The Principal of Ipswich Middle School in Ipswich Massachusetts recently decreed that "Honors Night" would be canceled to avoid "devastating" students who had not performed well.
A professor at New Hampshire's Granite State College who contributed to the Common Core curriculum, told a meeting of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics last Monday that, "The reason why (sic) I helped write the [Common Core] standards ... is that as a white male in society I am given a lot of privilege that I didn't earn." (What??!!)
The 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison Wisconsin, which opened on (appropriately) April 1st this year, regaled teachers, University professors, and students with such drivel as "racism is at the heart of all actions of white people," and "Teaching is a political act. Teachers who do not confront the system are promoting white supremacy," and "educators should begin to instruct children as young as four years of age in the principles of white guilt." (I'm not making this up!)
Where is all this garbage coming from? The WPC agenda is not the usual and predictable Al Sharpton/Eric Holder type racism. This is anti-white racism being promulgated by whites against whites. Why? Why are white people conjuring up non-existent racist allegations against their own kind? And why would a school deny its students the glow of pride that comes with recognition of one’s accomplishments or the visceral acceleration of competition and achievement?
To answer those questions, let’s first ask what these activities have in common? The only objective they all seem to share is lowering self-esteem. Now who in our society has an incentive to lower people’s self-esteem?
The obvious answer is the Socialists. Socialism demands conformity. Socialism, therefore, cannot afford overachievement. Any achievement at all, in fact, is anathema to a Socialist. The core tenet of Socialism is equality, and equality cannot be achieved so long as some people are better than others. Therefore, in the spirit of Ellsworth Toohey, we must smooth out society with the flatiron of mediocrity to iron down any lumps of individual exceptionalism.
We must kill the competitive spirit, because that's what makes some people exceptional. We must avoid applauding success, because that will only encourage more success. And we must instill in the populace a false sense of guilt, because that will destroy the self-confidence that instigates individual exceprionalism.
Ellsworth Toohey's flatiron of mediocrity can be seen operating throughout American culture today. Global warming hysteria is actually a thinly disguised campaign to normalize consumption. The objective of anti-gun hysteria is to reduce everyone to the compliant condition of a herd of sheep. Anti-Christian hysteria is designed to secularize the American public. And pro queer hysteria is an obvious attempt to drag the 98.3% of us who are normal down to the degradation of the 1.7% of the population who are queer and lesbian.
Note that this homogenization hysteria is conducted in the name of "diversity." Diversity, of course, is a red herring. The last thing Socialists want is diversity. They only use the pleasant sounding word as a temporary bait – to be switched later to "conformity." This is a typical liberal bait-and-switch ploy – not dissimilar to their embracing the rabid intolerance of Islam in the name of tolerance or their suppression of the news in the name of reporting the news through such institutions as CNN, AKA Censored-News Network.