From Hit & Run: ‘School Choice and the Middle Class – Q&A with Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Institute’

Full post here.

‘Should parents who’ve already paid a premium to live in a good school district oppose school choice?’

Economic freedom meets economic segregation meets politics meets self-interest meets bureaucracy meets equality of opportunity…and everyone has a stake.

Also On This Site:  From Reason.Tv: ‘NBC’s Education Summit-Joe Trippi, Michelle Rhee & More’From The Washington Post: ‘D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee To Announce Resignation Wednesday’

Michelle Rhee At Newsweek: “What I’ve Learned”

Robert Samuelson Via Real Clear Politics: ‘Why School Reform Fails’From The Bellevue Reporter-Walter Backstrom’s: ‘Educational Progress And The Liberal Plantation’

and more broadly and philosophically:  Review-A Review Of Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education.’From The Access Resource Network: Phillip Johnson’s “Daniel Dennett’s Dangerous Idea’Repost-From Scientific Blogging: The Humanities Are In Crisis-Science Is Not

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From National Geographic: ‘Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells’

Full piece here (video included)

The History channel has a good preview video here on how it’s past and potential future has been pieced together by park employees, geologists etc.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory at the USGS.

Related On This Site:  From YouTube Via Sound Politics: NASA-Mt St Helens: Thirty Years LaterSeattle Earthquake-January 30th 2009-4.5 On The Richter ScaleFrom The New Scientist: ‘Giant Crack Formed In Just Days’From Scientific Blogging: ‘On Eyjafjallajökull’

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From The Chronicle Of Higher Ed Via The A & L Daily: ‘What if They Gave a Science War and Only One Side Came?’

Full piece here.

Our author wonders if anthropology, maybe, is being overrun by post-modernists?  A disingenuous proposition?

“Within a few days, the executive board began receiving angry e-mails from self-identified scientific anthropologists who were irate about dropping the word “science” from the long-range plan.”

Is the discipline a meeting of the sciences and the humanities…and like English and some other disciplines…is the humanities side susceptible to excessive relativism, and open to the seep of potential ideological/political goals?

Maybe, maybe not.  The comments are worth a read.

Related On This Site: Perhaps you can make judgments in the humanities, and they don’t need to be political:  Roger Scruton In The American Spectator Via A & L Daily: Farewell To Judgment

What are the ethical obligations of an anthropologist/author/journalist? From Savage Minds: More On The Lawsuit Against Jared DiamondFrom The Chronicle Of Higher Education: Jared Diamond’s Lawsuit…and: Jared Diamond: “Vengeance Is Ours” In The New Yorker

More of the spirit of theory slipping into politics…another sign of the times?:  The Economist on Moral Thinking: David Sloan Wilson’s Research

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Atul Gawande At The New Yorker: ‘The Hot Spotters’

Post here (abstract only, full article requires a subscription)

Gawande points to a study recognizing a group of people that disproportionately uses medical resources:

‘His calculations revealed that just one per cent of the hundred thousand people who made use of Camden’s medical facilities accounted for thirty per cent of its costs.’

And a potential solution for these ‘super-utilizers:’

‘In addition to physicians and nurses, the Center employs eight full-time “health coaches,” who help patients manage their health.’

‘Health-coaches’ frightens me a bit.  I’m still worried about politicizing the issue further; entrenching health-care as a right, which will also make it a political football (soon to be third-rail), potentially unionize it, open it to many more forms abuse and fraud (and diverging political and healh-insurance goals).

A door to single-payer?  What about rising costs?

A reader sent in two quotes from Henry Hazlitt, libertarian economist:

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.


“The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians.”

Related On This Site:  Atul Gawande At The New Yorker: ‘Testing, Testing’From The New Yorker: Atul Gawande On Health Care-”The Cost Conundrum”

From If-Then Knots: Health Care Is Not A Right…But Then Neither Is Property?

