Pouring the Mold / Part Two
It’s rare that the average Joe can change society by doing something. But he will most likely learn something.
Illegitimum Non Carborundum!
And quite to the contrary, most often ‘the bastards’ will ‘grind you down’. But, at least – if you forge on – you will discover how they did it.
So come with me, ‘Gentle Reader’, as we find from whence these fascistic forces, I have come to talk of, have manifested.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” If you want to find the source of where some aspect of society has gone to hell, you will more than likely find that what has grown to become so awful – began as a simple human urge, often to solve a problem or just to make things a little better. Someone somewhere felt the need to scratch their ass, and now we are all butt to the skies receiving our ‘voluntary’ government treatment.
Prior to writing “Pouring the Mold / Part One”, (http://schn00dles.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/from-the-editors-perch-99/) I e mailed my son’s teacher. And this is a portion of what I said: “…my reason for e mailing you this is that I can’t see how doing community service has any bearing on his understanding of Arch/Engineering. And I can’t see why whether or not he does community service should have any bearing on his grade. But most importantly, it doesn’t seem right to me that by donating $75.00 to a specified cause, he should be able to raise his grade by what would amount to two letter grades in Arch/Engineering. I would like an explanation of this.”
And this is the first portion of the explanation I got: “Leadership is an important part of all Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. So much so that we are required to have at least 20% of our curriculum dedicated to that end. (Note: Another teacher’s handout says the State Law requires 5%.) Part of what I do is have the list of activities that the students may have done (since July 1, 2013) or do during the school year. I explain to the students that being involved in the community and being in leadership roles is important to employers. It can especially be important when two candidates are equal in technical respects. I try to explain that it is much easier for a company to invest in a person when that company believes the employee will be around for a while. Being involved in the community shows commitment.”
So. My son – and every student who goes to his school – is required to train to be a ‘leader’, in every Career and Technical Education class, because this ‘leadership’ experience is important to future employers. He ‘trains’ to become this ‘leader’ by doing (Mandatory) ‘Volunteer’ Service for the Community. A ‘leader’ in this context, serves the school or town or county or state or country in which you live. And ‘leadership’ in this context means doing what you are told; meeting your requirements, fulfilling your quota. And, if we peer a little further down this path, the ‘community’ also means his future boss – which is the company. And so, in bringing in my son’s future employment prospects, the Left Wing-caring-community-oriented crowd, deftly passes its charge off to the Right Wing-all-business-stop-whining-and-be-a-winner crowd. And here my son goes, as he is passed figuratively from ‘Mother’ to ‘Father’ – off into the world.
Fascist thinking seems to transcend politics. The Hitler/Stalin Nonaggression Pact of WWII would be a case of this. Like animals of the same species, they respect their own. Their thinking dovetails.
When my son graduates from high school, the school goal is that he already be accustomed to and be well acculturated to the corporate environment. For example, take this sales company in which people I know have experience:
And just as my son is being told now, they are being told that the company needs leaders; ‘leaders’ who ‘buy in’ to the program, ‘leaders’ who are ‘team’ players. In weekly meetings the employees are told not to resist the system; that the system has been created to make them become the most successful salespeople in the industry. They are also told not to let their wives or their families destroy their focus, or to limit their achievement. They are told to get their family to respect this. The employees of this sales firm were first required to meet certain sales quotas. As the years passed increased hours were added. First it was 8 to 5; then 8 to 6; then 7:30 to 6; then 7:30 to 7, then 7:30 – 7 plus coming in on weekends. And by coming in on weekends they didn’t mean just a “drive by”, they noted after some resistence. They wanted a real presence. Furthermore, to create team esprit, employees are pressured to go out drinking after work hours with the boss and their co-workers. (Oftentimes to the point of getting little or no sleep, and acquiring DUIs.) The employees who thrive at this are the ‘leaders’. And the company, in this respect, is right. A high percentage of the sales people who ‘buy in’, ‘lead’ in the production stats. They also lead in drinking, divorcing, philandering, gambling, and partying – and it’s virtually unheard of for anyone to make it there until retirement. Which is fine, because aging is frowned upon also.
Fascist thought is immensely seductive. And when looking out at the world through the fascist lens, it is all eminently logical. Getting others to do what the state wants, or the company wants, by being on board, on the team, and an achieving example does look like leadership. And a company is always hungry for these sorts of leaders. And by teaching a young person to absorb these values, a teacher is preparing them for a solid future in a fascist society. And like most grand schemes, fascism works very well, actually extremely well – until it doesn’t.
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Inevitably people become older! They are going to want to use words honestly. They will want institutions which have the individual’s best interest at heart – instead of the institutions’. They will want leaders who have accumulated some wisdom along with their successes and know how to achieve a happy, balanced life. But most importantly, they will want to control their own lives. And when they sign their children up to study Architectural Engineering at their child’s school, they will want their children to be taught Architectural Engineering – rather than be manipulated to serve some grander scheme.
The Anarchist in me would point out that the instant where this whole story has gotten off the tracks is where something noble, virtuous and voluntary – has been made compulsory, and fashionable.
That’s one scenario. Here’s the other: Being part of a group working towards a goal is a big part of modern life. It’s how nearly every contemporary achievement is created. And it’s something that has to be taught, just as do math and science and reading and writing. In this scenario, our student finds a job because he fits in well. He/she knows how to contribute within a group endeavor. And through her/his good works he also becomes more than another self-supporting taxpayer but a credit to his community. He/she believes living in a community comes with social responsibilities and he raises his children to think likewise. Volunteering is a family tradition. And this is a very easy school requirement for her/his children to meet. Moreover, these exemplary citizens might point out to you that children don’t just grow up wild having these traits. Altruism is exhibited by children who have been disciplined to value it and to exhibit it. And discipline means coercion.
So. What’s the difference between raising our children well, and fascism?
I would submit that it is the difference between the family and the state. And that when we allow support for the family to collapse all around us, we are inviting the state to step in. And as history has shown us time and again, fascism can look very good… until it doesn’t.
A person cares whether the lives they’ve touched have been made better. The state doesn’t really care if you do your ‘community service’ or pay the $75.00 – or whether you’ve earned your grade in Architectural Engineering or purchased it. The state only cares that you and they have done as directed.
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