While I don’t wish to reproduce on this blog the entirety of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law”, I believe the author should have an opportunity to rebut comments made on my previous quote of him regarding the definition of socialism.
I’m often challenged in political arguments with progressives, particularly on Twitter, to define socialism. My opponents claim that I’m abusing the term. I’m inclined to see such a claim as an example of conversational terrorism, but it happens often enough and I care enough about productive dialog that I’ve decided to relent and offer a definition. I might not have done so entirely to my satisfaction had I not been listening to an audiobook version of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law” this morning. I offer here his laudably simple and clear definition.
I’m not a fan of public education. I don’t like seeing children indoctrinated into blind faith and belief that we can’t be trusted to run our own lives and our wise and generous government should instead be obediently trusted with omnipotence and omnipresence in order to grace us with its omnibenevolence. Nor do think the best instruction bureaucracy can buy does a particularly good job at educating children. Consequently, if I have any real choice in the matter, my children will either be homeschooled or go to a private school. If only I could also opt out of paying for public education I’d rather not use…
But I digress. The point I really wanted to make when I started writing this post is that public education is funded by horrible compromise measures that cannot even please the socialists who want it so badly. I see some possible solutions to the problem, all of which are unfortunately politically leprous.
With the Penguins doing well in the Stanley Cup finals, I’m sure I’ll take some flack from my fellow Pittsburghers for posting this. Oh well. 😉
A recent Austrian Scholars Conference speech from March of this year, Socialized Sports: Your Money at Work by Devin Leary-Hanebrink (player, mp3), does a good job of explaining why the Pittsburgh should have let the Penguins leave instead of promising them a new arena.