All this betokens that the end towards which our sham Society directs the means, 'education' is the one end which all its 'social' dealings are directed to, the sustaining and easy working of its usurpation of true Society. People are 'educated' to become workmen or the employers of workmen, or the hangers-on of the employers, they are not educated to become men. With this aim in view the conditions under which true education can go on are impossible. For the first and most necessary of them are leisure and deliberation; and leisure is a thing which the modern slave-holder will by no means grant to his slave as long as he grants him rations; when the leisure begins the rations end. Constant toil is the only terms on which they are to be had. Capitalism will not allow us the leisure, either for education or the use of it. Slave labour and true education are irreconcilable foes, for the latter means the continuous and duly balanced development of our faculties, whether in the school, the workshop, or the field, and how can that co-exist with the continuous, hopeless, mechanical drudgery of the man who whatever he produces will have all taken from him that exceeds a bare subsistence.
In short, our present education outside its uses to our enemies, the masters of Society, is good for one thing, the creation of discontent. I doubt it will serve us in no other way.
It used to be the case that if you want to look into, say, what the press was saying about some topic in the 1970s you’d have to go to the library and look up the microfilm; a bit of a nuisance. And now you can get it on the internet thanks to what we call the free market, which means there’s a tax payer putting huge amounts of subsidies into developing the high-tech system of the next generation, which is handed over to private corporations for marketing and profit. So that’s the internet, and computers, and so on. So now it’s a lot easier than going to the library and looking up the microfilms, but not that different. The change from no libraries to libraries was a much bigger change than from libraries to the internet.