As with yesterday, only more.
Power lust requires guinea pigs, to develop the techniques of inculcating obedience and cannon fodder that will obey the orders. College students fill both roles. Psycho-epistemological flattery is the most potent technique to use on a person with a damaged brain. The Progressive nursery graduate’s last link to rationality – the feeling that there is something wrong with him – is cut-off in college. There is nothing wrong with him, he is told, his is the healthy, natural state, he is merely unable to function in a “System” that ignores human nature; he is normal, the “System” is abnormal.
The term “System” is left undefined, at first; it may be the educational system, the cultural system, the private family system – anything that a student might blame for his inner misery. This induces a paranoid mood, the feeling that he is an innocent victim persecuted by some dark, mysterious powers – which builds up in him a blind, helpless rage. The theories of determinism – with which he is battered in most of his courses – intensify and justify his mood: if he is miserable, he cannot help it, they tell him, he cannot help anything he feels or does, he is a product of society and society has made a bad job of it. By the time he hears that all his troubles – from poor grades to sexual problems to chronic anxiety – are caused by the political system and that the enemy is capitalism, he accepts it as self-evident.
Ayn Rand – The Comprachicos
Pre-school confuses. Elementary school begins the abuse. Middle schools crush. High school molds the cast. College cuts off the cast and it is seen just where they’ll be most useful.