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  •  They want someone they can push around (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, OooSillyMe

    My background in Soc, and Humanities, and Religious studies, I am plenty capable of having a beer. I know dirty jokes that will curl your toes, and I can cook a mean chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes or a fine spaghetti dinner, al dente of course.  You want a beer with me? I drank my share in the military. But  because I can read, that makes me too snooty?

    What a load of shit!

    The problem with people who have an education background in the areas listed--basically the Arts and Humanities is this:

    They are taught too much history, too much context and they truly do make it difficult for those who have never had an original thought in their entire life, to reinvent the fascist wheel, and use it to run us over.

    So if at first you don't succeed, undermine education and change the rules.

    It's really not about being snooty. It's because education makes one subversive to totalitarianism, fascism, and other forms of abusive governance, and managing.

    •  --let me amend that to MICRO-Managing (1+ / 0-)
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    •  There is an aggressive anti-knowledge, (3+ / 0-)
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      GreenMother, OooSillyMe, Icicle68

      anti-educated current through the country.  People who have a deep understanding of literature, art, history, music, social sciences, and humanities are ridiculed.

      Where once, we had leaders who tried to inspire us to live richly and deeply through our appreciation of those topics (look at the Kennedy administration or the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).  

      JFK's words:

      There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The Age of Pericles was also the Age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the Age of Leonardo da Vinci, the Age of Elizabeth also the Age of Shakespeare, and the new frontier for which i campaign in public life, can also be a new frontier for American art.

       -- Letter to Miss Theodate Johnson, Publisher, Musical America, September 13, 1960
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      I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.
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      I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.

      -- at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

      The cultural cretins who make up 99% of Congressional Republicans (and too many Democrats) are actively anti-Arts, anti-Culture, anti-Humanities.  They are degrading the public life of the nation and the daily discourse between citizens with their disregard for truth and all that is good in life.

      We need a new push to recognize and reward education in the arts and humanities.  We need a new push to recognize and reward education in basic sciences.  A lot of what Kennedy initiated 50 years ago would be a good cure for many of our ills today.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:23:49 PM PDT

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      •  It this rate, we will have to reinvent The New (1+ / 0-)
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        Deal first, and then Civil Rights for women and ethnic minorities, privacy rights, AND then finally, work our way up to Kennedy.

        If I could dig him, and his brothers and Eisenhower up and re-animate them I would.

    •  My condolences (0+ / 0-)

      You must have had a series of absolutely lousy teachers to give you this impression of what it means to be educated.
      Education should teach a person to read, to question and to come up with original ideas, using what has been written in the past as a base for what might come to pass in the future. To blame this on excessive content is only logical when accompanied by the absence of anything else.
      The history of fascism has invariably been the product of mediocre minds who carefully pick bits and pieces of whatever areas suit them (Neitzche, Wagner) and manufacture visions in which they can exert control. Education is best undermined not by people with excessive knowledge (an insult), but by people with insufficient intelligence.

      Don't believe eveything you think.

      by boguseconomist on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:50:26 PM PDT

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