#Book Review: Propaganda by Edward Bernays | #SmartReads #BookReview #SocialEngineering

“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

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 22, 2020

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.  And if one wishes to comprehend the modern iteration of propaganda, there is no better individual to learn from than “the father of public relations” Edward Bernays.

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 this notion was thought about nigh a century ago.  This book was originally published in 1928, and yet its effects are still as important today as they have ever been, if not more so.

Bernay’s book is quite sobering 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 the responsibility of the individual.

Be that as it may, propaganda flows through all media – news, tv shows, songs, radio stations, advertisements, magazines, and more.  Plain and simple, 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 and 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, misinformation, disinformation, are inherently embedded within the messages being shared, then this tool can have seriously nefarious and wide reaching consequences for entire populations.

If individuals wish to understand how the rulers of our time operate and how they are able to achieve and keep 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 all individuals incredibly robust in facing the onslaught of modern propaganda, which is relentless. 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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[1] http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mind-control-theories-and-techniques-used-by-mass-media/

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
Are You Living Your Dreams?
The Divide & Conquer Left Right Paradigm
What Is The Difference Between Education & Public Schooling?
How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture
Philosophy 101 by Socrates – An Introduction To Phylosophy Via Plato’s Apology By Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi
A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David Morrow
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Mainstream Media Control
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D.
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Mary Joseph Ph.D.
Why Read The Classics?
Getting Things done by David Allen
Classrooms Of The Heart [Mini Documentary] – John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
History So It Doesn’t Repeat – The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America with Charlotte Iserbyt
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

The Divide & Conquer Left | Right Paradigm

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil.”
– John Adams

“They don’t want to see us unite: All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.  They don’t want to see us live together: all they want to do is keep on killing one another.”
– Bob Marley

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BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 21, 2020

Divide & Conquer as a socially engineering mechanism has existed for quite some time now, countless centuries in fact.   But even though such has been known to be the case, it’s still incredibly concerning how many people still fall for the Divide &Conquer Left-Right Paradigm, as if it’s something new.

Given the enormous amount of division taking that has been growing over the last few decades, and seeing an even larger increase in society nowadays, it seemed timely to take a gander at the Divide & Conquer Left-Right Paradigm again.

Nowhere is the socially engineered fracturing of the populace more obvious then within the bowels of social media, where individuals of all walks of life attempt to make other people conform to their points of views, without rarely ever seeking an understanding of the other individual’s side, nor any common ground.  In other words, it’s a clinic on “my-way-or-the-high-way”.

That’s quite unfortunate, because without genuine, open, and mindful communications, public discourse stands no chance in creating positive change on any level.  If individuals cannot get to square one, what positive change can be had?  None.

Now, square one doesn’t mean blindly agreeing with someone, nay.  It simply means finding common ground, a venture point from which to proceed in tackling actionable intelligence.  Be that is may, the issue of Divide & Conquer is a lot more problematic than it seems at a cursory glance.

Divide and Conquer is a concept that siphons an enormous amount of the population’s time, and yet, receives no attention from mainstream media, and barely even the alternative media, and that’s incredibly concerning.  That time could be allocated in more positive ways, from applying that time to foster substantial relationships, to venturing into creative ideas, to perhaps even focusing on health.  Those are not even considerations though.

To be precise though, what exactly is this socially engineered and bifurcated left-right paradigm?

To simplify, the left-right paradigm is a concept from political sciences and anthropology which proposes that societies have a tendency to divide themselves into ideological opposites.

That’s certainly one way to look at it.

Another way of viewing this would be proposing part of the establishment carries out this division on purpose to make it seem like there are only two sides to every debate, thus making the populace a lot more malleable and easier to control.  After all, two sides to any significant issue are magnitudes easier to control than say, hundreds, or thousands of individual groups, each vying independently to make change.

Diving deeper, let’s take a cursory glance at some – although certainly not all – of the permutations that the left/right paradigm is often bandied as. Being cognizant of these will make it easier for an individual to center their mind onto particular divisive agendas that are taking place within the media.

The Left/Right paradigm includes, but is not limited to:

– Back people vs. White people
– Muslim vs. Christians
– Republicans vs. Democrats
– East vs. West
– US vs. Russia/China
– US vs. Middle East
– Poor vs. Rich
– Liberals vs. Conservatives [could dovetail into politics, but it need not]
– Religion vs. Atheism
– Gay vs. Straight
– Women vs. Men
– Young vs. Old
– Prolife vs. Prochoice

There are many more derivatives, but those examples are some of the most salient ones out there.

