Monday, August 22, 2011

Part of my brainwashing in school

I was forced to read this piece of shit The Jungle (by Upton Sinclair) in school, were you?  Oh yes, I recall the discussion in class and how we "learned" (as a result of this book) unions and the government are responsible for cleaning up the workplaces in America ... and how evil the profiteering business owners were.

Here's a pic of the schmuck, Upton Sinclair.  He also wrote a book called "King Coal."  Gee, I wonder what he has to say about evil coal.  Are you starting to draw any conclusions yet ... see any patterns here?

In the 1920s the Sinclairs moved to Monrovia, California, near Los Angeles, where Upton founded the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wanting to pursue politics, he twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Socialist ticket: in 1920 for the House of Representatives and in 1922 for the Senate. During this period, Sinclair was also active in radical politics in Los Angeles.

Here's one of his quotes:

From Wikipedia: Of his California gubernatorial bid, Sinclair remarked in 1951:
"The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.

Well, I guess my "teacher" just wasn't aware of this, right? I wonder if the school board was aware. Baaaaaa, bleat.


WOMBAT said...

Something tells me that if you're going to trust someone named Upton Sinclair to do anything about ending poverty, you have shit for brains.

nitwit/scot said...

Yeah. We were supposed to read it. Never did. Tried to feed us some dumbass story about when Teddy Roosevelt read it it made him throw up because it was so graphic. Made me throw up because it was so fucking boring.

"Lord of the Flies". Now that was a good fucking book. I liked it so much I went out and bought what I thought was the sequel. A book called "Lord of the Rings". Man was I in for a big disappointment.

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