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Power Elite Bans Classic Books in US, Seeks Exclusive Narrative
Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum ... Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of 'informational texts'. American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace. – RT
Dominant Social Theme: Telling stories is so "last year."
Free-Market Analysis: Fahrenheit 451 and other books about censorship got it wrong. The powers-that-be don't want to ban books, they want to ban STORIES.
This is the inescapable conclusion for those of us who believe in directed history. Over the past decade of covering the world for various proprietary blogs, it's become clear to us that most human events are manipulated by a small, sociopathic elite that controls central banking around the world.
Whether such control existed in previous millennia we are not in a position to say. But it would be our perspective – avoiding a discussion of past civilizations – that the overt control of Money Power has been growing, not diminishing, of late.
Of course, perhaps these things go in cycles. In that case it is our misfortune to live at the very apex of one such cycle and our good fortune to see – thanks to the Internet Reformation – that it is ending.
How do we know it is ending? Because the top elites are increasingly turning to the bluntest weapons in their fight to maintain power. Economic depression, military conflict and authoritarian democracy are all modern tools of repression and control. The idea is to create world government and nothing is to stop that progression.
By far the most ubiquitous method of control and persuasion is what we call the dominant social theme. This is usually a scarcity-based meme disseminated by the power elite via its controlled think tanks, media and universities and then acted on via its globalist facilities and political methodologies.
Scarcity–based memes are STORIES aimed at the middle class and designed to frighten people into giving up wealth and power to specially designed internationalist institutions. Food, water and energy scarcity along with overpopulation and various military and terrorrist "threats" are the favorite tools of the top elites. None of the disseminated tales are true.
But it doesn't matter whether they are true or not. The propagation and saturation of these stories – fables – are most important to the narrative that the elites want to establish.
The chief narrative is that of the "small world." The world is to be seen as inevitably becoming "one." It is an ineluctable ascension to be desired and nurtured. It is, of course, for this reason that all talk of previous high civilizations is squelched. Whether they existed or not is not debatable, as the debate will never be held.
There is only one civilization. It was launched 5,000 years ago and world government will be its crowning glory.
This is the story. This is the narrative. There cannot be any other. And it is not enough for the elites to control the CONVERSATION. Now, apparently, they want to control the story line, as well.
Of course, one could argue that with books like Catcher in the Rye they control the story line anyway. But apparently, informal control was not enough. Now the control is to be formalized. If stories are to be written, they will be written by approved authors. If they are to be read, it will be within a predetermined cordon sanitaire.
There are to be no other gods but the god of the single story – the ONE ... the single, all-encompassing plotline leading inevitably towards a gaily decorated single world with one ruling, elite authority. After which, from what we can tell, genocide will begin in earnest. Here's more from the RT article:
Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards.
Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California's Invasive Plant Council.
The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...
Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.
Poor Bill Gates! A man who once dreamt of controlling his own US$100 billion fortune, he was attacked by the US government over a putative monopoly and then stripped of control of his resources and even his professional aspirations by a banking elite that will not tolerate any other monetary control but its own.
This is the reason its button man, Warren Buffett has been going from wealthy individual to wealthy individual like a honey bee, seeking to sip the sweet nectar of their vast good fortune by suggesting full scale donations to charities he controls. It is not an eleemosynary exercise but one of confiscation.
The top elite controls trillions but mere billionaires are not to be allowed. They must "give back" to the community. You see, in the brave new world of the Elite Narrative, a mere billionaire is nothing but the lowliest peon, someone to be efficiently reduced to penury. He or she is not to leave funds to family but instead to worthy charities and reputable causes.
This is what Bill Gates now confronts. After building one of the most successful companies in the world he now finds himself denuded of his fortune while his name is attached to the blackest kind of medical engineering via vaccinations and now – if this article is correct – the initiation of purposeful illiteracy.
It is ever thus these days. Cross the top elites and they will efficiently strip you of your resources and then blacken your name by association. They do this by manipulating the sociopolitical and economic narrative. This is why storytellers are in such demand and why the ability to tell a convincing story is a ticket to wealth, fame and power in the modern day.
It is why such tales are ever more strictly controlled, as well. Copyright and other legal engineering is brought to bear to ensure that the narratives produced and disseminated are the approved ones.
It is for this reason what we call the Internet Reformation has been such a setback to the power elite. The carefully crafted universe that has descended on the world like a gigantic bubble has been pricked. As it has collapsed, truth has leaked in.
