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Fifty children of different ages are teaching each other while the schoolmaster hears lessons at his desk from older students. An air of quiet activity fills the room. A wood stove crackles in the corner. What drove the nineteenth-century school world celebrated in Edward Eggleston’s classic, The Hoosier Schoolmaster, was a society rich with concepts like duty, hard work, responsibility, and self-reliance; a society overwhelmingly local in orientation although never so provincial it couldn’t be fascinated by the foreign and exotic. But when tent Chautauqua with its fanfare about modern marvels left town, conversation readily returned to the text of local society.

Eggleston’s America was a special place in modern history, one where the society was more central than the national political state. Words can’t adequately convey the stupendous radicalism hidden in our quiet villages, a belief that ordinary people have a right to govern themselves. A confidence that they can.

Most revolutionary of all was the conviction that personal rights can only be honored when the political state is kept weak. In the classical dichotomy between liberty and subordination written into our imagination by Locke and Hobbes in the seventeenth century, America struggled down the libertarian road of Locke for awhile while her three godfather nations, England, Germany, and France, followed Hobbes and established leviathan states through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Toward the end, America began to follow the Old World’s lead.

For Hobbes, social order depended upon state control of the inner life, a degree of mental colonization unknown to the tyrants of history whose principal concern had been controlling the bodies of their subjects. But the sheer size of an America without national roads or electronic networks ensured that liberty would be nurtured outside the ring of government surveillance. Then, too, many Americans came out of the dissenting religious sects of England, independent congregations which rejected church-state partnerships. The bulk of our population was socially suspect anyway. Even our gentry was second and third string by English standards, gentlemen without inheritances, the rest a raggle-taggle band of wastrels, criminals, shanghaied boys, poor yeomanry, displaced peasants.

Benet, the poet, describes our founding stock:

The disavouched, hard-bitten pack
Shipped overseas to steal a continent
with neither shirts nor honor to their back.

In Last Essays, George Bernanos observes that America, unlike other nations, was built from the bottom up. Francis Parkman made the same observation a century earlier. What America violently rejected in its early republic was the Anglican "Homily On Obedience" set down by English established-church doctrine in the Tudor state of 1562, a doctrine likening order in Heaven with the English social order on Earth—fixed and immutable:

The sun, moon, stars, rainbows, thunder, lightning, clouds, and all the birds of the air do keep their order. The earth, trees, seeds, plants, herbs, corn, grass, and all manner of beasts keep themselves in order.... Every degree of people in their vocations, callings and office has appointed to them their duty and order.

By 1776 the theocratic utopia toward which such a principle moves, was well established in the Britain of the German Georges, as well as in the three North German states of Prussia, Saxony, and Hanover. Together with England, all three were to play an important role in twentieth- century forced schooling in America. The same divine clock, superficially secularized, was marking time in the interlude of Enlightenment France, the pre-revolutionary utopia which would also have a potent effect on American school thought. Hobbes and his doctrine of mental colonization eclipsed Locke everywhere else, but not in America.

1This is Toynbee's paraphrase of Orwell's "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."

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11 Jul 2010 @ 00:37 by mortimer : Ya Thanks
I been reading that one there. Second time actually. Cool book. The author was a teacher for 20 years.

Makes me feel good about dropping out of 7th grade.  



12 Jul 2010 @ 05:53 by vaxen : Heh, heh...
WTG Mortimer! How on Earth did you make it and was that here in ... what's the name of this country again?

What America violently rejected in its early republic was the Anglican "Homily On Obedience"  



12 Jul 2010 @ 16:06 by mortimer : the USC
The name of this country...the USC, United States Corporation.

Because I changed schools 3 times that year during the 7th grade, when I never returned the state did not think anything odd about it. They probably figured I had moved again and had my records forwarded from another school. I ran away from home and got a job at Speedway Car Wash [link] for $3 an hour. And I paid 'Jimmy The Greek' $80 a week for a room on the beach.  



13 Jul 2010 @ 19:28 by vaxen : On the road!
Wow, sounds exciting. Though I'm sure it was tough. I ran away to California when I was 15. Got caught after a few months & sent back. Back to school...

I tried to get the California 'authorities' to put me in a foster home, or whatever, but that was a no go. Seems the birth certificate is a title of ownership of sorts.

All is commerce. All crimes are crimes of commerce. Thanks for the brief, mortimer san...

vax  



13 Jul 2010 @ 19:41 by a-d : "Some" of us only.....
...dreamt about running away from Home!... hehehe...  


14 Jul 2010 @ 20:31 by vaxen : Monkey girl...
will soon be swinging around in the branches of her homelands trees! Right? Was your homelife not up to par? Aside from all that how the heck are ya A-d?  


18 Jul 2010 @ 23:21 by vaxen : So...
in the interim the rains, the clouds, the trees, the dogs, the sadness, the rains, the clouds the dogs and life goes on with, or without ... us.

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19 Jul 2010 @ 02:52 by mortimer : exactly Vaxen
If I'm optimistic, I would not tell. You see. Pessimism does serve the zombies well. The pajama party is over.  


19 Jul 2010 @ 04:46 by mortimer : Timeline
that time-line is missing few things but also has few things I ain't seen before.
Hitler was Baron Rothschild grandson; confirmed by multiple sources ~ house-of-rothschild  



20 Jul 2010 @ 03:47 by vaxen : Heh!
That's a good one! That he was supported by the Rothschilds & Rockefellers & the whole of the god damned 'Eastern Establishment' there can be no doubt. American Naivety knows no bounds, however... as the recent so called 'election' of the puppet darkhorse Obama shows us.

I, for one, will be so glad to leave this planet for good. I hope karma will never again bring me back & I'm intent upon following the path that will expediently make sure of that.

Thanks, Mortimer, for being here with us in these 'interesting' times. Blessed be ye...

The Secrecy News Blog is at: [link]  



20 Jul 2010 @ 06:11 by mortimer : 'interesting' times
Last night I built software for exploring timelines; perhaps exposing genocide as consequence. I dunno. Today I find reports of 73 thousand word press blogs shut down by the corp. u.s. and I'm having second thoughts about publishing me new software; Timetrack alpha 1 port 8080

Under duress, drum robot migrates to Iceland - [link]  



30 Jul 2010 @ 04:17 by vaxen : Mortimer!
I hear ya on that score. Here's what 'Google Ventures' and In-Q-Tel are each investing up to $10 million in...

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It seems you're barking up a similar tree though for obviously different motives. You might approach In-Q-Tel, yourself, with your software... Remember 'Inslaw?'

Was away for awhile, from the net, and thought how interesting life would again become sans the net...

De Oppresso Liber! Or should that be "De Expresso Liber?"

Good to hear from ya Morti...  



1 Aug 2010 @ 16:51 by vaxen : wikileaks...
Then there is the saga of wikileaks and making Assange famous. Great way to destroy the entity... make it famous.

"Just because they are posted on the Internet, doesn't make them unclassified," Lapan said.

Lapan is an idiot. But I've come to expect such thinking from Pentagonally constructed wormholes in space. Oof! -☺-

@rockingjude 's PWA covering John Young vs Wikileaks

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Blanqo y Negro  



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