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Michael Shermer: False profit of Libertarian education
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Michael Shermer: False profit of Libertarian education
Sunday, August 23, 2009

I don't want to seem like I'm trying to make a name for myself by attacking the biggest dog in the yard, but I said before that I would tackle another of Michael Shermer's libertarian posts, and I'd like to get this out before I forget, move to Hamilton, and become a big Hamilton. Besides, if I wanted to make a name for myself I would legally change my name to Chewbacca Jesus-Chocolate Kitty.

I want to direct you to a post that Dr. Shermer made regarding public vs. private schooling. I hate to say it, but I have to go all Skeptic on one of the best skeptics out there. If you think I'm letting too much of my labour-academics creep in, please let me know in the comments, but do make a good argument and we'll hash it out: Cage Match (And of course cage matches work. If they didn't, everyone would still be in the cage).

In the linked post, Dr. Shermer frames a case for privatizing education alongside an 1954 essay by John Sparks titled "If Men were Free To Try". I don't want to spend too much time on this essay, but I've read it, and it amounts to little more than post-war economic propaganda to help stem the tide of government intervention that helped build the incredibly powerful American Markets of the 1950's. Not only is it awfully simplistic, but it is even factually wrong. As an example, Sparks noted the poor roads at the time, when in fact the exact opposite is true: federal dollars from The New Deal connected the United States together better than previous road, rail, harbor and air travel ever was suddenly affordable to travel across America.

But that's not why I'm writing.

Shermer uses the same narrative for his own purposes:


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  -Michael Shermer: False profit of Libertarian education Ian David  Aug-23-09 09:26 AM   #0 
  - Thanks for posting. That was a nice rebuttal of Shermer's piece.  WhollyHeretic   Aug-24-09 01:24 PM   #1 
  - 9/11 scared Shermer shitless and he felt compelled to find a larger herd for a sense of safety.  Ian David   Aug-24-09 04:17 PM   #2 
     - I don't know about his motivations re: 9/11  salvorhardin   Aug-24-09 07:17 PM   #3 
     - In his Skepticblog post about schools he was ripped in the comments.  WhollyHeretic   Aug-24-09 07:54 PM   #4 
     - It's heartening to see the criticism  salvorhardin   Aug-24-09 09:02 PM   #6 
     - I had the same reaction to P&T...  onager   Aug-27-09 08:34 PM   #15 
     - His prior post extolling the virtues of objectivism...  Ian David   Aug-24-09 08:41 PM   #5 
        - I forgot about that  salvorhardin   Aug-24-09 09:13 PM   #7 
     - Actually, 911 *moderated* his Libertarianism  charlie   Aug-24-09 10:21 PM   #9 
        - Ahh.. thanks! n/t  Ian David   Aug-25-09 05:49 AM   #11 
  - Obviously there is a broad range  realisticphish   Aug-24-09 09:41 PM   #8 
  - Randbots are mystics  Anarcho-Socialist   Aug-25-09 12:49 AM   #10 
  - Exactly correct  Orrex   Aug-25-09 08:15 AM   #12 
  - The last issue of Skeptic  Codeine   Aug-25-09 05:29 PM   #13 
  - I don't subscribe (can't afford to)  salvorhardin   Aug-25-09 06:33 PM   #14 
     - Here's the contents...  onager   Aug-28-09 02:05 AM   #16 
  - Thank you so much - wonderful piece!  LeftishBrit   Aug-28-09 10:48 AM   #17 
     - Our right-wing blowhards love your educational system...  onager   Aug-28-09 10:39 PM   #18 
        - The top British public schools are currently very popular with Russian oligarchs  LeftishBrit   Aug-30-09 06:20 PM   #19 
           - Thanks! I'll try to find that documentary...  onager   Aug-30-09 09:18 PM   #20 
              - since the fall of the USSR  realisticphish   Sep-02-09 11:32 PM   #21 

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