The Schools Will Burn

Long story, but pertinent: 

Many years ago, when I was maybe 26, there was a year when I thought I was a musician, or at least, could be. (Had not yet discovered how remarkably little musical talent I have. I just like music a lot. Not the same thing.) So I took some classes at U. of New Mexico, holed up in a cheap  converted garage where I could make noise without bothering anyone, and did odd jobs to pay for my artistic poverty lifestyle. 

One job I took was as a checker at a giant liquor store, the brainchild of a 2nd generation Greek American dude, years before Beverages and More had standardized the concept. Back then, liquor stores were still largely semi-seedy little shops, even out in the ‘burbs. This store in Albuquerque was huge, with an acre of parking. Ahead of its time. (3) 

When I showed up for work on the first day, I was issued a holster with a .38 in it. During my brief job interview, this requirement had somehow not gotten brought up. But the job paid well – $5/hr, which in New Mexico in the mid 1980’s was actually pretty good – so I rolled with it. (Had some cop friends and my gunny VW mechanic friend show me how to use it. I was ready to be a regular Doc Holliday to miscreants within 10-15 feet of me.)  

After closing, the boss would open a bottle of good wine and we’d hang for a bit. So I asked him what was up with the guns. He told me the story: 

As a giant liquor store, they would get robbed once in a while. Price of doing business, he hated it but took no extraordinary steps. Then a few years ago, a truly sick and evil person robbed them at gunpoint, rounding up all the staff and customers and sticking them in a back room. He wasn’t content with taking the money, but proceeded to bully and threaten the terrified victims. At one point, he started in picking people he said he was going to kill. 

My boss said he watched for a moment while all the other people just continued to follow the madman’s orders, even though he said was going to kill them. So he decided to push back, to argue, to engage the guy as an equal. So he managed to delay things, even managed to slip away to where he had a rifle hidden, get it, but the spell was broken, I guess, because the guy left, once his sadism stopped paying off. My boss said he was absolutely going to kill him, if he got a clean shot. But he didn’t. 

After that experience, the boss decided that death in a firefight was to be much prefered to that experience, so he bought a bunch of holsters and Saturday Night Specials, and made sure that the first thing anyone saw when coming the front door were armed men. Holsters on the right, visible from the only entrance.

Not surprisingly, there had been only a couple attempts at robbery since he implemented the policy. He fired one guy, and ex-Marine, who drew his gun on a gun-wielding robber who stepped through the door, but didn’t kill him. Anybody walking into his store with gun drawn, dies. Not up for debate. 

I left New Mexico for California shortly afterwards, tired of poverty artistic or otherwise, and wanting to get on with my life and get married, and never spoke to the man again. The one thing he said that stuck: the people held at gunpoint, being told that they were going to die, STILL DID WHAT THEY WERE TOLD TO DO. 

We are so well schooled, so well trained, that 95% of us will march straight into the abattoir when somebody in authority points and tells us to. Even if it’s an obvious madman. Even if we know its an abattoir. 

The schools will burn. It’s just a matter of of who does the burning, and had bad the collateral damage is.  

  1. See: When Prophecy Fails. Oldy but goodie. Wow, looks like I never reviewed this book. In summary, ignoring all the armchair theorizing and focusing on the more concrete observations, when people fall under the spell of a prophet, they are undeterred when a particular prophecy fails. Instead, they tend to double down, demonize their critics, and  circle the wagons. Those who criticize us are evil! If only we stay the course, all shall be well! This time, for sure. Sound familiar?  
  2. I hope you don’t think I’m kidding or exaggerating here. Marriage must be destroyed precisely because most women (and most men, but it’s usually framed up with women as the oppressed) are happiest in a good marriage. Family, church and village must be destroyed for the same reason. Happy people don’t want to wantonly destroy everything – and wanton destruction IS THE GOAL. Only then will the flying unicorns of Marxism fart out the Worker’s Paradise upon the Elect in a totally not religious manner. At. All. 
  3. Got to meet the Coors brothers, sons of the founder, who had come down from Colorado with a huge beer delivery. Seems our store was one of their very biggest customers, so they sometimes dropped by. They helped us unload and restock the floor.  Seemed like nice guys.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

23 thoughts on “The Schools Will Burn”

    1. Oh, man. The dude has extreme recency bias – shows extreme interest in the particulars of what’s happening now, while being typically dismissive of stuff that happened in the past.

      1. I haven’t read the book, so the book may perhaps be as bad as all that. It seems plausible to me that the book has the typical modern issue of looming back 2 decades instead of the real origins of education.

      2. Education realist dismisses all concerns of people who perhaps think having the state in charge of education is a question. He starts from the Assumption – true, if understood correctly – that everybody wants education, and that Americans have always wanted education, to mean that no one ever had any questions about having the state in charge of education until they screwed it up 20 to 50 years ago. He gets lost in the minutia of studies and polls, and only has a vague appreciation of the problems with studies and polls. For example, he objects to some pew polls because of errors in the selection methodology, but does not recognize the fundamental skew and mindless scientific pretensions of Pew polls in general.

