Interesting stuff I don’t have time to blog about

I spent so much time looking at Ron Paul, I ran out of time to say anything about other things I found interesting this morning. Here are quick links:

Obsessive health and safety regulations destroy Britain’s 400 year old Guy Fawkes celebrations.

Dennis Prager notes that education does not predictably turn out people who make good citizens and can, in fact, do the opposite.

Clarice Feldman points out media malaise when it comes to the Bush Administration’s important achievement regarding North Korea.

The Captain notes that Israel’s destruction is only one agenda item for Al Qaeda, and is unrelated to its quest to destroy or subjugate the West.

Thomas Sowell deconstructs the mindless phrase “make a difference.”

Obama believes in transparency for thee, but not for me.

Dick Morris translates Hillary-speak.

Christopher Chantrill writes a great article about real sacrifice and the S-CHIP debate.

Matt Sanchez writes about the unfortunate cascade of Republican gay sex scandals and Leftist charges about hypocrisy.

Today’s “Best of the Web Today,” which manages to hit on so many wonderful points, I can’t limit myself to one squiblet.

UPDATE:  I’m highlighting here an article I almost missed:  Mark Steyn on yet another high cost of illegal immigration, which is one of his best, and that’s very good indeed.

6 Responses

  1. I read the Dennis Prager article and it’s not very logical. It first declares that there’s no evidence of a link between higher education and moral decency — which is entirely correct but useless because we have no way of producing evidence to that effect. Instead, he offers anecdotal evidence (three of four leaders of the Einsatzgruppen had PhDs). Now, that’s interesting data, but I could just as easily use that kind of reasoning the other way around. Neither Stalin, nor Hitler, nor Pol Pot had much education. What does that prove about the link between education and moral decency? Absolutely nothing.

    Anecdotal evidence is only useful when there’s absolutely nothing else, and even then it has to be carefully evaluated. The most important question to ask is, “Was the evidence cherry-picked?” That is clearly the case with Mr. Prager’s article. I wish he would offer something to support his wild-eyed claims.

  2. I don’t think Prager was trying to prove that absence of education equals morality. I think that, without going in depth, he was trying to remind us of the fallacy of believing that education and morality or human decency are the same thing — something you concede. Dodd, however, seems to believe the opposite. As it is, in a series of radio comments and articles, Prager has given more concrete examples of education that is unanchored to or antithetical to morality.

  3. By the way, although I found it interesting enough to link to here, I’ll agree that it’s not one of Prager’s best.

  4. OK, so we can agree that education has no relationship to moral growth. This is probably as it should be, given the range of beliefs on what constitutes moral growth. I believe that society has a right to use public schools to imbue its future citizens with whatever moral standards the strong majority feels are important.

    However, we can still agree, I hope, that education remains an important positive force in society. Equipping future citizens with good critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the increasingly complex world in which we live seems absolutely essential to our survival. Indeed, given the general acceptance of poor critical thinking skills (witnessed by Mr. Prager’s logical blunder), I fear for the future of our Republic.

  5. I think the real reason so many of ‘a certain age’ *cough-babyboomers-cough* sing high praise for ‘education’ is to try and convince people, especially themselves, that they stayed in academia ‘for education’ and not ‘to dodge the draft’.

    We cannot look at current academia to discover whether higher education leads to moral growth: most of our tenured professors only stayed in education to dodge the Vietnam Draft!

    It’s a skewed sample…. Skewed-up, in fact.

  6. Gray, if you have any evidence to support your claims, please present it. In the absence of such evidence, I will ask what motivates you to make such malicious speculations.

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