In any case, take a good minute or two to ponder at that list again. What don’t you notice anywhere?

The individual.

To those in power, the individual is antithetical to the establishment’s plans.  I myself learned this from Jon Rappoport (NoMoreFakeNews.com), for he centers on the Individual from so many angles you not only get to see the power of the individual, but why the individual is subsumed into the collective.  But why is that the case?

This is because the individual is a rebel, someone to be avoided at all cost, because the individual is not afraid to stand alone or to buck the trend.  Those that think for themselves are a problem to those in power because they are not afraid to question, which should be something done often, for it allows an individual to hone their mental faculties and get to the truth.  But that is problematic to those that love to employ the Divide and Conquer op.

This is why from youth, particularly through schooling, society has been indoctrinated to conform, to fit within these divide and conquer structures that fracture the populace.

A keen glance at how the system operates is crucial in order to understand the full breadth and scope of this issue and how it starts from the nascent stages in our lives.

For this we will take a gander at some snippets provided by John Taylor Gatto’s phenomenal book, Dumbing Us Down The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling.

On the pervasive and derisive issue of divide and conquer Gatto trenchantly notes:

“It is absurd and anti-life to be part of the system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class.  That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does” [1][Bold Emphasis Added]

Not allowing individuals to be part of other points of views in life, to diversity – other shades in the endless spectrum of life – stultifies their growth because their mind (and perspective) doesn’t expand as it would if they were exposed to many points of views.  Furthermore, it inculcates the meme that the box – whatever reality the comptrollers are parading around – is all there is, and anything beyond the box is to be seen as suspect.  Ideas do not get considered and creativity gets incinerated at warp speed, like a snowman in a blast furnace.

Likewise:

The highest value to the Combine [those in control] is neither democracy nor accountability, but compliance, pure and simple, and its favorite stratagem is to divide and conquer.  And if that doesn’t work, there’s always drugs.”[2][Bold & Underline Emphasis Added, Italic Emphasis In Original.]

It doesn’t get any more surgically precise than that.

This is why ultimately, freedom from conformity is as vital as ever if the individual is to (mentally) survive and keep their inherent nature, and if society is going to shed the shackles of division that benefit the comptrollers.

In fact, being free and not conforming, staying away from collectivism was so important that Thomas Jefferson once echoed these poignant words:

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men…where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction [to a party] is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go at all.”[Emphasis Added]

In other words, as long as the individual is lucid enough to think for themselves, and has the foresight, logic, and critical thinking needed to understand these issues, they will be the antithesis to the conformity crisis that is ever present in modern times and continues to increase.  But without self-directed education, the individual risks being subsumed into the group, unable to see the net that’s cast to prevent them from heading off into the wild waters of the world, away from experiencing the ocean of life as it truly is and all of the beauty that it provides.

The self-cognizant and critical thinking individual will never be part of the group. They will always be a person within a group, there’s a difference, and this distinction is crucial.

How can an individual rectify this relentless situation?

Perhaps it’s best to heed the words of Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, which they shared in their notable book, How To Read A Book

The best protection against propaganda of any sort is the recognition of it for what it is Only hidden and undetected oratory is really insidious.  What reaches the heart without going through the mind is likely to bounce back and put the mind out of business.   Propaganda taken in that way is like a drug you do not know you are swallowing The effect is mysterious; you do not even know afterwards why you feel or think the way you do.“[3][Bold & Underline Emphasis Added]

A person can’t tackle issues they are blind too.  It’s impossible.

And isn’t it ironic that people, immediately after taking a swallowing the propaganda blue pills from the mainstream media – and even alternative media – soon forgo all logic and reason, acting in primal fashion based on the box-version of reality most media parades?  It’s almost like a scheduled hatred session, not unlike hateweek in Orwell’s 1984.[4]

Knowing this, what’s an incisive and critical thinking individual to do?

Cut these issues off at the pass, don’t fall for the divisionary tactics.

Be wary about anything that stokes the fires of division.  Follow your own intuition.

Realize that following your intuition is merely the first step in a long process of growth that you – as an individual – will go through once your mind is open and capable of discerning divisive mechanisms for what they are.

