Education: The SJW Death Star


Originally published January 24, 2017. This one is worth keeping in mind considering the ANU’s baulking at the implementation of a Degree in Western Civilisation.

Cartoon by Ryan Fletcher

Did you feel it last Saturday morning when Trump was sworn in? A great disturbance, as though a million snowflakes cried out in anguish. Something wonderful happened. This symbolic victory for right-thinking men and women is only the beginning, however. Our enemies still control the establishment: the media, the courts, the entertainment industry and, their most powerful weapon of all, the education system. This last bastion of Marxist power has made them unstoppable for over a century.

If Trump lives up to his rhetoric, then there may well be hope for the nations of the West. If not, then we’ll have to hold his feet to the fire on behalf of all the decent men and women of the world he will have let down. We should not rely on him though to restore Western civilisation. It is up to all of us to keep fighting to that end.

The toxic cult of Western Marxism has taken a hit, but it is not dead yet. This is the danger of a moment like this; right-thinking men and women will be inclined to give in to the temptation of complacency now. Having Trump call out globalism and political correctness on the largest stage in the world might make many of us think that our enemies have been defeated. This is not the case. Like a demonic villain in the B-grade action flick, the left in the West is now down but not out. We cannot turn our back on this most dangerous and deadly foe while they still have breath in their nostrils. We must instead now strike a killing blow to the heart of this soulless monster.

The secret weapon of the left, the Death Star which has made them unstoppable for longer than any of us have been alive, is their control of the education system. If we do not stamp out this menace, then we will be done for in the long run. We might keep winning battles but we will also keep losing the war. Our children will pay the consequences for the rest of their lives in terms of financial enslavement, cultural destruction, demographic displacement and moral degradation. Everything is at stake.

If we are to destroy the left’s vice-like grip on education, we must understand how it was established and how it operates.

One of the first ‘reforms’ of the socialists when they started to gain electoral power at the beginning of the twentieth century was to bring in mass public education based upon the statist, authoritarian model of Prussia. Bismarck’s system of welfare and taxation was designed to build up the military strength of Prussia, and provided elites around the world with a model for how to establish totalitarian control and then sell it to the masses it enslaved. As long as the freebies kept rolling out to enough of the plebs that they kept voting for whoever provided them, the elite could keep increasing their power and control. Exponentially-rising government debt, funded through the sovereign bond markets, made sure that taxes never had to rise to fund such lavish welfare-warfare programs, and as long as population kept rising exponentially it could be maintained. The debt was pushed off onto the shoulders of the as-yet-unborn. That’s us, and our children, and our children’s children if we don’t turn back the tide.

It is no accident that mass public education began a few years before the killing fields of World War I erupted. Mass public schooling provided willing recruits who had been indoctrinated with nationalism and obedience to authority. It is still providing the same function today, although globalism has replaced nationalism and the tenets of Western Marxism have replaced hierarchical authoritarianism. The software can be updated by the oligarchy as necessary, while still running on century-old hardware.

The dastardly system of state indoctrination was brought in around the same time as the income tax – another heinous Marxist initiative designed to keep us enslaved and dependent on the establishment. But I digress.

If everyday people today knew what their children were being taught in the classrooms and lecture halls of Australia about our history, our race, our heritage and our contributions to humanity, there would be a Royal Commission launched the next day. This is what we need: an open, public investigation into how Marxist indoctrination is operating within our school system. Across the country, average-IQ teachers are parroting to their students the same toxic anti-white, anti-male, anti-Christian hate speech that they received while at university. Dissent from these narratives is not tolerated, and the students who will not submit to the doctrines of Marxism pay an academic penalty.

No longer should cultural terrorists in universities be able to hide behind the smokescreen of ‘academic freedom’. They are a fifth column, and must be held to public account for their indoctrination of our youth. What we are seeing in the anti-Trump protests is where all these Marxist movements eventually lead – to political violence, national disunity and the threat of revolution. If we do not kill this ideological monster while we still have time, then a million ugly women marching on Canberra will be the least of our worries.

Already the hour is late to save what is left of our culture from the Marxist menace. Control of education has enabled Marxist professors to credential only students who had also become carriers of the Marxist virus. These minions have spread out across the professions, and now run the country. They are the establishment. This is why the global anti-establishment movement is manifesting in the West as a movement against the cultural Marxist elite who want to eradicate all European heritage. They are the racists, not us. We have been made race-aware, however, by seeing our identity and our posterity being threatened by a mindless elite who have been trained to hate white people, even if that has meant hating themselves. Whether we like it or not, demographics is a key part of this fight for the survival of our nation as we have known it and loved it. If we are not going to fight for it, we may as well just hand it to the Chinese and the Muslims now to parcel it up among themselves.

