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Educating anarchists

By Alan Caruba
web posted May 19, 2003

In a remarkable book, Harvard and the Unabomber, about Ted Kacyznski, its author, Alston Chase, says, "The anger that motivated Kacyznski bears an uncanny resemblance to the rage that drove the schoolboys who in recent years have gone berserk, shooting classmates. Like Kacyznski, the Columbine High School killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were motivated by rage, not only against those they saw despoiling the environment but also against the dominant school culture that ridiculed them."

"Meanwhile," Chase noted, "high schools are even less dedicated to learning than they were, choosing instead to ensure that students conform to the canons of political and behavioral correctness, by the administration of drugs such as Ritalin and Luvox and what teachers call ‘behavior modification.'"

Virtually every one of the students who engaged in acts of murder in their schools were on some form of drug "medication." It is ominous, indeed, that the widespread use of mind-altering drugs coincides with the rash of school-related violence seen in recent years. It suggests, I believe, a connection with what well may become a generation of Kaczynski's, drugged victims or not, who will act out their inner rage in the years to come.

Most certainly, those passing through our school systems have been groomed to despise modern society by virtue of the endless propaganda about the despoiling of nature, the treatment of animals, and the hatefulness of corporations to which they are exposed from kindergarten to graduation.

That anarchy is loose in the world is obvious by this nation's announced "war on terrorism" whether it is practiced by Islamic fanatics or by the growing legions of environmental and animal rights "activists."

Writing to Chase from jail, Kaczynski, regarded as a "prisoner of war" by Green anarchists, said, "I suspect that you underestimate the strength and depth of feeling against industrial civilization that has been developing in recent years."

One can only guess at what extent our nation's school system is responsible for this, but one thing is known. Testifying before a House panel in May, Dr. William B. Carey, director of behavioral pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, asked, "Why is eighty percent of the world's methylphenidate being fed to American children?"

Good question! Why has this nation's educational system embarked upon a campaign to mandate the prescription of psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Luvox, among others, to insure that any student who shows any sign of so-called hyper-activity, be "calmed down"?

Why is a nation that has been engaged in a "war on drugs" since the days of the Nixon administration simultaneously engaging in the drugging of an estimated seven million school children every year? As Dr. Carey noted in his testimony, "These drugs have the potential for serious harm and abuse. They are listed on Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act." They can lead to "severe psychological or physical dependence." As reported in the Washington Times on May 7, "The House subcommittee is considering legislation to prohibit school personnel from requiring children to take such drugs."

"Parents," said Dr. Carey, "should never be forced to decide between getting their child into school and keeping their child off potentially harmful drugs." Just one of these drugs, Adderall currently comprises thirty-two (32) percent of the national stimulant market of 6.1 million prescriptions in 2000 and $248 million in sales. A lone witness for their use was a representative for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, offering a defense based on the view that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, abbreviated ADHD, is real. What if this "disorder", which manifested itself at the same time the drugs to "control" it, is utterly bogus? What if the manufacturers of these psychotropic drugs have identified the students of America as a captive market?

Worse, yet, is the potential for the millions of drugged students to produce dozens, if not hundreds, of anarchists like Ted Kycyznski, all thoroughly imbued with a hatred of anyone or anything that "threatens" the environment or animal rights. "All terrorists follow the same logic and share similar goals, until they (the public) see that their ultimate aim is the destruction of modern life itself, no one is safe," writes Chase. "These people, like Kacznski, feel threatened by civilization."

The rise of anarchist acts by environmental and animal rights terrorists have not escaped the notice of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, nor have the anti-globalist "anarchists" who have made war in the streets when various international agencies or organizations have gathered escaped the notice of the world's press. They report the "street theatre" without grasping how widespread the war on civilization has become for those who embrace Kycyznski's views. And his views eerily mirror those expressed by former Vice President Al Gore in his book, "Earth in the Balance." Others draw their inspiration from the Koran.

So long as the American educational system continues to demand that large numbers of children be drugged, continues to impose an environmental indoctrination, and continues to put a high priority on behavior rather than education, this nation will continue to breed a new generation of potential anarchists, devoid of any knowledge of the original values upon which America was established. And willing to kill to exorcise their rage.

Alan Caruba is the author of "Warning Signs", a collection of his commentaries, posted weekly on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, 2003

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