Indoctrination Through Education

Before the industries took over, the economy of a nation was based on agriculture. This was the system which had prevailed since Man had started to settle down and plough fields. Then suddenly in the 19th century the world was taken over by “Machines of Europe”. The industrial revolution, revolutionised the way of life man had known for centuries.
Industrial revolution brought a rapid change in the economies due to production of goods at faster rate. The Steam Engine and the Textile Mills were the first products of this era.
The populations started moving from the villages to the cities, known as “Urbanization”.
Now let us first examine who were the people that benefited from this revolution. In the “Draft of Communist Confession of faith” the answer to the Question “How did Proletariat Rise?” is recorded as :
The proletariat came into being as a result of the introduction of the machines which have been invented since the middle of the last century and the most important of which are: the steam-engine, the spinning machine and the power loom. These machines, which were very expensive and could therefore only be purchased by rich people, supplanted the workers of the time, because by the use of machinery it was possible to produce commodities more quickly and cheaply than could the workers with their imperfect spinning wheels and hand-looms. The machines thus delivered industry entirely into the hands of the big capitalists and rendered the workers’ scanty property which consisted mainly of their tools, looms, etc., quite worthless, so that the capitalist was left with everything, the worker with nothing. In this way the factory system was introduced.”
The “Machines of Europe” were purchased by the rich, thus widening the Gap between the classes of people, which had already existed in the agricultural system. The inequality Gap among the rich and the poor started getting wider and wider, as these factories proved to be money printing machines for the rich. The labourers were made to work on meager wages, and in hostile working conditions.
Further, from the “Draft of Communist Confession of Faith”.. Once capitalists saw how advantageous this was for them, they
sought to extend it to more and more branches of labour. They divided work more and more between the workers so that workers who formerly had made a whole article now produced only a part of it. Labour simplified in this way produced goods more quickly and therefore more cheaply and only now was it found in almost every branch of labour that here also machines could be used. As soon as any branch of labour went over to factory production it ended up, just as in the case of spinning and weaving. in the hands of the big capitalists, and the workers were deprived of the last remnants of their independence. We have gradually arrived at the position where almost all branches of labour are run on a factory basis. This has increasingly brought about the ruin of the previously existing middle class, especially of the small master craftsmen, completely transformed the previous position of the workers, and two new classes which are gradually swallowing up all other classes have come into being, namely:

I. The, class of the big capitalists, who in all advanced countries are in almost
exclusive possession of the means of subsistence and those means (machines,factories, workshops, etc.) by which these means of subsistence are produced.This is the bourgeois class, or the bourgeoisie.

II. The class of the completely propertyless, who are compelled to sell their labour to the first class, the bourgeois, simply to obtain from them in return their means of subsistence. Since the parties to this trading in labour are not equal, but the bourgeois have the advantage, the propertyless must submit to the bad conditions laid down by the bourgeois. This class, dependent on the bourgeois, is called the class of the proletarians or the proletariat”.

Since the areas of factories were simplified into different specialized branches, so were the workers into different specializations. More specialized workers lead to more productivity, which in turn generated huge profits for the factory owners (capatilists).

This inturn created a need of specialized workers, who are trained properly for a specific job. This in turn changed the whole education system.
Now education was to be for the source of income, rather than learning and knowledge. Its effect is most seen in the working class people. Since “the class of the completely propertyless, who are compelled to sell their labour to the first class, the bourgeois, simply to obtain from them in return their means of subsistence”, the subjects of History, Social Science, Arts and Literature are considered of no use, since they can’t generate income. People are forced to be unaware of their own history and culture. Their lives are reduced to 9 to 5 work, eat and sleep. People have no time for their own lives, all they are living for is to earn for their sustenance.
Another cause which this system of education has served to the capitalists is to make their workers obedient. History has proven that humans can’t be controlled by force. Whosoever has tried to control people by force, there has been a rebellion against him. The cause of the rebellion was the sense of Injustice and opression, which human nature has a natural tendency to go against. In order to control this rebellion a system must be put in place which would make people obedient to their masters.
The system of education has done exactly the same. The thinking brains are not much in demand, because they can become a source of rebellion. So they are strained at the lower levels through this system. Even if some would reach to the higher levels they are made to believe that their thinking does not do any good, because it will not create a source of income. When these obedient beings reach to the higher level of professional institutions, they are trained for a specific job which they would perform in the factories of their masters. Here also they are given a fake sense of freedom by allowing them to choose their field of specialization, by limiting the spectrum of acceptable options.
Also during the professional training, students acquire huge amounts of debt, because these training courses don’t come cheap. So a student who passes out and lands into a factory, has to first clear his debt and when he has finished that he has to work hard all his life for his sustenance. Putting people through all this, how can we expect them to think.
Some might argue that there are countries where education is free. Yes there are, but most of them are what we call first world countries. These countries produce inventors, scientists, policy makers etc. If there arises a thinking brain from a third world, he is directly hired by a western corporation, and if he tries to change the condition of his people, which is considered a rebellion, he is to be eliminated.
Post world war 2, world was set up as The Grand Arena. Every part of the new world was assigned a specific function. Industrial countries (factories) were to be guided by “great workshops” Germany and Japan. The Third World was to fulfill it’s function as source of raw materials and market” (Noam Chomsky).
The world is now working as a huge corporation. It’s factories are placed in the third world, where they squeeze their resources (Raw Materials and labour). It’s Headquarter is in the USA.
The system which we call The system of Education serves to the interests of capitalists, by preparing for them a army of obedient labourers, who are trained from a young age and only exposed to the environment which will keep them in control. So we need to see where we are heading. I remember the famous words of Steve Jobs when he launched the iPod, he said “sometimes people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”. In other words we are only shown what our masters want us to see.

