Self-destruction or Change

The worst aspect of schooling is the lack of choice—a child does not get to chose whether s/he will attend or not without dire consequences. Hiding from & evading parents, teachers, & other adult authority figures for 10-12 years is nigh impossible for even the most self-sufficient child. The choice of where, when, how, or with whom one will learn is available for few, usually restricted to an elite class who take a sincere interest is providing more quantity & quality in their offsprings’ education. 

Once in the typical setting called “education”, the child is herded from place to place & activity to activity without consideration of either the child’s needs or desires. This conditioning into passivity or robotization spells doom for humanity’s future, for how can responsible decision making or behavior arise from a being devoid of practice or application of such principles. As a result, society plunges headlong over the cliff into the wastrel consumer culture requiring its newest members to do likewise.

Improvement of the quality of life can come about only if education takes a major turn in what experiences it provides a child. How this is done must become the concern of everyone, whether parent or not, because we all suffer the consequences of non-thinking behavior, which is all that can be expected when generation after generation of youth are conditioned away from thinking for oneself & are forced to accept the norms by which one is surrounded as one matures, norms which often give rise to acceptance or acquiescence to psychopathic & powerful individuals who take over the decision-making function when others fail to resist them. Only a rare individual can survive this devastating crush of pressures from every direction—peers, parents, teachers, the media, tradition, laws.

For example, how rare is the individual who can resist the desire for material wealth when that is present in the very air one breathes, or the wish to be better than others, necessitating the need to push others aside in the drive to become #1?

Here is a list of people, their writings, their movies, their lectures, all addressing the results of remaining non-thinking, unquestioning, passive, good citizens.

Reading, listening to, or watching these great minds, you should come to the conclusion that even some of them still don’t accept—that the people will win only when the entire greed-obsessed parasitical global corporate capitalist system is eliminated so the people can begin to govern themselves. Stopping Monsanto’s GMOs or the logging of old growth forests or the massive destruction of what little natural environment remains fogs the issue of the underlying manipulation & outright arrogance of the military-corporate-government alliance.

Edify yourself & encourage others to do likewise. The future can be in your hands, but there is enormous work to get back to that. Here is a list of serious thinkers & other resources to launch you in that direction.

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Begin with your own health.

Please, please, please view this & encourage others to do likewise. THIS is why we must end capitalism & corporate control of our lives pronto!

  • What the Health (2017) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5541848/?ref_=nv_sr_1 A groundbreaking feature length documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of Cowspiracy, that follows the exciting journey of intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health & greater community, & explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies & research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health. An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time & the collusion between industry, government, & pharmaceutical & health organizations keeping this information from us. 8.9/10

 

For a shorter motivator to improve your health, consider this 17-minute talk:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/vtrumpickas%40gmail.com/15fcdd6ab2719f0f?projector=1

Once u’ve seen this, u’ll want to invest the time in the feature length documentary that will shock most of you into the reality of the situation.

& please pass this on to those whom u love & care for.

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The U$ finally had a choice: racial war or a socialist president. It chose a fascist megalomaniacal nutjob, continued corporate control of their lives, unprecedented censorship, a racial war, & chaos.

To understand what is happening in the U$, listen to: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/ = Ring of Fire: radio worth listening to for the actual news, not just what the corporate rich parasites want you to know.

The U$ has allowed its most backward stupid people to arm themselves so much that I don’t feel the rest will stand a chance & will go down in the crossfire between the fundamentalist Christian low-intelligence bigots & the minorities they so hate. These idiots will take down anyone who tries to stand in their way, & they are worse than being confronted by a drunk – at least you know that the drunk will be sober in the morning.

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Jack R. Gibb: pioneer of sensitivity / encounter groups, organizational development psychology, & community / trust building in large unstructured groups now referred to as “Open Space”. His environmental quality scale puts into perspective what many others have been explaining in bits & pieces but never tying together as does this work. His theory can be thought of as the relativity theory of human dynamics—intrapersonal & interpersonal.

