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Capitalism Pt. I: Education for Obedience

It starts at a young age. Approximately, the age of 2, where channels created for young children begin to indoctrinate them into the idea (that will eventually become a belief) that they must behave in the way that is defined by capitalist education, which will keep their country on its feet when followed properly. If you sit down to watch some of these shows, although a lot of them are centered on arithmetic’s, the sciences, and language – the majority of them focus on behaviour and interaction with other people. These shows are preparing the child for their next step: public education.


Public education exists for 2 reasons. The first being; that the subjects being educated are actually being socialized into the acceptance of their own subordination. The second being; weeding out the subjects who may not be the best candidates for upholding and perpetuating the necessary components to uphold capitalism and capitalist functions of society. From then on, those subjects are faced with training, and standardized testing, (that increase in difficulty with every stage) which will determine their future financial position, and their status in the system.


The subjects will be taught obedience over morality and conventionality (following the rules) over critical thought. These lessons are often repetitive, and the subject must regurgitate them, over, and over, and over until it is drilled into their very way of thinking. This is to ensure that there is difficulty in deprogramming, or deviating from the system in place. The difficulty will rest with the subject before it will with those in power.


This form of indoctrination creates a necessity for itself, and instructs its subjects that their obligations and responsibilities as members of society are to their family, the church, the school, and the military. But there's a twist. Only one of these is accessible without even some participation in public education, and its accessibility is dwindling.
The church.


In another piece, I will discuss how religion is a necessity for the functionality of capitalism, but I will focus on education for this piece. Without public education, many things will be inaccessible to you, including work, food, shelter, or even a place in your local social scene.
If you don't go to school, you don't graduate. If you don't graduate, you cannot get a job. If you do not get a job, you won't have access to a significant amount of money. If you don't have money, it is impossible for you to acquire the resources necessary to survive. Not that you could even go that far, avoiding public education. In America, you don't actually have a choice whether you will be publicly educated or not. If you don't attend any sort of government approved schooling, you will surely be put in jail, and/or along with your parents (if you are ages 15 and 17).


Even though the schools play such a good role for the people who run this system, they are still greatly underfunded, especially in the oppressed communities. This is why many oppressed and marginalized groups suffer the worst injustices.
Capitalism works by creating competition. The subjects are taught that they must compete with each other to obtain substantial earnings. Unfortunately, (but very, VERY obviously), this creates a cold and cruel attitudes between different classes of working-class people. They become inhumane and begin to enforce the worst of their human qualities perpetrated by the system.
Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities...It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.

- Justice Earl Warren
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