Monday, October 12, 2015

Politics and Science

Liberals like to claim that conservatives are “anti-science,” but in fact both Republicans and Democrats will reject science when they find it ideologically uncongenial. Stossel discusses fracking, genetically modified organisms, vaccines, global warming and other issues.

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Blogger notpurfect said...

I agree completely, and have seen this shift since the 70’s, when I first attended UWM. At that time, my tuition was something like $200 - $300 a semester. It was little enough, even considering the value of money at the time, that I could pay it from the job I worked. Yes it was possible for a student to work their way through school. My tuition was approximately one week’s pay.
Not anymore.
A couple years ago, I was having some trouble following some new theories in physics and astronomy, and decided it was time for a refresher class in calculus, and it had been almost 40 years since my college days.
More frightening than the derivatives and integrations of calculus, was the math of tuition - $1948 – for this one class. How can this be, for a class that requires no lab, field trips, special materials, or particularly eminent instructors? A look around makes it pretty obvious.
UWM has its own medical clinic, including substance abuse and psychological counselling, as well as a reproductive health center, a day care center, a health club, its own transit and shuttle service, lots of lefty organizations that hire lots of lefty speakers to demean the capitalist system that is paying them all, and lots of social services. It has everything needed to wean the complete individualist into complete socialism.
They all have to be paid for.
It also has lots of support personnel and services that have absolutely nothing to do with teaching. They all have to be paid for as well. To be a full time student will basically cost you $5000 a semester. Books are extra, as is parking, and there may also be lab fees.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, one of my favorite authors and commentators, advises that the primary job of any government organization is to hire and pay government workers. Any other benefits produced are incidental to this primary function. We see this starting in the elementary schools, which in Milwaukee, cost something on the order of $8000 per pupil per year – to teach grade school kids how to do basic math, read a bit, and perhaps a smattering of science – all at minimal levels with mixed success. Why should we be surprised to find the same inefficiencies in college?
One of the basic criticisms of socialism is that it only lasts until it runs out of other people's money. It can also be defined as taking from those that produce in order to give to those that do not.
I suppose college is not too early to learn these important lessons.

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