        In my car. More later.

  1. All right, so a pertinent story:

    It is very hard to fathom the corruption in all levels of society. I am looking for a job in the corporate world…sort of kind of. I’ll explain.

    I have been told to delete my Twitter entirely. Why? Do I post controversial things?

    No. I avoid it. But:

    Every now and then in the middle of a longer convo I may slip in a comment that defies the current year narrative, meaning some crazy SJW in HR will not decide to hire me.

    As I was told, if you want a job in the corporate world, you have two options: Principles or job. If you’re a conservative, you have to lie. Have to. There are no exceptions in large companies, none. Clap for diversity day or you’re fired, period.

    I avoid talking about my private life so will not specify the person telling me this, but he is a conservative who makes six digits at Polo Ralph Lauren, and he flat out told me that if I want to get out of a crappy retail job, I need to sacrifice my principles.

    Hold on, I’m getting there, I promise.

    I can’t do it. I couldn’t do it. So against all advice and common sense, I’m not doing it. I’m going online for a Biblical and Educational Studies degree at Liberty University. This qualifies me to teach in Christian schools and Christian schools only, where I WILL make peanuts. Everyone is telling me not to do it. But I don’t see any way out of it, not if I want to call myself a Christian.

    I’m not trying to make myself out a martyr here, truly. I simply don’t have the willpower to hold onto these 2 contradictory ideas. I sympathize greatly with the people who feel they have to do it. That sucks. Right now I work on Sundays. That sucks too.

    In the meantime Twitter is down. Gotta fund that online school, after all.

    Back to your point. Sorry for the autobiography.

    I was originally an education major (English; insert Avenue Q song here). I dropped out because I believe in none of it. It’s all crap. Every single person in that major and all of my teachers really and truly and honest to God meant well, meant so well, and I quit. I observed at a bottom 30 school in the country. Rapes in the basement shooting out the back door. Guess what? My teacher wasn’t bad! None of the teachers we observed with were bad!

    *What does that tell you?*


    And if I wanted a job in the public school system, guess what? I’d have to lie. Every day. All the time. Just like the corporate world. Shut down that Twitter account too. So all I can do is look for Christian and certain select – because believe me, I know their issues too – Catholic schools, and try to get in there making pennies on the dollar.

    I only use this blog because I don’t use my name. Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to find, of course. I just don’t want t to be the first thing up on Google.

    Alas, it may all be pointless anyway. I did publish Vox Day, after all.

    The moral of this little novel:

    Get woke OR go broke.

    1. Very rough. My sympathies. I’m old, and spent the last 21 years working for a Mormon dude whose own political views were anathema to probably all but a couple people in the company. If any of the other people had run it, I’d probably have been fired a long time ago.

      So, on the one hand, yikes, I’m looking for a job now, and the SJW heads would explode if they surfed the web for me. I didn’t know it was so bad. On the other, having worked at a gigantic corporation – one of the subsidiaries of Textron – down to a being the 8th guy at my last job. I’ll say this: in my experience, more opportunity and less hassles the smaller the company.

      So I’ll need to go small or go home. Never really understood the appeal of big companies for employees. Sure, they often pay more and have better benefits – but that’s because they have to, or the good people would go work someplace else.

      1. It’s all rather interesting. The boomer position is that I’m making a mistake, and I think people see an element here of me accepting poverty to try and accomplish my dream.

        But that isn’t really what’s going on here. This is about going where I believe God wants me. It certainly isn’t my dream, but those are overrated anyway.

      2. I really don’t know what I’ll do when I get my degree… (after ten years of passing every class but failing at accomplishing any actual credentials–thanks, chronic health problems.)

        I work at a big box store, and I hate the need to do the whole “conform to our insanity” ridiculousness… but I honestly don’t even know if there are any other options, based on where I live. I live in one of the Crazy Zones in the Pacific Northwest… I don’t think even the Christians around here are very much improved over everyone else, and the schools are mostly impossible.

        I don’t want to make a lot of money. I just want to be able to make enough to support my family… and I don’t know how that’ll be possible, once my mother passes away and we cannot rent from her anymore. Rents are impossible, homelessness is high, house prices are through the roof (thanks, Californians), and thanks to my health problems I can’t drive. Let’s just ignore the fact that I despise Marxism and liberalism, and can’t make obeisance to the right gods to get in well with the elites I went to high school with…

      3. Oh, we plan on moving as soon as my mother is in her grave–we’d go sooner, but I’m an only child, and there would be no one to take care of her if we left now. But where? Everywhere seems pretty awful. We are considering Texas, but even there it is under threat from the Californian exodus and the major cities. I just struggle not to give up hope of anything better.

      4. Basically anywhere is better than CA. Remember, you are simply looking for a place with an opportunity to be a Christian, nothing more. Where I live is very leftist, but there are Christian schools that still preach the Gospel, and that’s what I’m focusing on.

