Framing, then Refining Lasting Webs of Mutual Social Understanding to Fulfill Aspirations Grounded in Infamy

Since I do not want to be accused of a Godwin’s Law violation, I will not tell precisely who uttered this sentiment that still lurks behind all of the current rhetoric of priming students to act for the Common Good. True idealism is nothing but subjecting the individual’s interests and life to the community. I will note though that when Governors and Mayors are now being instructed by multiple federal agencies to make workforce preparation the goal of K-12 and teachers and principals plan to target the Whole Child for monitoring and manipulation, everyone is thinking like a collectivist even if no one involved is really familiar with the crucial distinctions anymore. Luckily for us though, I have a copy of E. Merrill Root’s 1955 book Collectivism on the Campus so we can revisit these vital concepts during a previous heyday when people still recognized what was at risk.

Root goes back to people like the famous 19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and reminds us that this struggle with the coercive potential of the State has a long history:

“collectivism would reduce unique persons to efficient functions of a dominant mass; and individualism, that would exalt the status of the persons who freely constitute it… By nature, individualism sees society as the means and the individual as the end. Man does not exist to serve society, as among the bees and the ants; society exists to serve unique, individual persons…collectivism by its very nature and by its efficient practice regulates, prohibits, and compels.”

As we keep encountering the principle that democracy is suddenly to mean an ability by the majority in number to bind the minority to its wishes and perceived needs, which, I believe, is why this statistic has been getting so much recent hype  http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/white-students-aren-t-going-be-majority-schools, let’s look at all the swirling intentions of fundamental transformations in so many areas by remembering: “all collectivisms, no matter how they differ in mood or means, are united in the socialist principle of control by the people collectively, or the state.”

Now let’s come forward a bit, but not yet all the way to the present. One of the contributors to The Great Adventure book from the last several posts was a creator of the 1970 document The Predicament of Mankind that sought to lay the seeds for using the theories of the social sciences and the research from the behavioral sciences to begin designing social systems in the West. It was to be the foundation of the Club of Rome. Now the CoR chose then instead, as the UN does now, to mask that actual intention in physical science models that understandably never work very well. They are an excuse to alter reality and existing human behaviors, not a means of reliably modelling what exists and predict what probably will be.

So Alexander N. Christakis, who we will now shorthand as Christo, resigned from the CoR and took his Structured Dialogue Design Process with him. It never went away though and it came to my attention in Chapter 6 of the book: “Technology to Liberate Rather Than Imprison Consciousness.” Now if that catches your attention as more and more ‘coursework’ to get ‘degrees’ or ‘workplace credentials’ shifts to online methods, it should. First though let’s see what Christo actually said were his intentions. He opens with this quote from fellow systems thinker and GERG social engineer Bela Banathy [see his tag on blog. We have met him before]. Remember what Dialogue means from the last post:

“Dialogue facilitates the development of a common language and collective mental models. Thus, the ability to engage in dialogue becomes one of the most fundamental and most needed human capabilities. Dialogue becomes a central component of any model of evolutionary transformation.”

Communication For Social Change as the Rockefeller Foundation called it. As the FrameWorks Institute seeks to prepare common mental maps to reliably guide the perceptions of the masses, so too SDD “brings the lack of a commonly shared metanarrative into focus and encourages creative adaptations among participants.” Change within the person in other words just like the shift to student-centered learning. If this all seems a bit Egg-Heady to you and not a real threat to the way of life we all take for granted, http://obamavision.wikispaces.com/file/view/Figure_1-_Amended_Classification_of_59_Inhibitors_to_Bottom-up_Democracy.pdf/50379547/Figure_1-_Amended_Classification_of_59_Inhibitors_to_Bottom-up_Democracy.pdf makes it clear the Obama campaign in 2008 used SDD by name to gather input into the vision that fundamental transformation must be alluding to: “Obama’s vision for engaging stakeholders from all walks of life in a bottom-up democracy employing Internet technology.”

The National Center for Dialogue and Deliberation that we just keep encountering http://ncdd.org/806 announced the giveaway of the SDD software to help encourage the dissemination of the participatory democracy model. Remember the one that lies at the heart of how urban metro areas are to operate politically in the future? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and sector strategies and Career Pathways with Big Business are such drivers towards a reality of collectivism precisely because they intersect with these declared goals of Metropolitanism and the determination of so many mayors that they are the place for achieving Economic Justice.

