Don't Seek Education, Seek Knowledge
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make me cringe. "We" and "our", when not
specifically pertaining to the people you directly know or associate
with on a personal level, top the list. Probably third is
The word, just
like so many, has been twisted, turned and co-opted over time.
Just like the word "liberal" used to mean someone almost
of anarchist leanings, but now signifies almost the exact opposite:
a leftist statist. Or how the word "anarchism" has also
been skewed through propaganda to connote the opposite of what it
is. Education can mean one of many things depending on who you talk
a different meaning depending on who is doing the educating.
William Torrey Harris, the once US Commissioner of Education, probably
best defined education in the US in 1906 when he said that "substantial
education, which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of
explained further in arguing that the "aim of public education is
not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many
individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard
citizenry, to put down dissent and originality."
That is why,
really, the only education that matters is to teach someone how
to think critically. Once someone is armed with that ability,
then they can seek knowledge in whatever they wish to learn, and
be able to think critically in order to separate what is truth from
what is fabrication. Note that the last thing a child would
ever be taught in a public school is logic, rationality, and critical
thinking, which would be counter to the intended goal.
put it simply when she said, "Children must be taught how to
think, not what to think."
expanded on that, stating, "Do not indoctrinate your children.
Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence,
and how to disagree with you."
as education today in public schools in the Western world is, for
the most part, brainwashing, subjugation, and mass control.
What students do absorb in terms of basic math or language skills
is minimal, as can be seen from the near-universal dumbing-down
of Western society.
Look no further
than the first sentence of the Wikipedia
entry on Education to realize that, "Education in its broadest,
general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of
a group of people lives on from one generation to the next."
is the means to pass along the "aims and habits of a group,"
no one should ever want to be educated. What we should want
is knowledge. Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive
processes: perception, communication, association, and reasoning.
What your kids
are getting, and getting good, in public school is education, not
What is currently
happening in the US is education is preparing students for a lifetime
as a wage slave or imprisonment. Harris further stated that the
intention of the system was schools that "have been scientifically
designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average
American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because
they're not tempted to think about any other role."
for prison, as this
article from the UK's Guardian argues, more and more
US schools have police patrolling the corridors, and young children
are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick
up crumbs from the canteen floor. 10 year-olds are, according
to the article, criminally responsible and can be prosecuted as
such with a record for the most basic of childhood activities.
Billy? Assault! Tommy is now a convicted felon.
a US Federal Judge, explained whose property your kids are when
she stated, "Parents give up their rights when they drop the children
off at public school."
And when they
aren't being arrested, teased, bullied, hazed, taught to submit,
or memorizing propaganda, they'll be taught how to fill out a W2
tax form as in this
educational program from the Federal Reserve "finance curriculum".
SCHOOL IS CHILD ABUSE
your child to public school in the Western world is child abuse.
If you must live in the Western world you have to do whatever it
takes to avoid this system.
generally lies in homeschooling. But, many families, forced
to pay tens of thousands of dollars into the black hole of government
every year for "services" such as the education system,
feel trapped as most have to have both parents work just to keep
the household afloat. Mothers are forced to work due to the
systematic impoverishment of the family via taxes and inflation.
Furthermore, they are encouraged to work through the promotion of
told Aaron Russo that his family foundation created women's liberation
using mass media control as part of a long-term plan to control
humanity. The hidden goal of feminism is to destroy the family
because a strong family unit interferes with state brainwashing
of the young. Side benefits, for the global elites, include depopulation
and widening the tax base. Displacing men in the role of providers
also destabilizes the family.
STATIST LIFE OF JULIA
message is constantly promoted by the state. The most obvious
example of this comes from Führer Obomba, in his "Life
of Julia" propaganda piece. In this animated slideshow,
he takes a girl (Julia) from childhood through to old age to show
her how "under President Obomba" he will help her along
the way. You see, the state is the father now.
He helps her
through the Head Start Program to begin her brainwashing in public
school. He then helps her continue her indoctrination via
an "Opportunity Tax Credit", with stolen money, to get
her into college. Then, once out of college, father Obomba
helps her again via the "Ledbetter Fair Pay Act" where
he forces people at gunpoint to pay her more than she is worth at
her new occupation of being a web designer, something, by the way,
which likely didn't need 12 years of brainwashing followed by four
years of further programming and crushing debt to learn, but that's
besides the point.
continues: "under President Obama, Julia decides to have a
child. Throughout her pregnancy, she benefits from maternal checkups,
prenatal care, and free screenings under healthcare reform."
