Tagged: Public Education

The Totalitarian Tipping Point

I am sometimes accused of exaggerating the threats to modern civilization, or of engaging in hyperbole in discussing today’s political trends. I am certainly not one inclined to feel self-deludedly sanguine about the current state of things, or blind to rising evils and dangerous follies. I note this merely to preface an anecdote that demonstrates the extent to which we are all, even...

Limbo’s Greatest Hits: #9

Back in January 2017, when the Trump administration was shiny and new, and America seemed merely about to devolve into the death throes of unrestrained progressive demagoguery, rather than actually to have done so, one of the fanciful dreams of the cultists and their fellow travelers was that Trump’s brilliant choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, was about to set the school universe...

Ancient Common Sense on Education

Every page of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offers something profound, something personally challenging, something lovely, or something disputable in the most ennobling sense of the word, namely the sense of engaging the reader in thoughtful discussion with a deeply probing and relentlessly frank mind.  Interestingly, the work — actually a collection of short observations written for himself, rather than for a public...

Kamala Harris, Perfect Progressive: Trading Lives for Votes

Kamala Harris, a black female, and therefore already twice as qualified to be the Democratic presidential candidate as her nearest rivals, who are merely black or female, has a brilliant plan to improve American education: Reward the most ineffective teachers in the advanced world with a massive pay raise, using money stolen from dead rich people and their rightful (and chosen) heirs, thereby...

Body and Soul (Not Yours Anymore)

Government education = the state has a controlling interest in every citizen’s mental, emotional, and social development, completely overriding the principle of self-determination (i.e., the rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness). Government healthcare = the state has a controlling interest in every citizen’s physical wellbeing, and matters of life and death, completely overriding the principle of self-ownership (i.e., the rights to...

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...

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....