Antisthenes: No so Timeless Times

 from the quill of Antisthenes

Mention the TIME, and people ask, is it still published? The solidly left, politically correct and morally bankrupt publication well past its “Best before” time is struggling for survival, but now and then you can pick up a copy in a library. Still, otherwise dull resident pontificator Joe Klein managed to write in (As goes Wisconsin, …So goes America; TIME Vol.177 No.9) something relatively sensible: “The teachers, especially, became a reactionary force when it came to school reform – opposing charter scrolls (in Detroit, the union blocked a $125 million private contribution to build five new charter schools) and merit pay; they lashed themselves to strict seniority rules more appropriate to assembly-line workers than would-be professionals. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been trying to negotiate a deal whereby layoffs, if necessary, would not be made on the last-hired, first-fired basis.”So you’d rather have them lay off the more experienced teachers?” a Wisconsin teacher asked me. No: teachers should be hired and fired and paid according to their ability.”But who judges that?” the teacher asked. Their employers do, I replied. The teacher scoffed; the idea that school principals should be able to decide who should be part of their workforce seems incomprehensible to most teachers – and yet that sort of accountability is at the heart of any system that aspires to excellence.” One thing is not clear to me. Should we write – as goes America, so goes Australia, or as goes Australia, so goes America ?

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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3 Responses to Antisthenes: No so Timeless Times

  1. Milan Skarka, aka GOL says:

    Infinitus est numerus stultorum goes the ancient expression. This should be our guidance today. Despite all the toils and inventions today’s citizenry is again falling for the safety of a cage. The critical mass of people getting some largesse from the Government is getting dangerously close to 50% in the US. This would indicate a point of no return and the final stage of decay of the Republic. It is always the do-gooders that kill the golden goose with their horrible redistribution and power grabs. It must be truly an evil mind that wants to re-order other peoples life and uses all means necessary.

    To answer Ben Franklin’s quote: “We gave you a Republic madam, if you can keep it…” would be-we can’t keep the damn thing running…and this is really a shame!

  2. The problem is that even the bourgeoisie middle class, usually the most resistant to government expansion, has been corrupted with government largesse. What I find amazing though, is that you could provide an effective welfare system without the neccessary expasnion of taxation. Threre are a few examples of governments investing revenue to provide a interest bearing fund for all sort of projects. But thats not where we are now, governmetns could achieve many of their contradictory duties, but choose too waste every bit of revenue as soon as it touches their hands. We are dealing with children here, who suddenly cry when they realize they have no more money left, after buying the candy. This is literally how govnerments operate, a coporation would never do half the derelict financing that governments do.

  3. Milan Skarka, aka GOL says:

    Agreed, however, government investing anything is an oxymoron. Government can not create wealth. Government takes, confiscates and re-distributes some. We must see what is not happening in terms of economic activity as a result of Government’s wealth confiscation, however it may “invest” the loot.

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