free inquiry vs. indoctrination
Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas and attitudes. You know, inculcate, from the Latin word for “press in”. The indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically investigate the doctrine they have learned. They are meant to believe without thinking, because the thinking has been done for them.
In free inquiry, the fundamental principals call for critical self-evaluation and skeptical scrutiny of one’s own ideas. Science is based on free and critical inquiry, as are most forms of legitimized knowledge.
i’m not here to talk about old man balls or the human twat.
john mccain is a wanker and not worth my time.
sarah palin? even less worthy of anyone’s time.
but they are speaking to the indoctrinated, and it’s a large . . . posse. A posse with guns.
I mention the above two concepts because Obama is blowing it. Nevermind the fact that he’s doing exactly EVERYTHING he said he wouldn’t do when he was all about change we could believe in. Nevermind the fact that he smells (shockingly) just like a politician desperate for votes and willing to say and do anything to get ’em. Even nevermind the fact that he’s become the SHOW ME THE MONEY guy par excellence. What started out as grass-roots fundraising is now a race for large wads of cash to make crappy ass ads that look exactly the same as every ad i’ve seen since i was old enough to vote.
What he’s blowing is underestimating the power of indoctrination–both its historic power, which has lead to the current lumps of shit that make up half of our country as well as the severely cripping distribution of wealth and the sorry ass social values, but perhaps more importantly, its present tense power–NEWS FLASH: when people are scared shitless they don’t want to think. They want someone to say things in mono-syllabic sentences and repeat the last line several times so they don’t have to form any ideas. They don’t care about content. They don’t care about intellectual flourish. They don’t care about critical inquiry or analysis. They want to hear the same sentences the founding fathers said, or what the faux patriarchal protector says, or, if they are REALLY scared, say, if the country is facing the circumstances underpinning the Great Depression, they’ll take an old man with crooked arms with a trophy veep.
So Obama figured out he can’t use the BIG WORDS or LONG SENTENCES or three point analyses to talk to the masses. Nevermind how sad that makes me. And someone in his camp has convinced him to stop making those extraordinary speeches filled with hope and inspiration, the kind that prove that language can lift a spirit home (nice going, campaign monkeys. really great).
The CHANGE we need right now is for someone, and I was sort of hoping it was him, though I had my doubts, someone needs to REINVENT how to bring the american mind back into the american body.
Until someone does, it’s all a buncha lip-service and old school dirty politics.
Since I never really thought he was a savior, it seems to me that part of the responsibility falls onto all of us. And since most of us are flat broke and have no serious influence, all we have is the internet, and some don’t even have that. But if you do have a computer with access to the internet, I hope that you will consider the virus approach–blogs, emails, podcasts, maybe even somebody can get something hot going on youtube…but if we don’t do something besides stand around waiting for our man Obama to save us, he’s going to get his ass whipped, because the democratic party is a bunch of impotent boneheads.
And if you don’t have a computer, then I hope you’ll mouth off at grocery stores and gas stations and streetcorners. At schools and churches and movie theaters and airports. Commit small acts of resistance and mayhem in the face of the indoctrinated. What do we have to lose? They’ve already got dossiers on all of us.
I mean we can’t leave all the work to John Stewart, Steven Colbert, Tina Fey and Amy Peohler…
Care to don your can of whip ass?
p.s.: for a great account of what white privilege amounts to, go to:
(thank you sydney for turning me on to that.)
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