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September 08, 2016

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R. Sherman

Well,then.

Query: Is "Bugger off" an appropriate reply?

Joan

"Mockingly quoted his assertion that parents should have no right to choose their children's education. Instant block."

Symbolic much?

David

Symbolic much?

“If only we could cut off all those damned escape routes.”

Spiny Norman

Oh look! Another collectivist believes your children are property of the State.

rxc

I wonder what he thinks about parents' abilities to decide what food they give their children, or whether they are given any religious training?

Jeff Wood

All your children are belong to us.

He doesn't say whether he wants to turn them into Young Pioneers, or into Hitler Youth. We need to know, so we can order the correct uniforms for the new school term.

I suppose his head explodes when someone mentions home schooling.

Spiny Norman

Is that legal in the UK, Jeff?

I know in the US, many "progressives" want to outlaw that option, claiming it "stunts children's social development", "leaving them at a disadvantage" or similar rubbish -- or at least not allow home schooled kids into state colleges and universities (lack of proper educational "qualifications", you see?)

Hopp Singg

I believe Cambodia tried this model not so very long ago, but it underperformed. Perhaps a lack of vibrant pronouns was to blame.

David Gillies

Yes, homeschooling is completely legal in the UK. The local education bods will want to check up from time to time but if you really are teaching your kids then they'll leave you alone. Of course it's far from an easy option, unless you're absolutely minted and can get them privately tutored. But in that case most people pay school fees instead.

Theophrastus

DG

Your comment reminded me of this:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11397662/Emma-Thompson-and-husband-decide-to-educate-daughter-Gaia-at-home.html

Nemo

Theo, amusing article; bizarre as it may seem, it made me think of the arguments surrounding marijuana use - the justification by exception and failure. Thus, with marijuana, medicinal use because 'traditional drugs don't work for me' is somehow acceptable, whereas 'I like it' isn't; and with education it's 'my child was being bullied' or some such, but simply saying 'I think home education's better' doesn't get a mention. Is this just some deep-seated human need to appear conciliatory?

MikeG81

It appears that "tweet" no longer exists.

Jeff Wood

Norman, to add to David Gillies' remarks, there is a long tradition of private tutoring and home schooling in the UK, not confined to the rich, and no doubt the people controllers will get to it in time.

I understand that in Germany, home schooling is flat-out illegal.

Myrddin

Not being clear to me who Jerry Hogg is and hence, what am I missing apart from the breathtaking comment, one turns to the search engine ?

Which, comparing the Twitter pic with the nearest comparable face on the image search, leads us to:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-hogg-71710960

If it is indeed the same guy, the absolutely rich irony is that Mr 'I oppose consumerism and parents' choice' is employed as:


VP Sales - EMEA at Kellogg Company

Geneva Area, Switzerland
Consumer Goods

Ummm - so this neo-Bolshevik works for one of the biggest consumer product companies in the world.

Which in one sense is disappointing selection by Kellogg. But in another sense simply further reinforcement of Conquest's Second Law. I recall a piece where Jonah Goldberg attended a talk by the head of consumer icon Nestle, who was anything but a free-market capitalist.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/227622/liberal-fascism-20-interview

Starting to look like the Left have colonised just about everything.


pst314

Query: Is "Bugger off" an appropriate reply?
I would suggest that "Die soon" is not too strong. There can be no peace with these totalitarian monsters.

dicentra

with marijuana, medicinal use because 'traditional drugs don't work for me' is somehow acceptable, whereas 'I like it' isn't

Point of order: The same standard applies to opioids, hallucinogens, uppers, downers, and any Really Strong Recreationals that also have a medical use.

If I took aspirin because I liked it, people would think I was merely daft, not immoral.

dicentra

I recall a piece where Jonah Goldberg attended a talk by the head of consumer icon Nestle, who was anything but a free-market capitalist. ...

Starting to look like the Left have colonised just about everything.

Except that they didn't, really.

As I mentioned in another thread a few weeks back, Bill Gates never aspired to have the best software company in the world but to be the only software company in the world, and he played awfully dirty to get there.

Thomas Edison was not an inventor but a sociopath who mercilessly exploited the brilliant-but-clueless Nikolai Tesla. The Oatmeal hits the high points.

Steve Jobs may have been a sociopath or at least had a really nasty personality disorder.

Jeffery Immelt, formerly president of General Electric (which is as bloated and sclerotic as the U.S. gubmint itself) is one of Obama's BFFs and graced the White House often.

(How bloated is GE? When I worked there in ought-six, I decided to see how many servers were on the network. There were thousands upon thousands, their hostnames listed like sequential license plates: none of them had names derived from gemology or Bahamanian islands or Star Trek trivia, which is how sysadmins in smaller businesses name them. Also? Working for GE felt like working for the U.S. Department of Defense, a previous gig.)

Megabiz has always attracted tyrannical personalities, from the Dutch East Indies Company to General Foods.

The competitive personality types are busy starting up companies, getting them on their feet, and then turning the reins over to someone who is better suited to running a company in the next stage of a company's lifecycle (growth, which also attracts competitive types). Or they sell to a larger company and use the money to start up another company. And then another. And then another. Because that's what they're good at.

Megabiz attracts just as many tyrannical personalities as national politics, but the megabiz guys tend to be more clever than politicians, who are often stupider than a box of cat fur.

So the left didn't colonize megabiz as much as gravitate to Big Power, as they always do.

Spiny Norman

dicentra,

Point of order: The same standard applies to opioids, hallucinogens, uppers, downers, and any Really Strong Recreationals that also have a medical use.

One good thing, maybe the only one, about a trip to the dentist, is that I leave with a 'script for fun drugs.

Spiny Norman

the megabiz guys tend to be more clever than politicians, who are often stupider than a box of cat fur.

Ah, John Kerry.

Jonathan

Step 1: Burn Down Library

Step 2: ..............

Step 3: Free Tuition!

Hal

Step 3: Free Tuition!

Two step process for pissing off lots of all sides in the Middle East:

A) Free Palestine!!!!!!

B) With any purchase of Jordan and Syria!!!

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