Now added to that we get Christo declaring in a 2012 Training Workshop on Why and How We Ought to Reinvent Democracy that SDD is the means “for building capacity internationally for addressing highly complex problems using the science of dialogue.” We also see in this 2012 published paper the intentions to use online coursework delivered internationally to allow broad interaction to reach common understandings of what are called Continuous Critical Problems. Dialogue via the Internet and the virtual realities it can deliver to create common experiences become a means for “Striving for Sustainable Global Democracy Through A Group Decision-Making Process: A Critical Review of an Online Course to Model Transformative Praxis.” http://www.sociostudies.org/journal/files/jogs/2012_1/135-151.pdf

From now on every time we hear the word Sustainable, we need to remember that article’s lead-in quote that “Sustainability is not simply about changing practices but more centrally about agreeing to change practices together.” Think of it as creating a mass perception of consensual collectivism via dialogue and deliberation. SDD trains participants, including K-12 students where it is much more likely to be called Guided Dialogue or the Discourse Classroom (unless we are in Finland where as we saw the required practice over years is a component now of what Global Citizenship is to come to mean). Think of how handy the rejection of facts, logic, lectures, and textbooks will be, as  SDD uses ‘triggering questions’ (or what the related Understanding By Design or Backward Mapping call Essential Questions)  to supposedly examine the roots and ‘deep drivers’ of messy, real world situations.

This allows the question to “frame the context of the dialogue” where “participants articulate their ideas in their own words to the full attention of the other participants.” Now one can see why a new affirmative Student Code of Conduct would be necessary as the clarifying and dialogue is to “authenticate each person irrespective of his or her education level or position of power.” No more ability to engage in that former educational pasttime at all levels of rolling eyes or otherwise indicating when something is clearly ignorant or absurd. It’s a perspective and disrespect, even if deserved to puncture the continued survival of patently BAD Ideas, would interfere with the desire to “build a sense of shared competence within the group.”

The better to build a sense of entitlement to collective decision-making and the use of something like that POWER Model Anthony Carnevale considered a New Workplace Basic 2 posts ago. Whether dealing with captive students in the classroom or adults on retreat or showing up for community input meetings, the idea consistently is to get “participants to rank the clusters of gathered observations according to their relative importance. This step brings into sharp relief the different priorities and values within the group. In the ensuing discussion, parties come to understand where their coparticipants are coming from, which leads to a respectful working relationship, based on defined mutual interest.”

Now common sense and a knowledge of history would reveal this method for “greatly enhanced decision-making and action-planning” is a global prescription for disaster. That would be why this reality of the ultimate goals is so shrouded in deceit and the need to make common sense and actual knowledge of history uncommon indeed. Since I am nothing if not a Deceit Shroud Buster and just drowning in what used to be called Horse Sense, lets end with what Christo said was intended. As you know, the purposes of the creators run with their techniques, theories, and practices, even when all those things are unknown to whomever is actually using or requiring their use.

SDD under its variety of names is a “method for gaining shared meaning, unified goals, and the systemic wisdom needed for effective conscious evolution…We mimic the webs of interdependence that exist in lively, livable communities and the buoyant activity these webs foster. We catalyze and nurture the qualities of Mutualism (or egalitarian give and take), Integration, Distributed Intelligence, Emotional Ties that Bind, Values and Wisdom (or the knowledge web).”

It seems silly, doesn’t it when the actual intentions are spelled out that way? That would be why such declarations are in books and reports we masses are not supposed to see. Discussed in conferences we may fund, but are not invited to.

Instead we get explanations for changes that may be plausible on their face, but never fit the facts. We get euphemisms like Quality Learning that are factually true but never accurately understood.

It is past time to remedy that. Maybe a shared understanding is a good thing when it is about the reality and methods for transformational cultural change.

 

37 thoughts on “Framing, then Refining Lasting Webs of Mutual Social Understanding to Fulfill Aspirations Grounded in Infamy

  1. Nobody should be allowed to disapprove of Common Core until it’s fully implemented across all boundaries so that we can know what’s really in it.

    Pelosi for Ed. Sec.

