Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

H.G. Wells said that.

Holy shit, we’re fucked....

I said that, after seeing this: 

George Carlin on Education

 

"It's a big club—and you ain't in it!"

 

The True Purpose of American Education

Carlin argues that the primary mission of American education today is not to cultivate informed citizens to preserve and protect a functioning democracy, but to create obedient workers and passive brain-dead consumers to fuel the expansion of a military industrial infrastructure that concentrates vast wealth and power in the hands of a tiny minority.

But it’s not just the country’s owners who favor this conception of education. Many students, and their parents who are often footing the bill, have bought into it as well.

Why?

Because it’s sold to them in friendlier form as “job training” in pursuit of that ever more elusive “American Dream.” Often the jobs envisioned in this “dream” are Hedge Fund Billionaire, Tech Startup Billionaire, or Creator of [INSERT THAT NEXT THING WE’LL ALL DIE WITHOUT THE SECOND IT’S FORCED INTO OUR LIVES] Billionaire.

Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream

The root of this magical thinking is that out in the real world—that is, the world formed from 40 years of neoliberal destruction of America’s economic and social fabric—millions missed an important memo:

 
 

Which brings us back to the race between education and catastrophe. The good news is that genuine education is not completely dead in America—yet. Note the slight optimism that even George Carlin musters in his rant:

"The owners count on the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant." 

It could be that the whole difference between GAME OVER and BETTER WORLD TO COME lies in that single word. We have a fighting chance precisely to the extent that true education survives, and the citizens it nurtures are able to think beyond the narrow exploitative confines of pop culture, scripted politics, and corporate consumer capitalism. That means, among other things, not accepting the corporate conception of education. It means, as Bill Hicks implored, trusting your own voice of reason even when that voice goes unconfirmed in the mainstream media.

Bill Hicks: You’re Fucking Right!

 
 

Other American patriots such as Emerson, Thoreau, Lewis Mumford and Noam Chomsky may be a little more polite about it, but say the same basic thing: THINK FOR YOURSELF. You’re the only one who can genuinely think for you. And don't worry that in an idiot culture, thinking is often lonely business.

As Spectacle ally and educator par excellence Peter Fallon signs off every email:

When but one person thinks, the universe shudders....
— Anonymous

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CREDITS:

H.G. Wells, The Outline of History

George Carlin, Life is Worth Losing

Noam Chomsky, Requiem for the American Dream

Bill Hicks, Revelations

Peter Fallon

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