More often than not, the first criticism of the non-Marxist by the Marxist is that they aren’t “paying their fair share” or some other trope to indicate that in the view of the Marxist, the non-Marxist is not contributing enough of their time, treasure or efforts to the collective “cause”.
In a free, capitalist society, individuals are free to contribute whatever and however they wish to any collective – as long as that collective is meeting the needs, wants and desires of that individual. A Marxist society demands that contribution regardless of the success of the collective in successfully delivering that outcome.
We like to think that America is not a Marxist state – and by strict definition, it is not – but there are a myriad of examples where this Marxist ideal of forced association are at work.
Perhaps there is no single better example than our schools. American Christians are forced to send their children to Government schools that denigrate Christianity and its practice even as they glorify and attempt to mainstream other religions and promote views that are contrary to Christian teachings. Beyond that, children are being exposed to subjects of sexual behaviors and practices that many parents feel are not age appropriate subjects or are subjects better addressed by a parent than a teacher.
Nonsensical programs like Common Core try to complicate and convolute simple learning practices while catering to the least common denominator. Parents have been arrested for refusing to allow their children to take standardized tests – and have been accused of trespassing for showing up at the school to attend to their children. Parents often have no rights to know what and how their children are being taught once they enter the school door – the kids are often treated as state property.
School vouchers are routinely rejected in an effort to destroy parent’s ability to choose to get their children out of failing schools – curiously, the denial of such vouchers primarily harms inner city minorities – the very proletarians the Marxist claims to want to help. Homeschooling is a prosecutable offense in some jurisdictions. Some teachers unions have made it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers. On some college campuses, the Marxists are so entrenched that so called “speech codes” prohibit distribution of copies of the Constitution of the display of the American flag because some students might find it “offensive”.
Programs of “affirmative action” are not about guaranteeing equal access, they are better described as discriminatory “preferential directives” to advantage lesser qualified minority students over those in the majority who possess greater qualifications. As recently happened in New York, higher performing charter schools were effectively abolished, not because they were failing – because they were too successful and were embarrassing the public school administrators.
All of this on the taxpayer dime…regardless of the choices of the taxpayer.
Didn’t we start a revolution over taxation without representation?
And when people leave these systems because they do not meet their needs, what does the Marxist do?
Blame them and tax them.
Last year, Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, blamed “rich white people” for the failures of the Chicago School System – the same “rich white people” who gradually left the inner city for the suburbs where schools were more responsive to the needs of their kids. The problem in Ms. Lewis’ mind is not that they left, it was that they took their tax money with them. Her suggestion to fix the issues – a progressive tax on Chicago’s higher earners.
This year, even as she carries the same battle cry of inequality, she and her cronies are instating an academically questionable “Afro-centric” curriculum that seems to be designed to teach black superiority through fiction rather than history based on actual scholarship and in true Gramscian fashion, seeks to institutionalize the teaching of “critical race theory”, a line of thought that racism is institutionalized in western society and “white privilege” is the primary cause of the oppression of people of color.
Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align with Common Core. It includes a web link to TheAfrican.com, a website whose publisher decries “fake-Jews” and calls the United States a “Zionist-occupied enemy territory.”
The site also claims that the world will end sometime this year and that President Barack Obama is “merely another trick of [the beast of the 4th Kingdom].”
Often it has been said that unions are Marxist incubators – if that is true, our schools have become little other than Marxist maternity wards.