They are ignorant, however, not because they're slaves. Rather they are slaves because they are ignorant. Since there will always be somebody eager to take advantage of your ignorance, ignorance is an open invitation to slavery. Conversely, it is extremely difficult to enslave an informed person, because they are aware and motivated enough to avoid the entrapments that lead to slavery.
The above facts are at the core of American educational inception and implementation. Education in America – particularly higher education – is the instillation of ignorance. And its objective is not an informed populace but a pliable populace. I believe there is a deliberate and concerted attempt to use "education" in America to ensure the ignorance of the American people.
The people who pursue this dumbing down of Americans don't think of their efforts as destructive. On the contrary, they believe that they are countering deviant and dangerous ideas. It is a central tenet of liberalism – as it is of any anti-moral philosophy – that any means are justified in achieving the current ends. And if realizing the agenda of liberalism requires depriving people of a meaningful and useful education, so be it.
Ignorance insemination is accomplished in the American educational system not only by the censorship of inconvenient facts, but also by the invention of convenient nonfacts. Thus the most highly educated Americans are often the most ignorant, because they have been more thoroughly indoctrinated with "facts" that are not true.
This "ignorantation" process begins with the mis-education of the professors in our universities, with the objective of mis-educating the graduates of those universities – including the teachers who are teaching our kids.
The conspiracy, therefore, has become pervasive not only throughout our government, but down into the elementary classroom itself. Witness the modern educational milieu's historical revisionism pandered by Common Core and hysterical rejectionism of even pictures of firearms. Clearly, our "educational" system has been converted to a political indoctrination machine, intent on cranking out "right-thinking" little cookie-cutter citizens.
The problem with this, of course, is that the advancement of the human race has always been achieved by rebels. The first canal in England was built in the mid-1700s by the Duke of Bridgewater, who financed the project by defying the common wisdom that usury was a sin – and thus invented Capitalism.
Robert Fulton, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs were all rebels who contributed to human progress by defying the common knowledge. And it was rebels – both physical and philosophical – who founded the Republic of the United States of America.
And it is the principles underpinning that Republic – responsibility, self-reliance, and respect for the rights of our fellow citizens – that are under attack by our own educational system today.
Tomorrow we'll explore things we can do to deflect and defeat this insidious attack on our rights and on our republic.