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Fear makes us controllable.

Most of us are always worried about our future. The major part of that worry is because of the money. The desire to earn more money is directly proportional to the desire to gain material wealth. We are being bombarded with propaganda day and night, which creates a sense of worry, and we fear that we will become poor so we must find ways to earn alot of money and save it for ourselves and to buy the material luxuries. People are willing to do any kind of work as long as they earn money. Even to the extent, people are willing to kill others for money. People forget the sense of Right and Wrong, because they are afraid of the fear of poverty. Because of this people are vulnerable to be chained into slavery. This slavery is dangerous than the slavery by force, because in here most of the people cannot sense that they are slaves. People in this type of slavery are willing to give their minds and their bodies to their masters.
Human farming is what describes this slavery best. Where humans are used by their masters for their benefits. Farming of humans was the most profitable farming in the world of yesterday and it is even today. In ancient Egypt, Pharoh’s enslaved the children of Isreal. They were made to all kinds of works, that will be considered inhumane in the world of today. Pharoh’s controlled these people through fear, fear of hunger, fear of death. The children of Isreal were put into forced slavery which in turn gave rise to resistance. Something similar to the theory of action and reaction. The children of Isreal couldn’t resist much because the Pharoh was powerful. But they had a sense of realisation they they are slaves and need freedom. Their rebellions were crushed by the force but their desired couldn’t be crushed. Until there came to them Moses from GOD and they became free. This was in old days and since then the human thought has evolved and so has the Masters. The recent example of this kind of slavery is the enslavement of blacks by whites.
We thought that the kingship and slavery had come to the end, buy when the western democracy took roots, it was just the evolution of the Masters, as there was the evolution in the thought the of slaves ( “The poet of the east” Allama Iqbal in his Poem “iblees ki maglis e shoots” describes it beautifully). Since the Human race was searching for the system of Justice after the kingship they thought had ended, Marx came up with another master plan of slavery. But this plan didn’t seem to be clever enough and had resistance world wide, though it gained ground in the shape of Socialism in the Eastern Europe.
Cleverer were the Masters of the western liberal democracy who were able to convince the masses that they are free. They didn’t use chains to tie up the bodies of the people, but they chained their minds. Billions of dollars are spent in making people believe they are free. This indoctrination starts at at very young age in the institutions called Schools. “Products” what usually children are called, come out as obedient and polished beings rather than intelligent and thinking minds, but there are always exceptions and we are not talking of exceptions here. Children who have a thinking mind usually tend to question a lot “how” and “why”, usually end up standing outside the class. So the end product of the schools are usually polished obedient beings who are easily controllable. And when children reach “reputed collages” they are already among the “cream” of polished obedient beings. In the colleges they spend most of the time in learning the art of selling themselves. And when they have completed the collage they are dumped into the factories of the Masters. The feeling of false joy and achievement overcomes everything else. This is amazing when a slave works hard from school to college, and earns his degree of slavery, is given a sense that he has achieved something in his life. That something is what they call Job. And to keep this sense alive we are bombarded with the material luxuries which make us work harder and harder. Our sense of happiness and the sense of achievement are now attached to the materials.
It seems like the “theory of evolution” is true. Humans are turning into some other beings. The society is Turing to evil. There is a room for a murderer, a rapist in a society, but there is no room for a person having less wealth. The more the wealth people are gaining more are they getting afraid of being poor.
At the end all this comes to the fact that people can be controlled by fear. We cannot threaten a tree to produce more fruit nor can we threaten a cow to produce more milk. But humans can be threatened with the fear of poverty to work harder and harder, which in turn is productive to the corporations. The only way we can see all this is to see it from the top. Quoting the golden words of Dr Iqbal “tu Shaheen Hai basera Kar pahado ki chattanu par” means “you are the royal falcon, make the mountain top your resting place”. Fly like a flacon over the top and keep a eye on everything from the top like a falcon when it keeps an eye on it’s territory from a mountain top.