Does Formal Education Prevent Critical Thinking? A North Korean Defector Weighs In


Armstrong Economics Blog/Education Re-Posted Jun 21, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Click here to watch Yeonmi Park’s commentary.

Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector, compared her experience at Columbia University to life in the “hermit kingdom.” Education (i.e., indoctrination) in North Korea is designed to teach children from a young age how to think, what to think, and not to question the status quo. “History is forgotten in North Korea,” Park stated, adding she was excited to learn the true facts of history while studying in the land of the free.

To her dismay, she quickly discovered that her American ivy league college participated in the same behavior. After stating that she enjoyed Jane Austen and classical works, her teacher quickly corrected her for adoring books written by authors who were “bigots” with a “colonial mindset.” Students cheered for communism and socialism without regard for past events, such as the millions of lives lost under Mao Zedong’s rule. “They are dying to give their rights and power to government…they take it for granted. They don’t know how hard it is to be free,” Park stated. She failed to understand how students paying tens if not hundreds of thousands for education could cry oppression.

The most confusing part for Park is that Americans, unlike North Koreans, have access to the internet, books, and a plethora of information, yet they “choose to be brainwashed.” She concluded by determining that education is designed to prevent people from critical thinking. “The future of our country is as bleak as North Korea’s if we don’t rise up right now,” Park warned.

Witness Intimidation, Racial Antagonists Throw Blood and Pig Head on Former Residence of Defense Witness in Derek Chauvin Trial


Posted originally on the conservative tree house April 19, 2021 | Sundance | 237 Comments

As the closing arguments of the Derek Chauvin trial wrap up today those who want to advance racial hatred attempt to intimidate a prior defense witness. Former police training officer Barry Brodd  testified for the defense.  His former home in Santa Rosa, California, was attacked Sunday with a pigs head left on the blood-splattered front porch.  Fortunately Mr. Brodd had previously moved away from that location, but the current owner was obviously mortified.

The far-left is once again using every resource to trigger violence and hatred around this case.   Without a doubt the activists inside Obama’s Chicago network are coordinating the effort.  They have been exploiting the death of George Floyd for maximum political value and antagonism from the outset.

CALIFORNIA – A group of as of yet unidentified vandals reportedly threw a bloody severed pigs head on the porch of the former home of a retired California cop who served as a defense witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer currently standing trial for the murder of George Floyd.

According to NBC, the current resident of former training officer Barry Brodd’s former home in Santa Rosa found the animal’s head on their blood-splattered front porch around 3 a.m. Saturday morning in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity – or, just stupidity by vandals too dumb to realize that Brodd hadn’t lived at the house for years.

The local police department says it seems the home was targeted because of Brodd’s witness testimony in Chauvin’s trial, in which Brodd likened Floyd’s death to an “accidental death.”  

“That isn’t an incident of deadly force,” Brodd said during the trial, according to the Associated Press. “That’s an incident of an accidental death.”

The unfortunate current resident of Brodd’s old house called the police after seeing multiple suspects, dressed in all black, fleeing the scene. The same group is thought to have soaked a local statue in blood and left a sign reading “Oink Oink” about 45 minutes later. (read more)

Rage, hatred and violence is the mantra of the far-left….

The people behind the coordination of this national division are the same communists who indoctrinated Barack Obama into the Alinsky methods.  It is all one large soup mix of various racial antagonizers in the same pot.  This is what they do…. this is how they drive division.

One Parent of New York City Indoctrination School Has Had Enough


Posted originally on the conservative tree house April 17, 2021 | Sundance | 101 Comments

Brearley is a private all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.  Tuition costs $54,000 a year and prospective families apparently have to take an “anti-racism pledge” to be considered for admission.  However, one family has had enough of the indoctrination machine and penned an eloquent letter explaining their reason for removing their daughter.

April 13, 2021 

Dear Fellow Brearley Parents, 

Our family recently made the decision not to reenroll our daughter at Brearley for the 2021-22 school year. She has been at Brearley for seven years, beginning in kindergarten. In short, we no longer believe that Brearley’s administration and Board of Trustees have any of our children’s best interests at heart. Moreover, we no longer have confidence that our daughter will receive the quality of education necessary to further her development into a critically thinking, responsible, enlightened, and civic minded adult. I write to you, as a fellow parent, to share our reasons for leaving the Brearley community but also to urge you to act before the damage to the school, to its community, and to your own child’s education is irreparable. 

It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley’s antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed. 

I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died. 

