Saturday, June 18, 2005

    The Evil Within

    There is, in fact, only one solution: the state, the government, the laws must not in any way concern themselves with schooling or education. Public funds must not be used for such purposes. The rearing and instruction of youth must be left entirely to parents and to private associations and institutions.

    Ludwig von Mises
    I never heard of Ludwig von Mises or the organization that follows his vision until I did a Google search for the topic of public school system failure yesterday. His life spanned from 1881 through 1973, and he was a visionary as well as a prudent observer of the decay of the public school system.
    Next week I will start a series on the public school system, how it evolved into the strong-arm union socialist entity it is, and why it must be destroyed as it exists today. A preview of the type of ideals that will be covered can be found in the link above that provides an abbreviated account of Mr. Mises's life:
    • 'At a time when every communist and social democratic exile from Europe was given a high academic post in the United States, Mises was refused a job. But with the help of Henry Hazlitt and Lawrence Fertig, Mises secured a visiting professorship at New York University's Graduate School of Business. His salary was paid by business people and foundations, and he was never to be a regular member of the faculty. The dean, John Sawhill, even lobbied good students not to take Mises's "right-wing, reactionary" classes.'


    The Rambling Taoist said...

    Gee, I can HARDLY wait.

    Pundit said...

    This is why the public school administrators and teachers are so dead set against home schooling or parochial schools. The public school way of doing things is to whine and cry about how nothing works, get the government to dole out more money, hire more inept and incompetent teachers, screw everything up, whine and cry about how nothing works, get more money from the government, hire more inept and incompetent teachers, and things still don't work. Rather than teach solid skills, the public institutions are looking for all these novel new theories on clever new things to try, and they don't work.

    Gullyborg said...

    von Mises was one of the most influential scholars in the war against socialism. His writing was the first to challenge David Horowitz intellectually, and start him on the path to rebuking communism in favor of capitalism. He was the major inspiration for F.A. Hayek in the writing of "The Road to Serfdom."

    Every free-market scholar should read von Mises's treaties on socialism.

    : JustaDog said...

    Strange the public schools I went to never taught about him. I'm beginning to understand why.

    Thanks Gullyborg!