A Few Health Care Links-03/18/2010

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Repost-Via Youtube: ‘George Will Discusses Metaphysical Concepts’

7:43 long.  The title is ‘George Will on rationality, principles, and reality.’

The same reader who sent the link wonders if there are some people who pursue the argument of free market economics with a zealous rationalism (not necessarily materialistic, but rationalist)..and if there isn’t there some Empiricist/philosophcial/political tradition relatively free of this metaphysical debate?

I’m not sure.  At the very end, Will states:

“It’s not the question of contradictions being true, but the questions of contradictions being real”

Link to a page on Aristotle’s metaphysics: being qua being.

From a Leo Strauss quote on Edmund Burke earlier posted (Strauss thought Burke too, perhaps, was succumbing to his definition of historicism):

“What ever might have to be said about the propriety of Burke’s usage, it is here sufficient to note that, in judging the political leaders whom he opposed in the two most important actions of his life, he [sic Burke] traced their lack of prudence less to passion than to the intrusion of the spirit of theory into the field of politics.”

Also On This Site:   Some Quotations From Leo Strauss On Edmund Burke In ‘Natural Right And History’Peter Singer discusses Hegel and MarxA Few Thoughts On Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts Of Liberty”Harry Jaffa At The Claremont Institute: ‘Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy’

George Will on baseball: From Slate: ‘Old Moneyball’

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From CATO@Liberty: ‘Democracy In Tunisia?’

Full post here.

Our author, David Boaz, quotes Fareed Zakaria:

‘Since 1945 Western governments have, for the most part, embodied both democracy and constitutional liberalism. Thus it is difficult to imagine the two apart, in the form of either illiberal democracy or liberal autocracy. In fact both have existed in the past and persist in the present. Until the twentieth century, most countries in Western Europe were liberal autocracies or, at best, semi-democracies.’

Related On This Site:  From The Atlantic: Samuel Huntington’s Death And Life’s WorkFrom The American Interest Online: Francis Fukuyama On Samuel HuntingtonFrom Foreign Affairs Via The A & L Daily: ‘Conflict Or Cooperation: Three Visions Revisited’

Do we try and invest in global institutions as flawed as they are?:  Daniel Deudney On YouTube Responding to Robert Kagan: Liberal Democracy Vs. Autocracy

Fareed Zakaria BBC Interview: America In DeclineRichard Lieber In The World Affairs Journal–Falling Upwards: Declinism, The Box Set

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Repost-Two Sunday Quotations By Albert Jay Nock in ‘Anarchist’s Progress’

Full essay here.

‘According to my observations (for which I claim nothing by that they are all I have to go by) inaction is better than wrong action or premature right action, and effective right action can only follow right thinking. “If a great change is to take place,” said Edmund Burke, in his last words on the French Revolution, “the minds of men will be fitted to it.”‘


‘It is a primary instinct of human nature to satisfy one’s needs and desires with the least possible exertion; everyone tends by instinctive preference to use the political means rather than the economic means, if he can do so.’

Albert Jay Nock, a strange animal:  Philosophical anarchist…but one whose anti-statism (the State maintains a monopoly on crime) is such that he ends up in a fairly conservative position.

Also On This Site:  How many libertarians are fundamentally anti-theist…and would some go so far as to embrace utilitarianism, or Mill’s Harm Principle which both of which are often used by the State-Builders?  So, where did Marx get his ideas, anyways? Peter Singer discusses Hegel and Marx

How might Darwin, and those who use him for political purposes, fit into all of this?:  PZ Myers, anti-creationsist, has more.

What about Kantian agnosticism…or is that part of the Enlightenment project of reason that Libertarians perhaps ought to be more careful with?:  A Few Thoughts On Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts Of Liberty”Harry Jaffa At The Claremont Institute: ‘Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy’Via An Emailer: Some Criticism Of Leo Strauss?

What about Noam Chomsky’s philosophical idealism, and his anarchism?:  The Politics Of Noam Chomsky-The Dangers Of Kantian Transcendental Idealism?

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