do you all understand this? these republicans want everybody teh fuck off of welfare—and yet…they want those few people who *can* find decent employment to be required by law to pay more for their health insurance (regardless if their employer can afford to pay it or not), they want to make it legal to hire workers that have no legal right to demand health care/retirement/etc…
it’s not just that they don’t want the government to cover the cost of health care, retirement, disability, etc—they don’t want ANYONE to.
vruz: let’s privatise all education so we can teach creationism and supply-side-only economics! let’s privatise all education so we’re not forced to hire perfectly competent gay, black, muslim, latin and other undesirable people! yay!
Now Republicans in Michigan’s state Legislature want to take the outsourcing frenzy one giant leap forward by privatizing public school teaching. Michigan Republican Sen. Phil Pavlov, who chairs the state Senate’s education committee, is preparing legislation that would allow public school districts to hire teachers through private, for-profit companies. Privatizing the hiring process would presumably allow school districts to bypass compensation packages sought by teachers unions and let private companies compete for contracts with districts.
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.
Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, almost 2000 years ago, in book ten of Institutio Oratoria (He continues: “First, we must consider whom to imitate….Secondly, we must consider what it is that we should set ourselves to imitate in the authors thus chosen.”)
vruz: “Plagiarism is necessary. It’s implicit in the idea of progress.” We’ve always known it.
[In] art no small portion of our task lies in imitation…it is a universal rule of life that we should wish to copy what we approve in others. It is for this reason that boys copy the shapes of letters that they may learn to write, and that musicians take the avoids of their teachers, painters the works of their predecessors…