That provocative image from a famous 19th century political theorist hoping for dramatic future change was also meant to Prime a Feeling for Planned Complete Transformation. Both within individuals at the level of conscious thought and society wide over time. The repeated and dire coordinated cries of the Ehrlichs and others of Danger, Danger unless We Change, Change appear to have the same impetus. Give up your right to make your own decisions and defer to Our Vision.
It’s supposed to be a matter of necessity of course. Hence the hype. But the repeated push for Newmindedness that rejects rational thought and all the hyping of imminent unprovable global disaster sure is fortuitous. Especially when combined with a global vision of education that describes Foresight Intelligence as essential for transitioning to a Knowledge Society. While state-approved institutions seek to actively limit what anyone may really know. Methinks we are all being played here and the documents I have located certainly support that view.
First the stated determination to “move us away from reliance on fossil fuels” will seem even more like a fantasy to shift us to a redesigned, state directed economy that benefits political favorites and Cronies after you read this December report “Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity.” http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/humanity-unbound-how-fossil-fuels-saved-humanity-nature-nature-humanity . It details, for example, all the forest that would be gone now just to have an agricultural sector that could support our current population without fossil fuels. Something along the lines of the land mass of Canada, Latin America, and India. It’s a great overview but you simply cannot read it without recognizing that CAGW, the idea that there is substantial manmade global warming and it will prove catastrophic, is just an excuse. An excuse to gain widespread voluntary submission by ordinary people to an economy dominated by the Public Sector. Which means people who can be corrupted by conflicts are in charge and they have the power to tax, coerce, and compel.
Paul Ehrlich and the UN and the European Union all want to push this idea of Foresight Intelligence as the goal of education. How would such a vision benefit them? Foresight Knowledge is about selling people on the idea that they should be thinking about Future Social Transformations so they can together debate its direction and shape the future. Now the 2006 document I located describing this Foresight process came from the Baltic region which remained under Soviet control until 1989. It thus described having to change people’s mindsets that together they could interact and develop a vision for future direction. The participatory aspect was a huge selling point for those with a history of subjugation by state decree.
The flip side though of the Foresight collective decision-making process is the majority’s ability to bind everyone else to its vision guts the West’s vision of the primacy of the Individual. Personal decision-making freedom tossed away because of a perceived crisis. Plus the Imposed Vision is unlikely to actually be realizable. That’s particularly troubling when we think of a majority driven by emotion and false beliefs and new cultivated values as the education vision grounded in Outcomes Based education and social and emotional learning and the visual instead of the intellectual makes clear.
In fact I have always found the use of the term Knowledge Society given all the official documentation and plans to limit anyone’s personal knowledge in the 21st century to be both a bad joke and cruelly ironic. It turns out to be a very good thing that I am both so suspicious and cynical and widely read on what is really going on. Because boy does the United Nations have plans for all of us while we are busy setting goals, interacting with each other and ICT generally, and pretending we get to set our own future courses. Right.
Think of the Giant from Jack’s Beanstalk or Jabba the Hut gleefully rubbing their hands together while eyeing their captured prey. All the while repeating “You are Mine. Mine, All Mine” to appreciate what the bureaucrats and politicians have planned for us. After they use their monopoly over education to take out those Axemaker, rational minds and create an expectation that a majority can bind everyone else because it is now necessary to “save the world.” For the Future.
Following up on Foresight Intelligence led me to a UN document from its Economic & Social Affairs division called “Understanding Knowledge Societies.” It’s not a 21st Century vision any of us are likely to be OK with but it is very real. And very grasping. At the level of “Right now, we do not have a unifying central cultural thought for humanity.” That would be what the 20th century called Ideology as a political organizing principle and it proved to be positively lethal on a mass scale. Having the UN push for “universal acceptance of the central cultural thought” (both quotes are from page 115) in the 21st is just not likely to go well either. Unless you have a job with the UN or a coordinating agency.
Getting a majority to go along with that “central cultural thought” may be why the UN and quite frankly its global allies in accreditation and colleges of education and other federal agencies are all quietly mandating reforms that limit explicit knowledge–aka accurate information in a person’s own brain in favor of what the UN calls Tacit Knowledge. It’s also behind their interest in having ICT dominate future education. Here’s the definition of such bureaucratically approved knowledge:
“a fluid mix of framed experience, contextual information, and expert insights [those with the proper credentials. Conflicts of interest need not be mentioned] that provides an individual with a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information. Tacit knowledge is information combined with experience, context, interpretation, and judgment. It is acquired through one’s own experience or reflections on the experiences of others. It is intangible, without boundaries and dynamic. It is highly personal and hard to formalize, making it difficult to communicate or share with others. Subjective insights, intuitions and hunches all fall into the category of tacit knowledge.”
