Invisible Masters

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Posted in category Public School Prisons

Robin leaves a great John Taylor Gatto quote in the comments section of my recent blog post. This one is worth repeating. This is from Gatto’s essay, “Some Reflections on the Equivalencies Between Forced Schooling and Prison.”

Almost all Americans have had an intense school experience which occupied their entire youth, an experience during which they were drilled thoroughly in the culture and economy of the well-schooled greater society, in which individuals have been rendered helpless to do much of anything except watch television or punch buttons on a keypad.

Before you begin to blame the childish for being that way and join the chorus of those defending the general imprisonment of adults and the schooling by force of children because there isn’t any other way to handle the mob, you want to at least consider the possibility that we’ve been trained in childishness and helplessness for a reason. And that reason is that helpless people are easy to manage. Helpless people can be counted upon to act as their own jailers because they are so inadequate to complex reality they are afraid of new experience. They’re like animals whose spirits have been broken. Helpless people take orders well, they don’t have minds of their own, they are predictable, they won’t surprise corporations or governments with resistance to the newest product craze, the newest genetic patent — or by armed revolution. Helpless people can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal sovereignty.

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4 Responses to Invisible Masters

  1. Messiah Obama Impersonates a Preacher « LewRockwell.com Blog says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    [...] sends them home thinking that they have gained something from it all. This is the essence of our Invisible Masters working their magic on the malleable, helpless, and controlled populace. Reddit • Digg this • Stumble It [...]

  2. Philalethes says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great quote, but it’s John Taylor Gatto:
    http://www.johntaylorgatto.com

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I said Gatto in my second mention; therefore, a typo happened in the first mention. Amazingly, typos do happen when you write hundreds/thousands of words per day.

  4. Sal says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    The portions of Gatto’s statement which strike me most are the lines:

    “….individuals have been rendered helpless to do much of anything except watch television or punch buttons on a keypad…..Helpless people can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal sovereignty”.

    The actions of Ms. Ibanez are a prime example. One letter filled with illogical rhetoric resulted in a business owner being shutdown. These automatons are the ones who will utilize that keyboard to write letters, make phone calls to legislators, clamor to the voting booth, or sit on juries to enforce the will of their psychopathic masters. Busybodies, meddlers, “there ought to be a law” advocates, they possess what they believe is patriotism when it is actually fervent nationalism, intolerant of anyone who is different or does not conform to the standards instilled in their minds….

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