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Who Should Certify Competence?

Written by Gary North on December 19, 2015

Back in 1971, I was interviewed for a teaching position at an obscure Michigan college, one which was officially Christian but which survived only because of the state scholarship program that funneled several hundred nonsectarian, often secular students onto the campus. I had sent the dean my vita, and he hastened to tell me that […]

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Massacres by Trousered Apes

Posted on December 5, 2015

Joe Sobran was my favorite columnist before he died in 2010. He offered more good sense per paragraph than anyone else. In 1993, William F. Buckley publicly fired Sobran from National Review. I had known for three decades that Buckley was the liberal establishment’s token conservative intellectual. That act confirmed it. He had also become […]

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The Two Rotten Novels That Turned America Left

Written by Gary North on November 21, 2015

I teach four years of literature courses for the high school program of the Ron Paul Curriculum. I also teach six weeks of literature for the eighth grade. For these lessons, I analyze two novels: Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward: 2000–1887 (1888) and Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps (1896). Bellamy’s book is occasionally assigned to college […]

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Grim Humor: “Welcome, College Freshmen”

Posted on November 21, 2015

In the fall of the year, as leaves turned red and gold on the campus of U.PE., an aging professor stood on the podium to give the welcoming address to the new class of freshmen. His hair was white, his mien one of resignation and cynicism. He looked as though he would rather be almost […]

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Four Practical Steps to Undermine the Welfare State

Written by Gary North on November 14, 2015

Jeff Deist of the Mises Institute wrote an article with this title: “Four ways to Build a Free Society.” I like the idea of building. It is positive. His four ways: the political option (minimal involvement), strategic withdrawal (non-participation/separation), hearts and minds (education/social media), and resistance (gumming up the government). So, it’s a mixture of […]

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Video: Inoffensive Classroom Education

Written by Gary North on November 14, 2015

This is amusing because it’s close to the truth. You can send your child to college for (say) $75,000 after taxes, or you can have him earn his accredited degree by CLEP exams and distance learning for under $15,000 per bachelor’s degree. Any student can pay for this by working part-time. Take your pick.

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Apprenticeship and Home Schooling

Written by Gary North on October 31, 2015

Formal classroom education has been substituted for apprenticeship programs for at least a century. Decade by decade, the state gains greater control over the minds of students by requiring long hours of classroom instruction. This instruction is compulsory. In most states, the school has to grant a license to any student who works after school. […]

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