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Divide and Conquer.

by
Dean Gotcher

1) Separate children from their parents. 2) Encourage them to dialogue their opinions to a consensusaffirming, i.e., 'justifying' themselves, and 3) they will question, challenge, defy, ignore, circumvent, attack, etc., their parents when their authority gets in the way.

"There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

Dialogue, i.e., children sharing their desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' and their resent toward restraint, which all children have in common, makes all children the same, i.e., equal. Opinion 'liberates' children from parental authority since it carries no parental authority, i.e., no "can not," "must not" "thou shalt not," "It is written" in it, only the children's "thoughts," which are taken captive to their "feelings," i.e., their desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment,' the environment stimulating them, and the facilitator of 'change' manipulating it.  And consensus unites all children as one, affirming their carnal nature, i.e., their "right" of desiring the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' engendering fraternity over and therefore against parental authority i.e., that which restrains and divides.

Twenty children in a classroom from twenty different families, having differing positions on what is right and what is wrong behavior, prevents the children from building relationship upon their carnal nature, i.e., upon that which they all have in common, their father's commands, rules, facts, and truth getting in the way, dividing them not only from their "self," but from one another as well ("repression" and "alienation"). By simply "encouraging" children to be "positive" and not "negative, i.e., "encouraging" them to suspend (as on a cross) their parent's commands, rules, facts, and truth in order for them to focus upon their desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment'—that which they have in common—their parent's commands, rules, facts, and truth become "irrational" (did not we all say "You don't understand," i.e., "Your out of touch with my feelings," i.e., "You're not being reasonable" or "fair," when our parents would not let us do what we wanted, resulting in us "feeling" like we would die if we did not get our way), making their authority "irrelevant," negating respect toward parental authority not only in their personal feelings, thoughts, and actions, but in their relationship with one another, others, and the world as well.

When parent's retain their authority, 1) giving their children commands and rules to be obeyed, facts and truth to be accepted as is (by faith), 2) blessing the children who obey, 3) chastening those who disobey, that they might learn to obey  (discussing with them, at the parent's discretion, why they have to do what they are told), and 4) casting out any who reject their authority, the divide and conquer people are prevented from having their way.

"The dialectical method was overthrown—the parts were prevented from finding their definition within the whole." (György Lukács, History & Class Consciousness: What is Orthodox Marxism?)

When parent's question (abdicate) their authority, those who praxis divide and conquer, i.e., facilitators of 'change,' i.e., "group psychotherapists" rule the day. Instead of the children inheriting their parent's blessings, facilitators' of 'change' "inherit" the parent's children, using them as "human resource" for their own pleasure and gain.

". . . any intervention between parent and child tend to produce familial democracy regardless of its intent." "The consequences of family democratization take a long time to make themselves felt—but it would be difficult to reverse the process once begun. … once the parent can in any way imagine his own orientation to be a possible liability to the child in the world approaching." "… Once uncertainty is created in the parent how best to prepare the child for the future, the authoritarian family is moribund, regardless of whatever countermeasures may be taken." (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

Those who praxis the divide and conquer method, i.e., the dialectic process, know that  parents must change how they relate with their children if a world of 'change,' i.e., the "new" world order (globalism) is to become a reality. That is why they "use social-environmental forces to change the parent's behavior toward the child." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017