INFLUENCING THE PUBLIC MIND

Most of our socialist friends believe that free markets naturally decline into monopolies that drive up prices and drop wages.

Those who understand markets know that only government supported monopolies can exist in the long run, or even medium run.

I just thought that when an opportunity presents for us to be in emotional sync with lefties, it might be a good idea to seize the day.

If we can get them to grasp the evil of one government mandated monopoly on a gut level, that could be a good wedge into the zeitgeist.

thats why I suggested we take on the monopoly status of the certification board.

I thought it was worth a shot.

Oh well.

Phil,
I thought is was a good idea except that it would tend to defeat the effort to take on the college board. I don't know the circumstances. If the college board will help defeat the commission, then the sequence would be reversed.

Ok, I have to be honest that I more often see things from a rightist position than a leftist one.

You don't need to assail me with all the sins of the rightists, I am well aware of them.

My opinion still stands.

If we attack the legitimacy of both the accrediting board and CCSF, then we are likely to get rid of neither.

If the accrediting Board will help us get rid of CCSF, then we should let the issue of the legitimacy of the Accreditation Board lie low for the time being.

Les

That's called pragmatism, Les. Pragmatism is a big part of how we got in this mess in the first place. We need to have principles and stick to them!

Nina

"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
--Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

What? I have no idea what this can mean. I like the concept of choosing your battles and getting some results on something rather than attacking everything and getting nothing.

Les

What if I said, for the sake of argument, that it is the other way around? We are in a mess because we are not pragmatic enough to successfully deal with situations.

John:

I cannot believe you and I actually seem to agree on something.

Perhaps if you say it, it will get some traction as nothing I say ever does.

I believe the commission is mandated by state law and, therefore, the college board cannot get rid of the commission.

The commission, however, by revoking accreditation can rub out the college.

Les

I am still not sure I understand what this means.

If my life depended on applying this principle, I would be in serious trouble.

I tend to be more literal minded.

Les