Chomsky on corporations and education.

A great little interview with Chomsky discusses the rise of corporations in the United States, and the role of public education in molding people to the capitalist system.

Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don’t think people didn’t know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites. Emerson once said something about how we’re educating them to keep them from our throats. If you don’t educate them, what we call “education,” they’re going to take control — “they” being what Alexander Hamilton called the “great beast,” namely the people. The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow… As freedom grows, the need to coerce and control opinion also grows if you want to prevent the great beast from doing something with its freedom…

2 thoughts on “Chomsky on corporations and education.

  1. Brian L March 6, 2015 at 19:11 Reply

    This and other blogs are peeling back the layers of my education. As I’ve said on another linked blog, I’ve been sleepwalking through my whole life, and now, at 51, feel so naive and foolish in falling for the dominant messages. Granted that the web didn’t exist in my younger years… I suppose that’s my rather feeble excuse, anyways…. Nonetheless, better late than never. Much gratitude to my new teachers.

    • Brian L March 6, 2015 at 19:17 Reply

      PS. Honestly, it feels like what I imagine Neo in the Matrix must have felt. When I saw the movie, I thought how awful it would be to realize everything was a lie. And now, here I am at that stage.

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