To legally download Jack R. Gibb’s book TRUST: A New Vision of Human Relationships for Business, Education, Family, and Personal Living, 1991, go to: http://rolandsullivan.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/link-to-free-trust-book-by-gibb-i-use-his-tori-theory-with-each-client/

Most of his contributions to other books on personal & organizational development & all 3 of his unpublished final books, which got limited distribution among those of us in his study groups in the 1970s & ‘80s, can be found by Googling “Jack R. Gibb”. (Be sure to include the “R”.) Much of the later work is autobiographical & delves into the transpersonal & spiritual reaches of human nature.

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Leo Buscaglia, a California psychologist known at Dr. Love & Dr. Hugs, presented love as something as vital & as available as air & water. His having been raised in an Italian immigrant home certainly greatly influenced his outlook on life, one we would all benefit in hearing about. He wrote 15 books, & YouTube is loaded with his lectures in English, many having Spanish translations.

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Naomi Klein: Canadian author & social activist known for her political analyses & criticism of globalization. Author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism  (2008)

The Shock Doctrine (2009): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iW1SHPgUAQ  Watch this documentary film to understand what a shark tank we are living in.

http://www.naomiklein.org

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, & activist. Author of over 100 books. Daring but convincing assessment of the U.S. as a rogue state that is not only unwilling to abide by the will of a world community but also aggressively flaunts its military power & ability to do as it pleases for its own continued accumulation of more wealth & power while its own people go hungry & get progressively poorer & more desperate. 50 million hungry (1/6 th of the population) at last count. Considers the U.S. a failed state with a democratic deficit, where power is in the hands of a tiny bunch of unconscionable thieves who keep taking from the poor & giving to the rich.

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Michael Moore: anything this man creates—movies, TV shows, books is a must see/read.

  • Capitalism: A Love Story. 2009. (movie)

  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life. 2011. Autobiography, which recounts, often side-splittingly hilarious, instances where he penetrated the highest levels of security to demonstrate against injustice. Some of his actions—yes, those launched by a single man—resulted in momentous national (U.S.) legislation, which has had tremendous positive impact on race relations & free speech.

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Kohn, Alfie

  • No Contest: The Case Against Competition. 1986.

  • many other books about schooling, grading, testing & their destructive effects

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Howard Zinn

  • A People’s History of the United States. 1995. (book)

  • A People’s History of American Empire. 2008. (book with Paul Buhle & Mike Konopacki)

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Chris Hedges: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & political analyst unafraid of the truth. Anything the man writes or says is worth serious consideration, though he is still deluded by his own religious training, is still convinced that humans are evil by nature, does not grasp humanistic psychology, & hasn’t a clue about atheism or atheists. It’s somewhat embarrassing listening to his anti-atheism rants when his thinking is so lucid regarding corporate globalization. For some, religious indoctrination is just too deep to outgrow.

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Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznic: The Untold History of the United States. 2012. (book)

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Bill Maher: journalist who questions most everything considered “the norm”.

  • Religulous. 2008. Movie exploring the illogic of & similarity between all religions

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George Carlin = comedian who saw his job as improving humanity by pointing out its flaws. Hilarious & dead on!

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John Stewart: hosts The Daily Show, a news & commentary program laced with direct no-holds-barred analyses of current events.

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Nathaniel Branden:

  • The Psychological Effects of Religion (Q & A session with live audience.)

  • numerous books on self-esteem & relationships

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Sam Keen: Social philosopher with wonderful insights about the meaning of myths, religion, life, love, being male. Pioneer in the men’s movement.

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Summerhill: For & Against. 1970. (book) Excellent assessment by the greatest minds of those times of the most innovative school in the world, which has been in operation in England for over 90 years.

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John Taylor Gatto: author, former Teacher-of-the-Year in New York City (3 times) & state of New York Teacher-of-the-Year, who advocates shutting down schools completely because of the damage they do to children, teachers, communities.

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John Holt: educator, author, helped launched idea & practice of homeschooling, which has since been co-opted by fundamentalist religionists.

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Grace Llewellyn: educational writer & proponent of children’s rights to choose & to be who they are.

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George Dennison:

  • The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School. 1969. (book). Account of a gentle young man’s teaching experience in an inner-city (Manhattan) non-residential child-centered alternative school based on A.S. Neill’s philosophy at Summerhill (see above).