Ultimately, we must remove all UN-mandated globalist propaganda from our curricula, replace the teachers who are not competent in their subject areas, give much more decision-making power back to families and communities with regard to how their children are taught and eradicate these Marxist ideologies from our universities. Such a seemingly radical program, however, will require public support. The first step to gaining that support is to show the Australian people how their children are being turned against themselves. Only in that way can the SJW Death Star be destroyed, and the hope for a culturally confident and morally strong Australian people again take root the way it did when the country was settled. We owe it to our forefathers to try.

  • Deplorable Steve

    Amen Brother Moses. Can I use some of your writings to sabotage Marxist propaganda wherever possible? You know where I mean…

  • Jay Hurley

    If you look up the university course in Australian History and Australian Studies, both have a component called ‘racism in Australia’. It is obvious to see that this will be a nice little hiding spot for those Marxist spiders to nest in. Because we all know racism can only come from whites, right? The fact that racism is one of four parts of a course on Australian Studies says a lot about how hard they’re going to push the shame down our throats.

    • Bikinis not Burkas

      Mu ham mad callad Ethopians “raisin heads”, is that racism?

      • DId he call them raisin heads because their heads looked like raisins, or because they carried baskets of raisins on their heads ?

        In any case, why did Mo Ham Head even notice the Ethiopians, unless he was scoping for a pre pubescent 9 year old girl to “marry” and in the Muslim way, rape and stone to death ?

        PS : I call people “peckerheads”…..not sure if it is racist.

    • Dan Flynn

      Hi Jay, I actually did that course ‘racism in Australia’ at RMIT in Melbourne. From my perspective there was no shame involved at all. I didn’t feel it one bit and I’m a white male.

      ‘Because we all know racism can only come from whites, right?’
      I don’t believe racism is confined to whites, far from it, there are many examples of sectarian violence around the world that have nothing to do with us (Africa, the Middle East).
      I have respect for your point Jay, I’m just trying to challenge the ‘leftist’ stereotyping that is popular on this forum.

      • Warty2

        The term ‘leftist stereotyping’ in relation to ‘this forum’ is in itself a generalisation; instead deal with individual arguments in themselves (i.e. respond to them) as you are in fact doing.
        Just two questions: did this course you ‘actually did’ examine ‘racism’ in Africa and the Middle East? Was there indeed an emphasis on white inspired ‘racism’ on this course?

        • Dan Flynn

          Hi Warty, I used the term ‘leftist stereotyping’ as I’ve been on this forum for some time now and have come across it many times. That’s OK though, the Left does it to the Right also. I’m trying to challenges both sides of the spectrum.
          To answer you’re questions;
          You’re indeed correct, the course did not focus much on the racism in other countries, mostly Australia.
          My point was in reaction to the idea that only Whites are racist. I suspect that it I were living in Africa I would be focussing on African racism and if I was in the Middle East I’d be focusing Middle Eastern racism. I think it’s important to focus on our own issues first.

          I guess my comments were trying to communicate that you can be a proud Australian and still learn about our past which is, at times, shameful. I personally do not take on this shame, however, I think it’s interesting to learn about it and it gives us the opportunity to change and evolve into a better society.

  • Jeremy

    I completely agree! The first and most important step is to remove government funding from education. If people have to pay for it themselves they will refuse to pay for the nonsense. Half the current teaching establishment, at all levels, would never be employed as teachers again!

    • Olaf Koenders

      Parents will only refuse to pay for nonsense when and if they recognise it as nonsense. We must remember that parents these days have essentially been “educated” the same way – by the public “fool” system and rote to respect authoritarianism.

      For example, man-made global warming. All real-world evidence suggests CO2 isn’t the bad guy thanks to high-CO2 ice ages and even temperate climates where a runaway greenhouse effect never occurred. But it’s simply easier to respect the “authority” of current “science” on that issue because the believers are either lazy, too stupid to join the dots, outcast by the “authorities” and silenced or paid well enough to lie and fudge the temperature records lest they also be silenced and outcast.

      Another example is the belief that reality TV is a form of truth. The vast majority aren’t aware that clever editing creates the story to be believed.

      This is often in contrast with Wikipedia or the internet in general, which has been burdened with the reputation as the greatest source of misinformation on the planet. This only holds true if the reader has little background knowledge of any subject matter and therefore readily swayed by the first thing they read.

