Thursday, November 14, 2013


The Rubber Room is a form of torture.

Because there is no physical pain,--Actually, there IS physical pain, so let me begin again.  Because there is no physical pain comparable to the many horrors that people have been subjected to throughout the ages, you might think that this is an outrageous exaggeration, but it is not.

There are many forms of torture.  The Rubber Room and the workplace mobbing that precedes it might be on the low end of the scale compared to processes like the one in this picture, but they result from the same cause and serve the same end.

The cause is that a social hierarchy is in trouble.  The people who are on top are getting worried that they can't maintain their position, so they start terrorizing the people at the bottom--and if they become really worried, they attack the people in the middle as well.  The more torture you find in a society, the less secure the power structure is.  That is of little comfort to the people who are being tortured.

The Rubber Room opened my eyes to the many forms of torture used in this society to keep people in line.  The prison system is an important part of it.  So is war.

After reading the latest posts on South Bronx School, I am sad to see that torture continues to be the preferred method of controlling teachers and children in the New York City Department of Education.

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