Why are public schools lousy, universities so expensive, and ed debt non-dischargeable?

NakedCapitalism.com’s Yves Smith asks “Why is There No Political Outlet for Anger on the Left These Days?” and suggests partly it’s because “young people in America are worried about survival (aka getting a job) and up to their eyeballs in school debt, which they can’t discharge even in bankruptcy. School loans in particular seem an almost Machiavellian device for forcing students into bourgeois conformity.”

Moments earlier, I was reminded of another educational conspiracy theory, George Carlin’s rant on American education in which he explained:

There’s a reason education sucks and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that.

I’m talking about the real owners now. The big, wealthy…The real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything….

I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking.

They’re not interested in that! That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right! You know something? They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that! You know what they want? They want Obedient Workers – Obedient Workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club – and you ain’t in it!

If the Tea Partiers were smart enough listen to George Carlin, Bill Hicks and America’s other brilliant political comedian-philosophers, they could redirect their misguided rage at the sources of our nation’s troubles and shake things up for the better, rather than serve as tools of the powerful people and corporations who benefit from their ignorance. (I’m using “who” rather than “that” because our Supreme Court says corporations are people — when it comes to “free speech” and unlimited political spending, though not when it comes to criminal liability for illegal behavior, of course!)

As Yves Smith suggests, liberal anger apparently can’t effect any change in this country. Instead, our “Democratic” president lectures us angry liberals for not being team players, even though we’re legitimately angry because our coach is always playing for a draw and never letting us win a game.

Posted by James on Wednesday, September 29, 2010