Socrates’s Ghost [a polemic]

Reading at an advanced stage of literacy is not a requirement for political participation in America, but then bread and circuses is not new to the American state and governments have supported innumerable variations on representative government without the masses either literate or participating.  The people are taught to read through many of the organs of the state, thereby insuring a level of advanced under eduction at an inflated value. Inflation permeates everything in our lives as soon as we tell ourselves we have to learn to live with economic inflation. Economics hits home too hard not to affect the things we do and the ideas we think day in and day out. There are ancillary organizations dedicated to the proposition that all citizens can be made equal by systematically undermining all in whatever efforts pass for serious concern for the literacy of others and the betterment of society that remains implicit if never explicit; that is, of course, with the exception of the few who will rise to the top like the cream everyone imagines is best.

Public education as we have it in New York City is an example of this kind of inflation, but then an inflation that is contingent with the overproduction we have in education where all are special, any can be talented, and semi-literacy meets the demands of a society that produces little of what it consumes, underpays and enforces wage slavery around the world to feed its greed, its tape-worm driven gluttony.  Is there any reason for anyone anywhere in any business or industry to get the annual bonuses that investment bankers on Wall Street get; is there any reason for the CEO of ABC to get 72 million a year? Readers need not apply. Notice, though, that it is Public education. The public are always the people in service of the state. When functioning as a Public, which the People must do sometimes, they are not functioning as the People. These are two distinct and categorically separate political entities. They are often mutually exclusive in their functions. And we do think that the Jacobins went too far because in our masquerades of goodness, we wear the cloaks of non-violence to cover our impotence rather than organically adopt . . . it is as it will always be preferable for a man of violence to commit violence if that’s what’s in his heart than it will ever be for another man to wear the cloak of non-violence to cover his impotence . . . the former man has hope; there is none for the latter.

Yes, office cubicles resemble more the cells in a beehive than they do anything else; perfunctory level jobs for life for perfunctory performing drones, all of them increasingly more and more underpaid as top level executives have become the new oligarchy in America . . . and we used to call the Soviet Union thre Bee-Hive State . . . yet there is no place in this political earth more like the former Soviet Union in this way than our own Totalitarian Bourgeois Capitalist America.  Our lifestyle is our hemlock, if any one of us should be brave enough to stand Socratically against our media sophists and the oligarchy of CEOs countrywide.  But then we don’t read anymore, do we; and our knowledge of classical antiquity has evaporated, so any allusion to the terrible forty of Athens or the death of Socrates passes as does a ghost.


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