Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holding on to a Totalitarian Regime: Lesson 1

Toward the beginning of this year, I was listening to an interview on NPR about the then-recent Libya uprising. The expert being interviewed essentially stated that the reason the Libyan rebels were having trouble pulling together was because they a lacked a shared culture that a more unified public educational curriculum provides. The only unifying piece of curriculum across the country was a couple hours of study a week of Ghadaffi's Green Book.

I couldn't help but laugh while listening to the interview. The reason why a totalitarian regime was performing well (at the time) against its rebels was caused by a lack of unity in the public education curriculum? If there is one thing that totalitarian regimes rarely skimp on, it is indoctrinating the future generation into followers. If Ghadaffi skimped on this area (with exception to some limited study of his Green Book), it very well could have been the driving factor in his downfall.

To be pithy, I don't think we're ever going to see a totalitarian regime implement school choice and vouchers. Public education was one of the most effective ways at controlling the masses throughout the 20th century.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Return to Blogging

My blogging hiatus is coming to an end.

Here's a picture I drew to celebrate:
(You'll need to click on the image to get the full effect)