30th April 2012

“In the name of 'respecting' faith and 'celebrating' difference, we are moving to a liberal version of educational apartheid.”

Nick Cohen

5 Responses to “30th April 2012”

  1. electra Says:

    The fundies can have their own schools with their own facts about earth, and the rest of us can live in reality. Why won’t that work?

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    Fundies are threatened by reality. They can go berserk if everyone doesn’t agree with them.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The Death Of Facts In An Age Of ‘Truthiness’
    by NPR STAFF
    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/29/151646558/if-a-fact-dies-in-the-forest-will-anyone-believe-it?sc=fb&cc=fp

    Thought this article went well with today’s quote.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Jeff, from yesterday:

    First I don’t believe that I or Ayn Rand said that society’s “sole motivation is (or should be) self-interest”.

    Second you imply Mr. Greenspan’s actions as Chaiman are Ayn Rand’s or resultant from their relationship.

    This is incorrect on two levels:
    1) While Mr. Greenspan once did claim to be a fan/disciple of Ms. Rand his interpretation and/or misinterpretation belong to him not Ayn Rand, 2) In the book The Virtue of Selfishness Ayn Rand makes no argument for or against “the consistent over-estimation of reward, and the even more consistent under-estimation of risk”.

    The essay “The Nature of Government” from “The Virtue of Selfishness” speaks about government intrusion into peoples lives not greedy rewards.

    I don’t mean to say anything bad of you, as you know I enjoy your posts and your wit and have said so, but on this matter it seems to me that you are speaking to what you don’t know?

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Some Ayn Rand to know:
    supported abortion rights,
    opposed the Vietnam War and the military draft,
    supported Israel in the Arab-Israeli War of 1973
    advocated the repeal of all laws against homosexuality

    Then an article about Greenspan’s supposed ties to Ayn Rand:
    Greenspan Has No Free Market Philosophy
    October 24, 2008

    Washington, D.C. –Opponents of the free market are giddy at Alan Greenspan’s declaration that the financial crisis has exposed a “flaw” in his “free market ideology.” Greenspan says he is “in a state of shocked disbelief” because he “looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder’s equity”–and it didn’t.

    But according to Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, “any belief Greenspan ever had in truly free markets was abandoned long ago.
    http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=21757