If you have little kids in government school, or progressive private schools, perhaps you'll want to watch this 20 minute long video, Story of Stuff, on YouTube so you can prepare yourself for the onslaught of self-hatred and victimization your kids will come home feeling after they watch as part of their “education”.
The New York Times reports "Story of Stuff" is the next big thing in environmentalist propaganda in the classroom. Of course, they don't report it that way; the Times actually calls it "cheerful" as its simple drawings and friendly presenter are accessible to even the very young. I don't think that the shaking, desolate line-drawn individuals standing on their little piece of destroyed earth – who have no alternative but to work in nasty factories and poison their own babies through their toxic breast milk because you had to have an iPod – is "cheerful" even if the presenter refers to it in scare quotes as the "beauty” of the system.
In laying out the materials economy system (a phrase I found only in conjunction with capital “E” earth and “green” sites) in simple terms, the presenter successfully alarms the viewer about the catastrophic side-effects of that system which are ignored by our insatiable consumerism. Furthermore, while instilling the idea that we are victims of the “golden arrow” conspiracy between the government and the corporations designed to make us feel bad about ourselves in order to perpetuate unbridled consumerism, we are warned that we don’t feel badly enough about our unintentional poisoning of babies, killing of animals, and eventual annihilation of our planet.
That is a whole lot of stuff.
Very few adults will question how exactly the iconic big fat corporation can force people to work for them and to buy their goods, but might gloss over this suggestion as a fact. Even fewer, I’m afraid, will recognize that it would have been appropriate to represent the government as a tank, not as a criticism against the supposed disproportionate military spending of our government as the presenter implies, but because the only contribution the government can offer to any problem is to act as a vehicle of force.
Presentations like this actually seek to negate the government's only proper function as protector of the rights of individuals to act in their own best interests; instead, they support forced, collective behavior modification in order to keep men in line with the man-hating world view of the religion of environmentalism. Whatever valid points may have been contained in the video (i.e. legitimate rights violations) are lost in a sea of blind devotion to Mother Earth and the mistaken idea that government is supposed to “take care of us”.
If adults can't see through the presenter's pleasant demeanor to discern her destructive ideology, children certainly won't be able to defend themselves against these bad ideas. At the very least, each will harbor a big scarlet "C" for the shame of his consumerism.
My child’s education is not a social experiment for the apologists of modern technology. No one’s should be. Be on the lookout: the comprachicos are alive and may very well inhabit a grade school near you.