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Why Middle Class Education only Serves the Elite by Controlling the Poor…

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After blogging several days, and posts, over at Cold,Hard.Fact$ and coming to understand just how manipulative, domineering, dishonest, cruel, arrogant, racist, sexist, and incredibly — we’d call it sociopathic, plus some — a certain sickly young man from 19th century England was, and HOW he went about setting up plans for racial domination — for starters — the planet;  how utterly contrary this is to things we are taught to value, abide by, and respect — like honesty, compassion, truth, and upholding (versus breaking) contracts — the things that our legal system says (at least nominally) it, too, believes we should abide by . . . . it definitely shed light on the questions framed in this blog.

Other than being aghast, shocked, and sickened, there’s also a degree of “aha!” synthesis which makes sense of the insensible topic of — for example, this blog.   Why has the entire country (US Population) enabled the setup of a family court system which transfers wealth from them to grant designed to incentivize conflict, eventually getting some people (including kids, bystanders) at times killed, and still characterizing criminal behavior as “high-conflict custody disputes” requiring mental health treatment.  etc.

This is a Model of how Modern (current) Government works, and has been intended to work for over a century.   The nation of Zimbabwe (formerly “Rhodesia”) wanted to send this man’s bones back.  Yet 32 (USA) scholars a year are still being funded to travel to oxford and learn how to expand the Commonwealth, regardless of their US citizenship (women weren’t allowed til 1975, and there’s been a noticeable rejection of blacks throughout the history of the scholarships, while the wealth that funds them was built on what was stolen from particularly South Africans, and their blood (lots of it), sweat, and tears…..  [The Rhodes Trust and its Administration] (99pp in all).   See bottom of this post for more details

From Chapter Seven, “The Empire Builders,” by Edward Jay Epstein (self-description on blog He’s Cornell, Harvard, taught UCLA MIT; American Investigative Reporter.  Some of his 14? books include 1982 “The Rise and Fall of Diamonds” (hover cursor for abstract re: book)  

By 1890, he controlled more than 95 percent of the world’s diamond production. The next order of business was restoring the balance between world supply and demand. Rhodes believed that the demand for diamonds was determined by the number of “licit relationships,” as he termed engagements, between the sexes each year. By estimating the intended marriages each year in the United States, which was then the main market for diamonds, Rhodes believed it was possible to project the market for diamonds each year. In accordance with this “licit relationship” calculus, he began to reduce production in Kimberley from three to two million carats a year.

Rhodes further held that there should be a single channel of distribution of diamonds. He therefore contracted to sell De Beers’ entire production to a London syndicate of diamond merchants, who would then resell the diamonds to cutters in Antwerp.

Once the diamond business was rationally ordered into a monopoly, Rhodes moved on to the matter of restoring the British Empire. He was elected prime minister of the Cape Colony and organized a military putsch {TAKEOVER}, aimed at taking over the Transvaal from the Boer settlers, that failed. Rhodes did, however, succeed in colonizing a large portion of central Africa.

1866- Diamonds discovered in Kimberly; 1886- gold discovered in the Transvaal, where the Boers (Dutch) were….”Then in 1886, an Australian discovered gold in the Witwatersrand area of the South African Republic. Wikipedia, 2nd Boer War: “Gold made the Transvaal the richest and potentially the most powerful nation in southern Africa”

Barnato [A fierce competitor about his own age he bought out; with help from bankers who understood the importance of monopoly to the price of diamonds], who by now was one of the richest men in the world, returned to the music hall and acted in a number of amateur productions in Kimberley. Then, in 1897, on an ocean liner headed back to England, he either jumped or fell overboard and disappeared beneath a wave.

Rhodes died five years later at the age of forty-eight. His body was buried on a remote mountaintop in Rhodesia. He had never married and he had no heirs. He left almost his entire fortune to Oxford to finance future Rhodes scholars. At De Beers there was no immediate successor to Rhodes, but the vacuum would not remain unfilled for long. Within a year of Rhodes’ death another young entrepreneur arrived in South Africa. His name was Ernest Oppenheimer.