      The current school system requires a complete overhaul, and it’s a huge task because not only do we have to oust the deeply entrenched and dogmatic Marxist curriculum and its teachers, we have to convince – through fact – existing parents to help us. The greater problem exists when existing parents fully support Marxist dogmatism.

      • Dan Flynn

        Hi Olaf, I couldn’t agree more with your comments regarding reality TV and the Internet.
        The problem I have with your views around our education system is that it’s all pretty vague and general, ‘ entrenched and dogmatic Marxist curriculum’.
        Do you have some info or links that you could share that elaborate on your views?

        I currently have two kids who go to school and the school is great. They learn about all sorts of cool stuff, not just about social issues that you may refer to as ‘Marxist curriculum’.
        I wonder if sometimes these kinds of articles are too general and do not focus on what you would ACTUALLY like to see change.

        • Deplorable Steve

          Dan, English Critical Literacy has revolved around a desire to find a victim, whether that be through contrived gender studies, marginalised voices or power relationships in a text, the answer is always the same. Hetero-normative, white patriarchy is at the root of all evil due to the way the studies are invariably framed…

          • Dan Flynn

            Hi Steve, I believe white patriarchy is indeed the root of a lot of bad things throughout history especially, but I do not think, as white men, we should be ashamed about it. I just think we should learn from our mistakes and try to be a better and more inclusive society. (I know you will think this is total bullshit but I’m saying it anyway)
            Have a good night.

          • Möwe

            As an aside to Steve’s comments here, last year I did a little research on the Respectful Relationships course content and one of its main authoresses, Debbie Ollis. It’s being rolled out in Victoria. It’s sex education with from a feminist perspective, meaning that it sees all domestic violence (the feminists’ term for wife beating) as being ultimately caused by unequal power of men and women. It was trialed in several schools in health/sex ed class, pastoral care/life skills class, and English, or all places. Lots of fascinating insights in the article Ollis wrote about the trial at the link below, particularly the conflicts between the ideologues who made the course content, and the normal people who have to teach it or be taught it. In short, Respectful Relationships seems to be the teaching of feminism, misandry and hedonism, all three of which it is based upon, in public schools.


          • Karen Dwyer

            Additionally, these programmes are MANDATORY in Victorian schools, with full content (links to adult sites) and lesson plans with teaching methods (singling out individuals for humiliating focus of attention for example).

            Other states have removed some parts of these programmes; Victoria has not.

            Some parents. I believe, are just hoping for the best because if they realise that the system as a whole is rotten then their options are limited.

          • Dan Flynn

            Hi Mowe,
            Thanks for sharing the article. I have some questions for you if you don’t mind.
            1) Do you think that ‘domestic violence’ or ‘wife beating’ is a problem in our society?
            2) If so, what should we do about it?

            In my view, addressing men’s violence against women is not misandry, it’s just trying to reduce the amount of traumatised women and children.

            ‘domestic violence (the feminists’ term for wife beating) as being ultimately caused by unequal power of men and women’

            Do you categorically disagree with this?

            In my view, there are many things that cause a man and a women having a disagreement, argument, fight or whatever. However the moment someone decides to use violence, that’s when ‘unequal power’ becomes important. Many men are simply physically stronger than women and when they use this advantage to overpower the women, it is wrong. This is not always the case of course. Some men are physically abused by women. Both are wrong it’s just that research and data shows us that it happened way more often against women.

            Have I said anything you think is misguided or wrong? I’m very interested in your reply as you are clearly educated and intelligent.

          • Möwe

            “1) Do you think that ‘domestic violence’ or ‘wife beating’ is a problem in our society?”

            It’s a problem in some marriages. I don’t think the cause is based in the character of our society, though on the other hand it may be caused by too much focus on materialism/hedonism, and lack of the right kind of spiritual nourishment, both of which seem to be on the increase in our society. Having said that, in some societies, wife-beating is seen as more culturally acceptable, but I won’t go into that here.

            “2) If so, what should we do about it?”

            Love instead of hate. If a bloke gets married, he ought to be careful about who he picks to marry, and ditto for a woman. But once they are married they ought to live by their vows. The more functional, happy marriages we have, the more we’ll have those as models for young people, and the more they will multiply, I reckon.

            “In my view, addressing men’s violence against women is not misandry,
            it’s just trying to reduce the amount of traumatised women and children.”

            I think it is misandry if it assumes that the cause of the violence is that men are stronger than women; that due to their greater strength, men are somehow less virtuous. Yes, I disagree with the notion that unequal power between men and women is the root cause of wife-beating. If it were, why then are there so many men who don’t beat their wives, and instead love them and use their strength to protect them? And why are women so darned attracted to men who are strong and rich? Almost every woman ideally wants a man who is richer and taller than she.

