In the Wild

Bad Tree, Bad Fruit

A H.S. friend re-posted this Facebook post, and I replied. Since most people are painfully unaware of the nature, reality, and history of compulsory education, I decided to shed some light on what otherwise is a ‘limited hangout’.

The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is the truth.

Ezra Pound

For posterity’s sake, and since social media platforms (e.g. FB) are notorious for seemingly arbitrary censorship, I felt inclined to re-post my reply here. The [embedded] post, and my reply follows…

And… new ‘schools’…? 🤔😳
Pruning a bad tree only makes the bad fruit more prolific…
[Research etymology / history of: school / schule / skūle / skholē]

“Culture is the root of politics, and religion is the root of culture.”

Richard John Neuhaus

“Children will, as in Plato’s Republic, be taken from their mothers and reared by professional nurses. … A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.”
Ch. 3: Scientific Technique in an Oligarchy, pp.93-94


“I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology. … Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called “education.” … This subject will make great strides when it is taken up by scientists under a scientific dictatorship. … The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. … Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.”
Ch. 2 : General Effects of Scientific Technique, pp.63-65

Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (1952)

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn [bushes] nor figs from thistles, are they? … A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Matthew 7:15-16, 18-19 NASB95

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