Guild Socialism: The real problem behind schools, activist students, and gun control debate

I understand what President Trump is doing listening to anti-gun advocates and the really sad stories of loss that have come from recent school shootings. But it is deeply disturbing to even let the anti-gun forces gain just a small victory in how they are exploiting children to advance the general public-school position against an armed society. The only term that comes to my mind that properly articulates the situation as that of guild socialism which is the rule of, by and for mediocrity. “When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet,” which Ayn Rand stated many years ago in response to the Berkeley riots. “When reason is attacked, common sense is not enough.” What is going on is that children raised in these public schools have been taught all these progressive positions and have been loaded like guns themselves for an awaiting target to spring forth at a moment’s notice—all funded by our tax dollars to work against us. Then when a crisis like the Parkland shooting does happen, these kids wherever they reside are ready to strike at their targets in behalf of the education institutions that created them. Suddenly its OK to have kids skipping school to protest our American gun culture, and out of thin air, expensive buses are on sight to bus these students turned activists to state capitals to wreak havoc on our governmental process through the brute force of demonstrations. The primary culprit is a brand of guild socialism that is at the core of our education system for which we are all instructed, and corrupted at early ages, and it is the real crises for which we are challenged.

After all the events of the past week it was good to hear that President Trump was supporting concealed carry in the classroom for teachers who are inclined to meet this very specific 21st century challenge. It is even better that my local sheriff in Richard K. Jones of Butler County is leading the nation-wide charge on the issue. If we are looking for an immediate solution to the crises of school shootings we must put guns in those gun free zones and be ready to defend our lives and the lives of our children when required. The obvious next step is to attack the problem culturally. For instance, watch the old western The Gunfighter from 1950 starring Gregory Peck. It’s a great classic western about the pressures of being the absolute best gunfighter from his time, where every young man looking to make a name for themselves wants to challenge the aging legend. The older and wiser gunfighter just wants to retire to a good life in California with his wife and son, but his legendary status chases him to the ends of the earth until he meets an eventual death. There are a lot of very good lessons about life in that movie which would serve our youth today. But what do they get as a cultural reference point in their art? They get The Hateful Eight—a movie about nothing but killing and betrayal set in the West, but having nothing to do with values of any kind. Watching movies like The Hateful Eight, can anybody expect an adopted kid like Nikolas Cruz, who lost his new father at a young age, then lost his mother just a few months before he went on the killing rampage in Parkland, Florida now causing so much commotion? He was kicked out of school because the institution there rejected him leaving him virtually defenseless in the world. It doesn’t take much to feel sorry for the kid, but once he turned that anger toward society in general he deserved to be shot dead just for being a menace. What is really tragic however is that in a different time under similar conditions if the young Cruz had exposure to films like The Gunfighter and a barrage of films by John Wayne, he may have chosen a different path in life—and maybe have stayed at his employment at The Dollar Store and worked his way through to some level of success at life. Instead, everywhere he went there was something negative, including the school he attended, which was more concerned with guild socialism than in individual development of their students.

Whenever you hear from someone, “it’s not my job,” you are dealing with the resulted education of a participant in guild socialism, where a guild of occupational endeavor rally to each other’s cause for the benefit of a collective whole—such as a labor union or even a baseball team. When people accept a position of mediocrity in favor of comfortable lack of responsibility for greater issues, the villain ultimately is guild socialism. The kids being used in these school shootings have a foundational premise that is rooted in the guild socialism that they learned in their public schools—that they are students/activists for progressive causes and should not be expected to be anything else—least not defenders of themselves or are responsible for the way they conduct their lives. They were taught that other people out there in the world are in charge of their safety and thus need to be coerced through mass force to change their behavior if the kids are to survive into the future. And for most kids, they don’t know any better, so they accept that premise without question. The premise of guild socialism however was taught to them by the public education institutions to begin with, which is where all these problems begin.

We are guilty as a society in giving a blank check of value to our public education system. We want to believe that educating children is of a high, moral endeavor. But we seldom concern ourselves with what we are teaching our children, and this has had a terrible effect on many generations of students who have now accepted guild socialism as the ethical behavior in a competitive world. This means that nobody is really responsible for anything, including behavioral issues, and that through thuggish protest individual rights can be destroyed through group assimilation. Case in point, if enough kids scream at politicians with CNN running the cameras to bait the debate, then the assumption is that change is mandated because of the democratic process of majority rule. It is never considered that every one of those children might be wrong, and that they were taught incorrectly from the beginning to believe what they do while a minority in the world may actually have the true answers. Guild socialism practices over many years has devolved our social awareness to such a degree that nobody is responsible any longer for anything, only groups can mandate the morality of our world—and that is a false premise that will only lead to epistemological destruction of the basic foundations of our civilization.

I support Donald Trump on most things he’s advocated, even through times of intense controversy. I think contextually you might say I have great love for him as president of the United States. But I don’t support everything, his yielding to age limits, back ground checks and bump stock restrictions will only fuel the gun haters by thinking that they can continue to use children and the power of guild socialism to change our society. Like it or not, the Second Amendment is there to keep our own government in check, because as we learned with the FBI, government does go bad and can be used against us. In my view, the government is a lot better off with Trump running things than at other times, but we are still a country with massive debt and a society on the verge of panic if they lose their electrical power and access to food for more than a week. Guns, “military equivalent” grade weapons are needed for a civil society because if government goes bad, and natural disasters erode away the basics of all humanity, there is no other way to protect our private property—including our very lives. Guild socialism believes the opposite so of course they will not support the position I’m advocating, but that doesn’t make them right and me wrong because they outnumber my opinion, it simply makes them advocates of change from what we are as Americans into something else using the masses to sell it—and that something else isn’t good.

Rich Hoffman
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