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#61 George H. Smith

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

"We can now appreciate whey [sic] many Americans detested being called 'rebels.'"


Thanks for the heads-up. I had not been able to check the posted essay yet. I notified the webmaster about this typo (and one other I noticed), and he said that both had been fixed. It sometimes takes a little while for corrections to show up.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:05 AM

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Monopolies Mercantilism, Illegal Buttons, and Saltpeter Men

My Cato Essay #15 is now up.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:57 AM

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The Roots of State Education
Part 1: The Spartan Model

My Cato Essay #16 is now up. This is the first in a series on the history of state education.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:07 PM

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The Roots of State Education
Part 1: The Spartan Model

My Cato Essay #16 is now up. This is the first in a series on the history of state education.

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Sparta was a National Socialist State, in the spirit of Progressive Liberalism. With a little prettying up, the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt would have approved. Sparta was fascist before there was Fascism.

All jesting aside, Spartan tropes have been adapted by most modern nation states as a model for their military forces. Imperial Rome reproduced Sparta on an Industrial Scale.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:55 AM

http://www.libertari...arket-education
The Roots of State Education, Part 2: Plato's Case Against Free-Market Education

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:54 AM

http://www.libertari...arket-education
The Roots of State Education, Part 2: Plato's Case Against Free-Market Education

My Cato Essay #17 is now up.

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There isn't any market any more for the likes of Ward. The intellectual pretensions of the left have dissolved in the blood they generated. What's left is a deadly inertia with a cliff ahead.

--Brant

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:37 AM

The Roots of State Education, Part 3: Aristotle and Civic Virtue

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:36 AM

Critics of State Education, Part 1: Joseph Priestley

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:58 AM

Critics of State Education, Part 2: The British Voluntaryists

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:20 AM

Critics of State Education, Part 3: The Problem of Indoctrination and the Need for Diversity.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:01 AM

Critics of State Education, Part 4: A Free Market in Education .

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:47 AM

Thomas Jefferson on Public Education, Part 1.

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And the hits just keep on coming.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:34 AM

Barack Obama, Social Darwinism, and Survival of the Fittest, Part 1

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

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Great essay on Herbert Spencer.

I can't wait for Part 2.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:15 PM

George,

Great essay on Herbert Spencer.

I can't wait for Part 2.

Robert Campbell


Thanks, Robert.

Not long ago someone donated money to Cato for the express purpose of advertising the Libertarianism.org site. The results have been dramatic, beginning with my essay from last Tuesday (on Jefferson and education), which got 366 "likes" -- far more than any previous essay. And the current essay on social Darwinism, which has only been up for around ten hours, has already gotten 486 "likes."

Almost all these "likes" are Facebook related, so the actual number of hits is considerably higher. But I do use them as a relative measure of reader interest.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:05 PM

The irony is that the best should survive, not necessarily the fittest, who do because they are the fittest. Since they will, theirs is not a moral issue. The problem is getting the best into the fittest category and politically that is best done by living in a free society. Or, for the best it's a moral issue, for the fittest, sans the best, it isn't necessarily. It's just happenstance save in the case of evil--i.e., the destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis who de-fit them for survival in Germany dominated societies. To restate--"social Darwinism" is a moral lie for there is no morality involved. Whoever heard of the fittest not surviving because they were the fittest? And there are a lot of unfit survivors--of the stress of living. Generally theirs is a parasitic existence, which is not necessarily a denigration, but they cannot or will not create value for trade in excess of their consumption.

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oh, that was a damn good one, George

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:39 AM

Barack Obama, Social Darwinism, and Survival of the Fittest, Part 2.

My Cato Essay #25 is now up.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:44 AM

Barack Obama, Social Darwinism, and Survival of the Fittest, Part 3

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:02 AM

Thomas Jefferson on Public Eduation, Part 2

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:00 AM

Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism, Part 1

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