Dig in anywhere –not necessarily to my writing, but to some of the sources I posted.  If I were to pick two (links) that pretty much “say it all” — I’d pick the Edward Jay Epstein book on the Diamond Cartel (Post #4) and the description of the Herero and Namaqua genocides (German South-west Africa), which (literally) set the scene for — and directly inspired/influenced the Nazi Holocaust.

A beautiful art gallery site tells this story initially.

READ THIS LINK (On how extermination of natives for attempting to protect their lands in “German Southwest Africa” and death camps on “Shark Island” (in the Atlantic) paved the way, and was literally practice for the Holocaust. Found through simply looking up “Fritz Luderitz.”):

The link is actually to an art gallery Ezakwantu.com1 with amazing visuals and historical information on the various tribes as well.

Central and Southern African Tribal Art



For example:

19th Century Southern African Tribal Wars / “Mfecane-Lifaqane-Difaqane-Xenophobia”

You cannot tell this story without telling:  How it affected people already living in Africa, the cradle of civilization — and how Americans participated in many, many ways, in the initial genocide.

Understand also, that any philanthropy is mostly just for monopoly.  It doesn’t make up for the original bloodshed, and the characteristics shown in Rhodes himself from the start.

Here are the last four posts — and I also added another homepage, “Some FAQs on CAFRs,” etc. — talking about the Privatization of Government Wealth.

I’m beginning to understand why it’s such a hard sell to even find people (male or female) to associate with who are willing to de-program themselves from their class-based, values-drenched inferior educations in how to be someone else’s wealth & trust administrators, and (with nerves of steel, resolve, and serious courage), look into the machinations of some genocidal lunatics — and realize  how many people have been forced, tricked, or corraled into helping execute their plans to the point that even entire nations can’t, really, afford to stand up to them. It would seem

I already got from material on this blog and from personal life experience (in the courts, etc.) the general idea that the professional classes are in place to take money and receive training from the ruling classes on how to create technology to

[a] perpetuate enough myths to control the rest of the world, and, should the rest of the world see through these myths, along with the myth-making apparatus,

  • in particular coverup just how many genocides formed the basis of, for example, higher-institutions of learning in the USA, and
  • how workers are treated when protesting inappropriate and unnecessary deaths (in the mines) and land displacement (for the mines), to this day.

[b] firepower (force) called “low-income” classes, and I have known this for a while, however it has also been spelled out specifically in writings of the specific teacher (John Ruskin) cited as inspiring Cecil Rhodes’ vision of expanding and restoring the British Empire.  

Though the word now used is “Commonwealth” the idea is still the same, apparently….   

When I look at what this means — which includes looking at by what means –and from whom — Rhodes got his wealth to start with, I think any movement by a US President or Senator “Rhodes Scholar,” claiming their motive is to help the disenfranchised  and dark-skinned people of the world, through education or (in the case of US President Bill Clinton), “welfare,” it has to be understood in its context.

The Rhodes Scholarship members maintain close and lifelong? ties, and were sent forth, like “Jesus’ disciples,” to evangelize and transform the world, and effectively so from what I can tell.

But while Jesus’ disciples (at least originally and for courtesy’s sake, I’ll say “allegedly”) called men to repent, and bring forth some fruits that indicated such repentance, while many of the original ones were martyred, others were burned at the stake for their beliefs (including over a thousand years later, when church and state had united) otherwise tortured for failing to “recant,” Rhodes’ disciples, on the other hand, head right for government and run major corporations (where many of the original trustees were, like Rhodes, already), or presidency of prestigious universities in their home countries, to transform law, while the corporate interests that funded it originally,  are forcing nations to their knees, and to this day, getting workers killed in the mines, suppressing strikes, and like Rhodes, displacing subsistence farmers, re-writing the map of Africa, etc.

[Anglo-American, I learned, was formed in 1917 with Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and JP Morgan, and by 1926 became majority stockholder in De Beers (Rhodes’ company; Rhodes died in 1902).  It is one BIG “m-f” company, and not a very nice one, either.

Sir Ernest’s grandson, “Nicky” was richest man in South Africa, and #134th in the world as of Forbes, ca. 2008.  Meanwhile, workers continue to die in the mines.. and strikes are spreading, Anglo American Platinum (world’s largest producer” sacked 12,000 striking workers..]

