School Shooting

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Another school shooting! Should we be shocked? Should we yawn?

It’s impossible to understand my reaction to any such news item in 2012, 2002, 1992 … 1972, without knowing that I am the deschooler. I am a disciple of Ivan illich. In 1970 Ivan Illich showed us, or tried to show us, how people could save themselves from the state and from state-controlled compulsory education: launch a public bulletin board, cybernetic in any populous society, and allow people to list who they are, what they do, what they want … Also offer feedback digests on subsequent experience.

You go to the supermarket the state doesn’t tell you how much bread you have to buy and how much it has to cost and who has to go home with you to butter it for you. But the school tells you where your kid has to be when, what he must do, what misinformation he must master, who’s to condition him, and what they’re to be paid. Damn Nazi socialism! Germany led the way, and America lock stepped behind, now America leads: in enslavement, in self-destruction, self-delusion …

After Columbine London University asked me to write a reaction. I did. My essay may still be archived at their web site for all I know. But, in essence, I gave the Illich line: the state has no business putting all fish in one barrel where one madman can shoot them by the dozen.
The US A-bombed Japanese cities but at least we didn’t first herd all the people into those cities, to add insult to injury: there was already plenty injury enough.

Why are we still herding the children together where anyone can victimize large numbers with litle effort? It’s convenient for the state. It’s convenient for the state’s client-sponsors: big business and so forth: get the schmucks to sort themselves into wage slaves and managers. But it’s not good for the children, or for anything human. It’s not educational, except as misdefined by the state!

“Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is …”
People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

When the sheriff assisted the FBI in arresting me in 1968, they pretended to listen to all my answers to all my questions. They enthusiastically applauded much of what I said. If fact, the sheriff’s staff room was festooned with printouts from pk statements where posted on the walls, highlighted, exclaimed over!

But they weren’t really listening: they were just waiting till I said something that they could pervert into hanging me from the dungeon wall. A question about Columbine gave it to them. They asked if I’d heard ofthat atrocity. I said, yet, the University of London asked me to comment on it: I did, they published the answer. There they had it: they could tell the judge I’d confessed to being like the shooter, against innocent children.

When I got to jail, and then to more jails, the jails were crammed to the rafters with … oh, bad guys aplenty: violent guys: but also with writers of inconvenient books, books the state didn’t want people reading. (And boy were there a slew of FBI and CIA assassins, pot farmers, dirty tricks specialists: whom their host acronymers had turned on. Last year you murdered for the CIA, this year you’re murdered by the CIA.

Herding Together

Not only is one purpose of school to gather all the helpless together where enemies can shoot them like fish in a barrel, it’s also a way for the thugs who muscle the society to manage the segregated intelligent, separate them from resources as well as from potential hearers. People believe that the purpose of the temple is to communicate messages from God; actually it’s to isolate God who he can be crucified. In the torturing crowd his friends will keep their traps shut.
I’ll say that better next time.


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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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