Kiwi Polemicist

September 20, 2008

Helen’s latest brain seizure: compulsory training to age 17

Helen Clark, a.k.a the White Witch, has decreed that by 2014 everyone under the age of 18 must be in training. The utter, unabashed arrogance of this defies description. The State will rule the lives of children from their 6th birthday to their 18th birthday.

Who gave Helen the right to tell people what to do with their lives? It is the job of parents, not the State, to decide when children leave school: anything else is a breach of civil liberties and symptomatic of a tyrannical nanny state.

This is based on the erroneous assumption that people need qualifications to get ahead in life. Qualifications certainly help in this age of excessive focus on such things, but what is really needed is hard work, honesty, and fiscal common sense, none of which is taught by the State education system. Consider Peter Leitch/The Mad Butcher: he left school in the fourth form and now he is seriously wealthy because he has worked hard and utilised his natural talents. He did his apprenticeship in the days when there was no book work, rather the apprentices just started with scut work and learned on the job. How would Peter have fared under Helen’s oppressive regime? Peter doesn’t know his entire alphabet so book work as modern apprenticeships require would have been out for him, he would have flunked all the compulsory training, and he would most likely still be digging graves or be on the dole. In other words, he would be much, much poorer because of a Marxist regime of compulsory education.

Now, if your brain is in gear you’ll be thinking “What is Marxist about this?”. Well, Helen says that it’s about giving people skills to get out of low-skilled work (why not just let these people fill that niche?), but that is just the false advertising for a policy that is straight from the Communist Manifesto.

The Communist Manifesto lists ten steps for the transition from a capitalist society to a communist one. Step ten is: “Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.” Let’s have a closer look at this:

a) “Free education for all children in public schools”: it’s not free because someone pays for it, but this is what we’ve got.

b) “Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form”. The background to this is that Marx believed that the capitalist pigs were oppressing the workers:

Modern Industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrial capitalist. Masses of laborers, crowded into the factory, are organized like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army, they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois state; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the overlooker, and, above all, by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself. The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.

Labour believes that by giving teenagers more skills they can overcome the oppression of the capitalist pigs. As Chris Carter (Minister of Education, former school principal and homosexual pervert) said when he removed school leaving exemptions for 15-year-olds:

“The problem has been that teenagers leave school at 15 and become unemployed and end up on the street or go into a low-skilled job and remain there for life,” he said.

“These measures will serve to strengthen the education system for all students and give them the opportunity to realise their full potential.”

Which is the Arrogant Marxist code for “We don’t want dumb teenagers being oppressed by capitalist pigs”. Peter Leitch was a dumb teenager who turned into a dumb capitalist pig*, so clearly the Marxist belief that dumb equals oppressed is a load of cobblers. What makes the difference between dumb-and-poor and dumb-and-rich is, as I said earlier, hard work, honesty, and fiscal common sense.

The Communist Manifesto says that when a State becomes communist all class distinctions will disappear (another lie), and Labour is trying to remove class distinctions by forcibly educating teenagers in the vain hope that their station in life will be elevated. In other words, Labour is trying to make everyone equal instead of letting them find their own place in the scheme of things.

c) “Combination of education with industrial production”. That’s exactly what this scheme is, as described in Stuff: “Students leaving school would have to either go into other training, or if they took up a job would have to do that in conjunction with an apprenticeship or qualification.”

Once again Helen is true to her Marxist dogma and clearly she has no regard for the opinions of those who want to leave school as soon as possible and get a job. She knows best, so why would she care about the opinions of others?


*no disrespect intended (I actually admire some of what he has done): he may be dumb in a scholarly sense, but he is clearly very clever in a practical sense. Modern educationalists arrogantly believe that everyone should have certificates, forgetting about people like Peter that are great with their hands and lost with books. The modern educational system no longer teaches practical skills without book work, so people like Peter are left dumb in both a scholarly and a practical sense. In other words, they are almost unemployable. The old trade schools and apprenticeships served people like Peter well.



  1. Well written as usual! It is interesting to see how this stuff that we know is wrong practically, also ties back into communism.

    Comment by Mr Dennis — September 20, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  2. Thank you. You will find that a great many governmental policies are directly from Communism/Marxism.

    Comment by kiwipolemicist — September 20, 2008 @ 10:33 am

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