Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Ruling Ideas

As Karl Marx observed, "The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas."

Speaking of which:

He peered out through his glasses sat snugly above his mustache to the small classroom at Strafford Junior High School. In a serious tone, Mr. Bill Jeffries asked, “People, do you know why Papa Smurf wears a red hat?” Some of the class smiled, some rolled their eyes, and some remained asleep. In seventh grade, the smurfs are a little above you, but he was about to make a brilliant comparison that most seventh graders would understand.

Clint Maples had a sarcastic wit about him. “Because he’s a communist!” I know he said it jokingly or may be not, but Mr. Jeffries exclaimed at an even more exciting tone, “That’s exactly right Mr. Maples. He’s a communist.” Mr. Jeffries went on to explain how the little smurf village resembled the vision that Karl Marx laid out. As an adult, I don’t think I had a better teacher for the rest of my years at Strafford. Mr. Jeffries landed a job at Parkview High School the next year, which was a loss for Strafford.
No doubt. But maybe Parkview was an unrelenting snake pit of Marxism-Smurfism, and stood in greater need of Mr. Jeffries' services. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!

Assuming that Mr. Bill Jeffries hasn't put the dull care of this world behind him, in order to tend to his own inviolable acre of Heaven, I'm sure he'd be glad to know that he's made a convert of my fellow Atriot Jay C.
Yes! The red hat!

And the communal society of shirtless dwarves with only one female!

It might as well be called "The Dialectic Hour With Generalissimo Smurf."


chris said...

A little warning next time please! That WFA site is toxic.

Phila said...

I thought the quote would've been warning enough for anyone....

xan said...

Great Friday as always...btw that Oregon wilderness preservation piece sounds like a localized version of a much larger story. The summary--itself shorter than this monumental act deserves--in the NPS Morning Report of Apr. 2 has more detail (dropdown box in upper right, but it only goes back 5 days):

On March 30th, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. His signature on this law was the culmination of two years of hard work with Congress on numerous bills important to the National Park Service.


Among the significant achievements of this law is the designation of more than two million acres of wilderness across nine states – more than has been designated over the last eight years combined. Five parks – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Joshua Tree National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Zion National Park – join several Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management areas in achieving this important land protection.

In the coming years, the National Park System will be expanded with the official creation of three new units when acquisition or donation of land is completed.