  2. Robin-

    YES YES YES!!! SDD is The DESIGN THINKING crap that has utterly infiltrated private schools up and down the Eastern Seaboard and many parts of the West Coast!!! ( and Minneapolis too! ) YES! I knew this manipulative garbage was essentially a spin on the Delphi technique ( Thanks Rand Corporation! ) when I heard it being sold as the best thing since sliced white bread.

    In my kids own school I attended as a willing guinea pig an informational session on Design Thinking last winter. It was just as I expected. We were all practicing being good little junior Maoists.

    The question posed to the group:

    How can we make our school more CIVIL? Could you scream? I almost did! And then we parents were asked to partner up and describe to our buddy what a Civility meant to us. And then we were to remember a situation ( personalized DEEP learning ) we experienced that was not so Civil in school. And then what would we like civility to look like in our kids school? ( Imagine The World as it SHOULD be…oh and pay some hefty taxes to make it happen…)

    Then parents were then to turn in their “written responses” and were asked to share what they had learned with their partners and then via applause “vote” upon the best responses.

    We were then led to think that somehow this utter nonsense would be used in forming school policy. To make our kids happier. And more civil of course. ( March!- left! right! Left, right , Left.) Most everyone walked away feeling all warm and fuzzy or emotionally drained for the public exposure. But it was for the kids right?

    Unbelievable. I knew this was poison from the first moment I heard the phrase.

    Please forgive my sarcasm and snark. I just am pulling my hair out trying to get people to see the manipulation within my own community.

    • Mari-I am not surprised I was in a session run by the Pres of the Metro Chamber several years ago. I essentially blew it up without meaning to because I tend to be a well-intentioned fountain of unapproved knowledge.

      When one of my older kids read this post right before I hit publish to be the fresh eyes, her comment was that was what numerous freshman meetings had pushed and that the sororities use it as well. She seemed rather pleased to know it had a name.

      Now just imagine this Cogniscope software married to online coursework. I am convinced that is why Jeb Bush and Richard Riley recently joined together to have online high school ‘coursework’ be able to be virtual and across state lines. It makes no sense if you still believe online learning is to be about lectures and exchange of knowledge after everyone has read Jane Eyre and King Lear. It makes perfect sense if the course software is figuring out where you are in what you know, value, and believe so that it can get people to a common shared understanding of what is wrong in the world and what should be done about it.

      http://quergeist.net/Christakis/RETROSPECTIVE-INQUIRY-Club-of-Rome-Original_Prospectus.pdf is fascinating on how all this was to work and how the reboot has happened. Notice Christo’s co-author Ozbekhan, goes to be a prof at Wharton pushing these social science techniques for designing social systems.

      Shaping our minds as well as our sensibilities is startling, but it is what is intended. That intention has been with us for a long time, but we are being hit at every level now. Information is the way out though. I really did not mean to blow up that session. I am just hard to guide since I tend to recognize that I am looking at a plausible, but false, explanation. Then I want to know if who is pushing it knows and where it came from.

      Actually that is precisely what led to the book.

      • Just read this. I’m flabbergasted. That such a very small group of men and women, excuse me, Stakeholders, imagine that they have the ability and right to design humanity to have Values that they determine are correct is simply amazing.

        And the idea that humans can ever behave predictably indefinitely with programming as if we were nothing but computer systems with input and output plugs is doubly amazing.

        What blind arrogance keeps these invidividuals from seeing that their attempts to control and define minds and sensibilities will never meet with Utopian Outcomes?

        The hubris is breathtaking.

    • I am enrolling my younger son in a boarding school this year. (He got a sports scholarship.) I think this place is a bit of a throwback so I have hope.

      On the other hand the faculty is being asked to read about grit and determination, so it may be about to get worse.

      • David-you know what to look out for.

        Have you seen the links I have put up to the revisions to the SSAT and the fact that the report is hyping the non-cognitive and people I cover in the book like Carol Dweck with her Growth Mindset and Robert Sternberg and Maurice Elias?

        I suspect the book will find lots of private school customers this year.

        What I am seeing, and I am going back through some sources this morning to doublecheck in terms of actual curriculum activities that my insights are correct, is that virtually everything being mandated is a means of forcing experiential learning, especially some kind of role playing of future adult everyday activities on the classroom. This forces the student to then categorize the nature of their experience so it becomes how they see the world around them, themselves, or other people going forward.