I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school. Systemic racism, properly understood, is segregated schools and separate lunch counters. It is the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small number of isolated incidences over a period of decades. Ask any girl, of any race, if they have ever experienced insults from friends, have ever felt slighted by teachers or have ever suffered the occasional injustice from a school at which they have spent up to 13 years of their life, and you are bound to hear grievances, some petty, some not. We have not had systemic racism against Blacks in this country since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, a period of more than 50 years. To state otherwise is a flat-out misrepresentation of our country’s history and adds no understanding to any of today’s societal issues. If anything, longstanding and widespread policies such as affirmative action, point in precisely the opposite direction. 

I object to a definition of systemic racism, apparently supported by Brearley, that any educational, professional, or societal outcome where Blacks are underrepresented is prima facie evidence of the aforementioned systemic racism, or of white supremacy and oppression. Facile and unsupported beliefs such as these are the polar opposite to the intellectual and scientific truth for which Brearley claims to stand. Furthermore, I call bullshit on Brearley’s oft-stated assertion that the school welcomes and encourages the truly difficult and uncomfortable conversations regarding race and the roots of racial discrepancies. 

I object to the idea that Blacks are unable to succeed in this country without aid from government or from whites. Brearley, by adopting critical race theory, is advocating the abhorrent viewpoint that Blacks should forever be regarded as helpless victims, and are incapable of success regardless of their skills, talents, or hard work. What Brearley is teaching our children is precisely the true and correct definition of racism. 

I object to mandatory anti-racism training for parents, especially when presented by the rent-seeking charlatans of Pollyanna. These sessions, in both their content and delivery, are so sophomoric and simplistic, so unsophisticated and inane, that I would be embarrassed if they were taught to Brearley kindergarteners. They are an insult to parents and unbecoming of any educational institution, let alone one of Brearley’s caliber. 

I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets. If the administration was genuinely serious about “diversity,” it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students, and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Instead, the school would foster an environment of intellectual openness and freedom of thought. And if Brearley really cared about “inclusiveness,” the school would return to the concepts encapsulated in the motto “One Brearley,” instead of teaching the extraordinarily divisive idea that there are only, and always, two groups in this country: victims and oppressors. 

l object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti family, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests. 

I object to, as we have been told time and time again over the past year, that the school’s first priority is the safety of our children. For goodness sake, Brearley is a school, not a hospital! The number one priority of a school has always been, and always will be, education. Brearley’s misguided priorities exemplify both the safety culture and “cover-your-ass” culture that together have proved so toxic to our society and have so damaged the mental health and resiliency of two generations of children, and counting. 

I object to the gutting of the history, civics, and classical literature curriculums. I object to the censorship of books that have been taught for generations because they contain dated language potentially offensive to the thin-skinned and hypersensitive (something that has already happened in my daughter’s 4th grade class). I object to the lowering of standards for the admission of students and for the hiring of teachers. I object to the erosion of rigor in classwork and the escalation of grade inflation. Any parent with eyes open can foresee these inevitabilities should antiracism initiatives be allowed to persist. 

We have today in our country, from both political parties, and at all levels of government, the most unwise and unvirtuous leaders in our nation’s history. Schools like Brearley are supposed to be the training grounds for those leaders. Our nation will not survive a generation of leadership even more poorly educated than we have now, nor will we survive a generation of students taught to hate its own country and despise its history. 

Lastly, I object, with as strong a sentiment as possible, that Brearley has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think. I object that the school is now fostering an environment where our daughters, and our daughters’ teachers, are afraid to speak their minds in class for fear of “consequences.” I object that Brearley is trying to usurp the role of parents in teaching morality, and bullying parents to adopt that false morality at home. I object that Brearley is fostering a divisive community where families of different races, which until recently were part of the same community, are now segregated into two. These are the reasons why we can no longer send our daughter to Brearley. 

Over the past several months, I have personally spoken to many Brearley parents as well as parents of children at peer institutions. It is abundantly clear that the majority of parents believe that Brearley’s antiracism policies are misguided, divisive, counterproductive and cancerous. Many believe, as I do, that these policies will ultimately destroy what was until recently, a wonderful educational institution. But as I am sure will come as no surprise to you, given the insidious cancel culture that has of late permeated our society, most parents are too fearful to speak up. 

But speak up you must. There is strength in numbers and I assure you, the numbers are there. Contact the administration and the Board of Trustees and demand an end to the destructive and anti-intellectual claptrap known as antiracism. And if changes are not forthcoming then demand new leadership. For the sake of our community, our city, our country and most of all, our children, silence is no longer an option. 

