Category: Death by Education

The Myths of Mental Illness: A Thomas Szasz Appreciation (Part One)

  The most humbling honor of being a teacher — I mean a teacher, not just a salaried “education worker” — is earning the trust of variously perplexed, abnormal souls who have intuited that they need some extraordinary help with their self-understanding or their relationship to the world around them, and have come to believe that you might be able to provide that...

Update on My World Domination Scheme

I note with pleasure that my book, The Case Against Public Education, has now been downloaded from this website by readers in (at least) fifty-two countries.  The UN officially recognizes 193 sovereign states, and that includes a lot of nations where ideas not conducive to starvation and suppression are not only banned by crackpot regimes, but despised by long-imprisoned populations with neither the...

On Our Moral Certainties

Because we live in our society, in our time, we cannot avoid exposure to the dominant moral atmosphere and the tenor of discourse around us. Growing up in a peculiar kind of social environment, the things that are considered “normal” in that environment inevitably come to feel normal to us too — and that includes the things about which we have reservations, or...

White House Inadvertantly Reveals the Meaning of Public Education

“Trump Reveals RADICAL PLAN to CUT DOWN the GOVERNMENT” shouts the headline on the usually Trump-skeptical Right Scoop. Wow, another RADICAL PLAN! Like the radical, Nobel Prize-baiting plan to beg North Korea to trade their nuclear weapons in for guarantees of perpetual security for the Kim regime, exactly the intention of the Kim family’s nuclear program. Or like promising to build a wall...

The Case Against Public Education Around the World!

Back in the fall of 2016, I made my book, The Case Against Public Education, available for download or online reading here in Limbo. Given the current unpopularity of the principled position I was taking, and my choice to eschew the voice of populism and demagoguery in favor of a thorough philosophical investigation, I truly had no idea whether there would be any...

Teacher Who Identifies as Paper Proofreads Trump

Public mockery is a dangerous thing. It is so easy to end up with the cream pie in your own face — especially if you are a retired school teacher with an agenda who is dumb enough to try to embarrass a sitting President of the United States to score petty political points. Yvonne Mason, 61, a former high school English teacher, sent...

The Conservative Case for School as Police State

The strongest proof that mankind is the plaything of Necessity may be the seemingly endless parade of blinkered idiocy or willful blindness with which civilization is currently herding itself into a pen of its own making. One particularly maddening manifestation of this idiocy is the insistence of American “conservatives” that the solution to a State-manufactured catastrophe, school shootings, is more omnipresent State power....

Double Standard on “Re-education Camps”

China is rounding up Uyghur Muslims and forcing them into internment camps for “political education,” i.e., indoctrinating submission to the Communist Party. Some will choose to turn a blind eye to China’s oppressive means, out of animus toward Islam. Some will note that this policy is consistent with China’s general aims of eliminating all religion. I wish to focus on our convenient hypocrisy....

Friendly Reminder: Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

Universal public education is modernity’s Achilles heel, or its tragic flaw, the fatal mistake of a prosperous, quickly changing world—a civilization in the throes of youthful enthusiasm—imagining that it can take over where freed human nature left off, and even outdo freedom and nature, by mass producing through government micromanagement the kind of people who make liberty and civil society possible. From The...

Scott McVarish for Congress in California!

Consider this my official endorsement of immigration lawyer, liberation theologian, amnesty advocate, and “Women’s” (i.e., Female Marxists’) March supporter Scott McVarish for U.S. Congress in CA-25. I’m all in, and unlike President Trump, whose ringing endorsements change with the weather, I didn’t ask Mitch McConnell. McVarish is a crypto-communist, social justice warrior, and gun-grabber — but he just proposed THE BEST IDEA EVER....