            This idea that unequal power relationships are the root cause of unhappiness and resentment and violence, rather than other factors (eg. attachment, original sin, neurosis, drunkenness, depression, etc.) comes to us from Marxism. The Marxists apply it to every relationship in our society.

          • Dan Flynn

            Thanks for your thoughts Mowe,
            To me, all of this talk about Marxism distracts us from the issues at hand. There are men who are violent towards women. It happens often. That is not to say that men are generally violent or somehow lesser beings. Most men (like you and me) are non violent. It’s just that we have a hell of a lot more men hurting women and, as a society, we need to do something about it.

          • Möwe

            The statistics tell us that acts of violence in the home tend to more common by men against women. I don’t argue with that. I would question your phrasing ‘It happens often’ — that’s an ambiguity which makes it seem like it is almost the norm. But I don’t argue with the statistics, nor do I condone that kind of violence.

            The question is, why does it happen? Is it because of the way our society is structured? Is it something to do with the institution of marriage? Or is it caused by something else? Or a bit of both?

            Now, I know you want to leave Marxism out of this, but the Marxist viewpoint (or ‘paradigm’ as the academics say) is at the heart of how people see the issue of domestic violence in 2017. Marxism is anti-marriage, and cultural Marxism is not friendly to traditional ideas of masculinity. Grab a copy of the Communist Manifesto and find out exactly what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about marriage, and what ought to happen to it. (They hated it, and wanted to get rid of it). Have a look around Australia now, and see what is happening to the institution of marriage, and to old mores about family and sexual ethics, and see who is pushing to change those things. The cultural Marxists, of course.

            These guys in their various forms have been trying to change our society for a while now, and have been getting better and better results since around about the end of the Cold War.

            It would be good to stop domestic violence. Perhaps a Marxist-based approach would get results. I don’t know. I mean, they did have one or two successes. (Sputnik, for instance.) Even Reagan admitted that the Socialists can fill your belly with bacon and beans, and treat you when you’re ill*. But the cost, aside from having a more Marxist country, may be that we pathologize masculinity, see strength as wicked, and begin seeing weakness as a virtue. Actually I think that’s already happening.

            I’d rather have less Marxism in Australia, not more. It brings disaster. It’s a failed ideology. One of the reasons it failed is that it does not understand human beings. It sees us as something we are not.

            I think you may still be doubtful about all this Marxism. OK, fair enough. We agree on some points and disagree on others.

            * Of course that’s not all Reagan said. Click here for the rest:

          • Dan Flynn

            Hi Mowe,
            Well you sure have a different take on the world compared to me!
            I think we could talk for hours about this but that would involve too much typing. Let me know if you’re Melbourne based, I would love to grab a coffee sometime and smash out our arguments in person.

            So I guess I’m a Marxist who’s happily married 🙂

          • Möwe

            I will let you know if I get down there. I’m based in Darwin, but let me know if you happen to come up this way.

          • Dan Flynn

            Will do.

          • Maryanne

            Dan, decades ago I corresponded with Erin Pizzey who founded the women’s shelter movement in the UK. She was adamant that domestic violence was a two way street. Both partners are violent. Females often instigate the violence and naturally come off worse because usually men are stronger than women.


          • I had a read through the Respectful Relationships document, written by this academic:
            The program was written from a “feminist framework.”
            Many of the non specialist teachers were uncomfortable teaching this program,according to the article. Not surprising.

            It reeks of Social Engineering by Feminists, akin to the Safe Schools (Marxist trojan horse) program.

        • Olaf Koenders


          “The problem I have with your views around our education system is that it’s all pretty vague and general, ‘ entrenched and dogmatic Marxist curriculum’.
          Do you have some info or links that you could share that elaborate on your views?”

          I should really only need to give you an example – one – which should cover everything as I believe it’s the root of the problem.

          Starting from our formative years, we’ve been taught (forced) to respect authority. This might seem OK if you consider a child’s choices can be rather inadequate for self-protection and management. The State sets a cut-off at 18 years here in Oz. Why is it necessary to limit this to a certain numerical value?

          For example, many children (with and even without guidance from parents) have shown innate ability to care for themselves and their siblings at much younger ages than what the State “deems”. It’s simply all about legality and jurisdiction.

          Marxist indoctrination never told us that at a certain level of mental and physical development we will eventually prove our own inherent jurisdiction and should therefore be left alone to pursue whatever we choose – NOT a State-governed numerical “age” in Solar orbits.

