The War On Kids, links andSubmitted by Chas on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 11:31pm
Just stumbled upon the documentary channel's showing of this pretty excelling documentary (and perhaps 'Old Hat' to those of you who are regular TV watchers?). A little slow, i thought, in their comparison of schools and prisons, though near the target. Then again, I didn't see it from the beginning (and will most certainly do so now that I found that Youtube has it in full!!).
full film (1:24:07):
The Drugging of Our Children (in full: 1:43:05):
Various experts mixed in with kids speaking from their hearts. Some oldie but goodie voices like Peter Breggin, MD and John Taylor Gatto (!), and some newer ones i'm not familiar with: a woman whose last name is Coutour or something like that, and a man working with the John Holt folks by the name of Farenga. Really worthwhile to take the time with this one!
What best moved me was that they didn't merely push for the "alt" school of psychiatry (non-medical psychotherapy), but actually did a fair amount of demystification of the larger challenge of groan-ups (to borrow a little vernacular from the 1970s Ann Arbor Youth Liberation group) forcing their war-economy-values on the last great-spirits of humanity (and, not to mention, the last great "hope").
Of course, I would have liked to see at least a little more foray venturing behind groan-ups attitudes on this, as well as the psychology of trying to make humanity into automatons, a.k.a. robots, i.e. along how Aldous Huxley discussed in his book Brave New World--Revisited.
Looking quickly for possible youtube videos on such portions of the book i'm referring to, i found the following:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqAuExcWaXw (an actual mainstream-type interview with Huxley himself!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N13wk2rDv6M&feature=relmfu (apparently the entirety of Chapter 1, read by an interestings-looking woman..; does it include page 21 and that area? I don't remember...)
There's also the text online.
Now, Huxley does warn also of the alleged problem of over-population, and it's easy to dovetail with him on this...but the bigoted beliefs behind social control are not rooted merely in the alleged overpopulation situation! They have been around a lot longer, since at least Machiavelli (i.e. his widely-pushed book The Prince). So there is more to the picture than mere alleged humanitarian concern of over-population.
At bottom, my analysis for the last 20 or so years leads me to see that the challenge is centered on alienation. Severe alienation being pushed at all levels of Western and Westernized societies. This belief is being pushed as though it is a "natural" way to think about humanity, but it is nothing more than another disguise of the eugenicist and racial and class, or colonial bigot.