        Tell your son to enjoy himself, but to also be aware when the point of the classroom shifts from knowledge as traditionally understood to framing perception. Or talk to someone at least. My youngest will not talk to me or her dad but she does talk to her sister in college. It is hard to mess with the mind of a bright post-elementary kid who recognizes the attempt at manipulation is occurring and who talks with adults about the attempt.

        And you know you have a terrific resource here for venting.

        • Private school didn’t work out. There was an absence of very bright kids at this school and it sort of drove him nuts. Maybe in 8th grade he was too young to be away from home that long. They had good intentions but the match just didn’t work out. Anyway we put him back in public and it was pretty seamless. Most of the classes are so slow and repetitive (of general material if not specific activities and topics) he didn’t notice that he missed anything.

          So, back to the devils we know instead of those we don’t. Things are actually seeming better. He doesn’t seem to have any evil teachers this year, whereas the last two years his social studies teachers were a bit like that.

          • David-sorry about the private school. As I have mentioned many private school teachers are hoping parents will make a ruckus so they can get back to a traditional transmission of knowledge model.

            Thought you would appreciate this link http://blog.gradeable.com/tag/exit-tickets/ . It really further clarifies for me what I have pondered every time I read these presentations and visions. This really is about circumscribing ‘knowledge’ available to all but the most unusual. Even then, parents will need to understand the true nature of the shift or their child’s Personalized Learning Plan will be Leveling the Playing Field without their recognizing what that really means.

            I think the high school reforms will hit different communities at different times, but all communities within the next 5 years. The middle schools have to transition to student-centered and tech based first. The most pressure now is in the elementary schools.

            Here’s another post on this Exit Ticket concept. http://corkboardconnections.blogspot.com/2014/10/exit-tickets.html Reminds me of when my eldest was in 4th grade and his private school was using Everyday Math in earnest and all the drawing and alternative ways to ‘understand’ multiplication and division. He wanted to know why the teachers “can’t teach Base 10 properly so we can move on to fractions and decimals.”

            Later I was working with his younger sister, also at the same ritzy school, and explained that in multiplication one number was telling you “how many equal groups you have” and the other “how many are in each group”. I was at the table in the breakfast room and he was in an adjacent room and he came in and said “It was good of you to explain that. I had to figure it out for myself because no teacher ever explained it that way. Word problems are easy if you understand that.”

            Within the year I pulled them both so we could travel. Paying too much to be supplementing that much when the school was turning into a social vision of “who was lucky enough to get in should be grateful for whatever was provided.”

    • Mari,
      Doesn’t it feel good to THINK that they actually care what you think? *sarcasm over* I doubt any of those parents even know what the goal really was in that meeting. The response that won more than likely will not look like what whoever wrote it thought it meant, since everything has a double or even triple meaning.

  3. I understand how this is being implemented in public schools. But how/why would private schools buy Ito this? Catholic/ChrChristian schools as well?

    • Sorry anon. I was at some Trotsky show trials supposedly looking into the federal role in education in Georgia. Repeated lies. The good news is that I am so right about what rigor means and how important Piotr Galperin’s research in the USSR is to the real implementation.

      Frequently the private schools are forced to do this under the terms of gaining accreditation. New England, WASC, and New England will join together on what is to be required even when it is sy CA and none of the rest’s jurisdiction. The terms of vouchers also force compliance in many states. The privates have shifted from having a headmaster with a background in history back to ed degrees all the way through and so all their training is social psych and sociology and using schools for cultural change.

      http://www.cccii-online.org/images/Resources/CCCII_Project_Overview_Ozar_June_2012.pdf is an example of how consultant and prof Lorraine Ozar is pushing the Catholic schools to embrace CC.

      Have you seen the post where I wrote about the Kairos Center in June? Much of what the national denominations are pushing is all about social justice and cultural change as well so using the schools to change values and beliefs works for many clergy. I have talked in comments but not a post about the revision of the SSAT. Many of the authorities cited as behind the shift to a non-cognitive emphasis are people whose troubling declarations, like Carol Dweck or Robert Steinberg, that I had already drawn attention to in my book. I had a conversation with a private school teacher over the weekend who talked about how trapped many private school parents feel. That is the whole idea. No port in this storm.

