The arguments for preserving biodiversity tend to fall into two camps. One one side there is mechanistic profit-orientated argument; we should conserve species because we don’t know if they might not be useful later. On the other side there is what we could maybe call the aesthetic argument; we should conserve biodiversity because it is there; it is life; it is wonderful; we don’t really understand; but perhaps as a matter of honour we should look after it – after all maybe we have in some sense been entrusted with it?
The first rule of brainwashing is to tell people that they aren’t being brainwashed.
For example tell them that it is a film which they are watching for entertainment. Get them to believe that they are enjoying their ‘freedom’ by ‘enjoying’ leisure products.
Oh. And by the way. If you want to bolster the grip of the arms industry and war machine on the population make sure that the narrative lines feature chaos being overcome by brave Americans with guns and by the US armed forces.
Then people will believe your narrative about how necessary the US war machine is to protect them and their familes from chaos.
If you control the news agenda as well maybe they won’t even twig that it is just this war machine which is causing all the chaos it is telling you it is saving you from.
Why are youth arts workers almost always middle-class young women with condescending voices?
Why do they so shamelessly and without a qualm allow the educational bureaucracy to dictate the terms of their arts project – turning what may at one point have been a good idea into another piece of patronizing educational ‘achievement’ with Certificates of achievement issued to all? The kind of certificates that say that achievement is only possible in the official credentials system.
Why is it so often the case that there are more logos on the project web site from government bodies eager to show they are doing something than there are young people in the project?
The problem is when the bureaucracy is all there is.
The ‘left’ moans about how uncaring the welfare state is. It cannot be otherwise. The problem is when people look to a state organised bureaucracy to provide social care. When this happens all the calls to strengthen the welfare state reduce the possibility of care. This is because such calls always seem to present the welfare state as the sole provider of social solidarity and support. This exclusive focus on state provided care weakens the actual mechanisms which could provide this support – the Church, family and neighbourhood. (The exclusive focus on the state is usually the result of an ideology of ‘equality’. An ideology which sees the Church and the family as patriarchal and patronizing).
The text is from an advert for a job as a teacher in a PRU. A PRU is a place where there send the naughty children who didn’t fit in at school. In a PRU they give them a more concentrated dose of the same poison.
Now. I thought that the convention was to refer to people as “who”. As in “who can be both demanding and challenging”. One might perhaps say “please consider this job in a zoo with crocodiles that can be challenging at times”. Whoever wrote this text seems to have failed to make the normal human distinction between animals and people.
Yet this culture permeates the whole of modern schooling…
The problem is that productivity and profit has become an all-encompassing end in itself.
Everything is subsumed in the drive for productivity and profit. Anything which gets in the way is cancelled. For instance; morality, love, care, human relations, compassion.
The culture is indeed determined by the economic model. It turns out that Marx was right.
There is nothing wrong with productivity and prosperity but they need to be put to the service of something ‘higher’. Such as a well-ordered society which provides security for all. And to support cultural and spiritual endeavours.
This necessary basic shift in values has been discussed in many forms in the West. The problem is well-known.
We need to move from a focus on ‘me’ to a focus on ‘everyone’.
Right now there is no obvious spiritual force which will drive this change in the West. The dynamic of selfish materialism rules the day and still has time to play out some more disasters.