1. “Thought Destroyed, Bush-Era Torture Memo Released
Bush officials’ destruction of dissenting legal opinions will not be investigated, in keeping with Obama policy of protecting war criminals”
2. “This Is Your Brain on the Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has long had its eyes on emerging neuroscience technologies. Should we be worried?””
3. “Public Education “Failure by Design,”
The EPI study observes that the “Failure of Design” is class-based. For the designers, it has been a stunning success, as revealed by the astonishing concentration of wealth in the top 1 percent, in fact the top 0.1 percent, while the majority has been reduced to virtual stagnation or decline.
In short, when they have the opportunity, “the Masters of Mankind” pursue their “vile maxim” [ all for ourselves and nothing for other people,” as Adam Smith explained long ago.
Mass public education is one of the great achievements of American society. It has had many dimensions. One purpose was to prepare independent farmers for life as wage laborers who would tolerate what they regarded as virtual slavery.
The coercive element did not pass without notice. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that political leaders call for popular education because they fear that “This country is filling up with thousands and millions of voters, and you must educate them to keep them from our throats.” But educated the right way: Limit their perspectives and understanding, discourage free and independent thought, and train them for obedience.
The “vile maxim” and its implementation have regularly called forth resistance, which in turn evokes the same fears among the elite. Forty years ago there was deep concern that the population was breaking free of apathy and obedience.”