Articles from Catallaxy Files
In The Australian today:
“Coming after the school funding row, last week’s Program for International Student Assessment results provided the education lobby with a golden opportunity to vent its claims. Not that those claims needed repeating, for they have become articles of religion. But that doesn’t stop them being demonstrably false.”
Harold Lasswell explaining the difference between propaganda and education in 1935:
The spread of controversial attitudes is propaganda; the spread of acceptable attitudes is skills education. It is proper to speak of Communism as propaganda in Chicago and as education in Moscow.*
Today, of course, we could define propaganda and skills education in exactly the same way but the examples would be reversed.
Energy is one of the most important contributors to civilisation and high living standards. Without energy we would be nothing, existing as primitive savages facing the vicissitudes of life, in the natural state of man as Hobbes wrote in Leviathan.
Yes, you may wonder whether I am having a bad hair day but I was sent this article, which is both hilarious and scary. You can see the same sorts of lunacy infiltrating the Australian narrative – gosh, I can really get with the program.
I am told that the Forest Stewardship Council which is mentioned in the article is a really terrifying outfit which aims to stop all logging in both developed and developing countries, while in the meantime blackmailing companies.