Once individuals fully comprehend how the system strives to use every single individual as pawns in a game, it’s easy to quit the nonsense altogether.  You begin seeing that you are part of a much larger structure, and it is because you have power, power that those that employ the Divide and Conquer op don’t want you to realize.  Because you might just take your life into your own hands, becoming so authentic that you become antithetical to collectivism, thus not only learning what you yourself can do by venturing outside of the norm, but also teaching others in the process simply by being yourselfThat type of instance creates resonance that’s incredible, and it starts with you.

But more importantly, the individual should relish their inherent capability of knowing that, if they are cognizant of the modus operandi, no amount of propaganda or divisive tactics will ever seep into their mind.  Thus, this brings about the ability to think lucidly, decisively, and proactively.

This is why breaking away into total awareness is the key, for only by becoming aware of hinders you, can you eventually over come in.
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Sources & References:

[1] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, p. 24.
[2] Ibid., p. xvii.
[3] Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A Book, pg. 194.
[4] George Orwell, 1984, in reference to Hateweek, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_week

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Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
Are You Living Your Dreams?
What Is The Difference Between Education & Public Schooling?
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts
How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture
Philosophy 101 by Socrates – An Introduction To Phylosophy Via Plato’s Apology By Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi
A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David Morrow
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Mainstream Media Control
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D.
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Mary Joseph Ph.D.
Why Read The Classics?
Getting Things done by David Allen
Classrooms Of The Heart [Mini Documentary] – John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
History So It Doesn’t Repeat – The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America with Charlotte Iserbyt
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Charlotte Iserbyt – The Secret History of Western Education [Full Documentary]

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 20, 2020

In the following video, Charlotte Iserbyt speaks at length about the real history of public education and its ties to systemic corruption within the public schooling system.  As a former Senior Policy Adviser for the Office Of Educational Research & Improvement during the Reagan Administration, she was in the heart of the beast, and as so, knew the system well.  Her words should be ruminated upon seriously.  For further research, Charlotte Iserbyt’s book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America, gets at the heart of the matter.

Charlotte Iserbyt also became a whistleblower about the  major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms.

While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they’re told.

This is a must see for anyone who wants to truly know why the public schooling system is deliberately crafted to produce human drones with no critical thinking whose only skills are to be subservient, trust authority and follow orders

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
Are You Living Your Dreams?
What Is The Difference Between Education & Public Schooling?
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts
How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture
Philosophy 101 by Socrates – An Introduction To Phylosophy Via Plato’s Apology By Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi
A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David Morrow
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Mainstream Media Control
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Mary Joseph Ph.D.
Why Read The Classics?
Getting Things done by David Allen
Classrooms Of The Heart [Mini Documentary] – John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
History So It Doesn’t Repeat – The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America with Charlotte Iserbyt
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

History So It Doesn’t Repeat: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America w/ Charlotte Iserbyt | #History | #Education

Source: TragedyAndHope
February 20, 2020

Tonight, on History… So It Doesn’t Repeat: we discuss the past, present, and future of public schooling, with Charlotte Iserbyt, former Sr. Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education. We’ll discover the root cause of the Deliberate Dumbing Down of Americans. Learning’s the answer. What’s the Question? It’s all coming up on History… So It Doesn’t Repeat!

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
Are You Living Your Dreams?
What Is The Difference Between Education & Public Schooling?
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling, Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts
How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture
Philosophy 101 by Socrates – An Introduction To Phylosophy Via Plato’s Apology By Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi
A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David Morrow
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Mainstream Media Control
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Mary Joseph Ph.D.
Why Read The Classics?
Getting Things done by David Allen
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Book Review: Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto | #SmartReads #BookReview #Education #Conformity

[Editor’s Note]

This is a repost given that WordPress (is again) censoring posts from showing on the original content tab.  It’s already happened a handful of times, so I’ll keep uploading until it goes through.  No matter what I try, the review keeps getting (predictably) censored, so let’s try one more time, shall we?
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“The math standard focuses on investigative math, which has been shown to be a disaster…With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”[1][Bold Emphasis added]

The Common Core emphasizes teaching students to think of what they learn as “evidence” that can be used into making “arguments” as opposed to “facts” that help the student discern how things are. For the most part, the Common Core steers away from giving students a concrete picture of the world.”[2][Bold Emphasis added]

Dumbing Us Down

BreakawayIndiviual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 11, 2020

The late John Taylor Gatto was an award winning teacher that wasn’t afraid to buck the trend. And bucking the tumultuous trend of the declining education in America is exactly what Gatto sought to accomplish in his first book.

Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling was published in 1992, and is a masterly opening salvo and in-depth overview into how public schooling really works.

