – is employed, the dumbing down of society continues, like clockwork.  And yet, the same suggestions by government and school officials keep getting mentioned, even though the results are abysmal at best, and exactly what some want, at worse.  Didn’t a wise man once say that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is text book lunacy?

A voice of reason that came out swinging in this battle against pedagogical propaganda and this creature of conformity is John Taylor Gatto.

Not only was the late John Taylor Gatto the former NY City and NY State Teacher of the year [1991], but he made numerous efforts in detailing not only the pervading dumbing down of the public school system which has been in play for many decades now.  Gatto touched upon this in his timeless book, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Public Schooling; moreover, Gatto often touched upon the conformity crisis that’s taking place with children via the deliberate social engineering of youth from the bottom up.

For instance, as is detailed in the Weapons Of Mass Instruction, and has been mentioned in documentaries and other books:

“In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.

We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen — of whom we have an ample supply.  The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.”[1][Bold Emphasis Added]

There is no ‘beating around the bush’ here.  The above quote is the agenda, and has always been.  Countless sources from this book and Gatto’s other books speak at length of this very issue.

Gatto also takes one step further and analyzes many of the components that set out to eviscerate imagination and critical thought in myriad ways.

Not to be outdone, Gatto not only shows why the public school system doesn’t work in its current form, but shows how particular individuals throughout history have performed downright amazing feats of human ingenuity without what the ‘experts’ would call ‘public schooling’.  Examples of these people are John Kanzius, who found a way to kill cancer that ‘experts’ hadn’t considered, and had no background in the field; Charles Webb, who wrote the film The Graduate; Ingvar Kamprad, who created IKEA; Frances Collins and Craig Venter, who had nigh no schooling, and wound up creating the human genome map for the Human Genome Project, and countless others.

Each of the above individuals did things, profound things, that was an antithesis to how the system works, and showed that not only can you – the individual – imagine it, make it, but you can make it BIG as an individual.  And that’s also why Gatto’s words resonate with many.  Education is distinct to each individual, while public schooling is about homogenizing people and creating clones who are predictable, conform at the drop of the hat, and do not question anything, at all, whatsoever.

Don’t believe me?  Great, you’re skeptical, and even question, and that’s outstanding.  Now listen to what comes from one of the very people who pushed this indoctrination system on the masses.

To fully realize what’s taking place, let’s take a gander at what William Torrey Harris [the ‘premier Hegelian philosophers in America’], was thinking and mentioned about public schooling over a century ago:

Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed customThis is not an accident but the result of substantial education which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual

The great purpose of school [self-alienation] can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places…It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature.  School should develop the power to withdraw from the external world.”[2][Emphasis Added Throughout.

It doesn’t get any more cut and dry than that.  That is right in the open, in the public schooling literature.

There are many more sourced quotes speaking of the intentional dumbing down of society, with verifiable sources, just like that, if not worse.  For additional information on this troublesome subject, please read Dumbing Us Down & A Different Kind Of Teacher, also by John Taylor Gatto.

In summation, if one could ever do a synopsis of such an issue that filters into the very strata of society, then what Gatto has been doing is nothing less than yeomen’s work in the field of Education – true education.  Not only has Gatto been active in fanning the fires of dissent within the corrupt public schooling system, but he’s also made it a point to show what it takes to breakaway from the current corrupt system and also what it takes for individuals to shine in order to blare away the darkness.

If we as individuals and a society are ever going to regain the classical and robust education that we once had, at this moment in time we must do it ourselves – each and every one of us.  Furthermore, while becoming autodidacts and following paths of self-directed learning we need to show others the above truths.  And if need be, take others them under our wings and help them see the light of day.  We need to show them what’s possible because many individuals breakaway from the system and have rousing successes, as Gatto shows in his book.
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Sources & References

[1] John Taylor Gatto, quoting Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913, Occasional Letter Number One, General Education Board, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, p. 8
[2] John Taylor Gatto, quoting The Philosophy Of Education, 1908, Weapons Of Mass Instruction, p. 13

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

The Catastrophic Decline Of Public Schooling: 21 Facts About Why Public Schooling Performs So Poorly
Piercing Perspectives #3: The Divide & Conquer Left Right Paradigm
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
How A Generation Lost Its Culture – by Professor Patrick Deneen
How Our Public Schooling Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
The Seven Lesson School Teacher
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
What Is Education?  The Elite Curriculum – John Taylor Gatto
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Social Engineering 101
The True Purpose Of Modern Schooling
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Open-Source Method: Genius Education – Examples | John Taylor Gatto
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston
A Workbook For Arguments by David R. Morrow & Anthony Wesson
7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts
Drilling Through The Core – Why Common Core Is Bad For American Education by Sandra Stotsky & Contributors
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
The Secret History Of Western Education – Charlotte Iserbyt [Documentary]
The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

 

The Seeds Of Today, The World Of Tomorrow

Mass education cannot work to produce a fair society because its daily practice  is practice in rigged competition, suppression and intimidation.  The schools we’ve allowed to develop can’t work to teach nonmaterial values, the values which give meaning to everyone’s life, rich or poor, because the structure of schooling is held together by a Byzantine tapestry of reward and threat, of carrots and sticks.  Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.”[1][Bold Emphasis Added]

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BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
March 21, 2019

Actions are the pavement upon which the future rests.  Choices are what make those actions take place.  And individuals are the catalyst of all the choices that spawn great change – proactive individuals.

