The Monster that is Government
France "People who
make off with large sums of money escape justice or get insignificant sentences,
while the thief who steals a handbag on the subway gets six years. We have a
two-speed justice system." - and this is a judge speaking - Alan Bock
Corruption within the self-serving governing elite is
rife throughout most of our so-called democracies.
And always remember that it is in
the interests of governments the world over to stir up trouble both among, and
within, their respective populations.
It is not that all these government folk, as
individuals, are necessarily evil in any way, but, in the same way that an individual's
brain is directed by impulses, orientations, directions, wants and motivations -
all popping up from various parts of the brain to further the organism's best
interests - so it is that a government department (e.g. the police department)
is made up of people who, collectively, form one great brain, and who pop up
from various parts to further THEIR OWN best interests
The whole collection becomes a monster of an
organism whose directions and goals are governed by the hundreds or thousands of
individuals behind it - but with the individuals being motivated by their own
But it really does have a life of its own. And
it pursues its own interests - power, enrichment, survival - as does a human
The problem is that these monsters are often
driven to pursue interests that are detrimental to the rest of us, and they are
so powerful that they are hard to oppose.
The war on drugs is probably one of the best
examples of one of these monsters crashing around and causing harm to MOST of
society simply because it caters for the needs of governments, businesses and law enforcement
agencies all over the world.
And it is only thanks to the internet - and to
the OVERWHELMING evidence that can now be put before the public through it -
that people are becoming aware of just how much corruption and self-serving
deceit it took to maintain such a war on drugs.
Forty years ago, for example, high-ranking law
enforcement officials in the USA were stating (and testifying) that marijuana
caused people to go mad, to kill, to behave like crazed beings, and to become
Communists. And they were arresting hundreds of thousands of people solely for the offence
of possessing it - and so tens of thousands of law enforcers KNEW that their
bosses were LYING. They could SEE that those who took marijuana were not going
crazy, were not killing people etc.
But the war still went on.
And it is still with us today.
Think of how different things would have
turned out if the drug problem had initially been seen as a medical one, rather
than one that should concern the law.
A medical and scientific monster might have
grown into being instead of what we have today.
Wouldn't that have been wonderful - to have
had so many extra billions of dollars poured annually into a monster that
thrived on medical and scientific research instead of into one that caused
nothing but damage, violence, corruption, criminality and destruction?
As another example of a monster, the same sort of thing has been happening here
in the UK with regard to the educational system. Indeed, many of my personal
friends in the teaching profession KNOW that the public is being lied to about the current standards of
But it's the same problem. They are part of a monster which has to
survive and to claim successes where none has taken place, or the monster will
be diminished in some way.
And, ashamed though they are, they are a part of that
monster, and they must protect and empower it - for their own sakes. And they
cannot appear to seek to damage it.
After all, they have no real power within
such a beast anyway - and they have mortgages to pay, and colleagues to deal with.
Individually, their little lies are only
And there's no real imminent harm from them.
And, anyway, what is the alternative for a
She can say, "Oh yes, the kids in our school
have a fabulous record of achievement," or she can say, "Well, I'm sorry to say this, but I just
don't know how the kids are really doing in our school because the exams seem to
have gotten easier?"
What can a teacher say?
As a humble teacher, you cannot undermine your
own school, your own staff and your own pupils by admitting that
exams have gotten easier.
What the hell do you say to the kids who are
so full of pride that they are positively beaming, and whose parents are
overjoyed because they got a Grade A?
"Well done John and Martha, but, you
know, the standards were easier this year. Your Grade A isn't really worth a
You just can't say these things!
And so all the little lies of the humble
teachers add toward the mounting conspiracy (and it is a
'conspiracy') that aims towards reducing the standards of exams.
And as the exams get easier, the government
"Look at our kids. See how well they are
doing. They've all got Grade A's!! Thanks to your government!"
And so in the government department of
Education, of course, exactly the same type of thing happens. The little lies
and the little pursuits of self-interest mount into yet another conspiracy all
designed to keep quiet about the easier exams.
And, of course, there will be many others
to gain a great deal by making exams easier without letting the
And politicians who have to stand for election
spring to mind!
Here, in the UK, the now Home Secretary David
Blunkett once pledged that he would resign unless x% of UK children reached such
and such a grade by the age of 11.
Well, they achieved it all right. But there is
not a teacher whom I know who has not confessed that the exams were,
mysteriously, made significantly easier in the year that counted - just before
Well, none of the individuals involved in the
world of education has to be a bad person for these things to happen. But, in
this particular case, the end result is a massive drop in the standards of
education - which is a very, very, very bad thing!
And this, of course, is another example of
where huge 'organisms' are at work.
The individuals that comprise these organisms are
not necessarily bad, but the result is massively bad.
And, unfortunately, these organisms are so
big, so powerful and so difficult to see, that they can continue on their merry way causing a great deal of badness,
while we, the
people, are unable to stop them!
Now, the war on drugs and the educational system
have one thing in common. They are both run by government. And we need to wake up to the fact that our
governments - or, if you prefer, the organisms that they have created - are
And, indeed, in just these two areas alone -
our educational systems and the war on drugs - the costs that we have had to
bear over these past few decades - as a result of government workers serving themselves
- have been truly astronomical; easily measured in trillions, not billions.
And there are other areas (e.g. to do with
social and family policy) where, if you can believe it, the costs have been even
All in all, therefore, we really do need to
open our eyes to what is going on out there.
And we need to put a stop to it.
This we can do by insisting that governments
are not permitted to hide information, and that government workers who attempt
to deceive the public are booted out of their jobs.
news that hundreds of teachers cheated in last month's standard attainment tests illustrates with dreadful clarity two of the main criticisms levelled
against the test. The first is that they put schools and pupils under
intolerable pressure, the second is that the results can't be trusted.