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  1. Fred Thornton
    September 22, 2022 @ 10:20 am

    War is ugly business, always has been and always will be. Culture wars are no different. I read this article yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about it. The plight of the modern Literature Teacher resolves as collateral damages worked on a population of folks who have been marked “expendable”. There is no question that in a culture war those who teach literature should be OFF the targeting list. They stand with one foot in art and the other in history, there’s no way they can do their job properly when their classrooms are effectively the front lines of (cultural) warfare. In anything resembling a cultural war fought Geneva clean they should by rights be fully neutral non-combatants protected at best effort by both or all sides.

    This presentation is overloaded to absolute perfection with what has become the mandatory elements of social indoctrination the fauxLiberal demand the public education system inflict on the kids. It reads more like a military parade of armored assault vehicles than anything else. They didn’t miss one of ’em, they’ve all rolled by. It’s almost like someone was working from a list of approved attack rhetoric that will inevitably end up hanging like multiple nooses around the doomed Lit Teachers neck. I’m speaking of course about what the fauxLiberal forces use to manipulate the MAGA bunch into mindlessly overreacting in a totally predictable manner.

    To my reading this is solid evidence that empire academia, who perhaps by accident or perhaps with ignoble intent created (and now must attempt to control) both factors is no one’s innocent. But then again, I’ve known for a long time they have no compunctions about using a civilian population, aka the kids in the public school classrooms they control, as a metaphorical meat shield to minimize their casualty count as they attempt to advance their agenda on the field of battle.

    Oh, and in defense of one of my childhood favorites? Get real guys. Jim had something Huck did not. Jim knew what he was worth, sold as a slave he was worth $800 dollars and that was a lot of money in the vintage where that story was set. He was premium stock, a source of personal pride even if in a totally fubard way. Huck on the other hand, who had been pushed out the very bottom of his society didn’t even have that much. I’m pretty sure that was a big part of what Sam was trying to say.