      • Tis’ true Robin-

        Trapped, Hornswoggled and Hoodwinked.

        No port in the storm and the ship’s anchor feels securely fastened to my ankle.

      • For the full Catholic story…..
        http://Www.pittsburghcatholicsagainstcommoncore.com

        I went to ncea conference and the backpatti g arrogance of the audatious lies wS astounding. I promise you we saw no love for either parents or children, quite the opposit. Bob marzano was keynote if that tells you anything.

        And you are right, private school parents are trapped. Many i know ee busy shuttling their perfectly normal kids to specialists interventions tutors etc.. Adhd, dyslexia, depression, cant read… Wonder why.

        • Madmommy,

          This is exactly what happened to me and my youngest in the first ( private ) school she attended which started me asking what was going on.

          They did not teach her how to read in Kindergarten. I had to pay MORE for a tutor to teach her phonetically.
          They did not teach her long division in 4th grade. She had to practice some convoluted and tedious Lattice method. And writing? Non existent.

          So I took her out and found the last school in my area that taught old school math and reading and how to write a structured paragraph.

          Its pretty grim out there.

    • Because private schools are bastions of privilege.

      Through caring more for the “aspirations of the Other,” private school kids are taught how to celebrate the ruining of their own futures.

      And when they get around to realizing how hopelessly grim everything for them has become, like good pavlovians they’ll say that “it wouldn’t be so bad now if we had just done more sooner for those whom we hurt for so long.”

      Insanity is now a required competency.

      • Welcome to ISC.

        But yikes, you are even more cynical than me. I did once wonder why teachers and admins at private schools felt justified in being snotty to parents because they ‘worked’ at a school that was expensive, hard to get into, and had plenty of very smart kids.

        They seemed to forget who had the wherewithal to both produce such kids and fund that tuition. It’s a bit like the Saks shoe salesman who is snobby to customers because they sell expensive shoes. I used to call it the Saks Shoesman Syndrome.

  4. Y’all, when you’ve been attempting to follow all the rats as they burrow into the woodwork as long as I have, it’s hard to find many surprises. However, the National Center for Dialigue and Deliberation has delivered. After the National Commission on Civic Renewal took down its sails and disappeared into the deck of the ship of dissemination under the radar, I somewhat lost track of its maneuvers. You have found them again in the NCDD! Amazingly organized, too. Found some of the King Rats hiding out there. Even some of the pushers of charters and choice from the ’90s, initiators of participatory democracy, and even some of the Religious Futurists! NCDD even has a “Happiness” quotient group!

    I remember “suffering” at the hands of some of these well-trained folks at a local group convened locally to set goals and come to an understanding of our problems. The opening speeches were interesting, but when the small group dialectic exercises began, the “pink sweater table” ( my home place ) became a source of mockery and poking to get us to earn our “tokens” (gift certificates) that would be ours when we could post our conclusions on the wall. Unfortunately, we never came to consensus and didn’t get our rewards. We were not allowed to participate in any questioning at the end, either! Not much “happiness” involved.

    So many connections coming together in my feeble mind. The piper has been blowing the flute and the rats have made their way into think tanks, universities, and oh so many places that offer to direct our lives. Aren’t we lucky?

    • CP-I know I found this group as I was tracking the Rockefeller Foundation’s push and funding of deliberative democracy and their CFSC–Communication for Social Change–that we all see as a more classroom savvy/community meeting compatible version of Delphi. Participatory democracy of course is always Dewey’s vision. It is what his practices are preparing students for, which we should remember since all these Workforce Readiness/School to Work initiatives for high school keep quietly citing Dewey’s Education as Vocation in order to get to an Economic Justice view of Democracy in the footnotes. Precisely what the remake of high school we just encountered as the real purpose of the Common Core also led us to.

      It also ties to the 21st Century Agora which I had not heard of before Christo mentioned its use of SDD. At the time The Great Adventure book was written one of the authors, Ken Bausch who co-wrote the chaper with Christo, and cochair of the ISSS 2003 conference in Crete, shows a Georgia residency. Fascinating, huh?

      We know the Kellogg Foundation funded much of the Agora work, which ties with their current emphasis.

      What else jumped out at you?

