Socio-cultural myth and the problem of American exceptionalism
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Associated colloquially with the Special Snowflake Syndrome, American exceptionalism has permeated the minds of its citizens since The Founding. And for all of America’s imperial ambitions, its root hog, or die attitude will not likely cause it to outlast or outshine the great empires of antiquity.
Those on the Left who have made their bones engaging in polemics of American exceptionalism are engaged in the most profound kind of irony, in that their activities are primarily funded by the same plutocrats that have promulgated the very myth that they seek to dispel, wholly unaware that they are participating in a controlled opposition campaign.
This reality has been well understood since before the American Founding, and was articulated quite explicitly by historian Oswald Spengler in his seminal two-volume work, Decline of West, where he explained the nature of Homo economicus and its spiritual degradation:
“There is no proletarian, not even a Communist, movement that has not operated in the interest of money, in the directions indicated (more…)
Science, faith, propaganda, and the epistemological crisis of the postmodern age
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Everywhere we hear of the postmodern age, where a crisis abounds, a crisis of faith in our institutions. Reasons for the development of this crisis of faith have been offered: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, 9/11, or things as culturally mundane as the revelation that Charles Van Doran participated in a fixed game show with the help of a television network. The problem with all of these explanations is that they purport to reveal (more…)
An interlocution between teacher and student about what it means to teach social justice within the context of the study of history, government, and ethics.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Student: What is teaching? Teacher: It is the act of deconstruction and transgression between teacher and student.
Student: What is its purpose? Teacher: Knowledge that leads to growth, expansion of awareness, and action, i.e., wisdom.
Student: What does teaching social justice mean? Teacher: Teaching social justice means teaching and speaking to the historical moment, it means exploring the “mechanisms of power which establish inequality, through the systematic analysis of political discourse,” and contextualizing that moment within the arc if history.1 Teaching social justice begins with throwing oneself, and later your students, into an epistemological and existential crisis where everything you think you know about who and what you are needs to be deconstructed then reconstructed from the ground up (more…)
A 12 year retrospective on the state of education by a veteran educator.
Friday, 12 June 2015
Below is an interview conducted by Orenda Review 12 years ago with now retired college professor R.L. Pritchard. He taught History, Political Science, and Law for over 40 years.
OR:In what ways has your perception of education changed since you began teaching?
R.L. Pritchard: One thing that has continued to amaze me during the long course of my teaching career, especially on matters of public interest and public affairs, is how ill-informed most people are. One consequence of that is that people arrive at political positions and opinions based on sort of gut-level responses or remembrances of things without really looking carefully into the facts to find out what truly was the case and how complex things were. Overall, it’s how simplistically people think, including a lot of very well educated people. And I’ve had a lot of very well-educated people in my classes over the years, including older students and people who’ve lived through just about everything I’ve lived through during my lifetime, and yet who know so little of it or retain so little of it. Consequently, because they don’t have the breadth and depth on these things, they tend to (more…)
The nature of scarcity and economic power, and how they are created and used as a method of social control
Saturday, 28 December 2014
According to the Chinese zodiac, in 2015 we will be transitioning into the year of the sheep. What will this bode for a world living in the New Gilded Age? The sheeple will have to decide if they will accept the historic changes that are occurring on the domestic and international stage or if they will resist and struggle against the tide of elite domination. There are many transitions well under way in the coming years and they all surround the notion of scarcity and the exercise of economic power. We are in the midst of a global liquidity crisis that will lead to the abandonment of the US dollar as the global reserve currency; climate change politics and environmental pollution are leading to global carbon tax proposals; and the geopolitical fight for control of the precious natural resources of Central Asia between the West and myriad combinations of Eastern factions is flaring up. All of these ostensible political and economic cleavages are coming to a head as of late, and will begin to show themselves not as cleavages (more…)