Russian president Vladimir Putinmeeting with De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer in South Africa in 2006

No one does this without a little backing: (from the book “Grand Dukes and Diamonds, (apparently more about the Porges family)” just found when I googled “Cecil Rhodes Alfred Beit

PORGES, Jules (1838-1921)

Mining magnate. Born in Prague, settled in Paris in the 1860s and became a leading diamond merchant.
Both Alfred Beit and Sir Julius Wernher worked for him and were sent by him to Kimberley.
He himself arrived there in 1875 and became a successful operator in shares, claims and stones, later extending operations (establishing the firm of H. Eckstein) to the Witwatersrand in 1887.

[=where Gold was found….]
In 1880 he returned to Europe. He retired from business in 1889, but long outlived both Beit and Wernher.

{{check some of this out!}}
Turn of the Tide
In 1875 Porgès was the largest importer of Cape diamonds in London and had £30,000 invested in the business. Sir Charles Warren, who had travelled out on the same ship as Porgès, the SS Danube, was to write of the “magnificent Porgès who knows the value of money though he has plenty of it”. And photographs of Porgès do show an amiable face, with a big moustache and hair parted down the middle.
“Centre of Important Interests”
All his plans for return had to be postponed because of dramatic new developments, namely Porgès‘s imminent formation in Paris of the Compagnie Française des Mines de Diamants du Cap de Bonne Espérance, {{CAPE OF GOOD HOPE}} with a capital of £560,000. It took place in 1880 and was the first Kimberley-based joint-stock company to be floated in Europe.


Sir Julius Charles WERNHER(1850-1912)Julius Wernher

Mining magnate.
Born in Darmstadt, Germany, where his father was attached to the Grand-Ducal court, he entered a London bank as a learner, served in the Prussian cavalry in the Franco-German War of 1870-1871, and, like Alfred Beit, took a post in Paris with Jules Porges

Porges sent him to Kimberley [SOUTH AFRICA, the DIAMOND MINES], where he was elected to the Mining Board and soon gained wealth and prominence.

After the discovery of the Rand he extended his operations to the Transvaal. In 1888 he became one of the four original ‘Life Governers’ of De Beers Consolidated Mines. He settled in London as Porges‘ partner and, when the latter retired in 1889, continued operations under the name of Wernher, Beit andCo., the largest mining house in South Africa, if not in the world, controlling the Rand Mines group and other huge interests. Apart from occasional visits to South Africa, he spent the rest of his life in England. A noted art collector, he died, leaving the largest South African fortune on record – over £11 000 000.

Alfred BEIT (1853-1906)Alfred Beit

Capitalist and co-founder with Cecil Rhodes of Southern Rhodesia.
Born in Hamburg in the same year as Rhodes, of an old Jewish family. He learnt the diamond trade under Jules Porges in Amsterdam and elsewhere. In 1875 he went to Port Elizabeth on behalf of his cousins, the Lipperts, who sent him to Kimberley as their representative. There he came into touch with Julius Wernher and with Cecil Rhodes. Attaining considerable prosperity as a diamond merchant, he became a member of the firm of Jules Porges and Co., and on the retirement of Porges, he and Wernher converted this firm in 1884 to Wernher, Beit and Co.

Returning to England he joined forces with Rhodes in his efforts to amalgamate the diamond mines, which resulted in the foundation of De Beers. A Life Governor of De Beers, he was one of the principal figures in the foundation of the Chartered Company and in the first efforts to open up Rhodesia.

Wernher, Beit and Co. presently became leaders in Barberton and then in the Witwatersrand gold industry. Beit visited Rhodesia in the very early days, but kept his headquarters in London. Unlike Rhodes, he did his utmost to keep out of politics, though his friendship with him remained undiminished, and he was one of the main trustees and heirs under his will. Upon Alfred Beit’s death the Beit Trust came into existence. He also bequeathed enormous sums for university education and research in South Africa, Rhodesia, Britain and Germany.