          We’ve all been deliberately hampered by the public “fool” system in our innate attempts and ability to mature naturally and be considered of inherent jurisdiction. The Marxist dogmatic “respect authority” of a child is maintained until the grave, ensuring that our own highest authority and jurisdiction within ourselves is never tapped, so we become lazy and expect grabbermint to supply our ever growing wants, granting the State all the power.

          Our Marxist education robbed us from the beginning. Will you now take full control of your being?

      • Karen Dwyer

        Another interesting post. 🙂 Parent and public understanding of reality is key.

        Many parents bury their heads in the sand (yes, metaphorically, you all!) because facing the reality would be very painful. Their options are limited by time, finances, and geographic availability.

        It takes a good few conversations about various policies, previous legislation, current (sometimes stalled) pushes in legislation, international instances of the repercussions of similar education policies and legislation, etc. Once parents really get to see documented policies and not quick media-friendly rhetoric, eyes are opened and don’t close again. But they are complex issues that don’t “spin”.in that brief time at the school drop-off.

  • Dan Flynn

    An epic struggle of biblical proportions you describe here Moses, very well written and I must say highly entertaining.
    It’s funny, many of us Lefties see Malcolm Turnbull as Darth Vader, the government as the Empire with Rupert Murdoch as the Emperor – although I’m sure you would rearrange the characters very differently.
    Who would be Han Solo and Luke Skywalker?

    • Deplorable Steve

      Bernadi and Christenson???

      • Dan Flynn

        Cory Bernadi does look a little like Han 🙂

    • Möwe

      I think Hillary would be Captain Phasma. The first ever woman to run for Storm Trooper. She was shiny, and something different, but ultimately a failure, especially when it mattered. Most likely she won’t be returning in the sequel.

      • Dan Flynn

        No argument there 🙂

  • Cuba Pete

    Very well written. And i absolutely agree. I find it insane that parents do not seem to understand or care that their children are being indoctrinated by the radical left. Back when the lid was blown off the whole Safe School nonsense I would’ve expected enraged to march down the streets with pitchforks. Instead there was the customary 3-day outrage then nothing! They’re using your children as pawns for Christ’s sake!! Your children!! What will it take for the goddam sheep to wake up???

    • Dan Flynn

      Just curious Pete, do you have children of school age? Your comments seem a little removed from the reality of how schools operate these days. Teachers are not a homogenous group of feminist lesbians who want to turn all the children gay. There is lots going on in schools, much of the curriculum is influenced by conservative views i.e. NAPLAN.

      • Cuba Pete

        Sorry friend. Must’ve been my imagination. You made me realise all is indeed well. Now can I get a hit of what you’re smoking?

        • Dan Flynn

          Sorry Pete, I only have enough for me 🙂

          • Cuba Pete

            It’s ok 🙁

      • entropy

        Nor are teachers robots who, as a group, have zero net political bias. “Not all!” does not disprove a generality.

        Also, I found your comment very patronising. You don’t have to have children to know about schools, care about schools, or have an interest in the state of our schools. A non-parent working in a school or education department would know more about schools than most parents would.

        • D. Flynn….blocked him long ago !

          • Reasonable Leftist

            Bucky, now you’re just teasing. If you want to ignore me then please ignore me. You can’t join a conversation I’m having just to say you’ve snubbed me! Cheers Dan

          • Bit of a troll to have multiple accounts for posting here, don’t you think ?
            No harm done if I give other posters here a heads up…..

          • Reasonable Leftist

            Heads up about what Bucky? That I got a little angry and posted something I shouldn’t have? I human after all and I’m probably not the only one who’s done it.
            I created this account just to apologise to Entropy, which he accepted and unblocked me. I would be grateful if you would do the same so we can continue discussions. I promise I’ll be nice.

          • Karen Dwyer

            And I’m very grateful for you mentioning the blocking facility previously, otherwise I wouldn’t know it existed.

        • Dan Flynn

          ‘A non-parent working in a school or education department would know more about schools than most parents would’

          I would agree with that.

          My comment relate to the fact that people often have pretty strong opinions about things they don’t necessarily know much about. Hence my question about school ages kids. If I came across as patronising it was unintended, I’m trying to understand whether Pete’s position is well informed or not. I think that is fair enough. If he tells me he works in education then I’ll open my ears to what he has to say happily.

          I know how much you dislike ideological statements and assertions that are not backed up, I’m similar.
          I have a lot to do with schools all over Melbourne and my experience of teachers is varied.

      • Karen Dwyer

        Cuban Pete didn’t say that teachers are a group of feminist lesbians who want to turn all the children gay. Not even words to that effect.

