Tuesday, June 21, 2005

BRAVE NEW WORLD

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A. Huxley

During the fifties, Orwell's famous "1984" novel seemed to be the model for future police states. We could call it "the Soviet model". There was another English novel about the future, Huxley's "Brave New World" that was about a society with wall sized TV entertainment and TVs for every bed in the hospitals and genetic engineering with Alphas to Gammas produced to run the system and soma was doled out to the lower level humans to keep them peaceful and biddable.

Back then, people scoffed at such a future world and thought it was silly. Both worlds seemed excessive and singular. Alas, both are being implimented in varying, staggered ways. No system ever springs forth like Athena, fully grown and fully armed.

The American application of Futurama is two pronged: 1984 for outsiders and rebels and Brave New World for insiders and conformists.

From Smirking Chimp.com:
It's summer, and the sounds of vacationing children can be heard echoing through playgrounds and beaches across the nation. But, when little Johnny and Janie go back to school this fall, BushCo. has arranged for them to have something extra in their book bags. Not only will they be carrying pencils and crayons and notebooks and rulers, but also, bottles of psychotropic drugs!

Yes, thanks to the Orwellian named "New Freedom Initiative," passed by Congress last year, American kids, aged 3 to 18, can be evaluated at school by state-sponsored "advocates" to see if they are mental cases. If they're evaluated as such, they'll be forced to take drugs, possibly without parental consent.

Welcome to Soma-world, where you can watch your kids be reduced to extras in a "Night of the Living Dead" flick.

If this latest assault on families by BushCo. strikes you as being insane, it is. But, a plan such as this has already been implemented, way back in 1995, in (surprise!) Texas. The Governor pushing this plan? George W. Bush.
I will forgive the author mixing up Orwell with Huxley. One of Huxley's books I loved was about the ruling class trying to perfect themselves so they could be easily identifiable with each other and also unable to breed with lesser humans and also live forever to boot. And in the end, they ended up turning into...monkeys. Geeze. This program is well along, isn't it? Bush or Chimpanzee.com let's you decide.
Ten years ago, Bush embraced The Texas Medication Algorithm Project, or TMAP, an alliance of individuals from the University of Texas, the pharmaceutical industry and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas. It was, largely funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant (as in Johnson & Johnson), as well as several other drug companies.

TMAP was hailed as a great "success" in Texas by both political hacks and drug companies. Texas was "chosen," in part, because Bush loves Big Bidness and the state has the largest prison system in the country, with over 150,000 inmates plus a lot of folks in the mental health system to experiment on. There's also an incestuous relationship between state government and universities, hospitals, prisons and schools, with regents and administrators appointed by the governor. When it came time to push TMAP? Big pharmacy lobbyists descended like a swarm of blood-sucking bats and campaign contributions flowed to the governor, state lawmakers and even judges.

And, so, the state of Texas decided who needed to be medicated and who did not. Apparently, a lot of Texans needed meds. Big drug companies raked in the dough. Why? Because the state paid for "new", expensive, "state-of-the-art" drugs. (No cheap generics, puleeze.) One bi-product of this great success story? Today, two out of three foster children in Texas are on meds.
Medicines such as these can be liberating...if one uses them carefully and with full knowledge of what it does and why and if one struggles to retrain the mind to work in a functional way, all things children are fairly incapable of doing. The popping of pills to "fix" behaviors is the first step to a drugged up society. Adults self medicate using alcohol and drugs all the time. Kids do this too, as much as they can, because mental torment is hard to live through even though this is part of the key to Understanding the Cosmos. A dreamless world where one ceases to interact with reality is a living death.

The drug companies give heaps of money to the GOP and some to the Democratic party. They do this to insure they make money with the least effort and have as few controls as possible which is why, after reducing the ability of the FDA to control drugs, allowing them to flood markets with inadequet testing, they now want the GOP to cut down the ability to sue for bad drug side effects.

Speaking of which, the number of young people committing suicide or murder after taking antidepressants is troubling, to say the least. From the Independent:
When the body of a 19-year-old student, Traci Johnson, was found hanging from a shower rod in the laboratories of pharmaceuticals giant Eli Lilly, US officials were quick to announce that the death could not be linked to a new anti-depressant drug she was helping to test.

During her stay at the hotel-cum-clinic in Indiana known as the Lilly Lab, Johnson had been taking part in trials for a secret new formula called Cymbalta, a chemical cousin of Prozac, which the company hoped would guarantee huge profits for years to come.

For the drugs giant, her death on 7 February last year was an "isolated tragedy" that did not prevent it from pressing ahead with the Cymbalta trials. It is now on sale in the US and - under another name - in Europe and the UK.

But for the scientific community it was another warning bell about a class of medicines already under scrutiny for possible ties to suicide. After all, Johnson was not depressed. Far from it. She enrolled in the clinical trial as a healthy volunteer in order to earn money to pay for her college tuition. Anyone with signs of depression was excluded.
There is no magic pill that will fix things because many of the problems are not social or health but cultural. Namely, the Brave New World model of entertaining mindlessly is destroying young minds pretty relentlessly. It makes a lot of money for people and peddling bad food and bad stuff to people being reprogrammed with mindless entertainment is causing neurological/biological damage. This is why the general population is getting more and more grotesquely shaped and is malfunctioning more and more at work as well as at home.

Of course, the police are responding by tasering people or arresting kindergarden kids.

Back to the Smirking Chimp article:
In 2003, The New Freedom Commission issued its findings. Surprise! The Commission found that: "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children. According to the commission, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders." Schools, wrote the commission, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.
This screening of our children isn't so they can be better cared for, is it? What it means is, children will be forced to take drugs. I suppose, I would have been drugged as a child. I was "acting out" periodically because I was abused when I was raped and this caused all sorts of unhappy problems for my childlike mind. And the routine of school is an aggravation for some children, especially bright ones who are bored. When one meets a child whose favorite activity is visiting the library to read adult books, that child isn't "sick" if they are annoyed with grammar school lessons!

We are losing our children in school because our schools are Victorian artifacts embedded in modern society. Few parents want to face the truth about our culture and so they are unable to battle the giant forces arrayed against them and few want to confront the issue of how entertainment/lifestyle choices are moving our children relentlessly into a strange new world. Playing video games or watching TV doesn't harm a child only if a parent takes the time and energy to innoculate the child from mind control. I did this by watching everything with my kids and talking with them about what they watched so they could learn how to analyse presentation as well as content.

A lot of Monty Python goes a long way, too. I note on the web how many of us, at least on the left, have memorized all the Monty Python venue! It a useful code for dealing with modern politics!

And now for something completely different....
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