Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I’m one of the many American Liberals who have distanced ourselves from the increasingly demented and outdated Democrats (DemoKKKrats). Call me a Populist or a Socialist or an Anarchist if you must, but I think the terms Liberal and Conservative are being rendered meaningless.
When it comes to what passes for “education” here in America, people my age and younger have been buffeted over and over again by everything that the Western World ever did wrong. If you have an ounce of backbone – which automatically rules out the increasingly conformist cowards who call themselves Liberals – then you eventually reach the point where your own curiosity drives you to examine the history of all other parts of the world.
When you DO look into it you realize that all civilizations and all cultures have ugly elements in their history. You also realize that while the Western World is certainly AS BAD AS other parts of the globe it certainly is not WORSE or more abusive. That is why there is ever-increasing resistance to the simple-minded propaganda that American “educators” (LMFAO) mistake for scholarship.
The Left-Wing Archie Bunkers of the 1960s generation distorted Liberalism into a philosophy that was critical ONLY of the West and distorted the educational system into an intellectually stifling process. Those intolerant buffoons abused their positions as teachers to browbeat their students into agreeing with their many political prejudices.
Those same Left-Wing Archie Bunkers from the 1960s condescendingly think that just because THEY grew up on the absurd fantasy world of Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver that it surely means all students walking into their classrooms – at all levels – are just as naïve as they were.
The more you talk to those perpetual adolescents the more you realize that they are even more close-minded than they accuse previous generations of being. If you don’t agree with every bit of their silly worldview in which ONLY the eeeevilll Western Nations are forever in the wrong they all react the same way:
First comes the patronizing assumption that the only reason you don’t consider your own country to be the worst geopolitical entity in history is because you don’t know about various ugly aspects of your country’s past.
Even though BECAUSE OF THEM you were only ever taught the negative aspects of Western Civilization these 1960s burnouts convince themselves – over and over and over again – that you just haven’t been exposed to what they think are “the shocking facts” about Western History. (Those facts shocked THEM when they were young but certainly not any of us in the generations AFTER the 1960s.) Continue reading