    • Sheeple are Sheeple. They cannot be woken up. They have no capacity to do so. They have been conditioned to be wage slave animals by Society.
      Most are unconscious and every day is Groundhog day.
      Will take a seismic shift to change humanity, nothing short of some sort of Armageddon.
      Kids have the odds stacked against them from birth.

    • Karen Dwyer

      You have possibly understated the grim reality.
      Otherwise, though, I entirely agree with you.

  • Möwe

    I’m a teacher who just spent three years doing the 3Rs in remote NT. It was really essential stuff, with little cultural Marxism, but some crept in. Our principal got back from a meeting of principals during the year, at which the topic of Safe Schools came up. It was in the news a lot at the time. It was voted down, the reason being that the principals have enough on their plates right now.

    There was some Left-wing material. Harmony Day is one example. It’s UN-originated and is exactly what you’d expect from them. I ignored it. We had no specific instructions about it. Bullying is another thing. Schools are obsessed with bullying. At first I didn’t pay much mind, because it seems like it is a good thing to get rid of bullying. But they talk about it so much, and have a lot of material about it, most of which originates from Canberra, so I got suspicious. Without going into much detail, it seems to be based on Marxism, not the Golden Rule (i.e. is concerned with the perceived disparity of power and privilege between groups or individuals.)

    The English syllabus had a fair bit on Stolen Generations. I ignored it and focused on the basics instead. C’mon, imagine a whitefella teaching a bunch of black kids that! No thank you. There was already enough anti-white sentiment among the kids; not a lot, but still far too much. One book I actually hid from the kids was called ‘Tell Me Why’, because it seemed like propaganda. Another is ‘Stolen Girl’ from the same publisher. In general I tried to avoid books that were about negative emotions, sadness, guilt and introspection, or books written by adults who think ‘kids ought to know about this important social issue!’. There are a few of those kind, but plenty more by proper authors who write fun, and well.

    I never laid eyes on The Gender Fairy, or the one about the kid with two mommies. I think I’d probably have stolen them and chucked them in the bin if I had. The kids were delighted when they found a poetry book that had a poem referring to sex in it, as you would expect. It was one of those books with a gold medal sticker on the front (Premier’s Literary Award or something — probably Dan Andrews!), and the cover was of some emo kid at a beach looking out at a sunset.

    Otherwise, we observed Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and had a pastor show up irregularly. Our principal was fairly scornful of know-it-alls trying to come up with new ideas every few years, especially if said know-it-alls get some kind of sweet distribution/training/publishing deal from the government. Meanwhile the government seems to me to be very interested in seeming busy and investing in new ideas, etc. (For example, did you know that Canberra just spent several million to teach foreign languages in pre-schools?) In particular our principal had little time for Gonski and NAPLAN. I kept apprised about schools in the rest of the country through Australian Teacher Magazine, which skews very left. (Once it had a fascinatingly poorly-written article by Anne Aly, the renowned specialist in eliminating terrorism, about what we teachers can do to stop radicalism). I will be working in a city school this year. I’m expecting the staff to be mostly Left, but really have no idea. C’est un crayon.

    • Thank you for the insider information. Very interesting.
      You sound like a fabulous Teacher !
      More power to you in your career and good luck in your city school assignment.
      Teaching is the most important job on the planet as far as I’m concerned.

    • Dan Flynn

      ‘Cultural Marxism’
      Since I’ve been on this forum this certainly is the most popular phrase I’ve read.
      Is this another name for ‘political correctness’? It seems like another buzz word for disapproval. It’s like a leftist calling a conservative ‘racist’ or ‘stupid’ just for holding alternative views. It’s unhelpful.

      ‘Schools are obsessed with bullying. At first I didn’t pay much mind, because it seems like it is a good thing to get rid of bullying. But they talk about it so much, and have a lot of material about it, most of which originates from Canberra, so I got suspicious. Without going into much detail, it seems to be based on Marxism, not the Golden Rule’

      I found this paragraph so intriguing Mowe. I think we can all agree that bullying is not cool. But you totally lose me when you start talking about becoming suspicious. Of what exactly? Some left wing academic from Canberra who talks too much? I just can’t understand why this would distract you (at least it appears to) from the basic point that bullying is bad.
      I think ‘right’ and ‘left’ can agree on some things and bullying is one of them.

