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Old November 16th, 2012 #1
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Old November 16th, 2012 #2
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Paraphrase of a memorable statement from a book on conservatism, expressing the attitude of a Southern preacher. 'The only thing the teaching of reading in public schools accomplishes is creating a market for trash literature.'
 
Old November 16th, 2012 #3
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Paraphrase of a memorable statement from a book on conservatism, expressing the attitude of a Southern preacher. 'The only thing the teaching of reading in public schools accomplishes is creating a market for trash literature.'
Nice summation of the Bible.
 
Old November 17th, 2012 #4
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Giving the masses the capability to regurgitate the word (and preferably educating them all) is a key component of democracy.

Thus institutionalized mass education could only happen in democratic currents (and it did).

Athens began to fall when they thought this was a good idea. The Roman Republic became more decadent and led to Caesarism when this happened, and if there is any God, no, wait, there isn't, if there is any alien lifeform that has superior military technology, we will be invaded by them and they will make all of the bumbling idiots fall in line.

Because "he's just a man" is a sentiment that the weak masses like to fall back on as their last resort to stand by side (or above) those who are obviously superior.

Also known as 'democracy'.

And when that is coupled with generations of decadent softness among whites, the sludge just stays the sludge, and any strong men in it will not rise above before they are pulled down. Spengler spoke of how damaging to the strength of the white races the period of warless comfort from 1871-1914 was.

"Ahh, we just want to frolic in the sun and listen to our iPods, ahh, yay".

And.................. our schools breed that softness into our sons from a young age, nay, IMPOSE it!

And you end up with a bunch of key-pressing neurasthenics who - forget fighting - don't even imagine having a fighting spirit, a will to dominion over others.

They're like the classical Spaniard content with a few olives and maybe a plant in the corner of their little dwelling, not caring what their cities look like very much, not quite understanding the point of what 'good' society is, a society that banishes and prevents degeneracy and ugliness, nay, declares war on it.

And that is why nobody mentions the Spaniards in the same breath with the other great peoples of Europe.

In an ideal society, people who look like Akins are hidden in the woods somewhere in a druid costume.

Oh wait............

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Old September 25th, 2014 #5
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Hitler on reading:

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By 'reading,' to be sure, I mean perhaps something different than the average member of our so-called 'intelligentsia.'

I know people who 'read' enormously, book for book, letter for letter, yet whom I would not describe as 'well-read.' True they possess a mass of 'knowledge,' but their brain is unable to organize and register the material they have taken in. They lack the art of sifting what is valuable for them in a book from that which is without value, of retaining the one forever, and, if possible, not even seeing the rest, but in any case not dragging it around with them as useless ballast. For reading is no end in itself, but a means to an end. It should primarily help to fill the framework constituted by every man's talents and abilities; in addition, it should provide the tools and building materials which the individual needs for his life's work, regardless whether this consists in a primitive struggle for sustenance or the satisfaction of a high calling; secondly, it should transmit a general world view. In both cases, however, it is essential that the con tent of what one reads at any time should not be transmitted to the memory in the sequence of the book or books, but like the stone of a mosaic should fit into the general world picture in its proper place, and thus help to form this picture in the mind of the reader. Otherwise there arises a confused muddle of memorized facts which not only are worthless, but also make their unto fortunate possessor conceited. For such a reader now believes himself in all seriousness to be {educated,' to understand something of life, to have knowledge, while in reality, with every new acquisition of this kind of 'education,' he is growing more and more removed from the world until, not infrequently, he ends up in a sanitarium or in parliament.

Never will such a mind succeed in culling from the confusion of his ' knowledge ' anything that suits the demands of the hour, for his intellectual ballast is not organized along the lines of life, but in the sequence of the books as he read them and as their content has piled up in his brain If Fate, in the requirements of his daily life, desired to remind him to make a correct application of what he had read, it would have to indicate title and page number, since the poor fool would otherwise never in all his life find the correct place. But since Fate does not do this, these bright boys in any critical situation come into the most terrible embarrassment, cast about convulsively for analogous cases, and with mortal certainty naturally find the wrong formulas.

If this were not true, it would be impossible for us to understand the political behavior of our learned and highly placed government heroes, unless we decided to assume outright villainy instead of pathological propensities.

On the other hand, a man who possesses the art of correct reading will, in studying any book, magazine, or pamphlet, instinctively and immediately perceive everything which in his opinion is worth permanently remembering, either because it is suited to his purpose or generally worth knowing. Once the knowledge he has achieved in this fashion is correctly coordinated within the somehow existing picture of this or that subject created by the imaginations it will function either as a corrective or a complement, thus enhancing either the correctness or the clarity of the picture. Then, if life suddenly sets some question before us for examination or answer, the memory, if this method of reading is observed, will immediately take the existing picture as a norm, and from it will derive all the individual items regarding these questions, assembled in the course of decades, submit them to the mind for examination and reconsideration, until the question is clarified or answered.

Only this kind of reading has meaning and purpose.
http://radioislam.org/historia/hitler/mkampf/eng/02.htm

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Old May 13th, 2019 #6
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learning to read was the quickest way to be influenced by propaganda.
 
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