All through school children are taught that government is benevolent. Patriotism is treated as always good. Men and women in uniform are seen as always fighting for freedom. In schools group effort is the ideal and individual effort is seldom recognized.
What would the United States be like, if learning focused on the truth rather than presenting notions we would like to be true as the truth? Government is and never has been anything other than the go to place for politically powerful people to get what they want at the expense of society at large.
So, when a young person enters adulthood and the world of politics it is with a highly perverted idea of how the system works in the real world. There is not much chance of self government working well with a constant supply of citizens leaving school believing wrong ideas about the way collective activity actually works.
What we end up with is multitudes of people willing to be exploited. Because patriotism is deemed good no matter what and military adventures are always deemed as fighting for freedom, wars for profit get no resistance. The truth is never all that bad but it takes some getting used to.
The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness.
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