      • Cultural Marxism is another term for the form of Marxism which spread in the West. In the East, Marxism-Leninism and Maoism focused on the application of the Marxist dialectic to economics and politics. In the West, this didn’t work. Capitalism and Christianity were too strong. Marxists therefore (including but not limited to the Frankfurt School, Antonio Gramsci, the British school of Cultural Studies and the New Left) applied the Marxist dialectic instead to culture, identity and race. This led to postcolonialism, third wave feminism, African-American studies and the other schools of thought which have popularised the application of critical theory to Western culture. That’s why we call it Cultural Marxism, and it’s why a lot of rightist thinkers these days focus on culture and identity. That’s where Marxism has embedded itself here.

      • Möwe

        Hi Dan,

        I got suspicious about the anti-bullying material for several reasons. First: they seemed to talk about it so much that it started to feel like ‘too much’. (By ‘they’ I mean administrators, head office, the Department, and the other Department in Canberra). Second: the focus seemed to be on a negative behaviour, and the victim, the passive and bad rather than the active and good. Not like The Karate Kid, where you stand up to the bully and grow as a human being; it’s more getting the bully to stop by giving him a name and shaming him, and breaking up invisible ‘power hierarchies’ in the school. Third: the way it was presented made it seem that the kids didn’t quite understand it fully or take it to heart. They could parrot the phrase ‘bullying, no way!’ for the teachers, but they didn’t seem to do anything differently.

        Fourth: every time I heard about Safe Schools, which was a lot last year, it was always said that it was an ‘anti-bullying programme’. But it isn’t, as its creator Roz Ward has admitted. This link of bullying to Safe Schools made it seem very on the nose. Fifth: the official definition of bullying is primarily about the misuse of power (see link below) rather than exactly why someone would misuse his power. This seems to mean that the source of bullying is unequal power relationships, rather than any particular neurosis. (This is exactly what the Respectful Relationships researchers took as an assumption.) This made me wonder if the powers that be were trying hard, if quietly and softly, to change kids’ mindsets to one that was based on power relations between people; i.e. a Marxist-based mindset.

        It’s all a bit different from the Golden Rule, which even our PM claims to be a fan of. I am against big kids pushing little kids around, but I’m suspicious of the Marxist angle.

      • Deplorable Steve

        ‘Cultural Marxist’ is not an insult, but a descriptor of a person’s beliefs. The usual jargon from the left are the tired attack words/insults like ‘racist’ or Xphobe or similar. I think you should understand that after more than 20 years of this attack jargon being applied to disbelievers, many are finally pissed off to the max…

      • Frank Greco

        Early Marxists adopted class warfare as their organizing principle. All events were to be interpreted with respect to the struggle between classes. They were confident, first, that the proletariat would not fight during WWI and, second, that the proletariat would rise up and over throw the class structure afterwards. They were wrong on both counts. One Marxist school of thought (Antonio Gramsci was one of the leaders) urged downplaying class warfare and identifying those aspects of a culture that trick the proletariat into not seeking the workers’ paradise. Once identified, those cultural institutions were to be undermined. This latter school is cultural marxism and it has done far more damage to our society than the violent revolutionaries. Cultural marxism is neither a buzz word nor merely political correctness. It is an organized attempt to destroy our culture from within.

    • Karen Dwyer

      You were in a fortunate position to be able to ignore it. In states like NSW and VIC you might well have found yourself unemployable.

      Always interesting to hear what is going on in the education “system”, both nationally and internationally. Thanks for the feedback from your part of the world.

      It will be interesting to read about the contrast (or otherwise) after you start in the city this year. (That could sound snarky, but it isn’t. Your first impressions and also continued perspective will be very insightful, I think).

      • Möwe

        Hi Karen, in answer to your question, one has to pay to renew ‘financial registration’ regularly. I think you can pay for one or two years, but my memory is failing me on this one. It’s a real racket. There should just be one national registration, at least.

        I must attempt to make a record of life in a city school. Where and when I could publish it I don’t know as yet.

        • Karen Dwyer

          Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

          I hadn’t been aware of “the racket” until recently. I then friends let me know they coughed up the $$ every year. It still makes me laugh that some parents think teachers get paid overtime for camps, sports, drama etc. As if.

          In amongst moving, new job, and just day-to-day living, I hope you manage to keep some sort of record of it all. Selfish wish on my part, because it would make fascinating reading. But also for yourself to look back on.

          • Möwe

            Hi Karen, I’ve started a blog. It’s mostly about Left-wing influences I’ve noticed since starting my job, but I may get tired of that and start writing about ‘normal’ things like lesson planning. See how it goes! It’s a public blog, but I’m very wary at the moment so may change the settings sometime down the line.


          • Karen Dwyer

            Pure Gold!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember my WordPress account details. Possibly just as well, as it’s late and each blog entry just raised so many thoughts and questions

            I’m THRILLED that you are giving this a go.