Sampling many of his best personal essays, Dumbing Us Down features the true reasons why education in our modern day system is failing: because it’s meant to be that way.

Gatto reinforces his main premise with a thorough examination of public schooling in America using source material he found throughout his research. Moreover, Gatto carries this out incisively with a no holds barred approach that is very refreshing.

While many others have tippy-toed their way around the failure in modern schooling, Gatto harpoons the heart of the matter:

“…schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet.  No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.  The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”[3][Bold Emphasis Added]

Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”[4][Bold & Italics Emphasis Added]

It is absurd and anti-life to be part of the system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class.  That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does.”[5][Bold & Italics Emphasis Added]

Such scathing statements leave no question to Gatto’s courageous stance, and help the reader understand the plight all individuals – and society itself – faces via the one-size-fits-all approach of public schooling.

Another glaring issue of modern schooling is how vital the community is, and more importantly, the family unit, in helping foster a healthier, more independent, more curious, and ultimately more self-sufficient individuals through proper education.  While this might seem obvious in hindsight, it isn’t being employed that much in our modern environs.

Continuously throughout the length of the book, Gatto fiercely touches upon the many different factors that have helped cause this growing dilemma.  Some of these include the overwhelming amount of television being watched by society in general, and more specifically by children, while other components have to deal with the inherent designs of schooling such as the fragmentation of education, the removal of the family from an individual’s education, the poor life tenets individuals are taught, and much more.

One of the zeniths of the book is what Gatto calls ‘The 7-Lesson School Teacher’. In this piece, Gatto shows what teachers are truly expected to inculcate into students.

For example, one of the 7 Lessons Gatto states teachers teach is Class Position. On this, Gatto notes that:

“[his] job is to make them like being locked together with children who bear numbers like their own…If I do my job well, the kids can’t even imagine themselves somewhere else because I’ve shown them how to envy and fear the better classes and how to have contempt for the dumb classes. Under this efficient discipline the class mostly polices itself into good marching order. That’s the real lesson of any rigged competition like school. You come to know your place.”[6][Bold Emphasis Added. Italics Emphasis In Original]

Is it any wonder why society operates in the way it does, mirroring the very ideas that Gatto mentions?

The 7-Lesson School Teacher might seem facetious or downright ludicrous, but it really isn’t.  When one views what Gatto is stating with an open mind – while keeping cognizance of the fact that he worked for over 3 decades for the public schooling system and knows exactly what he was talking about – then one completely comes to terms with why failure in schooling isn’t the exception, but the rule.

In fact, more specifically, Gatto gets at the heart of why public schooling is destined to fail:

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.”[7][Bold Emphasis Added]

Gatto has unbounded a phenomenal book in the field of public schooling and more importantly, what true education should encompass.  Please keep in mind, schooling and education are not the same thing.  This differentiation, and what each set of terms mean are one of the main gems of this book.

Dumbing Us Down is a veritable fountain of information that is intense in precision and thought-provoking in its implications. These very implications filter into all aspects of our lives, and ultimately echo into the future and as such should be taken very seriously.  This is why it’s vitally important for individuals to become self-directed learners, also known as autodidacts.

Only through self-directed learning carried out at the grass roots level by individuals is the world going to change. If the world is to have a positive future of critically thinking, inspired, creative, educated and innovative individuals, it starts now, in the present. It starts with you retaking the reigns of your own education.

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Sources & References:

[1] Sandra Stotsky, Drilling Through The Core, pg. 48.
[2] Ibid., pg. 35.
[3] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, pg. 21.
[4] Ibid., pg. 23.
[5] Ibid., pg. 24.
[6] Ibid., pg. 5.
[7] Ibid., pg. 69.

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Are You Living Your Dreams?
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
How A Generation Lost Its Common Culture
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Mainstream Media Control
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
Getting Things done by David Allen
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Mainstream Media Control | #SocialEngineering

TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
February 11, 2020

Quick note: Make sure to fastforward to the 0:38 mark to skip the twilight zone part.

Now, the video is shared to show how easy it has been in the past for mainstream media manipulation to take place.  That said, in this video its obvious because all broadcasters talk about the same thing.  But what happens when the control isn’t obvious?

