DOWN WITH POWER
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L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 1,045, November 3, 2019

We could be headed for another Lexington and Concord

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Letter from Jeff Fullerton


Letter from Nils

Re: The World Turned Upside-Down, by L. Neil Smith (in this issue)

Hello L. Neil,

As is typical, I agree and your and LeFevre's analysis makes perfect sense.

I will through in a few comments:

1) "Deplorable" This is a favorite of the left, most especially the Hildebeest. Now, granted, anybody can deplore away at anybody else, but it is not very presidential to call somebody that. In the case of the Hildebeest, it is usually coupled with a gnu and cry "irredeeemables" This is a religious term indicting that according to the speaker, somebody is inevitably going to hell. So the speaker is busy doing autodeification.

2) Proudhon. His most famous phrase is "property is theft", which is pure nonsense. The concept of "theft" cannot exist without the concept of property as a foundation. But then, left-anarchism is chock-full of internal contradictions. (OTOH, various forms of right-anarchism are in principle logically consistent in the main, although you might or might not agree with it) Ayn Rand and many others have pointed out Proudhon's fallacy.

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Nils
nilsphone@aol.com

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Letter from Jeff Fullerton

Interesting read: Cancel School: Why Self-Learning Must Be the Future of Education by Eric Cervone

I remember reading In Alvin Toffler’s “The Third Wave” back in the early 1990s: how to spot a Second Wave policy proposal. It was essentially that if it looked like a classic production line in a 20th Century factory then it was Second Wave. For those unfamiliar with Toffler; a futurist who authored “Future Shock” in the 1970s and later “The Third Wave”, “ Powershift” and “War & Antiwar”—he propagated the notion that technology comes in historic waves—the first being the development of agriculture that started the transition from hunting and gathering to civilization in the Neolithic Age (First Wave) The Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century (Second Wave) and the ongoing Digital Revolution that was just starting to take off at the time those books were written and popularized.

As for Second Wave proposals—most everything made with an eye toward reforming public education which in itself is an obsolete Second Wave institution—is Second Wave. I really wish I had the time because this deserves a decent article but it’s Crunch Time and I’ve still got a lot to do to get ready for winter. In a nutshell the current system was created to service the interests of a society that revolved around labor intensive modes of production that require lock step discipline and social conformity. A lot of it is driven by growth for its own sake and preparing young people for yesterday’s future much like the Progressive Movement chasing after the future envisioned in 1913 which involves a lot of planned obsolescence and generation of bubble economies that eventually burst or counterproductive strategies like military establishments preparing to fight yesterday’s wars or people telling kids they must go to college and get massively into debt on order to attain their slice of the American Dream.

I always thought the education system was a bunch of crap. Just a money making racket that milks taxpayers and students to feed the teachers, professors, administrators and professional politicians. On top of being a form of corporate welfare to train a workforce that industries ought to be doing themselves through apprenticeships. Much like we built stadiums for wealthy owners of sports teams who could afford to do it themselves. And if that were not enough—they in many cases are not teaching and preparing young people for the real world ahead.

Self education is the real solution. It would also save a fortune in operating fleets of buses and heating and cooling huge buildings and keeping those maintained. Also it wound eliminate a huge carbon footprint—if you are concerned about that particular bugaboo. No more school bullying or your kids being brainwashed by progressivist teachers and Marxist professors and turned into little Obamamaniacs or Greta Thunberg automatons. And society will be better off with kids being socialized by their elders rather than peers. One of the biggest problems in western societies is extended adolescence. No wonder there is so much dysfunction.

Jeff Fullerton
born2bewild1962@gmail.com

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