Furthermore, we need social services everyday... the post office is not run for profit and it runs pretty smoothly. Education and Health care could also run smoothly without profit. Conservatives would have us believe that only private enterprise can do this for us, but history proves them wrong. More regulation/laws/legislation, not less, protects us from them. And, we need it because we do not have the money to stop them from taking advantage of us otherwise. The corporate world WILL do this and we all know it... even though we claim in public that God won't let them. We're afraid of being wrong and the illusion of our defense has never worked. It only made us feel better in the short term. History tells us that this has happened before the Great Depression... but, were we alive then? How could we know that it happened? That's right... history books. They might have told us, but they usually didn't. They were dumbed down. Corporate publishers didn't want it widely known. Scholars have always fought with publishers about what they were able to print... what was truth and what was... sort of the truth... revised and edited. But, you know, we've always suspected the truth... and we ignored history in school because it just didn't fit the corporate "version" that claimed capitalism to be the Almighty. We were afraid to find out otherwise. James Loewen tells how his was dumbed down by the corporate world and how socialist ideas have always been with us in his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me. This is very interesting reading!
History was considered useless, although studying real history could have informed these capitalists of the moral pitfalls that they were approaching in their gold-plated world of greed. Mike Wallace, in Mickey Mouse History, believed that there were two versions of history that confused the average American's understanding. There was the stale, boring history that was taught in school and the version that invigorated daily experience, enhanced our every activity, and, most importantly, warned us of the dangers ahead (corporate incentives versus our own). Most people thought of the stale stuff as "History" and the exciting or more useful part was just incidental information that you picked up on the fly, "common sense" we call it… actually, that was history, too. It just isn't taught to us that way in school because of publishers favoring the capitalist view... the one that downplays reason and constructive criticism in favor of willing, malleable puppets. I know this seems harsh toward the corporate world, but really? What do we have in common? I don't fly in private jets or cruise on my own yacht... neither do you. You and I struggle every day. That's not the corporate life and believe me... they live in an alien world and they see us as alien creatures as well. We have absolutely nothing in common with corporate "people," so please don't tell me that they're patriotic or have our best interests at heart... at the first sign of an organized popular revolution like Occupy Wall Street winning, they'd hop their private jets and head for their private compounds in South America and eat at their private restaurants. To them, education, especially history education is dangerous to corporate needs because it feeds popular reaction. Educated people prefer democracies over oligarchies. Shame on us, huh?
Wasn't it ONLY the sciences that Tea Party (Koch puppets) Gov. Rick Scott of Florida desires? The corporate needs only... forget the Liberal Arts... like Anthropology, Literature,... HISTORY!