The world of the future is based on what proactive individuals choose to do.  Just like a timeless poem cannot be created without a writer; just like a mellifluous symphony cannot be enjoyed without a composer; just like a painting cannot be pondered without the imagination and strokes of the painter, so the future cannot be created without individuals laying the foundation by their actions today.

Thoughts are the ultimate tinder that affect the actions of individuals.  All thoughts individuals choose to take is a seed that can spawn great change.  James Allen, author of As A Man Thinketh, homes-in saliently on this rumination:

“Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance.  Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.”[2]

As such, it is paramount for all of us individuals to be mindful about the thoughts that traverse the inner workings of our mind.  Moreover, it is incredibly crucial to contemplate the type of information you are exposed to; this information greatly dictates how an individual can and will act with prolonged exposure, but also makes individuals predictable, which is the power broker’s wet dream.

The late John Taylor Gatto, author of the timeless Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, says it best:

Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”[3][Bold Emphasis Added]

This is why tools like Propaganda, Social Engineering, Dumbing Of Education, Mind Control and others tools are used to manipulate entire populations.  Yet, it all begins at the individual level, since the individual is the foundation of society.

If the goal is for the comptrollers to create a dumbed down, predictable, and stagnant mind-controlled individual, then the solution is obvious: individuals need to become educated, intellectually nimble and robust in every way shape and form, and proactive in moving forward and avoiding or shedding the shackles that are system-imposed while planting seeds of change everywhere.

Then, and only then, will individuals not only stand a chance, but society as a whole and thus, the future.

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Footnotes:

[1] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, p. 69.
[2] James Allen, As A Man Thinketh, p. 14.
[3] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, p. 23.

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Suggested Reading:

Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
How A Generation Lost Its Culture – by Professor Patrick Deneen
Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
What Is Education?  The Elite Curriculum – John Taylor Gatto
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Open-Source Method: Genius Education – Examples | John Taylor Gatto
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.
A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston
A Workbook For Arguments by David R. Morrow & Anthony Wesson

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Book Review: Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin | #SmartReads

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BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
March 21, 2019

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
– Edward Bernays

As a preamble, the Tavistock Institute was mentioned a long time ago by a blogger [and many thanks to them for bringing this up, since they are so vital to this abstruse topic], and that is how this subject came known to me.

Long story short, it was alleged that the Tavistock Institute actually ran at least one, if not many online forums in order for it to suppress and control where information went.  And anytime any topic went anywhere near The Tavistock Institute, those topics were swept under the rug promptly, which only made me want to research it more and highly suspicious.  This is how this book/topic peaked my curiosity.

Social Engineering is one of those issues that plagues everyone in society, but that almost no one talks about, even in alternative media circles. There are many reasons for this.

For starters, the establishment does not want its ways of steering, guiding, molding, and social engineering the masses to be known to the populace. That’s fairly straight forward. But more sinister is the fact that this type of brainwashing begins when one is young, and by it being an everpresent aspect of life, people see most of the circumstances employed for mass manipulation as normal.

Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin is as disturbing as it is comprehensive in scope. The book is a veritable top-down crash course into many of the most powerful aspects of social engineering of society.

This book by Estulin details many of the most sophisticated tools in a way never before done in any book. This alone in and of itself is power, because it allows the incisive/inquiring individual to do their due diligence in seeing what’s what in this esoteric subject.

Various topics are discussed, and spearheading the lot include the Tavistock Institute, the Nazis, MK Ultra, Mind Control, Music, Media, the killing of JFK, Drugs, and much much more.

More incisively, it touches upon “social turbulence”, which is whittling down the population through a variety of modalities, with increasing intensity, to soften up a population and lead them into psychosis.

There is also the aspect of disassociation touched upon from many angles

Estulin covers how victimology, which “is premised upon the theory that individuals can be put through trauma by being exposed to shockingly visual accounts of violence” [notice the rise of violence in TV shows?], has made its way in society. Also noted is what role in how Wikileaks is part of the social engineering agenda, and how that directly ties to mass media.

Mass media’s control mechanism is definitely sifted through with a fine-tooth comb, as well as aspects of it such as “idiotspeak”, which is when the media oversimplifies complex subjects so much, and literally covers them only in one or two sentences, that it serves to dumb down the population. This is further implemented by no direct and thought-provoking discussion followed up. And when that does follow, it’s nigh always to suit some government/corporate agenda via propaganda.

One unexpected, but vital component introduced by Estulin was the subject of music, and how it plays a role in the mental manipulation of the population. Although not exhaustive, it is quite a meaningful area that goes oft-overlooked even in the alternative media.

Science fiction, the work of H.G. wells, as well as many other authors/writers’ work is analyzed creating a merger of research that only strengthens the obviousness of the dilemma.

And anchoring all that, there is also an analysis of the subject of Edward Bernay’s and Walter Lippmann’s work with propaganda and public opinion.

There are still many other subjects that get touched upon, most of which [if not all] are still in play, today, at this very moment.

This book by Estulin allows you to see this careful web of deception, manipulation and control that has been weaved over a mostly unsuspecting populace.

The main strength of this book is the veritable enormity of footnotes/references that allow those inquiring minds to see where he is coming from, whist leaving crumbs for those that wish to follow up on their own research.

Credibility is a vital, and credibility in a subject like this is even more so. Estulin has done an absolutely outstanding job in piecing this together.

This is a book that needs to be part of everyone’s library. Period. You need to know this stuff. Its not only being used against you, but your children, and future generations as well. Subjects covered in this book are way too important to gloss over.

You are implored because nobody else is looking out for your well being. And those that say they are, usually benefit greatly by ‘helping’ you. This book gives your mind range and versatility in order to deal with what’s already here, and what’s worse, what’s coming.

Be mindful, because social engineering is nigh everywhere. No, that’s not exaggeration, that’s a fact. This book makes that very crystal clear.

Buy it because you will not regret it.

Buy it because you need to know.

Buy this book because if you don’t, everything here will be used against you, your family, and kith/kin.

In the age of information, ignorance is no excuse. Especially when so much is on the line.

The choice is yours.

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Other Suggested Reading:

Propaganda by Edward Bernays
Mass Control – Engineering Human Consciousness by Jim Keith
Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann

Book Review: Progaganda, By Edward Bernays | #SmartReads

“Bernay’s honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”
– Noam Chomsky

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”
– Edward Bernays

Propaganda

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
March 21, 2019

Propaganda is a tool widely used by those holding power positions in many facets of society, from politicians, religious leaders, agents of the state to corporate brass.  Propaganda is employed regularly because it works, and it has for centuries.  If one wishes to comprehend the modern iteration of propaganda, who better to learn from than “the father of public relations”?

Edward Bernays, whose magnum opus is Propaganda, laid the foundation for propaganda as it is now known.  Bernay’s book, Propaganda, outlines in profound detail many aspects of how propaganda works, and how it was thought about nigh a century ago.  This book was originally published in 1928, and yet its effects can be still felt today.

Bernay’s book is dynamic because it details how the mass manipulation of the human subconscious can place can take at unprecedented scale.

In a world where the propaganda vice-grip has reached unfathomable levels, knowledge of how this takes place is not only imperative, but an individual responsibility.

Although glossed over by many, propaganda flows through all media – news, tv shows, songs, radio stations, advertisements, magazines, and more.  Propaganda has unfortunately become an undeniable part of our societal structure.

Webbing the populace at will, this tool, and all its functions, have served to greatly increase the influence/power of most individuals and institutions employing it.

As VigilantCitizen eloquently states:

“Bernay’s trailblazing marketing campaigns profoundly changed the functioning of American society. He basically created “consumerism” by creating a culture wherein Americans bought for pleasure instead of buying for survival. For this reason, he was considered by Life Magazine to be in the Top 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.”[Bold Emphasis Added.]1

Propaganda, in it of itself, is not negative per se. However, if lies are embedded within the messages being shared, then this tool can have very nefarious and wide reaching consequences for entire populations.

The book’s strength lays in showcasing the methods being studied by Bernays nigh a century ago, and how those methods were or might be employed.

Simply stated, if one wishes to understand how the rulers of our time operate and how they use and extend part of their power, then Propaganda is the perfect baseline.

Personally, this book should be mandatory for everyone’s education, as knowing how propaganda is employed and its many facets would make individuals of all types incredible robust in facing the onslaught of modern propaganda. More importantly, only by knowing what you face and how it is employed can one learn how to overcome it.

To sum up this work, it is best to leave you with this Orwellian quote by Bernays that should be pondered at length:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

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Source

[1] http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mind-control-theories-and-techniques-used-by-mass-media/

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Other Suggested Reading

The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin
Mass Control – Engineering Human Consciousness by Jim Keith
Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann