Wednesday, July 07, 2004


Whatever Leftists touch, they degrade or destroy.

Florida Education: "I've been writing about the problems with public education since 1993. The business of imparting to children what I believed to be empty self-esteem became, through the years, a recurring theme in my articles, along with such issues as the dumbing down of curriculum, grade inflation and social promotion. The responses I got from teachers on the editorial page and in person were usually defensive. I was often accused of hating all things having to do with public education. Apparently, it is impossible to criticize public education without hating it. I don't hate public education. I want it to be better than it is. And so, here we are today, and educators and Democrats are using the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as their whipping boy as if the fact that this remedy was deemed necessary comes as a total shock to them; as if there were no red flags, no warning bells, nothing whatsoever to alert them to the fact that our kids have, for a long time now, been in serious academic trouble and that the policies of government schools have, for a very long time, been the agency of this trouble".

Kansas education: "Those of us who teach college English classes are always overwhelmed by the astonishing deficits in our students' ability to get their facts straight, to think clearly and logically, and to express their ideas in language that actually makes sense and that follows the most basic rules of grammar. Even our best students write incoherent essays and make grammar and usage errors that would have failed a third grader in the 1950s... When even our brightest, most "competent" college students cannot write as well or as quickly as most third graders could in my elementary school in 1958, that means something has gone very wrong with their instruction in writing." (Via Newmark's door).



Another Leftist "naked" protest here Leftists will do anything to draw attention to themselves. They did the same last year. See here or here.

The wisdom of ordinary people beats the elites: "James Surowiecki is fascinated by prediction markets. In his opinion, they demonstrate that crowds are often wise. He rejects the widespread view that groups of ordinary people are usually wrong--and that we do better to ignore them and follow experts instead. Even when individuals blunder, he believes, groups can excel: "Under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them." This is so even when "most of the people within the group are not especially well-informed or rational."" Conservatives from Burke through Disraeli and Hayek to Reagan have of course always trusted the people as a whole to come up with better decisions than elites do. Burke looked to the wisdom of the people of both the past and present combined; Disraeli saw the ordinary people of England as "angels in marble" and Hayek saw the information available to the population as a whole as infinitely superior to any other information source. And trust in the wisdom and goodness of the ordinary people as a whole is something Reagan was famous for. He constantly said that the great achievements of his era were not his but those of the American people as a whole. And libertarians have of course always looked to the aggregation of individual decisions in markets as the premier fount of wisdom.

The House of Lords once again proves its value as a guardian of traditional British liberties: "Proposals for a ban on smacking children as a disciplinary measure failed to pass the upper house of the British parliament yesterday. During a debate on amendments to the Children Bill, the House of Lords adopted by a vote of 226-91 a motion to allow "moderate" smacking that leaves no cuts, bruises or psychological harm. The proposal would also make it an offence to hit a child with an instrument, such as a belt or a cane. But the House of Lords defeated, by 250-75, a more draconian proposal that would have made it a crime in Britain to smack a youngster to any degree whatsoever."

Tom Barrett: "As I watched a defiant Saddam Hussein bluster his way through his first court appearance for war crimes in Iraq, I was struck with the fact that on at least one important point he and John Kerry are in agreement. Saddam stated that he shouldn�t be on trial, that Bush and the United States were the real war criminals".

"A generation ago, American satirist Walter Kelly amended Commodore Perry's 1813 dispatch 'We have met the enemy and he is ours' to read, 'We have met the enemy and he is us.' By the same token, one might say to the peoples of Mesopotamia: 'You have met the enemy, and he is you.' Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurd have one thing in common: they all eschew the American 'melting pot' model of democracy. They are determined to pursue their own tragic destinies instead.... I believe that there is among the Kurds, enough people who love freedom for itself and who will struggle for it obstinately until the Kurds enjoy self-rule."

Political boundaries should not be sacred: "One of the ballasts that our current political balloons carry is that of the sanctity of existing boundaries; the belief that all existing states are to be preserved in their current shape and size. This is, in numerous cases, an irrational position for which the global community and interstate peace currently pays and will in the future continue to pay, an excessive price."

Island of justice in the Middle East: "Question: Where in the Middle East did the following occur? Arab villagers file a petition to their High Court, claiming their human rights are being violated by the state. The villagers prevail. The Kingdom of Jordan, perhaps? Syria? Lebanon? Did a High Court of Justice there intervene on behalf of the Little Lebanese Guy against his Syrian overlords? ... When polled, Europeans said that this country, whose supreme court ruled against the state for violating a standard designed to 'strike a balance between security and human rights,' was the greatest threat to world peace."

The Leftists won't like this: There is now a Muslim free-market institute!

Now that the "Kyoto" global warming bandwagon seems to have ground to a halt, the Church of England has decided to give it a push. Though don't ask me what that has to do with saving souls and preparing for the afterlife -- which is what Jesus was on about. Anyway, the C of E has what seems a new twist: They want poor people to pollute MORE! All men should be equal polluters, apparently. As I pointed out some time ago, the old established churches are mostly just Leftist fronts these days -- dedicated to getting attention by stirring up mindless dissension and trouble rather than anything else. M4 Monologue has got a pretty good take on that sort of "Christian" too.

For more postings, see GREENIE WATCH and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH. Mirror sites here and here


Leftism is more popular with young people than with older people largely because Leftism is itself juvenile: They criticize what they don't understand. Which makes it ironic that "We know best" and "It's for your own good" are the basic Leftist messages. Leftists have never got past the simplistic thinking or the arrogance that are the characteristic limitations of youth

"Created" equal in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is a religious way of saying that people are NOT equal but start out with the same rights.

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