Respectfully,

Andrew Gutmann

Twitter Acting to Protect CNN Rather than the People


Armstrong Economics Blog/BigTech Re-Posted Apr 16, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

If you ever needed any proof that Twitter is out to overthrow the United States and transform it into a leftist utopia, the proof is now clear. Dorsey and his Twitter permanently banned Veritas for exposing the truth that CNN has deliberately used scare tactics to panic the country over COVID. I know two people who have died after being vaccinated. That’s perfectly OK with CNN, Twitter, and the rest of this crew. Dorsey can take his Rasputin look and move to a leftist country and leave the rest of us alone. You would think Twitter should ban CNN, but no, he bans James O’Keefe for exposing the truth.

I really think if you look at the Russian Revolution, anyone who works for Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube should realize that they are putting their own lives and those of their families at risk if this goes to a revolution. Facebook had already told its employees to avoid wearing the company logo in public. These people are messing not just with politics, but with the lives of people. In case they did not notice, the majority with the Democrats is razor-thin 50.4%. The tables may be turned with a vengeance against them in 2022. I for one would vote for sedition charges against those making these types of decisions.

The Democrats Supreme Court Packing Attempt


Posted originally on GrrrGraphics.com APR 15, 2021 AT 10:49 AM

Time To Take Out the Trash

Led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, the House is working on legislation to increase the Supreme court seats from 9 to 13. This is an obvious and blatant attempt by Democrats to shift the balance of power in their favor. The Democrats are also trying to stop states from pushing through much needed election reform. They prefer no IDs and cheating, which will help keep Democrats in power. The Socialist Democrats are living up to their socialist bent. After all, Socialists do not permit competing parties. Once leaders such as Lenin and Castro took over, their opposition was neutralized. The Democrats are trying to do the same thing.

The Democrats need not fear a conservative Supreme Court. After all, the so-called conservative highest court in the land refused to hear overwhelming evidence that the Democrats stole the presidential election. I don’t trust the turncoat Chief Justice Roberts or any of the new conservatives on the Supreme Court. I trust Justice Clarence Thomas and that’s about it.

The round man known as Nadler seems to be wearing his pants a bit higher these days. I imagined his pants going higher and higher until his face was covered by them. He is helped by his Democratic colleague in the Senate, Ed Markey from Massachusetts. Their idea of packing the Supreme Court belongs in a trash compactor.

—Ben Garrison

MLB Strikes Out


Posted originally on GrrrGraphics.com APR 4, 2021 AT 3:55 PM

Boycott the MLB!

The state of Georgia has a new voter ID law that the mainstream media has deemed ‘controversial.’ There should be no controversy about it at all. It’s simply common sense to ask proof from voters—especially if done through mail-in ballots—in order to prevent voter fraud. The Democrat Socialists are predictably outraged because this is how they intend to continue to win elections—by blatant cheating. China Joe danced a verbal tantrum about the new law and said it was “Jim Crow on steroids.” Hyperbole much, Joe?

Then Major League Baseball came to the plate swinging. They threatened to move their All-Star game out of Georgia. Swing and a miss! President Trump called them out. He knows all too well how the Democrat Socialists operate—they blatantly stole the presidential election through voter fraud—particularly the mail in voting swindle that allowed the Biden regime to take power. Trump urged his supporters to boycott the ‘woke cancel culture’ in which many major corporations are now engaged. These include companies such as Coca Cola. They have their greedy eyes on the big China market. Therefore, Coke will do what the Chicoms want—and that’s aiding the election of like-minded communists here in America. Coke, along with Delta Airlines, employ many blacks in the Atlanta area, hence their pompous virtue signaling, but doesn’t Delta demand ID from those boarding their planes?

And now it has been revealed that Major League Baseball requires fans to show photo ID in order to pick up their reserved All-Star Game tickets.

It’s an ominous development when big business aligns itself with big government–in this case the illegitimate Democrat Socialist Party and its puppet, Biden. When corporate and government interests blend it’s something known as fascism and that’s what we are morphing into—a fascist country. For example, Big Pharma wants to make billions from vaccinations, therefore Big Government makes sure vaccinations are mandated.

We are forced to show ID at every turn and now they want us to have a new ID known as a “vaccination passport” just so we can assemble (First Amendment) and move about freely (Fourth Amendment). Yet voter IDs are not required to vote?

It’s time to boycott companies that try to sway political opinions. We need to sway right back at them. Stop consuming Coke products, which do more to harm black people by means of diabetes than any Republican could do. Stop flying Delta. Stop watching the Chinese-controlled NBA. Stop watching the socialist justice warrior players who make up the kneeling NFL. Stop watching Major League Baseball.

The Democrats are hypocrites on steroids.

