The House of Rothschild 50 years after the Bank of England opened it's doors, Amschel Moses Bauer, an 18th century German Jewish moneychanger and trader in silk cloth in the ghetto called "Judengasse" or Jew Alley in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, opened a coin shop a counting house in When his son 'Amschel Mayer Bauer' inherited the business, he decided to change his name to 'Rothschild'. He soon learned that loaning money to governments and kings was more profitable than loaning to private individuals. Not only were the loans bigger, but they were secured by the nations taxes.
They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation.
They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture. Students at these institutions have done what has been demanded of them: They are respectful and cordial to their elders, though easy-going if crude with their peers.
They respect diversity without having the slightest clue what diversity is and they are experts in the arts of non-judgmentalism at least publically. They are the cream of their generation, the masters of the universe, a generation-in-waiting to run America and the world.
The Chaos of College Curricula But ask them some basic questions about the civilization they will be inheriting, and be prepared for averted eyes and somewhat panicked looks. Who fought in the Peloponnesian War?
Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato teach? How did Socrates die? Raise your hand if you have read both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Who was Saul of Tarsus?
What were the 95 theses, who wrote them, and what was their effect? Why does the Magna Carta matter?
How and where did Thomas Becket die? Who was Guy Fawkes, and why is there a day named after him? What did Lincoln say in his Second Inaugural?
How about his third Inaugural? What are the Federalist Papers? Some students, due most often to serendipitous class choices or a quirky old-fashioned teacher, might know a few of these answers. But most students have not been educated to know them.
At best, they possess accidental knowledge, but otherwise are masters of systematic ignorance. They have learned exactly what we have asked of them — to be like mayflies, alive by happenstance in a fleeting present. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students and most of us know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings.
The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school.
It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West. During my lifetime, lamentation over student ignorance has been sounded by the likes of E.
Hirsch even worked up a self-help curriculum, a do-it yourself guide on how to become culturally literate, imbued with the can-do American spirit that cultural defenestration could be reversed by a good reading list in the appendix. Broadly missing is sufficient appreciation that this ignorance is the intended consequence of our educational system, a sign of its robust health and success.
Books for Book-o-Phobes We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. Regardless of major or course of study, the main object of modern education is to sand off remnants of any cultural or historical specificity and identity that might still stick to our students, to make them perfect company men and women for a modern polity and economy that penalizes deep commitments.
Above all, the one overarching lesson that students receive is the true end of education: Our commitment to mutual indifference is what binds us together as a global people. Any remnant of a common culture would interfere with this prime directive: Ancient philosophy and practice praised as an excellent form of government a res publica — a devotion to public things, things we share together.
They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. They are living in a perpetual Truman Show, a world constructed yesterday that is nothing more than a set for their solipsism, without any history or trajectory. I love my students — like any human being, each has enormous potential and great gifts to bestow upon the world.
On our best days, I discern their longing and anguish and I know that their innate human desire to know who they are, where they have come from, where they ought to go, and how they ought to live will always reassert itself. Patrick Deneen is David A.Note- If you have the time, scroll down this extensive list of links to see what is available to print or do online for free, or for future planning.
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