Yes, you can
even have children without a man in your life, perhaps artificially
inseminated by the seed of the great Nobel Peace Prize winner, Obomba?
It doesn't say, but Julia has not had a man in her life throughout
the entire slideshow. This continues on until she retires
without a partner and, thanks to Obomba, doesn't have to worry about
running out of savings, she volunteers at a community garden.
As stated above,
the answer lies in homeschooling and unschooling. And, if
you find you just cannot afford to have either the father or mother
stay with the kids during the day then you should be finding a way
to escape from the system. You are already enslaved.
You think I'm exaggerating? Well, if you were allowed to keep
the money that is extorted from you each year by the state, would
you be able to afford one parent staying with the children during
the day? If the answer is yes, you are a slave and you need
to break away from the system.
Start up a small agorist enterprise. Perhaps a small restaurant.
Become your own boss and avoid paying into the state whenever possible.
You can't, you say, because the state will come after you if they
see you operating a restaurant and not paying their myriad of extortive
taxes? Then, why are you living there? Get out and go
somewhere where that is much less likely to occur. The citizens
of most countries on Earth take great pride in not paying taxes.
Just look at Greece, as just one example.
STAY IN THE WEST?
the 1%, almost anyone in the West today is a slave to the state,
so why stay there? They've got you coming and going.
You pay them to live in your house (property tax), making you a
renter not an owner, you pay sales tax, gasoline tax, cigarette
tax, alcohol tax, hotel tax, the list is endless. When you
drive too fast they fine you. When you drive too slow they
fine you. If you do one of thousands of different things including
having more than two glasses of wine and driving or having certain
dried flowers like marijuana in your pocket they will kidnap you
and throw you in a cage.
If you don't
stop when demanded by the state, they will beat you to within an
inch of your life, as they did
to this man just last week. If you wish to travel, you
and your family will be groped and irradiated. And they'll
be watching you from their $2 billion data center in Utah or from
20,000 drones in the skies.
If you do not
want to leave the West then, at the very least, find places like
the Free State Project
in New Hampshire and live amongst likeminded people who are striving
SEEK EDUCATION, SEEK KNOWLEDGE
my kids need twelve years of education, you ask? As stated
above, that's the last thing they need. What they need is
knowledge, and all knowledge is free, thanks to the Internet.
year-old at PorcFest last week told us how he has been learning
Austrian Economics from Tom Woods, online at Liberty
Classroom. Sign up your kids to Liberty Classroom and
they will know more real knowledge than PhDs of history from the
statist education system.
My own eight
year-old son already speaks Spanish and German fluently and is currently
learning English. Within 1-2 years he will speak fluent English
and he'll be signed up at Liberty Classroom. We have a number
of tutors in Mexico who come to our house, averaging about $10 per
visit, including a boxing instructor, a martial arts instructor,
and a music teacher. He also goes to tennis lessons four times
per week for about $100 per month.
The best part?
He's not forced to do any of it. He wants to. We just
ask him what he wants to learn and he tells us. Kids want
to learn, it is only the child prison camps that rob children of
desire. Soon it is our intention to start a small restaurant
where my wife can spend more time with the kids and teach them how
to work and operate a business. They'll bus and serve tables,
learn how to treat clients, and how to change the menu to attract
more clients. All before 10 years old.
We do all this
from Acapulco where a number of anarchists
and libertarians have gravitated, and as the community grows
we may start up our own homeschool groups. They've already
done that at Doug's
Gulch in Argentina where other libertarians have settled and
started their own private homeschool style system of education.
International School of Cafayate is headed up by TDV
correspondents Gary Kinghorn and Meghan Kofod.
Once you get
outside of the mindset that most have in the Western system, the
sky is the limit in terms of the knowledge you can provide for your
said that learning "is a natural process carried out
by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences
in the environment."
In the environment
provided by the state a child is exposed to subjugation, indoctrination,
and imprisonment. You owe it to yourself and to your child
to find a better environment for them to learn naturally.
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June 29, 2012
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