Wednesday, 11 January 2012

John Taylor Gatto

do you know what a meritocracy is?
government by merit
you know, the best person for the job, on merit 
[simply put, there's a bit more to it]
so the best doctors & nurses would run the health system
the best teachers & headmasters would run the education system
& so on

we need to do a bit of apologising to some kids, tell them they've been betrayed by an education system that wanted a product, not a thinker, not a creator

here's my option for the education system
five one hour parts


meritocracy has ten "aims"
much like the communist manifesto which had ten "planks"

I'm not quite agreeing on everything that meritocracy advocates
for example:
I face life in my mid 40's knowing I'll never have kids. after 11 years of child abuse I know there's no woman waiting for me, I accept that, so I'd like my sister's child or my cousin to get the house, it's not big, it's not worth much, just a 2 up 2 down, but it would be nice to know that they'd always have somewhere to lay their heads, I know what it's like to be homeless [4 times] I know what it's like to live in doss houses & scummy shitholes, I wouldn't want them to think that no one in their family couldn't give a shit about them, I wouldn't want that for anyone
socialist capitalism
I believe in something I call social responsibility, it's what my grandparents fought for

oh & you're going to love the link to the website at the end
it's a doozy! very illuminating ;]
in saying that everything I've been learning recently, from Carlin & Sheldrake to changing the banking system & ruling elite [& everything inbetween] was covered on a single page
although I often forget that I could be the most gullible person on the planet, so don't take my word for anything


dognamedblue said...

"In ancient Greece, meritocracy was known as aristocracy - "rule by the best" i.e. the most talented. Note that the rich historically hijacked the word "aristocracy" since they believed that to be the richest was to be the best. In fact, rule by the rich is rightly known as plutocracy, but the rich never liked to view themselves as merely wealthy, so chose not to use that label. They wanted wealth to reflect superior moral and intellectual qualities. The same attitude persists to this day amongst capitalists and libertarians: wealth = superior worth morally. Poor people are "evil" because they are poor.

The idea of elites, divorced from the needs and wants of the people, and acting in their own interests, is anathema. Crowdsourcing and meritocracy, working in a continual feedback loop, can provide the engine to take humanity to the next stage of its evolution. The people should be working in tandem, in partnership, with government. They should not be passive recipients of diktats from on high, from a remote government of the privileged elite. Citizens must be active in the moulding of the state, contributing at every level. Government and the people should be hardwired together: there should be no possibility of the government not representing the people's interests. Any government that is not deemed by the people to be representing the General Will of the people is a tyranny, reflecting only the particular wills of the ruling elite.

No one is free who has been compelled from their first breath to be a clone of their parents who, in turn, were clones of theirs, all obeying some fanatical ideology expressed in some ancient holy text or economic doctrine, dogmatically and tyrannically passed down from generation to generation from time immemorial. That is the purest slavery.

The ultimate political system is one that recognizes the spiritual dimension of humanity, unlike capitalism and communism, yet lets people explore their spirituality in whatever way they find most inspiring and helpful, without any inflexible, exclusive, dogmatic, hateful ideology.

The ultimate political system is one that is designed to continually evolve to meet the needs of the time.

The ultimate political system is one that always reflects the General Will of the people.

The ultimate political system provides an equal opportunity for everyone. It prevents the creation of dynastic elites. It stops any individual or group from acquiring too many resources, too much power and wealth. It eliminates privilege, nepotism and cronyism.

The meritocratic republic is that ultimate political system. It is the dialectical end-point. Meritocracy is the inevitable culmination of the long path of political evolution."

Anon said...


What so often happens in the UK and elsewhere is that institutions are run by people who are -

1. Freemasons, or members of similar groups

2. People who use all the latest jargon, but who lack wisdom

3. People with connections to certain elite families

4. Mafia Fascists

- Aangirfan

dognamedblue said...

interesting is that the manifesto comes from the "illuminati"
yeah that one
they claim that they have broken their silence because the ruling elite is behind how they are portrayed
they claim that they are only 6000
they claim that they are not how they are portrayed but infact the opposite
they claim that they do want a "new world order" but not the one we've have heard about, that one is the ruling elite's, the one they want is covered in the manifesto

I guess anyone can do a website, it's interesting, but will take a lot of reading & as they say at this site, remain scepticle

dognamedblue said...

as subtlety isn't my strong point I have to mention again that there is just a thin veil between this manifesto & website & communism or socialism, to be fair to them both
but "isms" turn out to have been funded throughout history, whichever "ism" you choose, by the banker class of the ruling elite

Penny said...


I really like John Taylor Gatto.
I have had a couple of his interviews at my blog.

His insights are marvelous.
I did read his book...
of course can't recall the dam name
I have another one to read in pdf format, when I get through the ponerology book I am reading now..
that one is a slog, I have to reread parts.

anyway were these part of the series done by Jan Irving and Richard _____ at the school sucks, or trivium educations sites.

Anyway... I shall give them a listen when i have time.

dognamedblue said...

got through three of them just two more to go when I can get the time

always wanted to read the political ponerology book, but ran out of books to upload to scribed to get a free copy