We try to purvey some of that truth every day and so do others. We would even argue a critical mass has been reached and there is nothing much the elites can do to control the narrative anymore. They are trying, too, of course. But as happened with the Gutenberg press, once the truth emerges it tends to sweep the field.
It must be a waking nightmare for the top elites. Much of the progress of the past century has been undone. Memes have been exposed. Promotions have been capsized.
Terror and intimidation are going to have to be substituted for mind control and promotional suasion.
And, of course, censorship, too. The narratives of modern civilization are now seen as too powerful to be left in the hands of amateurs.
It's kind of pitiful, actually. It has no chance of working. Tale telling is as powerful a drive as sex or hunger. It cannot be controlled by regulation or a change in curriculum.
Conclusion: It is a testimony to their desperation and a further affirmation of the power of the Internet Reformation.
Posted by him2 on 02/02/13 01:49 AM
Now, I find it strange that this topic has bred such heat.
All of you decrying the change need to first look to your - not only options - but prior actions.
Did/do you ever discuss meaningful events with your children?
Or, as one famous British Counsel once declaimed:
"Would you want your household servants to be able to read such as this?"
It wasn't/isn't the internet that has brought the world to a sudden dangerous political change, but the damned little video cameras that spoil perfectly setup News bites... ..
Posted by mikef on 12/13/12 07:47 PM
Its important to stick to the facts. Just read what has actually happened, without buying the idea that "the tide is turning". It is not and will not. What we need is a moral reformation, not merely an internet reformation. Complaining about the state gives more power to the state. It should have no involvement whatsoever in education.
If you are truly worried, take your children out of public schools. What are they doing in there anyway? They certainly are not learning marketable skills.
Posted by piolenc on 12/12/12 10:50 PM
Wow - I never expected the corporate/state job training agenda of the public camps... .I mean campuses to become so explicit so quickly. What's next - road signs and user instructions as homework?
Posted by IndyLyn on 12/12/12 05:16 PM
Somewhere in the feedback to this article a reader complained, it seemed, he/she did not like articles written by 'staff' or being referred to as 'elves'. He/she preferred a byline name I assume.
When I read the articles by say, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Bill Bonner, Tibor Machan, et al, published by The Daily Bell, though enjoy reading these writers in other venues and trust their opinions, I am more confident of the publication that presents them.
The 'elves' as Staff at DB are governed, if you will, by the Chief Editor, Anthony Wile. So I have equal confidence and trust in their researches and verifications of facts as I would the 'named' writers and the Chief Writer himself. Besides which, I love the picture in my mind of the 'elves in Liechtenstein' bent over their tablets feverishly penning their facts out to the world!
With the idea in mind of the feedbacker... why not list his/her full name on his/her feedback??
Posted by AlexK47 on 12/12/12 01:24 PM
Wow, what a bunch of ridiculous hyperbole. Changing the curriculum != banning. Like another poster mentioned, why rely completely on the gov't for your child's education? They can still read all the fiction they want; the gov't isn't burning books. If your child brought in any of those books to their school to read during free time, the teacher isn't going to confiscate them and report them to the secret police. What is this website, the Libertarian wing of FoxNews?
Reply from The Daily Bell
Public schools have a big impact on the acquisition of information for many children. You make a great point regarding home schooling, but the shift to "information" oriented texts is a huge deal for reasons we discuss in the article. Information is power. But the ability to regulate the stories we tell each other at night around the fire exercises an even more profound level of control ...
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 12/12/12 12:18 PM
timoore on 12/12/12 09:42 AM:
"Your reply that the staff is made up of elves is both and arrogant and foolish answer"
Worse yet, they withheld the fact that there are gnomes working at DB as well ...
Posted by JeffersonStillLives on 12/12/12 10:39 AM
Wile, you've done it.
Been reading you for years, but here, all the streams of conciousness come together in one, crispy clear little narrative with inescapable conclusions.
Looks like a little update report, but no! One of the best articles in the domain, and I include the courageous work done @lewrockwell and the m i s e s . o r g sites.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks so much, Jefferson. High praise, and appreciated. Staff reports are a team effort by the way ...
Posted by timoore on 12/12/12 09:42 AM
Your reply that the staff is made up of elves is both and arrogant and foolish answer. Is it important for The Daily Bell to hide the folks who are the "Staff?" If you tell me who they are, would that put their careers and lives in jeopardy?
Posted by timoore on 12/12/12 07:48 AM
When "Staff" writes a piece, please tell me who these people are.