          • Karen Dwyer

            It is driving me crazy that I can’t leave comments at Seagull. Tried to post at “To sir with like”, but it rejects me.

          • Möwe

            I just went into blogger and changed the comment settings. It should work now.

  • Karen Dwyer

    Writing is like any other skill that can be honed with practice. But you also have,an intrinsic gift, I think.

  • Starr Renee Gotzen

    Great Article Moses, and I could not agree more. Our education system is failing to educate. Instead of teaching them ‘how to think’ they are teaching them ‘what to think’.

  • Warty2

    You speak of unraveling the neo Marxist influences, no their strangle-hold of our education system and one would have to agree. The sentiments are praiseworthy, but the practicalities are something else again. Get rid of the average IQ teachers, well yes, but with impediments like the various teachers unions, it means getting rid of the unions that render getting rid of the substandard teachers well nigh impossible.

    But then, one has to look at the universities that train these students and there is a hell of a lot of culling that needs to take place there too, but how does one practically do it without implementing a Nazi style purge. Well yes, a purge is overdue, but how does one achieve this democratically? Or is such a suggestion itself part of the problem? Does one require a dictatorship in order to cut through the Gordian: a simple cut of the sword? But is that what the adage implies? The cutting of the hitherto unsolvable problem with the single slash of the sword representing the decisiveness of a dictatorship? No quibbling, no arguing the toss, but simply to do or die?

    Personally I find myself in two minds about all this. On the one hand I can’t see mere debate as a means for undoing the damage already done. On the other hand I know I wouldn’t want to be dictated to, so I have to do unto others what I’d want done to me; not that I like what is being done to me as it is.

    So share your additional thoughts on this, Moses, better still give us a few ‘further reading’ references, so that we can luxuriate in the source of some of your thinking, and I mean this sincerely, no cutting sarcasm here.

    • Hmm, someone should write a book about that…

      In my view, get rid of credentials. Make teaching a subject matter test – you pass the test, you teach. No centrally co-ordinated curriculum (I’m doing a PhD in that – trust me, it’s just a tool of centralised control) and instead we copy something like the old Confucian system of exams for whatever profession you might want to enter. Of course, we would have to purge with violence the universities so the people writing the exams are hard-headed and not Marxists.

      Also, get rid of systemic schooling (the State, Catholic and Independent sectors). Abolish public education, of course. Put control of schools back in the hands of each local set of families. Of course that will mean that wealthy areas create Etons and bogan areas create zoos (if anything), but is that really a problem? Equality is much over-rated, in my opinion.

      You probably would need a dictator to create such change I guess, or a collapse of socialism due to government inability to borrow money anymore. In my view, we’re closer to that point than most people think. Then again, I’ve thought that for years and been wrong the whole time, so maybe I’m wrong.

      • Warty2

        OK, let’s get rid of your last sentence, because you don’t actually believe you’re wrong (smacks of giving in too easily).
        There is one aspect one can deal with, and that is your feeling that we are closer to ‘a collapse of socialism due to government inability to borrow money anymore’. Unfortunately you may be looking long-term there.
        Your suggestions are not at all unreasonable, rather impractical, unless we do indeed have a thorough-going ‘conservative revolution’ as the Australian Cory Bernardi suggests, but neither he nor you have come up with actual, practical steps to achieve such a thing, and they are not evident in the changes you have suggested in your response above.
        I don’t know the details of it, but I believe Poland is undergoing the sort of purge of their bureaucracy, perhaps their education system that might come in for a purge too, I don’t know, but Australia and America have such strong democratic traditions that this may not be achieved here. Indeed Plato’s recommendations in his Republic would seem too far fetched for essentially liberal minded people as to be well nigh impossible.
        So, after your years of thinking, let’s here some more practical solutions, rather than a wish list (with genuine due respect).
        P.s. I know what I feel, and it is not divorced from your own sentiments, it’s just that I don’t see any solutions as yet.

        • Deplorable Steve

          I’m going to go with violent overthrow Warty. I am not a violent person myself but the entrenched Marxists are not going to go peacefully. How such an overthrow happens, I don’t know, but it must come from a groundswell of discontent from many conservatives who are tired of being the Marxists’ punching bag for so long…

          • Warty2

            Yeah, you see there is a problem here. As you say, you are not a violent person, nor am I for that matter, but to purge the system to the degree Moses suggests would require a ‘violent overthrow’ with all that that involves. We can’t expect proxies to do it for us, but how do you debarnacle a boat? You have to use corrosive chemicals and a bit of scraping.
            Personally, I’d prefer a middle way, but can’t see how to achieve it.