Murray N. Rothbard

Education: Free and Compulsory


Rothbard gives us the Libertarian view on education. You may not agree with Libertarians on other issues but on education he hits the bull's-eye. It takes a man with courage to tell things as plainly as Mr. Rothbard tells them, but I'm sure everybody agrees with him sotto voce.

Basically "to force into schools children who have little or no aptitude for instruction at all (prevents the education of a child) ... It so happens that among the variety of human ability there is a large number of subnormal children, children who are not receptive to instruction ... To force these children to be exposed to schooling, as the State does almost everywhere, is a criminal offense to their natures. ... the instruction has almost no effect on these children, many of whose hours of life are simply wasted because of the State's decree. .. to dragoon them into a school for a formative decade of their lives, to force them to attend classes in which they have no interest or ability, is to warp their entire personalities." Don't think these kids should just be left alone, no. They get education alright.

"The passion for leveling an enforced equality proclaims: this is good; let every child be forced to learn about 'life' and be forced to associate with the lowest types of humanity. The envy and hatred toward the potentiality of the better and superior child is apparent in this position."

It's true that when Libertarians talk about Freedom they really mean it. Ideas may seem a little over the top, but if you think honestly about them you have to admit that philosophically they are as right as 2+2 are 4.

In this little and very readable book you will find a little history of State compulsion in education in Europe (where all things evil originated -so to say) and finally how it got implemented in America. The simple and clear way he puts things clear and lays responsibilities for the state of education is something truly to be thankful for. You get to know more about education in this little book than reading the partisan panflets written by America's subsidized academics, those demagogues.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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