{{also was on the Rhodes Trust Board, I believe, and contributed also to it…}}

Regarding “the Rand” I am wondering how the South African “rand” relates to the incredibly connected (with US and other governments, and corporations, and a major US Federal Contractor) “the Rand Corporation” (WIKIPEDIA, first, defining the “RAND”….)

The rand (signRcodeZAR) is the currency of South Africa. It takes its name from the Witwatersrand (White-waters-ridge in English), the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa’s gold deposits were found. The rand has the symbol “R” and is subdivided into 100 cents, symbol “c”. The ISO 4217 code is ZAR, from Dutch Zuid-Afrikaanse rand. (South African rand). Before 1961, the Dutch language was one of the official languages of South Africa.

The rand is the currency of the Common Monetary Area betweenSouth AfricaSwaziland and Lesotho. Although Namibia withdrew from the Common Monetary Area, the rand is still legal tender there.

(WSJ;  “South African Rand Plummets under Labor Disputes”  workers have been striking over conditions at one of the companies where are in part, the legacy of Rhodes, Oppenheimer, and friends, i.e., Anglo American Platinum, etc.  It’s affecting the currency trading).

I don’t know the connection, but given how much “RAND Corp” (a nonprofit think tank) is truly interested in running, I’m thinking it’s related…

The RAND Corporation delivers a wide range of expertise to clients in need of objective analysis and effective solutions.Servicesprovided to the clients listed below include expert research and analysis, identification of new or alternative methodologies, exploration of the range of available options and analysis of the relative advantages and disadvantages, and, as appropriate, the mapping of specific courses of action.

Current clients can learn more about their projects from the relevant RAND business divisions.to the right.

U.S. Government

  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Other Nonprofit Organizations

I hate to bring this up again, but no women were allowed to be a Rhodes Scholar til 1977.  

Ramifications:  The purpose of the Rhodes Scholarship, and its founder, was to restore the British empire, and bring the entire planet under its domination; they were allegedly the superior race.  In fact, not that Germans were much better, or others in particular (descendants of certain monarchies) — they were genocidal.   And some of the most horrible things invented for engaging in genocide (or, apartheid) were practiced in South and Southwest Africa.

Some of the brains and inventions for wiping out indigenous people came from American invention:  for example, the Maxim gun.  Some of the money too — for example, the primary market for diamonds (until the use for industrial diamonds was discovered) were in America — persuading all women that a real engagement needed a Diamond (when in fact, diamonds, once discovered in South Africa — and Southwest Africa, on the beach of what’s now Namibia — were unbelievably plentiful).

Rhodes was just NOT a nice guy — nor were these good causes:

Cecil Rhodes and Genocide Diamonds

But it was Rhodes who originated the racist “land grabs” to which Zimbabwe’s current miseries can ultimately be traced. It was Rhodes, too, who in 1887 told the House of Assembly in Cape Town that “the native is to be treated as a child and denied the franchise. We must adopt a system of despotism in our relations with the barbarians of South Africa”. In less oratorical moments, he put it even more bluntly: “I prefer land to n1gg&rs.”

For much of the century since his death, Rhodes has been revered as a national hero. Today, however, he is closer to a national embarrassment, about whom the less said the better.

But his presence is more strongly felt – and resented – in the territories that once bore his name. Delegates at the Pan Africanist Congress in January argued that “the problems which were being blamed on [President Robert] Mugabe were created by British colonialism, whose agent Cecil Rhodes used armed force to acquire land for settlers”. He is the reason why, during the campaign for the presidential election in Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s Zanu-PF described its enemies – white or black – as “colonialists”; why, when Zimbabwe gained full independence in 1980, Rhodes’s name was wiped from the world’s maps.

The prosecution case is strong. Rhodes connived his way to wealth in a lawless frontier culture, then used that fortune to fund a private invasion of East Africa. He bought newspapers in order to shape and control public opinion. He brokered secret deals, issued bribes and used gangs of mercenaries to butcher his opponents, seizing close to a million square miles of territory from its inhabitants. Although he did this in the name of the British Empire, he was regarded with some suspicion in his home country, and when it suited him to work against Britain’s imperial interests – by slipping £10,000 to Parnell’s Irish nationalists, for example – he did so without scruple.