  5. Robin,

    I thought this was interesting. My company sent out an e-mail note today that, when I reflected on your website, seemed to be hitting many of the main points:

    Building Sustainability through Behavioral Change
    We’re Doing It!

    The challenges discussed over the last six months can seem daunting at times. And yet employees and teams are making substantial progress, driving change through not only cost savings measures, but also through concerted efforts to adjust our behaviors. This behavioral change, the evolution in how we do business, is critical to building our sustainability.
    By way of reminder, two years ago we identified some Barriers to Change – things that we felt we didn’t do enough of. Through efforts across the organization, we’re changing how we work. For the better.

    What behaviors have we changed? What accomplishments have been realized in how we do business?

    We are coordinating as best we can, and are working to ensure that each outcome is practical for the “whole,” not just the individual parts.

    This means that when we make decisions we are looking at the needs of the people and teams around us. We’ve recognized the fact that we tend to work in silos and we’re working to develop a cross-functional picture of the world. We’re working in the service of a common goal and this is achieving results in how we build for the future … all because when we make a decision, we’re thinking now about how it affects others.

    We are working together to respectfully challenge each other.

    When we see something that doesn’t make sense, we’re challenging it. Employees and teams are using courage and diplomacy to speak up and identify areas that need a new approach. There are no “sacred cows” anymore … and this is a good thing. It means we’re working toward the next goal of becoming more open, honest and transparent.

    We must strive toward greater transparency, while maintaining our core value of Respect

    Throughout the organization there is evidence of more openness and transparency – people are taking a deep breath, taking a risk and sharing with candor their opinions and perspectives. In many ways this is not new for us – honesty has always been a part of our work. But now we’re taking it a step further – using transparent communication to build lasting teamwork and results.

    We are working to build a tolerance for uncertainty and complexity
    Change is here to stay and we know that now. Every day the individual and collective acceptance for the state of change increases. Team members are recognizing that we have to get used to this state of flux if we want to stay competitive. We’re embracing the fact that progress comes not in a straight line, but on a winding road. This recognition and acceptance will make us more agile as a company, faster in our decision-making and therefore sustainable for the future.

    The work is not done and doesn’t end here.

    But the organization deserves huge accolades for moving forward with behavioral changes that are driving BI toward a healthy, sustainable future. This is how we drive change – with one behavior, one choice, at a time.

  6. Sorry, I know I am off course.

    I have had your blog in my favourites and that is how I contacted you. But all of a sudden your link has disappeared. When it disappeared I jumped into HISTORY and there it was and so that is how I was able to make contact.

    Then when I wanted to say something in your blog later I found it was no longer in favourties or in HISTORY.

    Fortunately I remembered your peculiar name, or something like it, serfs collar, and I have been able to make contact again. I have a bad feeling about all of this. Or maybe it should be a good feeling, like if you are worrying the powers-to-be, you must be making a difference. I do not know.

    • Alice-I had missed your comments. I suspect plenty of people are shocked that what was deliberately broken into bits to avoid detection and renamed can nevertheless be reassembled and then tracked through the decades. Writing the book has turned out to be the best background for tracking all this.

      One friend actually joked that someone would love to cut my brake lines, but would be afraid it would simply bring more attention to how accurate this all is.

      We are going to keep discussing all this. I will keep a sense of humor about it, but I really hate being lied to and that was what happened yesterday. It was as if everyone involved in education believes no one can contradict them because they all got degrees not for what they know but what they are willing to do. Numerous statements made on the record are easily disproven by hard files I just happen to have.

      I did restrain myself from standing up and hollering “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!” The meeting room was so cold though, the audience might have cheered at the thought of a potential warming flame.

  7. Oh, My. God. They did not miss a single talking point or trigger word in that email. Holy crap. Who is writing this garbage and do they have any idea of what they are spewing or do they just want to look current and up to date with the vernacular of the day? Don’t answer that. I know they probably have not got the first real clue of the damage they are doing.

    • Hi L.L.

      His fear of the pitchfork is probably correct. But he is missing
      ( obfuscating? ) the intent that economic inequality is being exacerbated and outrage fomented and the skeletal remains of the middle class eviscerated, and Minds molded, just so the 0.1% can maintain global hegemony under the guise of Equality and Fairness for All for the masses. It’s the classic Fabian chess play.