Sounds like feelings and guessing and impressions to me. But we still have those no longer to be sanctioned Axemaker Minds unwarped by the planned daily immersion in ICT from an early age. And I don’t think the UN’s plan to have governments “reinvent themselves” to create “public value” is going to work well either. At least for us. No wonder the Statist Planners only want Tacit Knowledge among the masses. This is not really funny and I was clearly not on the approved list to see or read that document. C’est La Vie Schemers. Include me in that not going quietly into the Dark Night Brigade.
Actually the document makes so many things we have discussed make more sense. From all Peter Senge’s Systems Thinking and Presencing work:
“Recently, new qualities are stressed by management experts as crucial for business leaders: visioning, intuition, understanding of the patterns for change and an ability to imaginatively act on this understanding.”
To all the focus now on racism and oppression and Social Justice and Equity:
“By definition, the fully developed Knowledge Society cannot accommodate social exclusion and marginalization. This would result in weakening its very foundations.”
And finally our old UNESCO vision of human solidarity:
“The way in which this will play out in transition to the advanced Knowledge Society will eventually depend on values [which the helpful Canadians have already acknowledged as being the real sought for common core], and especially on the value that this new human civilization may wish to place on human solidarity. It may also be influenced by the economic interest of engaging the whole available store of human creativity and tacit knowledge.”
As I said when we started this post all these visions being cultivated will not turn out as hoped for. But one thing will. This clear determination to make individual freedom and liberty a relic of the past will go as planned unless we quickly recognize that it is the mind the Schemers so want (bolding in original p 44) .
Or as the document itself says “as society shifts from an old order to a new order through a transitional phase of relative chaos . . . Thought is the spiritus movens of this process.”
And right now in K-12 and higher ed with preschool programs being ramped up, thought is precisely fully within the current domain of these Schemers. In fact that’s what education reform all over the world is really all about. And it is quite coordinated.
And now finally it is becoming much better understood.
Please join me in not going quietly into this Planned Vision.
You’re right, it’s feelings and guessing and so forth. Diplomas, graduation pictures, gowns, it’s just the system imputing an illusion of accomplishment. If they all have this tacit knowledge, and confidence in it, leave them to their own devices. I always thought that recognizing one’s ignorance, and a good helping of humility, was a necessary precondition for learning.
We are about to have everyone ignorant except those who get it from home or a grandparent but still credentialed. A Harvard prof’s reaction to the Bowdoin tell all was that his students have already gone into the applying lenses as what passes for education these days. It is a subject my college age children talk about. Who seems to be gaining an education and who will simply have a degree. Many times dangerously primed for social justice.
I read the UN’s comprehensive plans for all of us. Just came out. Not just education. Do you know David Cameron was the UK rep? No wonder he wants to ignore the realities from that Woolwich video. It is in the way of the UN’s mutual benefit society of the future. Here’s the report http://www.un.org/sg/management/pdf/HLP_P2015_Report.pdf
And the Cyberlearning and Gamification is hugely important just as I feared. That’s not in UN report. It’s how we get those altered mindsets though that the UN keeps mentioning.
I think what we will have in 2030 is a savage world if we do not stop from this course of trying to put the Genie of the rational, well-stocked individual genuinely literate mind back in the bottle created by the printing press and then later the Industrial Revolution.
Berman who wrote the book admiring Marx and calling attention to his famous metaphor and his human development theory as desirable for the 21st is an NYU prof. Just like Bertell Ollman who wrote the books on alienation and then Dance of the Dialectic I read recently in my must know Uncle Karl’s philosophy really well journey.
I detected a element of fear in this report. Fear that if the UN doesn’t update the MDG mission in time for 2015 they’ll lose credibility in the eyes of the world. Wouldn’t that be excellent? Oh, and this notion that ‘everybody’ is included should somehow be advertised—maybe that would have an impact.
That’s a brilliant analysis. I don’t know how you do it. You must read thousands of pages a week! Few have your stamina.
Thanks for the link. Wow, that current, May 2013. I’m relieved that it’s only 89 pages. I picked up a used copy of the Marshall Berman book and look forward to getting into it this summer. I read the introduction and was really amazed at the nature of the content he laid out.
It’s really scary to see what we’ll have in 2030. I think of the American debt crisis first. Whoever is collecting the interest on that debt is well positioned to rule the world (land, sea, and space) for the next 100 years.