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This is at the heart and soul of the left’s focus on education. If you control the programming, the culture, the way kids think, then you end up controlling everything.
Cancer cells don’t kill people. The programming of the cells, that which makes them cancerous, is what kills people. Similarly, we don’t fear someone because they have arms or knives or a hoodie. We fear them ultimately because we fear their programming: intentions and choices make a person harmless or dangerous.
I was thinking of this similarly with respect to Sun-Tzu. The point of strategy is not to defeat the enemy: it is to defeat the enemy’s strategy: this can be done in any number of ways, only some of which involve actual armed conflict. Discouraging the enemy is what usually leads to the decisive victory.
The only way we win is to change the programming. Ignore the red capes being waved in front of our faces; they are only there to confuse and misdirect.Published in