—Ben Garrison

MAGA Majority, 75% of Voters Support ID Requirement, Majority of Voters Do Not Support Georgia Boycott


Posted originally on the conservative tree house April 6, 2021 | Sundance | 57 Comments

As CTH has noted often before, the pragmatic MAGA policies -and the America First agenda- are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.  The problem we face is far-left ideologues, the BIG TECH conglomerates, controlling the communication platforms that allow us to recognize the scale of our unity.

To evidence the majority opinion, today Rasmussen reports on a poll of over 1,000 voters to ask the key questions [SEE HERE].  The results are what we would expect.

♦ On the corporate boycott of Georgia the majority of Americans do not support it:  Democrats: 50% support the boycott, 38% do not.  Unaffiliated: 35% support the boycott while 47% do not support it.  For Republican voters: 25% support the boycott and 63% oppose it.  This translates to all voters: 37% support the boycott and 50% do not.

The majority of Americans do not support the ideological corporate boycott of Georgia.  This is why the boycott of the corporations who are acquiescing to the minority can be punished so severely.   With only 1 in 3 Americans supporting the corporate decision, those corporations can be crushed.

♦ Additionally, in the same polling the overwhelming majority of Americans support showing ID to vote.  “75% of Likely U.S. Voters say requiring voters to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote is necessary to “a fair and secure election process.” Nineteen percent (19%) disagree.”

With only 1 in 5 voters supporting the far-left policies of the JoeBama administration, there is a very real possibility they can be punished in the mid-term elections for their insane left-wing agenda.

Keep Up The Delta Airlines Boycott – Delta Cancels Over 100 Flights on Sunday, But Cites “Staff Shortages”


posted originally on the conservative tree house April 5, 2021 | Sundance | 494 Comments

Last week President Donald Trump asked for a full and unrelenting boycott of several corporations who are operating as political activists to advance an agenda on behalf of the far-left.   The corporations spoke against election integrity and are opposed to secure election reforms.

Among those corporations cited for immediate boycott was Delta Airlines.  On Sunday Delta cancelled over 100 flights: ” Websites at three Delta hubs showed 33 canceled flights arriving or departing, the newspaper notes, with 19 canceled flights at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 11 at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport and three at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.” (link)

Delta is claiming “staff shortages” suddenly appeared in multiple states, simultaneously; that had never happened before, immediately after the boycott began.  This story reeks of Delta cancelling the flights because of the boycott, but they don’t want to admit the reason for the cancellation so they make up an artificial justification.

You decide what is likely.  A coincidental cancellation across multiple states, affecting multiple flights, in multiple locations… or the boycott is working?

Regardless, keep up the pressure !  This can work if the American people commit to the boycott: Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViaCom CBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck.

President Trump has created a movement and collected the largest factual constituency of voters in the nation. This is the hill we stand upon, there is no other fallback position.

The MAGA coalition is the most diverse, widest and deepest part of the entire American electorate. President Trump’s army consists of every creed, color, race, gender, ethnicity and orientation. It is a truly color-blind coalition of middle America patriots and middle-class voters that cuts through the political special interest groups.

Beyond the politics… this 75 to 100 million MAGA-vote assembly are consumers of products, goods and services generated by the same elites that hold us in contempt.  If President Trump transfers and directs that energy, entities and even entire industries can be wiped out.

There is no precedent here.  Seventy-five to one-hundred million angry Americans resolved to a common objective is not something to be trifled with.

We do not yet know where this current political crisis and ongoing battle is going to end; but we do know that 75,000,000 Americans will not accept the outcome of a political process transparently filled with fraud and manipulation. That makes President Trump a very dangerous entity to the DC system, regardless of whether they admit what surrounds them.

There is no reference point for 75 to 100 million Americans being disenfranchised by Wall Street, bribery, corporations, media and big tech. That 75 million person army is fuel for a stunning and cataclysmic shift in the American landscape.

MAGA, Bitches… Trump because F**K YOU, is a very powerful force!

This is a long way from over….

Righteous, Pastor in Calgary Throws Out COVID Police


Posted originally on the conservative tree house April 3, 2021 | Sundance | 92 Comments

This is how all efforts to stop Christian worship should be handled.  Christian pastor Artur Pawlowski confronts the COVID compliance police who attempt to enter his church on this holiest of days.  This is righteous !

President Trump Calls for Unrelenting Boycott of All Corporations Working Against U.S. Election Security: “Don’t Go Back To Their Products Until They Relent”


Posted originally on the conservative tree house April 4, 2021 | Sundance | 72 Comments

President Trump doubles down calling for a complete and unequivocal boycott of businesses and products that align against the interests of our nation.  This can work if the American people commit to the boycott: Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViaCom CBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck.

Abandon these companies until they relent to the pressure of the majority!