We never had kids, and I grew up in the eighties when capitalism reigned. My immediate family has also always been extremely distrusting of the government and the world. As far back as the late seventies and early eighties my mom regularly announced homosexuals do not want equal rights, they want special rights. Mom knew what she was talking about, yeah?
So, how do you all think young people these days have been so completely compelled to actually believe the government is benign?? I know it happened in school, but how? I can’t conceive of believing that way.
I‘d love to ask this on the men’s forum too. I’ll search around for any discussion on the subject.
As someone who was home-schooled their entire life, and then received formal, higher education while pursuing a career in the military, I learned a lot of things about the world that I didn't previously know.
A lot of people tout that the government is corrupt, and they're right -- but so is everything else that involves human beings, because a lot of human beings are selfish, and will prefer to do things in their own best interest. However, that doesn't mean that those same human beings are evil (in the sense of being selfish even at
the expense of others' wellbeing). Now perhaps a lot of those selfish people are, but there are always outliers in nature. Regardless, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the government has corrupt people in it. The whole point of a good government is one that is structured in a way that helps mitigate or reduce human corruption, not one that doesn't have any, because that simply doesn't exist.
Most people want special rights, no matter who they are. There is no "agenda" in the sense that one group has one and another one doesn't, regardless of which group has the most influence, the most resources, or is currently the most trendy. For instance, there's a reason why curriculum for public education doesn't include how to build one's wealth in modern society, because wealthy people are not as good taxpayers as those who aren't. Therefore, it's reasoned by those currently in governmental offices that it wouldn't be in the government's best interest to finance the education of those skills for its citizens.
When it comes to indoctrination, this is a term that requires a lot of unboxing because it carries very different meanings for different people. Indoctrination
implies the direct practice of social, cognitive coercion, and/or committed by one in authority over another. Would leaving some education out for a student who is still maturing cognitively count as indoctrination? Maybe, or maybe not. What about encouraging practices that are in contradiction to one's religious beliefs, versus simply the acceptance and fair treatment of others that differ in those beliefs? Yes, most likely. The thing is, if one doesn't like the curriculum being used for public education, or even some private education, one can homeschool using a variety of methods and resources that are available today. A good government (federally and/or locally) allows the option.
Overall, here's the thing: a lot of people who think that corruption doesn't exist, whether that's in a nation's government or in the wider world in general, are simply young and/or have not yet experienced the world. It may be that those kinds of people, because of their youth, may simply be like this because of their youth/inexperience, and not because of the education that they receive. Much like a lot of people on this forum that had public education, or were homeschooled, in their youth, right?