Yesterday Middle Son brought some fliers home from school. One featured the iconic image of Che Guevara which has been so enduring over the years and the other the clenched "black power" fist made popular by such luminaries as Huey Newton in the 60's. (He reported a third flier featured a likeness of Michael Moore but didn't bring it home.) The fliers called on all "Progressives" to come to a meeting to fight off the nefarious recruiters who were apparently coming to the school to induce vulnerable poor children to join the military. There is so much wrong with this that it is hard to know where to start. (For example, even NPR admitted a week ago that recent recruits have been above average in socio-economic class and educational achievement compared to the overall population.) The idea that these most privileged children, primarily middle class and upper middle class, who live in a bucolic suburb north of New York City, living lives of ease and material bounty never before experienced by mere mortals, would object to recruiters for the major force standing between them and those who would like nothing better than to enslave or kill them, creates a profound discontinuity.
The children who posted these fliers apparently believe that we are fighting an immoral, illegal war, based on lies, that the military sneakily induces poor children to join under false pretenses as cannon fodder for the rich plutocrats who run the country; they believe they are protecting the helpless poor from being exploited by the war machine. They are awash in virtuous indignation. The fact that this is a truly reactionary position is irrelevant; what is more interesting is how these young minds have been damaged by the propaganda of the media, aided and abetted by the dominant New York political party's liberal ideologists; needless to say, the media/Democrat conflation in New York is, if anything, more out of touch with reality than in most places. It is possible that some of these children know that Che Guevara was a mass murdering psychopath, but I suspect for most, their only knowledge of his exploits is from puerile Hollywood efforts and the white washing of history that has been a staple of the left leaning media since the 60's.
Gagdad Bob somewhat metaphorically describes what happens to young minds which are raised on lies and half truths: