In Witty Propaganda Slogans We Trust

They look upon Fraud as a greater Crime than Theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with Death; for they allege, that Care and Vigilance, with a very common Understanding, may preserve a Man’s Goods from Thieves, but Honesty has no fence against superior Cunning; and since it is necessary that there should be a perpetual Intercourse of Buying and Selling, and dealing upon Credit, where Fraud is permitted and connived at, or has no Law to punish it, the honest Dealer is always undone, and the Knave gets the advantage.

–Johnathan Swift; ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

A lot of people think I’m unreasonable, and that’s because a lot of my opinions were formed after, at this stage in my life, 26 years of making it a point to look in from the outside. Not only that, I won’t idly sit by and let people be comfortable in their bigotry. I oppose a One World Government on the personal opinion having no ‘other’ culture to look at makes us that much more susceptible to unquestioningly following the limited information we are given.

For example, in social studies, we were taught America is the greatest country in the world and only learn Columbus didn’t discover America well after we do the traditional ‘making buckled hats and feathered headbands out of construction paper’. One year, when I was a Sophomore in high school, we learned about China, and how they indoctrinate their citizens into thinking China is the best country in the world – which, according to public opinion of Americans, they’re obviously brainwashed – and I asked what the difference was between China saying so to the Chinese and America saying so to us.

I was in JROTC, at the time – so, that was kinda dangerous of me to do, questioning the motives of ‘Murica.

My first introduction to Classism came when I was 7, and was told, in public school, I wasn’t allowed to go back for seconds during lunch. If you’ve never been in this situation, particularly going from a Private School to a Public one, you don’t understand the feeling of negligence that accompanies someone saying, basically, “If you’re still hungry, it’s not my responsibility to make sure you get fed,” to a child. This made it clear to me – people with money are treated special, people without money are left to starve or, at the very least, bear the stigma and humiliation of having to ask for more while defending themselves against those who believe meeting the most basic of Maslow’s needs for all people, in order to thrive as a society, is just a ploy to encourage “them” being unproductive.

Yeah, because nothing works harder than a person so overcome with hunger, they can barely fucking stand. Nothing makes a point like forcing a child to throw away their lunch because they’re too poor to afford it and the school won’t cover it. Does that sound like ‘logic’ or does it sound like institutionalized cruelty? [That’s a loaded question, filled with my own personal bias – I’m going to recognize that fact.] Even if you (school leadership, politicians, etc.) condemn the act, it doesn’t matter, at this point – the traumatic incident is burned not only into the minds of the kids who had their lunch taken away, but it is a very clear warning to the other kids (who may or may not have had the opportunity to supplement their friend’s meal themselves – if they could even spare anything off of their own plate) to fear poverty.

…then again, I grew up believing in the Power of Prayer (which I didn’t understand, and never seemed to work for me, in Catholic School), I believed we were a Christian Nation who ALWAYS did the right thing for no other reason than it was right. Jesus, God-Incarnate, came and told us to “be excellent to each other,” or something along those lines, and we listened because we were all Children of God. I believed the Military was filled with Honorable People who wanted to keep our people safe, not teenagers who got in way over their heads because they wanted to get away with killing someone legally, then found themselves doing congress’ dirty work. [Don’t get me started on how badly the Bureaucracy has dropped the ball, in regards to the VA.]

When entire institutions – Health, Banking, Education – are infected with Fraud, motivated by Greed and ‘Shareholder Primacy’ (which is a choice, not a law, but “Congress and regulators have begun pushing the rules in that direction, and a few court rulings have favored shareholder primacy” despite the fact that “[m]ultiple studies of corporations that stay successful over time… have found that they tend to be driven by goals and principles other than shareholder returns”), you have to learn to see past the humor, the bright colors, and the Bandwagon Effect to use critical thinking in order to determine how much or how little you trust People (read: corporate entities with more rights and protection than individual citizens, whose number on a roster is thrown in as if they agree with a policy simply because they chose – or didn’t have a choice but – to take a job at said company branch) who self-regulate. Find out if and why professionals in the field chose to break away from Government Institutions and Conglomerate Megapowers.

The practice has created a situation of widespread drug abuse, affecting the long-term health and well-being of millions of young people. This mess has prompted long-time ADHD advocate Dr. Keith Conners to call the rising diagnosis rates a “concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,” that has resulted in “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.”

–Excerpt from Forbes Magazine, ‘The Dark Side of Big Pharma’, 12/26/13

This is the world we have been living in, a world in which those who question the legitimacy of an authority are diagnosed with having ‘ADHD‘ (which is determined by, among other things, ‘inaccurate work’ [which I thought was the point of, you know, going to fucking school in the first place], ‘being unable to play quietly’, and ‘completing other people’s sentences’) and ‘ODD’ – Opposition Defiant Disorder:

These behaviors might cause your child to regularly and consistently:

  • Have temper tantrums
  • Be argumentative with adults
  • Refuse to comply with adult requests or rules
  • Annoy other people deliberately
  • Blames others for mistakes or misbehavior
  • Acts touchy and is easily annoyed
  • Feel anger and resentment
  • Be spiteful or vindictive
  • Act aggressively toward peers
  • Have difficulty maintaining friendships
  • Have academic problems
  • Feel a lack of self-esteem

In addition, your child isn’t likely to see his or her behavior as defiant. Instead, your child will probably believe that unreasonable demands are being placed on him or her.

“Does your child want a good, logical reason to obey, and, refuses to, since you only have the ‘because I said so’ card? [I know for a fact I was one of those children.] There’s a pill for that! Now, your child can be the compliant, B+ student you always wanted to brag about (warning: may cause sleeplessness, affectations of growth and weight in children and teenagers, and “abnormal thoughts, aggression, agitation, anxiety, delusions, depression, hostility”)! Don’t take the time to question the legitimacy of the schools – you know, the ones who will debase and humiliate a child to spite the parent – CONFORM, CONSUME, OBEY.”

…fuck that. I’ll take the lightly beaten path of Albert Einstein FTW.

Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and had difficulty holding jobs. However, Einstein biographer Ronald Clark (Einstein: The Life and Times) asserts that Albert’s problems did not stem from attention deficits but rather from his hatred of authoritarian, Prussian discipline in his schools. Einstein said, “The teachers in the elementary school appeared to me like sergeants and in the Gymnasium the teachers were like lieutenants.” At age 13, Einstein read Kant’s difficult Critique of Pure Reason—because Albert was interested in it. Clark also tells us Einstein refused to prepare himself for his college admissions as a rebellion against his father’s “unbearable” path of a “practical profession.” After he did enter college, one professor told Einstein, “You have one fault; one can’t tell you anything.” The very characteristics of Einstein that upset authorities so much were exactly the ones that allowed him to excel.

— Bruce Levine, Ph.D, ‘Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill’, 2/26/12

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