Who Will Control You?
The Blaze ran a story entitled “Is This Iowa High School Teaching Students Communism Is Better Than Capitalism? See the Flyer”. The article posts a picture that is clearly propaganda for communism but the school principal defends that they were using it as an example of propaganda and that the whole lesson plan is objective. This is a fair point, but wrong. The school, the teacher, the principal, all are unequipped by the sorry state of civics education to even know leftist propaganda when they see it.
The most offensive part of the lesson is not the picture, it is this conclusion:
Moreover, communism stands for a class less society, which doesn’t see any difference between the rich and the poor. On the other hand, capitalism divides the society into rich and poor. Capitalism can be said to be the exploitation of the individual. While every one is equal in communism, there is a great divide of the class in capitalism.
Ignoring the poor grammar, that paragraph is so loaded with propaganda nuance that there is no room to cover it here. For now, simply consider the juxtaposition of the phrase “capitalism divides” which is a negative assertion couched as an objective observation that is followed by a statement about communism “While every one is equal in communism” which is a not only another assertion, but a positive assertion that also is objectively false. Communism has never made everyone equal. Setting aside 35 million people slaughtered (How is that equality working out for you?) consider the divide between Putin a career “civil servant” who is a bilionaire and the serfs in his country. So the answer to the question the Blaze asks is unequivocally “Yes” the school is teaching communism. Sadly, it does not appear they even know it, otherwise why bother launching a forceful defense on the website that proves oneself wrong.
Similarly, the President touched off a firestorm at the National Prayer Breakfast when he said among other things:
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.
While many speculated about what this says about his spirituality or lack thereof, and others criticized him for politicizing the event, he