… (when someone at home questioned the policy….)

Apart from increasing our obligations in every part of the world, what advantage do you see to the English race in the acquisition of new territory?” Rhodes replied: “Great Britain is a very small island. Great Britain’s position depends on her trade, and if we do not open up the dependencies of the world which are at present devoted to barbarism, we shall shut out the world’s trade. It must be brought home to you that your trade is the world, and your life is the world, not England. That is why you must deal with these questions of expansion and retention of the world.”

At around the same time, Henry John Heinz was outlining a comparable manifesto: “Our field,” he pronounced, “is the world.” By 1900, his 57 varieties were available in every continent. Global capitalism and imperial expansion developed in collaboration; shared aims, aspirations, patterns of influence. Today, most of the world’s political empires have been dissolved and discredited, but the routes along which capital moves remain the same. After Rhodes came Nestlé, Coca-Cola, BP, McDonald’s, Microsoft.

In 1896, Rhodes’s name was linked with the Jameson Raid – a disastrous (and illegal) attempt to annex Transvaal territory held by the Boers, and a principal cause of the South African War of 1899-1902. His reputation in Britain accrued a lasting tarnish. A defence of his character, published in 1897 and co-authored by the pseudonymous “Imperialist”, offers an insight into the charges against him: “Bribery and corruption”, “neglect of duty”, “harshness to the natives” and the allegation that “that Mr Rhodes is utterly unscrupulous”.

His lifelong companion Dr Leander Starr Jameson – a future premier of the Cape Colony and the leader of the ill-fated raid – added a postscript insisting that some of Rhodes’s best blacks were friends: “His favourite Sunday pastime was to go into the De Beers native compound, where he had built them a fine swimming bath, and throw in shillings for the natives to dive for. He knew enough of their languages to talk to them freely, and they looked up to him – indeed, fairly worshipped the great white man.

! ! !

Even when a woman of nobility applied in 1903, she was turned down. One black was allowed in, 1907 (see below), but due to loud protests from American white scholars (at the time), not another until 1963.   There were schools allowing women to attend in the 1800s (in America, at least one in England). 

Princeton admits women:  1969, in part because Yale did, and to retain its reputation:

  • The board also had concerns that Princeton would not be able to attract quality students in the future if it remained all-male.

    “A Princeton which persisted in denying admission to women applicants probably could not long maintain a strong position of leadership in the nation,” the board declared.

YALE admits women UNDERgrads in 1969, but had admitted women to graduate programs since 1869 .(“women” only mentioned 2x on the history page) . .As of about 1930s, Yale started modeling itself (with “colleges”) after Oxford and Cambridge.> > >

African-Americans at Yale; there were some in 1800s, early 1900s but a hard road:

  • New Haven in the 1800s was a very hierarchical society that was not too far removed from Victorian society and, in some ways, still is.”
  • Patton pointed out that there was slavery in New Haven and that, in fact, more people owned slaves in New England than in the South. In the minds of its citizens at the time, he said, there were only two kinds of black people, “good” ones and “bad” ones. This narrow view kept many from realizing that genius was all around them, Patton added.

Harvard had Radcliffe, and I can’t quite figure it out on short notice….To the Law School, 1950, to the MBA program, 1963, no UNDERgraduates til 1973. ?

Harvard may or may not be the world’s greatest university, but it is certainly the nation’s oldest, and no one who enters a dormitory, walks through the Yard, or sits in the library is allowed to forget it.

Radcliffe College, one of the Seven Sisters schools, evolved from informal instruction offered to individual women or small groups of women by Harvard University
faculty in the 1870s. In 1879 a faculty group called the Harvard Annex made a full course of study available to women, despite resistance to coeducation from the university’s administration. ..Following unsuccessful efforts to have women admitted directly to degree programs at Harvard, the Annex, which had incorporated as the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, chartered Radcliffe College in 1894. The college was named for the colonial philanthropist Ann Radcliffe, who established the first scholarship fund at Harvard in 1643.

