A person leaves school and vows he will never be subject to that torture again. The result: The disillusioned individual often drifts through life with a closed mind…and a resistance to new ideas and new ways of living. The virtues of Objectivism, reason and laissez faire capitalism remain outside of his awareness. Eventually, he (she) settles into a comfort zone of boredom and stagnation. Finally, his life becomes unsettled, filled with one crisis after another. A changing world won’t let him cling to his uninspiring routines.
Unfortunately, our public school system fails to instill a sense of joyous learning into young students. When they are at the age when they’re receptive to the ideas and wonders of the world…uninspired teachers with worn out lessons destroy their desire to learn. Ayn Rand refers to the “comprachicos.”
She states “The academia-jet set coalition is attempting to tame the American character by the deliberate breeding of helplessness and resignation—in those incubators of lethargy known as “Progressive” schools, which are dedicated to the task of crippling a child’s mind by arresting his cognitive development. (See “The Comprachicos” in my book The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.) It appears, however, that the “progressive” rich will be the first victims of their own social theories: it is the children of the well-to-do who emerge from expensive nursery schools and colleges as hippies, and destroy the remnants of their paralyzed brains by means of drugs.”
The poor, rich kids have little chance of ever embracing Objectivism.
Even worse, an establishment education gives the hapless child a set of rules and regulations to follow…routines and customs without rhyme or reason. Creativity flees from the classroom and tragically, the child’s impressionable mind.
Directives such as stay in line, color within the lines, become good little boys and girls and don’t rock the boat, eradicate individualistic tendencies. The child learns that pleasing others instead of satisfying his own interests, guarantees that he will get along with the crowd, blending in with its stifling conformity. Later peer pressure encourages more acquiescence to the group’s wishes and desires…as if a group is an entity unto itself.
Here’s a report about how the “comprachicos” squash individuality and the journey to Objectivism.
A friend of mine received a note from his son’s teacher complaining what a bad boy little Joey had been. He committed a horrible crime against conformity. When the children in line were walking to who knows where, a chair happened to appear in the way. All the kids walked to the right of the chair. However, this “rebellious” kid walked around the left side. The authoritarian teacher reprimanded him and gave him a demerit. Talk about squelching individualism.
The Tragic Consequences
Soon, the day arrives when the child becomes an adult. Unfortunately, the damage is done. Few can escape the ravages of a progressive education. In fact, most don’t realize there’s an escape route from the indoctrination…the key that unlocks the cell door revealing the path to reason and independent thought. Sadly, the brainwashing has been complete and devilishly effective.
Logic tells you a person should rebel against what the establishment has done to his intellect and psyche. Instead, many revolt against knowledge, truth and justice, failing to blame the institutions that stole their mind and spirit. Objectivism might as well exist on another planet.*Most have memories of the painful hours they spent in classrooms, tortured to death by uninspired teachers. Who wants to be subject to that again.
Note: *I am attempting to disparage all teachers or the profession of teaching. I studied under some teachers who were dedicated and highly competent.
The Individualist understands how it felt to be bored to tears and to eventually rebel against the establishment’s indoctrination. He skipped school anytime he could. When he showed up at school, he considered it “the hole” and the ride home on the bus “parole.”
The above facts are pathetic. Young minds are stifled and possibly damaged for life. Fortunately, there is hope. Learning is not boredom and torture. It is excitement, adventure and new discoveries.
If you have been on the path of continuous learning, you’re reaping great benefits. If not, I has some exciting news for you. You can begin your journey—today. And guess what? You kiss the illusionary progressive ‘teachings” goodbye—forever. Your release your mind and spirit from its imaginary grip. You begin a journey of discovery and new wonders.
The Individualist’s Journey
Here’s a chronicle of the journey the Individualist embarked on. He hopes this stimulates your passions and desires.
He integrated his knowledge into a philosophy of life, which he calls The Objectivist Masters the Social Maze. Like most, he wandered from the path of logic and reason, but he always found his way back.
With the help of his dear friend, George W. Burks, he discovered the theories of human action (praxeology). They spend many marvelous hours, days and evenings discussing this science and its better known part, economics. The Individualist was amazed to discover that real economics wasn’t the boring BS and pseudo-science the establishment attempts to pass off on its good citizens.
He read a terrific book called “Understanding the Dollar Crisis” by Percy Greaves; which directed him to the teachings of Ludwig von Mises, the master teacher of the theories of Human Action. Mises wrote the greatest economic treatise of all time titled “Human Action.” The Individualist guarantees it isn’t the “economic teachings” you suffered through in high school and college.
“Human Action” is a masterful defense of unhampered capitalism and individualism. Mises starts his reasoning from the a priori categories of human action (praxeology) and arrives at irrefutable conclusions. He could possibly be the most logical man who ever lived.
The Individualist admits that before he discovered the teachings of Ludwig von Mises, he lived in a world of illusion. He unwittingly accepted many of the common economic fallacies that have reaped havoc on our great nation. One by one, the illusions and falsehoods he had embraced were exploded.
You might remember the movie “Ghostbusters.” We could call Mises “The Illustrious Illusion-Buster” or maybe “The Marvelous Myth-Buster.”
He wrote many great books including the classic “Socialism” which demolishes the possibility that a social system based on socialist principles is viable. Some of his other books of enlightenment are “The Theory of Money and Credit” and “Theory and History.”
Ayn Rand and Objectivism
Shortly thereafter, the Individualist discovered Ayn Rand. Her book “Atlas Shrugged” is perhaps the greatest work of fiction of all time, a philosophical masterpiece.
Rand presents a marvelous defense of unhampered capitalism. She unleashes the glorious individual…who utilizes the power of reason in productive effort. In addition, her heroes engage in intrigue, romance, sex and mystery. Atlas Shrugged exists as a monument to man’s spirit and the best he can be.
While reading “Atlas Shrugged” you discover that the creator and producer is the real hero of the human race. You finally realize, much to your indignation, that politicians, social scientists, government bureaucrats and altruists are parasites who have been looting the producers…and sucking wealth out of the marketplace. The evil doesn’t stop there. They even attempt to destroy man’s spirit. The Individualist decided he has a right to live for his own sake. He embraced rational selfishness.
You can’t help but fall in love with such characters as Dagny Taggart, Hank Reardon, John Galt, Francisco d’Anconia and Ragnar Danneskjold. The Individualist noticed that people who possess a malevolent sense of life despise them, although sometimes it is on a subconscious level. They join social media sites and viciously attack Ayn Rand and Objectivism.
When Francisco, Galt and Ragnar were students at the Patrick Henry University, one of their great teachers was the philosopher Hugh Akston. We can make an interesting connection between the name Hugh Akston and the term Human Action. The Individualist is sure you can see it.
You will also benefit from reading her other masterpiece “The Fountainhead.” The Individualist benefited from reading it several times.
Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism is a logical, well thought out system for understanding reality. Her books will place you firmly on the path to enlightenment.
The Individualist states that the books “Atlas Shrugged” and “Human Action” create a firm foundation for mastering the social maze.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Masters the Social Maze