...and we are moving to the point where the public education system is the mold stamping machine that turns students into college applicants, for further indoctrination. Smart enough to pull the levers and push the buttons, but dumb enough to not ask questions.
Those folks are what I have met in the industry!!!
I am somewhat of a maverick, and you should have heard the incessant chanting of the mindless drones that were my colleagues. "Oh, AG, you shouldn't do that. Smile, be grateful for what you have, don't question anything, don't criticize him... Don't you know who he is?"
No one questions society. Hell, no one even know why society is like it is.
In Norway one of our Viking kings nationalized the use of force. They called it a force monopoly, and no one but the government had the right to raise armies (and police) or apply force. The rest of Europe got the same in the wake of the mercenary pillaging of the 30 year war. I guess our previous state, of continual warring between the Viking clans, was not optimal, but right now people obey the law without even questioning why the law exists in the first place. They don't know that it was emperor Justinian of Rome (Byzants) that created the first laws, nor do they care. They have been indoctrinated to do this or that, and they NEVER question the way of things. To do so mark you as an outsider, even a criminal.
In many ways that makes us like German Shepherds with diplomas; well trained, smart enough to pull sticks and levers (like Scras said), but little more.
In a healthy society everyone should be taught everything. How it came to be that we got a force monopoly (in Norway). How it came to be that the laws were created, starting with King Magnus the Maker of Fines (Lagabøte).
When you need lawyers to interpret arcane laws, you have made it inaccessible to populace - A monopoly on what is right and wrong.
When you take away peoples' right to arm themselves, you have made them into toothless sheep - They are unable to defend themselves.
When you force them to get a mortgage in order to eke out a living, you have forced them into servitude - They are now your slaves.
When you give them the distractions that keeps them content, you keep them in a state of inaction - 99% of them will not fight to change anything.
...and the 1% that do fight... MLK, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, John Lennon... They are made examples of, and even if they succeed, like Gandhi did, the change they bring is ephemeral.
Aramax: I believe the American Dream might still have a grain of a fragment of a chance to affect people's lives. But have you ever asked yourself how hard it is for someone unprivileged to rise, as compared to the son of a CEO?
Are not the 0.000001% who make it, made into circus animals, lifted into public view as a shiny example of how you could potentially make it one day too. In effect they become part of the bread and circus of ancient rome, while the old, moneyed families stay out of view - living within walled compounds, enjoying a quality of life we can only dream of... unless we are ridiculously good looking girls, willing to spread our legs for a few years of material bliss.
And perhaps therein rests the remains of the chance of achieving the American dream...
Between the thighs of good looking girls.