      I’d like to think the guy’s heart is in the right place but his simplistic explanation of how a higher minimum wage is going to save our sweet patooties is a bit off. Now I’m no economist but it appears to me that he is making a huge mistake by equating minimum wage earners with the middle class; which he does repeatedly.

      I agree with him that the richest American’s owe their success to a strong middle class and not the other way around. But minimum wage does not a middle class make. And I agree too that while a minimum wage hike is probably due, it is still a shell game no matter what. It is a short term appeaser.

      The minimum wage as it is applied in this nation reflects the value of labor provided by an Unskilled worker. Historically anyway in this country the middle class was built by skilled labor of one sort or another which efforts have been rewarded with more than a minimum wage because the labor was skilled or more valuable.

      In his championing of a higher minimum wage he is disingenuously avoiding the fact that prices of everything under the sun will rise as well to makeup for the employer’s cost in paying more salary to employees. This is what business owners do. They set yearly operating budgets, much of which goes to paying debt, not buying yachts.

      When they are required to pay their least skilled worker more, that bump in pay effects the budget as a whole. So, the business owner raises prices to cover the deficit. There will be as always maybe a 6 month honeymoon before prices everywhere rise while minimum wage earners feel more flush.

      Additionally, when the assistant manager of your typical retail outlet makes 15.00 an hour, she is not going to sit idly by when the most recently hired high school student working weekends makes as much as she does per hour. And the cycle begins. Up Up and Away.

      Minimum wage is not going to fix our predicament. Not by a long shot. It is also worth mentioning that since manufacturing is all but gone in this nation, the minimum wage hike is being focused on the service industry. The unions are DYING for paying membership wherever they can get it. And Service is the last area still ripe for the picking. The SEIU is a major league driver of the minimum wage protests. I believe they also represent government workers. ( Maybe it’s the other one the IWW? )

      Ach. Sorry. This sort of logic from people like him makes me a little nutzo. 🙂

  8. I know it will sound off-subject, but Mike86’s email reminds me of a recent book entitled The Circle. Don’t know if anyone has read it, but it’s a bit disturbing–not unlike Mike’s email.

  9. Its curious how an entire body of study such as ” psychology” is lauded as it contradicts itself and distorts reality using ” data” garnered from often rigged and insufficient testing. Its shape shifted to accomodate the idea and desired outcome rather than acceptance of any truth. Data, delphi…Casting doubt on the entire ediface once you research the people involved in its creation and their abilities to lie, cheat and committ atrocities against children, men women.( they see subjects as human capital )
    However truth about both the heros of psychology and their unethical testing or methods and any criticism gets shoved down the memory hole.
    Like the truth about Kinsey, and Rogers…etc. William Coulson is completely ignored, despite his lofty credentials and position with Rogers.

    Data mining. Surveys. In the classroom they are nothing more than experimentation and profiteering off our children without our consent. It is the most effective tool used in all facets of UN sustainable development.
    Second is bribery flattery and seduction, collecting “stakeholder”, for ” capacity”…
    Third is bullying, those on to them or in their way.
    4th is illusion. morphing and multiplying justifying insider orgs with vague titles. All run out of a guys basement, 20 orgs, 4 guys 1 computer. Illusion.

    This is why parents are unable to grasp what people are screaming!!!

    Its like a game, offence is out there gaining ” capacity” bringing in more players, gaining field advantage, while defence is out there switching plays, kicking guys in the shins and swatting back opponants with the media and local policy.

    • It is evil how they twist things around! Take for example the “chicken soup” books by Jack Canfield. Most see self help feel good books. Many do not know he first started out in education, bringing the magic circle so many in the 90s found disturbing. A quick search shows his education and involvement in many Chicago areas where we find much of this other nonsense.

  10. Not completely unrelated to Christo, the CoR, and his Problematique. This article exposing the fraud of the climate change, I mean global warming, I mean world crisis demanding a global tax for all, and reduced but equal standard of existence for everyone.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/27/epa-chief-co2-regulations-are-about-justice-for-communities-of-color/

    Note the organization that hosted the EPA event: Green For All. And the EPA has no clue who they are? Right.

    “The group bills itself as an outreach organization seeking to educate “communities of color” about fighting global warming. But Green For All also describes itself as “radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda.”

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