“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Why You Pullin' for Barack or McCain?

HatTip: BobW

You will not find a better argument for getting the US government out of public education.

GWB and the Republicans could have accomplished that with a voucher system. Had they done so, they would have saved millions of young Americans from a second or third rate education inflicted by teachers like the one in this clip, a woman fitted for mopping school floors instead of standing in front of a classroom.

The Republicans failed miserably.

Acre of Independence


  1. Department of Ash Education.

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