Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

August 24, 2011

Quote Of The Day

From a commenter over at Kevin Drum’s place. The discussion was about problems with the American educational system: Yep. And as the posts by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt have shown over the last year (link below) the same is true of our health care system. We’ve gone through a 30+ year binge of hypercapitalism, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:04 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Healthcare,Quote of the Day
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June 27, 2011

Wrangling Long-Term Costs

Ezra Klein, on education & health care costs: I’m not going to end this post with some wan paragraph explaining how to transform these two industries into something closer to their potential. My ideas on health-care reform are available elsewhere on the blog and I don’t know enough about education to say anything worthwhile. But […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:01 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Incompetence,Government Waste,Healthcare
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February 25, 2011

Comment of the Day: “Education” Edition

Re: “Don’t Forget Your Homework…or Your Miranda Card” Liberalism in the United States has, over the past forty years, been usurped by the socialist agenda. Our public schools are little more than indoctrination camps for the pacification of future generations. At the same time, conservatism in the United States has been usurped by war-hawks and […]

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February 23, 2011

There’s More Missing from the Collective Bargaining Debate for Government Workers than Democrat Legislators

In all the coverage I’ve read, listened to, and watched concerning the public sector unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, there is one term that is usually very much present in the political debate that seems to be conspicuously absent: special interests. Special interests, we are so often told, have a very corrupting influence on our […]

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February 2, 2011

It really does get better…

And now it’s time for another post in which I irritate my socially conservative readers… Watch all the way to the end please, and listen… unless rather serious vulgarity and profanity offend you in which case don’t watch the video, or just skip to the end spoken word bit (yes, this is VERY VERY NSFW): […]

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January 27, 2011

The Dearth Of Reason

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. -H.L. Mencken I’ve long been of the opinion that a critical flaw in […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:28 am || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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October 26, 2010

James O’Keefe Highlights Alleged Voter Fraud in Jersey City Mayoral Race

Yesterday, we posted some new videos from the controversial self-described citizen journalist James O’Keefe. The videos highlighted racy footage taken at a New Jersey Education Association and the problems associated with teacher tenure.  O’Keefe has just launched a third video dealing with the NJEA, this one alleging voter fraud in a 1997 Jersey City mayoral […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:31 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Education
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October 25, 2010

James O’Keefe Taking Aim at NJ Teachers Union

Noted for his role in taking down ACORN, gonzo filmmaker James O’Keefe is at it again. The Daily Caller provides an overview: O’Keefe, best known as the force behind last year’s ACORN scandal, said the first video was shot at a meeting of the New Jersey Education Association in August. Entitled Teachers Gone Wild, the […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:50 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Unions
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September 8, 2010

Cliff Claven Gets It Wrong On The American Workforce

A common lament these days is that America “doesn’t build anything anymore”. John Ratzenberger takes that thought and expands upon it at Big Hollywood, suggesting that not only do we not build anything, we have nobody to do the building. Unfortunately for John, he’s made enough logical errors, irrelevant points, and misdiagnoses of the problem […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:11 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Education,Look About
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August 30, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The Economist’s Babbage, on computing education: That, for me, sums up the seductive intellectual core of computers and computer programming: here is a magic black box. You can tell it to do whatever you want, within a certain set of rules, and it will do it; within the confines of the box you are more […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Quote of the Day,Strategies For Advancing Liberty
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August 17, 2010

Another Critique of the ACLU: Social Segmentalization

I did a critique as well as a defense of the ACLU for TLP not too long ago, but another aspect of the ACLU’s approach to defending civil liberties seemed worthy of analysis. Here goes. On my Facebook feed this evening, I found this snibbet: Every student deserves the opportunity to attend school and learn […]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 9:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Education,Equal Protection,Freedom
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May 28, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The NYT has a story today about a student racking up a crushing amount of student debt to earn a degree at NYU, blaming everyone except the student for allowing her to build up that debt. Of course, I have some serious blame for the lenders too, when I realize exactly what they were investing […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:21 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Quote of the Day
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May 18, 2010

Howard Zinn was the Worst the Left has to offer

Howard Zinn passed at the beginning of this year, and I will admit part of me was saddened at his passing. My mother owned his People’s History of the United States, and my fellow students at college seemed to adore his work. My best friend is a Zinn fanatic, bringing him up nearly every time […]

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March 28, 2010

Stossel On Government Schools

From his blog at Fox Business Network, John Stossel has this on government schools: It’s absurd that powerful Americans consider it normal that they must move their residence or manipulate politicians to get their kids into a good school No one has do that to buy an iphone, or a good restaurant meal In every […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 7:03 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Fascism in America,Monopolies
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October 4, 2009

Cracking The Education Monopoly

From Reason.tv:

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:36 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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June 27, 2009

Public Schools and the Public Option

Imagine a private school where students sat in a math class for weeks misbehaving and learning nothing. Imagine that school gets on TV news because the administrators suspended the young lady who blew the whistle by taking a cell phone video and giving it to her mom who confronted them. Do you think that school […]

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June 5, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd

This is one of my all-time favorites. To truly appreciate the message, one needs to see the video (below). Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall, Part II The Wall (1979) By Roger Waters We don’t need no education We dont need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 10:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,General,Liberty Rock,Theory and Ideas
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June 1, 2009

Education Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Kevin Drum recounts a tale of a specific charter school that has had excellent results. He unwittingly makes a good argument for school choice: In a nutshell, this story explains pretty well why I like charter schools [snip] So I say: fine. If there are some parents who want their kids to go to schools […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:15 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Monopolies
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May 14, 2009

Boy Scout Training: “Put him on his face and put a knee in his back”

From the “Not The Onion” files comes a tale that I can’t even believe, much less figure out how to respond to. Is this really what the Boy Scouts are becoming? The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in […]

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April 22, 2009

Supreme Court One Step Closer To Allowing Strip Searches In Schools

I’ve written in the past about the case of Savanna Redding, a now 19 year-old woman who, when she was thirteen years old was strip-searched by officials at her Arizona school who were convinced that she was concealing a banned substance; Advil. As it turned out, Savanna had no drugs on her, but the strip […]

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