One of the most original and provocative books of the past decade is Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (Rowman & Littlefield). “A critical look at salaried professionals,” says the cover, “and the soul-battering system that shapes their lives.”I entirely agree with Pilger regarding this book. It has long been on my blog list. I regard it as essential reading in order to understand how the fake democracy works at its best (or worst) in the United States.
What passes as higher education in the US is loaded with indoctrination: history. literature, sociology, psychology, etc, is laced with the values and perspectives of the capitalist class. The latter depend especially upon their highly trained managers to serve their interests and the perpetuation of capitalism. That is precisely why they pay them so much. It is not because the key managers of the system are indispensable, but it is to insure their loyalty to the system and its beneficiaries.
The extraordinary benefits that the ruling class bestows on their key managers of the system was likely influenced by James Burnham in his book published in 1941 entitled, The Managerial Revolution, in which he foresaw the rise of a new managerial ruling class to replace the capitalist class.