If you want to explore the topic of social engineering in the media, please check the following incisive links:

Astroturfing & Manipulation Of Media Messages
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin
Social Engineering 101
The Minds Of Men Documentary

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Are You Living Your Dreams?
How TV Robs You Of Your Life
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
Getting Things done by David Allen
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
The Catastrophic Decline of Public Schooling: 21 Facts Why School Performs Poorly
Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
Against Public Schooling – How Public Education Cripples Our Kids By John Taylor Gatto
Social Engineering 101
The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Amair’kuhn Egdykayshun: Austin & Columbia

GizaDeathStar.com
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
November 13, 2019

As you’ve probably noticed, Amair’kuhn edgykayshun is back in the news again, and hence, once again front and center for my “rants” about its deplorable state. And it’s deplorable not because Darth Hillary’s deplorables are in charge of it, but rather because truly deplorable people are in charge of it, people like… oh…. uhm…. dare I say her name? This time, however, I’m almost at a loss of words to compose my rant.

Rather, it is perhaps best if the reader envision me as sputtering, fuming, foaming at the mouth, with little clouds of steam coming from my ears. Both of these articles were passed along by V.T., and they’re stunners:

Columbia professor who fled communism resigns, says university is becoming communist

And then there’s this:

Austin ISD approves new sex ed curriculum

When I read those two articles, I had to ask myself what specifically it was that united them, beyond the usual lunacy one has come to expect from Amair’kuhn schools. And I suspect that the clue is this short paragraph from the second article:

Matt Shead is part of the group’s executive team and believes the proposed curriculum creates an inclusive environment and informs students on what to expect.

“I think it’s really important that our sex-ed curriculum talks about the biology of our body parts, what’s coming down the line when we hit puberty, healthy communication and outline what a healthy relationship looks like,” he said.

Shead said these conversations are already taking place in his household and would like for everyone to be on the same page. (Emphasis added)

And behold, the comforting Amair’kuhn euphemism – “being on the same page” – that has become the “nice”-sounding shorthand for “you must adopt our language and linguistic agenda, and hence our perverted values, in order to be ‘on the same page.'” It’s all part of that peculiarly Amair’kuhn version of collectivism called “being a team player.” And that’s the rub, for as now-resigned Professor Serban points out, that page is an entirely different and Marxist page from the vast majority of Americans.

In short, in the case of Austin, it’s not only an assault on free speech, but an assault on the right to free assembly and association with those with whom we wish to associate, and I strongly suspect that there are those in Austin who do not want their children to be associating with those whose behavior and agenda do not represent their own familial traditions of virtue. The last  time I checked, school districts were not exempt from those constitutional rights.

So what’s to be done? As I blogged yesterday in an entirely different context, there are usually only two choices in the case of co-opted institutions: make a clean break (as Professor Serban has done), or attempt to “drain the swamp” and reclaim the institution. For my part, I’ve long suspected that the swamp of Amair’kuhn edgykayshun is beyond draining or reclaiming, and that the clean break with it was the only way to go. Protests and so on have availed us nothing, because the ruling classes – in this case, the edubabblegarchy – are simply not listening nor are they capable of listening or compromise. And on matters such as teaching pre-pubescents about anal sex and condoms, is compromise really desirable? These, I’ll venture, are things most of us would say are choices for adults to make, and for parents to inform their kids about, as they choose; they are not things for school districts to shove on everyone else, much less pre-pubescents. So again, is “discussion” or “compromise” here really desirable? Is there, or even must there, always be a “bi-partisan” solution? What would “compromise” here look like? Only putting the condom on the cucumber “half-way”?

Perhaps, but perhaps the time has also come for so many lawsuits against teachers unions and local school boards for unconstitutionality, that the sheer load of litigation drains the eduswamp of its capital. That might work, but I doubt it, because they’ll continue to talk about “inclusiveness” and all sorts of nice-sounding things, while subverting the very process of education itself. In short, protesting doesn’t seem to be working too well for us deplorables, but there is of course the recent example of California moms storming the state regurgitature in Scarymental, and shutting it down because of similar “curricula” being proposed there.

As for Professor Serban, he’s not alone. Many years ago I met a Russian family that had come to this country in the declining days of the Soviet Union. This was in the early 1990s. They were appalled, then, at the state of edgykayshun in this country, and scrapped and saved to place their children into a private school. A couple of years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they informed me they were moving back to Russia. “Why?” I asked. The answer was chilling, and it was because they saw America moving in the direction that Russia had just gone through and come out of. They preferred the uncertainties of a post-Communist future in Russia, to the galloping nonsense and “inclusiveness” of the American future.

I didn’t blame them then, and don’t know, for their fears have become openly manifest.

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About Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.