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More on public schools and competition

From a comment by "Brock" to this post below, and my response intermixed:

John & Jon - we, as a society, have a VERY great interest in a well educated population. I can't think of all the great ideas that move society forward by myself. I need help, and there's no telling where the next Bill Gates will come from. I think this competition is great, but Jonathen's contention that it's a shell game of stolen money is completely off.

Can't we all just get along?

Public schools and special-needs children

Opponents of education vouchers and privatization often make the claim that only public schools can adequately meet the unique requirements of special-needs students. The father of a 10-year old girl in Oxfordshire Country in England begs to differ, and is seeking legal action against the public school system to force it to fund a school that will provide a suitable education for his daughter. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

An honor just to be nominated...

The 2003 Weblog Awards are being hosted at Wizbang. has been nominated in its Ecosystem stratum as best Adorable Rodents weblog.

Goodies galore

dessert.jpgEveryone likes a nice surprise every now and then, and politicians are more than willing to supply the electorate with treats (which too often turn out to be tricks). As the Republic has devolved into a democracy, and as rights have been replaced by wants and obligations, each subsequent ruling party brings more promises and goodies to their voting block. Read more »

The benefits of competition

The Flint Michigan public school system is being pro-active in its desire to attract students, according to an article by Tait Russell from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and the driving force is competition from a charter school called Linden Charter Academy.

The advertising campaign, which began in the summer, featured the most outstanding students and graduates from Flint Community Schools, in an attempt to show the purported advantages of sticking with the traditional public schools. [...]

A lament for slaveowners?

The sort of compulsion we are seeing in the field of xxxxx is an infinitely lesser evil for the yyyyy than the outrage of slavery... a lesser evil for them, but it may kill as many black men and women as slavery ever did.

To find out xxxxx and yyyyy, go read Natalie Solent's superb piece at Samizdata.

You're hurting my feelings!

In a column that gets pretty much everything wrong, Jim Hoagland of the Washington Post says that Americans' distrust of government is eroding democracy (okay he's right about that, but that's a good thing) and alienating the electorate. In a review of the book Dismantling Democratic States by Ezra Suleiman, he writes that Americans have carried the healthy skepticism of government to destructive lengths. Read more »

More from the War on Obesity

From the Washington Post:

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that standard obesity treatment should go far beyond casual advice to shed a few pounds. Instead, the group recommended that doctors prescribe intensive behavior therapy at least twice a month in either individual or group sessions led by a team of health professionals such as psychologists, registered dietitians and exercise instructors. Treatment should continue for at least three months, the task force advised.


Arnold Kling posts the contents of an email exchange he had with one of the intellectuals over at Crooked Timber about what he calls The Delusion of Collective Affordability. It's a study in argumentation more than anything else, but also starkly reveals the worldview of those participating in the exchange, with some truly amazing things being said. Read more »

The blogosphere: a kosmos

Last week I wrote about how the blogosphere is a free market anarchy - a system without any top-down command authority, where property rights are fully secured, coercion is nowhere to be found, and all relations are voluntary. At first blush, if you did not know I was taking about the blogosphere, a picture of an entropic free-for-all would have likely entired your mind upon reading everything after the hyphen in the previous sentence. No leader? Pandemonium! No design? Read more »

Duncan on market-based law

Andy Duncan of Samizdata proposes a real-life example of market-based law, providing analogies to the theories of Friedman, Rothbard, and Hoppe, in the realm of professional sports. Read more »