029: The War On Fire

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(American History F-ed #6) The sixth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism).

Critical Thinking Question:
What would you think if you saw an arsonist running back to the scene of their crime moments later...with a fire hose?

Topic:
Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live joins me to address the myth that government solves problems. We explore the phenomenon of unintended consequences, using the so-called 'war on drugs' as a case study.

The Formula:

...the use of force
leads to
perverse unintended consequence
leads to
new problem
leads to
demand for government action
leads to
the use of force
leads to
perverse unintended consequence
leads to
new problem
leads to
demand for government action
leads to
the use of force
leads to
perverse unintended consequence
leads to
new problem
leads to
demand for government action
leads to
the use of force
leads to
perverse unintended consequence
leads to
new problem
leads to
demand for government action
leads to...(repeat ad infinitum?)

Bumper Music:
"Burning Down the House" Talking Heads

Look Closer:
Free Talk Live
http://freetalklive.com/

Freekeene.com
http://freekeene.com/

When Cops Play Doctor: How the drug war punishes pain patients

John Stossel : The War on Drugs!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P6pNIKxWgA

Flames in our forest: disaster or renewal? By Stephen F. Arno, Steven Allison-Bunnell
http://books.google.com

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3 comments

  1. This show made me realize the crap I had to learn at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Holy mackerele, this is hard stuff living right in the melting pott of former and contemporary “real existing” socialism. Here is the flyer I put together that had accomplished, well, nothing. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s2/sh/5f5ccc54-4e1c-401e-b993-354ce3147033/af149104852b2483a745dc5aeed8c7c9/res/43f52fc2-fe10-455d-b62a-1ebf8d4e3dc5/Vicious_Circle_of_Bureaucracy_v08_EN-20121229-025141.jpg

  2. It’s been a while since I got to listen to Brett’s School Sucks Podcast. Getting back into the swing of things for the year of 2017 I started off this one. It’s a great topic, one of the most important, like all the other Brett discuses.

    Government’s attempt to solve social issues is always assumed that the result should benefit the peoples of the country. Here Brett points out that the government is terrible at “solving” problems in the populations social failure. The twist on “war on drugs” is great with the contrast between Micheal Jackson and Redmin, pointing out that the real issue is “war on underpescription”. Dr. Fisher’s story is a “Tyson” knockout for an example in how the government system can be used to abuse people, or more specifically how government agents can use the system to abuse specific individuals they please to choose.

    What is the intent of the government, actually the government does a great job at fulfilling their roles, if we question the intention of the government. Like any entity, living or none living the first priority is to ensure the survival of itself. The government’s only action in engaging with the populus is to a. certify is validity and b. to generate revenue. The worst thing the governance of the country could do is do nothing in the eyes of the political establishment, when in fact this is the best thing it could actually do. By making laws, governments seem to think they are taking the correct actions to do the two things mentioned. It’s totally flawed, there are hundred of thousands of laws, bubbles of laws, for every law there is a counter law and basically as long as an individual has enough power and funding they can do whatever they want to do, there is no law in the land, it’s not law is a magic wond waving from “Disney Wonderand” characters who get influenced by a few who sneak in a couple of their own preferences.

    The car emission inspection is a great example in how wishing wonds are waved for the sake of a few who benefit from the cause. Ian’s comment on placing his own personal sign on is interesting, I don’t think it will work, just because he, as a USA citizen has agreed to fall under the governance by default in taking the road test and agreeing to follow the ruling authority. A private abstractions vs a hovering abstraction has little benefit when the private abstraction has little power of enforcement against a governace, as Brett’s point about government being all about the spiral of power and violence. Simply Ian has the option to either use a alternative form of transport or leave the country, until things change in the populus.

    Before going into the elaboration of the “wars” on drugs, terror, crime and fire. It’s a setup, from cradle to grave. Looking at John Tailer Ghato’s work gives insite as how people are conditioned into becoming “soldiers” of these wars. The contrast in motivation for a person to decide to become a memeber of the military, strikes parallels with those who decide to sell drugs, bomb pedestrians, or stell things all have something in common and that is economics, phycological temperament.

    As youngsters are sausaged through the system during their entire maluble and impressionable years the real transformation takes place in the students character. Being forced to accept information without question, forced to memorize total irrelevant lists of information for the sake of passing a test at the end of the week which highlights the negative wrongs of results further degrading the individual as a valued member of society. After this suggestion of mental abuse there is a further torment of sexual tease in pop culture while at the sametime parents forbid the discussion out of “embarrassment” for the most part, making stories up of storks delivering babies. To further the tragedy of lies to children mass social lies are projected onto children which include receiving presents form a man in a red coat who climbs down the chimney at night, tooth fairies and on and on until the child has had enough and rebels for good reason only to find that the parents were only part of the illusion. The weekends come, oh the weekends of freedom and release filled with wild parties and forbidden behaviours parents would never dream their little angles would commit. The weekends become the salvation from all matters of enslavement from the moment the last Friday bell rings, an enthusiasm builds up to live life.

    The weekend worrier is born, yes it’s a common term in the west, that work hard, party hard attitude that has a whole life of it’s own. The worrier is always looking for a bigger and better party, extreme and experience, first starting with the casual social smoking with a couple of drinks and slowly escalating into drugs, sex and rock & roll. The weekend warrior is a perfect product of the system, stuck in the 40/40/40 plan with the 7 day routine with no end in sight.

    The war on drugs, terror, crime and whatever else is founded on the participation of “weekend warriors” that are rebles without a cause. Graduated students fall into the sticky trap that there is a plan and if they follow that plan they will achieve their dreams, that it’s normal to live weekend to weekend and in between to live someone else’s dream. With the anxiety of life they are eager to seek some riscky spark to the mundane grind.

    The war on drugs starts form the day individuals are forced into the degrading unimaginative work of school, the war of terror starts with those who fell into an activisim of changing the world and ridding it from its religious sins, the war on crime starts with those who witnessed the ignorance of the individuals around them and thought they could get away with it while thinking the world was made of the have’s and the have not’s.

    I’ve gone over the edge here, it’s a big topic and Brett points out some great arguments. Here I question what is the intent of the government, and here I argue that the production of Brett’s observations are mearly causes of a perfect government system depending on who’s using it.

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