5 Apr 2010

The Road to Intellectual Emancipation

Posted by Robert Gibson

The road to our intellectual emancipation begins with learning. Unfortunately, due to the existing political orthodoxy controlling our education system and society, most often what we read, what we see and hear, and what we are taught, has the effect of obscuring and engendering disinterest and misunderstanding instead of promoting enlightenment and encouraging curiosity, interest and the pursuit of knowledge.  Mass miss-education served up by a system with a corrupt agenda, and supported by political leaders, government officials, news and entertainment media, corporations, administrators, and teachers with limited minds, knowledge and education needs to be exposed and overthrown. Where and how can we begin?  A task of this magnitude can only be accomplished by an emphasis on the presentation and cultivation of perspective.

What we need to understand is that much of what we are taught, especially in the realm of mainstream education and history, has been distorted in ways that serve and or reflect dominant socio-economic interests.  As we are about to begin our voyage of enlightenment and discovery, a good thought to keep in mind is that it will be a struggle of political incorrectness.  And at this stage it is only the first step that counts.   And that first step should begin with understanding what is the role that a dissenter plays in society?   Dissenting views invite us to test the prevailing explanations served to us and open ourselves up to neglected ones.  In other words, what we are dealing with is understanding that dissenters are practitioners of critical thought.  As Michael Parenti stated in his book History as Mystery; “Heterodoxy always offers a better learning experience than orthodoxy.”  Parenti also reminded us that unfortunately, dissenters can always expect to struggle against the mainstream views and prevailing opinion. “Dissenters will constantly have to be prepared to defend themselves and argue closely from evidence. . . . While Orthodoxy can rest contently on understated axioms and mystifications.”   He also went on to emphasize that orthodoxy promotes its views through unexamined repetition that comes from monopoly control of major communication and education systems.

What have I accomplished so far in this first installment of statements of opinion?  I hope to have sparked the beginnings of an idea, mindset, and an approach that will eventually lead us to be able to comprehend the depth and relevance of a statement made by Thomas Jefferson over two hundred years ago in regard to the importance and value of a universal education to a democratic society in a capitalist economic system: ” A people cannot be both ignorant and free”.  Aruba Libre!

Robert Gibson


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