1879 — Harvard “Annex” opened in Cambridge, affiliated with Harvard (later Radcliffe)
1950s —Majority of Seven Sisters Colleges with male presidents; Harvard, Yale and Princeton appoint their first women full professors
1970 — Radcliffe ceases to exist as an instruction-giving entity; single admissions policy established at Harvard for men and women (that’s Radcliffe, below):

While there were a few coeducational colleges (such as Oberlin College founded in 1833, Antioch College in 1853, and Bates College in 1855), most colleges and universities of high standing at that time were exclusively for men. The first generally-accepted coordinate college, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, (with Tulane University), was founded in 1886, and followed a year later by Evelyn College for Women, the coordinate college for Princeton University. The model was quickly duplicated at other prestigious universities. Notable nineteenth century coordinate colleges included Barnard (with Columbia University), Pembroke (with Brown University), and Radcliffe College (with Harvard University). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_colleges_in_the_United_States

Here’s the list (and site has affiliates)

The Seven Sisters is a loose association of seven liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States that are historically women’s colleges. They are Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College,** Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, and Wellesley College. All were founded between 1837 and 1889. Four are in Massachusetts, two are in New York, and one is in Pennsylvania. Radcliffe (which merged with Harvard College) and Vassar (which is now coeducational) are no longer women’s colleges.

Bryn Mawr associated with several, including Princeton & Swarthmore.   From 1921-1940 a Rhodes Scholar, Frank Aydelotte was President of Swarthmore, and introduced “sweeping changes” Modeling it after Oxford and starting an honors program.  “In its first year, 22 juniors enrolled in the new program in either English literature or the social sciences.”  These changes came the first year in office (1921 in office, 1922, changes).

In 1939, Aydelotte left Swarthmore to become the second director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, which he helped to found. He maintained his commitment to the Rhodes Scholar Program, which he administered from 1917 to 1953. Aydelotte also joined the Board of Managers {of which??} in 1945 and became a member of the Joint Anglo-American Commission on Palestine.

What I’m saying — these scholarships were influencing, if not directing, American education from the very start, almost.  Regarding the Princeton Institute, if you don’t get the significance yet, click on that link:  Can you say “computer”?  “RAM”?  Bomb?  (Albert Einstein was on its faculty):

(in order of service)

J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, 1947–66  (not of the diamond industry family, I think).

Working outside the bounds of industry, breaking the rules of academia, and relying largely on the U.S. government for support, a dozen engineers in their twenties and thirties designed and built von Neumann’s computer for less than $1 million in under five years. “He was in the right place at the right time with the right connections with the right idea,” remembers Willis Ware, fourth to be hired to join the engineering team, “setting aside the hassle that will probably never be resolved as to whose ideas they really were.” 
As World War II drew to a close, the scientists who had built the atomic bomb at Los Alamos wondered, “What’s next?” Some, including Richard Feynman, vowed never to have anything to do with nuclear weapons or military secrecy again. Others, including Edward Teller and John von Neumann, were eager to develop more advanced nuclear weapons, especially the “Super,” or hydrogen bomb. Just before dawn on the morning of July 16, 1945, the New Mexico desert was illuminated by an explosion “brighter than a thousand suns.” Eight and a half years later, an explosion one thousand times more powerful illuminated the skies over Bikini Atoll. The race to build the hydrogen bomb was accelerated by von Neumann’s desire to build a computer, and the push to build von Neumann’s computer was accelerated by the race to build a hydrogen bomb.
At the Institute for Advanced Study, more people worked on quantum mechanics than on their own cars. There was one notable exception: Julian Bigelow, who arrived at the Institute, in 1946, as John von Neumann’s chief engineer. Bigelow, who was fluent in physics, mathematics, and electronics, was also a mechanic who could explain, even to a three-year-old, how a fan belt works, why it broke, and whether it came from a Ford or a Chevrolet.
John von Neumann in front of the IAS computer, 1952. At waist level are twelve of the forty Williams cathode-ray memory tubes, storing 1,024 bits in each individual tube, for a total capacity of five kilobytes (40,960 bits)

Harvard, article on recent trends, and immigrant versus native-born African-Americans.   (NOTE current US President is a Harvard grad . . . !!!).  Includes negative comment on Oxford’s performance compared to other schools.

Well, this could go on and on.

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