Guest lecture by Byron Crape, PhD, from the College of Public Policy. Discussion on Freire and education in war zones and within and beyond academia. 26 more words
United States are a feudal society. There is little social mobility. Rich families can afford to send their kids to private schools, while everybody else has to rely on underfunded, low-quality public schools. This means that even people who may have the ability to do something, to climb social ladder, do not get to do so because they do not get the education. Starting conditions are inequal, and rich get all the advantages. This leads to social stratification and setup not dissimilar to social classes of feudalism - peasant could and can become a noble, but it happens extremely rarely. And because of this stratification, it is impossible for democracy to develop and function. Bush and Clinton dynasties are just some of the dynastic families that have huge influence in US economy and politics - Samuel Prescott Bush established the family fortune in 1908, and the family became politically prominent in 1918. His son, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was a friend of Nelson Rockefeller and financed Adolph Hitler. The Mellon family an Irish immigrant family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are known for the Bank of New York Mellon, Chevron, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), and New York Shipbuilding, among a number of other companies. The Murdoch family are media moguls, starting from early 1900s. The Rockefellers are a banking and industry superpower from 1870, when John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil. The Koch family are another oil-based dynasty, but with a shorter history, starting in early-to-mid 20th century. The Sulzberger family controls The New York Times at least since mid-1900s. The Kennedy family has been in US politics since late 1900s. These are just the most prominent examples, but such social immobility is normal for the US society as a whole, because rich get all the advantages in the start. It is these families that started the Iraqi War, which in turn indirectly caused the ongoing islamic invasion of Europe. Why? Because they - all of them - own businesses (oil and weapons) which directly profited from the war. Thus conspiracies are born, since the very rich elite comprised of very few people has both the ability and the opportunity to conspire behind the backs of the publica, and Res Publici thus becomes Res Secreti.