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John Taylor Gatto – The “hardcore activist” mistake

Reminds me of this odd detail from John Taylor Gatto, who I respect a ton…I think hardcore activists just get fatigued and frustrated into mistakes like this:

source: Bionomics, By John Taylor Gatto
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/2k.htm

Thirty-five years later, Kennedy’s lofty Romanized rhetoric and metaphor were replaced by the tough-talking wise guy idiom of Time, instructing its readers in a 1996 cover story that “Democracy is in the worst interest of national goals.” As Time reporters put it, “The modern world is too complex to allow the man or woman in the street to interfere in its management.” Democracy was deemed a system for losers.

As Time reporters put it, “The modern world is too complex to allow the man or woman in the street to interfere in its management.”

That’s some great copy so I wanted to get the rest of the citation so I could use it for my own project…

Let’s dig.

Time Magazine. January 23, 1995.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601950123,00.html

There’s actually THREE cover articles….so the article in question is either “Hyperdemocracy” or….
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,982257,00.html

…”Look Who’s Talking” about the rise of conservative talk radio or…
http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,982262,00.html

…”The Mind of Gingrich’s Gurus” which is quite an interesting piece in it’s own right.
http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,982259,00.html

However, that quote appears nowhere in any of those three articles. Upon a google search, it does show up in an earlier article by….by John Taylor Gatto….

source: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONAL SOCIALIZATION OF CHILDREN, by John Taylor Gatto
http://www.spinninglobe.net/natsockids.htm

In January of 1995 Time magazine ran a cover story ostensibly to protest the unwarranted reach talk show hosts have into the public mind. Under that surface argument a revealing sub-text played which I can paraphrase as this. “Too much democracy is in the worst interests of our national goals: the world is too complex to allow common people to shape the decisions of management”.

It would definitely appear that Gatto is attributing his own words to Time reporters and that’s some bullshit, no matter how much I respect the guy.

Link Credit Justin Boland/Wombaticus Rex

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