The war against books to set up learning against learning is a Jesuit strategy.
phrase “learning against learning,” comes from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
addressing the pope about the dangers of the printing press to the
Church’s control. The goal of the Catholic Church became to start a “war
against books” as D’Iraeli put it, in the last chapter “War Against
Books” in his book Amenities of Literature from 1841.
traced to Ignatius Loyola’s rules for Jesuits. The grand rule of the
Jesuit Order is to make thinking conform with the Catholic Church,
elaborated in 18 specific rules. Rule #13: “The thirteenth, and finally,
that we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the
Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which to
our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to
be white. [Autograph, The thirteenth: that we may in all things attain
the truth (that we may not err in anything), we ought ever to hold it
(as a fixed principle), that what I see white, I believe to be black, if
the Hierarchical Church so define it (to be);]” The Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius Loyola, 1541.
The dastardly Bertrand Russel
explains this strategy was embraced by Johann Fichte, who “laid it down
that education should aim at destroying free will,” and that “the social
psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school
children on whom they will try different methods of producing an
unshakable conviction that snow is black.”
culprits for setting up learning against learning and waging a war on
books are Ignatius Loyola, Thomas Wolsey, Johann Fichte, and Betrand
Isaac D’Israeli deserves credit for fighting against the Jesuits.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, 1541, https://archive.org/details/a588350800loyouoft/page/n229
Isaac D’Israeli, Amenities of Literature, 1841, https://archive.org/details/amenitieslitera08disrgoog/page/n434
Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, 1953, https://archive.org/details/TheImpactOfScienceOnSociety-B.Russell/page/n17