Question of the Day ~ 18th December, 2014 ~ UNIFORMS

What is your opinion on Uniforms?
Is a school uniform different in application than say a military uniform?

I’ve heard the argument that uniforms are an equaliser for those who can’t afford brands many times (in my time as treasurer then chair of our local high school board of trustees), but my experience just doesn’t align with it. School uniforms tend to be very expensive, for poor families they become a major item of expense, for the rich not so. Rich kids tend to add accessories. My experience of the school yard is that there are still groups, in and out groups, defined in part by how the uniform is worn, what part is left untucked, or is folded in a certain way.

It seems to me that uniforms are an attempt to build a sense of community, but also a means of control.

They can be seen as just one more way in which people are forced into accepted roles in societies, rather than having the freedom to choose their own.

America was formed by people who decided to break the rules, to rebel against the lawful rulers and become an independent nation. Those people saw life and freedom as their highest values, and were prepared to break all laws in their name. They didn’t wear uniforms in their fight, they were “irregulars”.

Now it saddens to me to see how far from those values the system has strayed, how it has become a system defined by the incentives of markets. The easy way to understand American foreign and domestic policy is “follow the money trail”.

So in a sense, uniforms are a symptom of everything that has been lost from the values that started America – the values of life (all lives) and liberty (all liberty), and has become the mere ghost of those values in the love of “free markets” which are not really free in any sense and tend to enslave the majority at all levels.

Uniforms are just a shell that attempts to show that we are all the same at a level that we are actually quite diverse. We are certainly all human, and we all deserve life and liberty. To me, uniforms are part of a system that is deliberately designed to constrain liberty, to remove diversity, and to bonsai individuals into roles they would not otherwise choose.

We have the technical capacity to deliver resources and freedom to all, but it seems clear to me that many of those who have risen through the ranks of the many uniformed institutions are terrified by the prospect of change at that level.

A uniform freely choose can be exercise in liberty.

A uniform enforced at any level is tool of oppression.

I’m not really a fan of uniforms (in case you hadn’t already guessed that šŸ˜‰ ).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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