Reply from The Daily Bell
They are elves.
Posted by isalcordo on 12/11/12 07:56 PM
The truth about being educated in an educational institution, public or private, is this: All formal education is indoctrination in either specific group or general-societal values.
Public schools and public-education-oriented private schools aim to produce economically productive and law-abiding citizens, while private educational institutions aim to produce torch-bearers for their theologies, ideologies, and dogmas.
Not even in a so-called "Free University" where students formulate their very own programs of study and granted "a degree" upon completion of a certain number of academic units" are they really free from such "indoctinatng influence."
Since the education of mankind is "directed" and "history is about us humans" there can be no other way for human history not to be "directed history." In other words, there is no such a thing as "history free from human direction."
Posted by RJOGuillory on 12/11/12 07:15 PM
... I can't wait for my "tale" to be banned... .what a level of success for a writer... to be banned! Ha!... ..
Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family
Posted by IndyLyn on 12/11/12 04:33 PM
When I see the word 'ban' this or that ... I just go wild! Then it comes to me; gee, if they ban all the classics, there's a black market fortune to be had. Let's all go out and buy all the classics NOW as part of our NWO prepping stash!! There some really stupid humans out there!
Posted by Dilence Sogwood on 12/11/12 04:13 PM
Then the smart kids get to the Ivy League just to find out that they will not be reading the Classics. Just a little Krugman, Marx and Kozol, but nothign too taxing.
Posted by 1776 on 12/11/12 04:12 PM
Published on Aug 29, 2012 You think progressive regulation was the result of farsighted intellectuals striving to protect the public interest? Think again.
Murray Rothbard - Origins Of Progressive Regulation
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Posted by cantigas321 on 12/11/12 03:40 PM
Ok- RT's article majorly exaggerated, if you look up the Standards actual information. (Something this writer should have done) There is no dropping specific texts and classics will still be there, though there will be a much bigger emphasis on informational texts. Click to view link
Reply from The Daily Bell
"There will be a much bigger emphasis on informational texts."
If there is a larger emphasis on informational texts, there is a smaller emphasis on fictional literacy, which shows us how to interpret the world.
This is a trend that has been going on since US chief educator John Dewey imported "see and say" into the United States decades ago. The resultant literacy drop has proven disasterous. And yet Dewey was delighed. He and the rest of the socialist educational establishment did not want educated students, only students that would make good workers and would lack the discernment to question the orders of superiors.
There is no doubt this "new" standard will continue the "work" of Dewey in dumbing down US students. It is entirely in keeping with what has been taking place. It actually began with Otto von Bismarck. We have written about that as well.
Posted by cantigas321 on 12/11/12 03:19 PM
Will this perhaps finally be the point where Americans realize the Federal Govt should have NOTHING to do with education? I am praying they don't get away with this...
Posted by Patrick_Henry on 12/11/12 02:52 PM
I've been saying this for years, it's the reason we don't have our child in the govt. run school cocoon. They're not getting an education anymore, it's more like an indoctrination. Get your kids out of the public schools people and find a way to either home school or send them to private school. THAT'S how they've taken over. By BRAINWASHING our children, our young people are our future, we should start training them as such!
Posted by tone-bone on 12/11/12 02:02 PM
So, 'they' teach people for a minimum of 12 years and when you're done and graduated, what have you learned? In most cases, not very much.
Nothing that is actually usefull. I graduated in 75' and besides learning the English language, basic everyday math, ... . I'm struggling here to come up with any useable knowledge gleaned from my 12 years... How to deal with being in a crowded school, dealing with crowds maybe??
There's advanced math, but do you need that when applying for a $10 an hour job? On the West Coast, Spanish is usefull, but mostly in service industry jobs. Again, a $10 an hour job.
So, evidentaly, there will be even less to glean from 12 years in government schools in the near future. Unless one is only interested in fantasy. Which I'v seen a glut of lately. Keep people in a dream-state... . that is what it seems they are doing to this newer generation.
The hard part, for me, is trying to awaken those that don't see what's happening because they enjoy the fantasy world created to keep them in their slumber.
Another great article, thanks.
Posted by MetaCynic on 12/11/12 01:25 PM
Actually, they don't want to ban all stories. Just the ones which don't advance the Elite's global government agenda. School children will still get their daily dose of fiction. The theme of this new fiction will be scarcity and sacrificing for the common good.
Posted by 1776 on 12/11/12 01:21 PM
Fahrenheit 451 and the Flame of Liberty Senator Rand Paul
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