        Nothing is ideal, of course.

      5. I really do want to emphasize I am no martyr here. People doing what I have to I greatly sympathize with, and in different circumstances it could easily be me. No judgment here.

      6. I am not in California, thank goodness. I don’t know how Mr. Moore survives it. I just live next to California, in a state inundated by Californians leaving their home state.

        Not a problem, I understand. It just genuinely puzzles me what to do. My mother might be willing to leave, eventually, and that is my firm desire. I just don’t know if I can find what my family needs in someplace like Texas.

        If I get the chance to move, it’ll be chasing a hope and a prayer, because I don’t see anywhere I would call secure culturally or economically. The cultural Marxism rot is everywhere thanks to the schools. “Tear down these schools,” Reagan should have said, because they are instruments of Communist oppression every bit as much as the Berlin Wall and the Eastern Bloc were.

      7. Look closely. Again, I live in a leftist state. But there are at least five or so Christian schools within a couple hours drive from me.

        Few? Yes. But they’re there. Nobody said it would be easy!

  2. Joseph,

    Another factor to take into account are the teaching orders. Where I’m from the teachers have their own self regulating authority. As much as I’m leery, I think the govt needs to curtail some of the sweeping powers. Specifically the credential powers because the teacher orders abuse this and act like the old guilds with their entry barriers.
    My own biased view is for the teaching authority to being nothing more than a meeting place for best practices, advice and limited creditenial powers- it shouldn’t be just up to them; the schools and the neighbours should have much more say. So a person who’s a really good teacher and well respected by the parents, teachers, students and neighbours but doesn’t have the license should still get to teach.

      1. Malcom,

        Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a succint concept: fractal localism
        I really like the name. Gives us a lot on how to organize life

  3. There are no options without huge collateral damage, I don’t think. Now it is just about ending the mess without ending up in a nuclear civil war, as far as I can tell. But, hey, I’m a pessimist at heart, even if I do intellectually know Christ and His Church win in the end.

    1. I fear that the deaths of millions through abortion cries to heaven for vengeance, and that nuclear holocaust would be simple justice. All the other evils of our time, great as they are, pale by comparison. But I hope and pray for mercy.

      1. It would be, especially when you consider how many have been killed across the whole globe… And a lot of those were subsidized with laundered US taxpayer funds, funneled through cut-out agencies until the likes of China gets money for forced abortions. How is that defensible?

        I honestly don’t understand the continued patriotism some people have remaining for the United States… It is all I can do not to pray for a fast end to it, after all it has done through murder-rights (or should I say ‘rites’) activism. As it is, I pray for Christ’s Second Coming, so righteousness can finally reign again in the world.

  4. I look forward to your posts on Rules for Radicals when you get around to it. Here your interpretation of Alinsky is the opposite of what he meant. He was saying that you should always have a plan and a next step, and always be ready to articulate them. If you don’t have solutions, he says, you don’t even have issues; you just have a bad scene.

    One thing is that will make it interesting is that Alinsky was on the level when he said that he wasn’t a Marxist. He emphatically rejected any belief that “History” is moving in any direction, toward any goal, and that’s a key part of Marxism. Part of his reason for for writing Rules for Radicals was that he saw how prevalent this foolish belief in “History” was among leftists, and he saw it leading them to choose counterproductive tactics and strategies.

    The first couple of chapters of Rules for Radicals can be especially frustrating because he is disingenuous and self-contradictory and it’s not always clear when he is just slinging BS at you as he encourages you to do. But it is a worthwhile read because it outlines a set of fairly effective strategies for destroying existing institutions and taking power in a fairly free but flawed society where the rule of law is respected but not perfect. For people like me who think that that’s about the best you can hope for and something to be protected, and that the endpoint of Alinksy’s tactics is not a freer and more just society but rather a tyranny, it raises some serious questions.

    What stabilizes a free republic against Alinsky’s tactics? We can ask about the compelling rational arguments against them, what kinds of political institutions are more and less robust against them, what kinds of background commitments and assumptions among the citizens protect against them, etc. This stuff is worth thinking about, or I think so, anyway.

    1. Thanks. Just the little I’ve come across so far (haven’t started the book yet) confirms what you’ve said about the first few chapters – that you can’t tell when or if he’s sincere. One thing I read once was how he mocked a college student who was squeamish about lying, and told him that if you were not willing to do what needs to be done, you were not a true radical. This seems consistent, but also raises the very serious question: how could anyone ever tell if Alinsky were telling the truth, when he claims that the standard is to do and say whatever it takes? Thus, I don’t believe him when he says he’s not a communist – because that’s exactly what he’d say if he were one, since it doesn’t help him get what he wants. I don’t trust what he says about goals, because he will say whatever he thinks will best motivate people to do what he wants. He’s in a Kafka trap of his own design!

      But, I have not yet read him (got a couple book working first). All judgements are very tentative at this time.

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