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Basal Ingredients Of Society • ℞

THE SOCIAL COMPACT If then we discard from the social compact what is not of its essence, we shall find that it reduces itself to the following terms: “Each of us puts his person and all his power in common … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 7

Re: Diane Ravitch • Help the ACLU Sue the State of Nevada to Stop Vouchers Vouchers are a tool for injecting a viral species of market dynamics — the dynamics of private individuals competing in a zero-sum game for individual … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 6

Re: Diane Ravitch • Help the ACLU Sue the State of Nevada to Stop Vouchers Until very recently, beginning with the perverse promotion of corporate curricula, state and federal governments have never had “the power to require children to receive … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 5

Re: Diane Ravitch • Help the ACLU Sue the State of Nevada to Stop Vouchers Religion is a private business. If religious establishments wish to remain free of accountability to the government of the people as a whole — just … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 4

Re: Diane Ravitch • Why Douglas County, Colorado, Vouchers Were Ruled Unconstitutional Freedom of religion depends on the separation of church and state. That’s what they taught us back in the last millennium, even in Texas, maybe even especially in … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 3

Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem Once we are clear about the principles that govern the role of education in a democratic society then we can begin to reason out optimal ways of providing for … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 2

Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem The rationale for Universal Free Public Education is that a certain level of education is necessary for a person to function as a full-fledged citizen in a well-tempered and … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • 1

What was it called? — spinthariscope? — it came from a science kit I got as a kid … I might as well jump in medias res … Re: Michael Hays • How to Fix the College Debt Problem Better … Continue reading

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Basal Ingredients Of Society • Prologue

I chose the acronym BIOS to suggest the vital elements of life in society, a life in association with others, and not just any association but one whose flickers of life are sustainable for more than a few vicissitudes of … Continue reading

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These are the times that try men’s soles

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate … to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually … Continue reading

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