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Ivan Illich: philosopher, Catholic priest, author who proposed deschooling society.

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Jonathan Kozol, author, puts into perspective the horrors of the U.S. schooling system & its impact on society.

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Nat Hentoff: prodigious author & activist for free speech, human rights, meaningful education.

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Bernice Kanner:

  • Lies My Parents Told Me: The Hilarious, Outrageous and Outright Incredible Things We Grow Up Believing. 1996.

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James W. Loewen:

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. 1995, 2008.

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Joy Smith:

  • Lies My Kid’s Teacher Told Me!: How Parents Can Better Understand the School System, and Help Their Children Be Successful in It. 1995.

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Valdas Anelauskas, political refugee from Lithuania to U.S. during Soviet Era. Is a leading member of Pacifica Forum, the only white nationalist group in Oregon listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization in the U.S. noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups. In 2009, I was their guest & naively spoke & discussed with them tolerance & cross-cultural understanding, not knowing their true color & agenda, which they politely hid from me during our interaction.

  • Discovering America As It Is, 2002. (book) Gives numerous insights into the abuse of power by the U.S. rich, but author is a bigoted anti-Semite.

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The Corporation. 2003. (movie) Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. It shows the profound threat this psychopathic “person” poses to our future, but also what people with courage, intelligence, & determination can do to stop it. EXCELLENT.

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 End of America (2008) www.endofamericamovie.com     This documentary film details the 10 steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It’s an historical look at trends in once-functioning democracies from modern history that are being repeated in the US today. It gives any reader (or viewer of the lecture) a much-needed history lesson & constitutional refresher. Most importantly, it puts the recent gradual loss of civil liberties in the US in a historical context. The average American might not be alarmed at AT&T selling private information to the Bush administration, but when this action is seen as part of a larger series of erosions & events, a pattern emerges with unfortunate consequences that become disturbingly clear. I recommend it to anyone who still thinks highly of the US.

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Nicola Tesla’s research into “free energy” was shut down, his lab burned, & Testa ostracized when banker financier J.P. Morgan, not wanting to lose the profits he was making from the use of copper wire for the transmission of electricity, shut down Tesla’s funding. For one psychopath’s greed, we almost lost an ecologically sound method of producing free energy. Fortunately, there are still those who persist, risking their lives to do it.

  • Thrive (movie) on YouTube      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s

    • If you have cancer in the family, you may be especially interested in this film. Anyone who is still for capitalism at film’s conclusion is a hopeless case of undeveloped moral conscience, low intelligence, or doesn’t understand English or the other languages in which the movie is available.

This movie explains how free energy can be produced & why it’s development has been stopped repeatedly & those who know its secrets murdered, one after another. Critical to see if trying to stop fracking, nuclear power, & continuing dominance & manipulation by greedy psychopaths.

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The Zeitgeist series of movies, which should leave few doubting the injustice of globalism, capitalism, & the U.S. corporate-owned government’s intentions of controlling the globe, all its people, all its resources—even water & air, & tracking not only the movement of every penny spent but every step each of us takes in what is supposedly a “free country” (soon to be a fascist state). Should leave viewers preparing for major resistance & working for major changes in how decisions are made EVERYWHERE, from a child’s nursery school to the United Nations.

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McLibel (2005) This movie documents the story of 2 ordinary people (SUPERHEROES, in my book) who humiliated McDonald’s in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history. On public donations of 30,000 + pounds, they fought McDreks 10 million pounds of legal fees. During the trial McD made $3.6 billion profit, opened a new store ever 4 hrs, & expanded into 31 new countries. You hear the truth about McD’s, the other DrekBurger greasy spoons, & the horrid impact on health such crapfood has. The duo also humiliated the UK’s legal system regarding the imbalance of power between corporations & individuals by sewing the UK government & winning at the European Court of Human Rights.

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This is just a brief list. Start here & expand your reasoning & asking of “WHY? WHY? WHY?” Discuss what you watch & read here with anyone & everyone, especially kids, so they can begin to learn what a lie they are being taught to live—in school, by the media, even by their peers. Help them learn to think for themselves. Each step away from thinking for oneself is a step closer to mind control & the loss of freedom, little of which is already left.