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Not (magic) pills---just the education, thanks

Posted by: Stoller on December 27, 1999 at 13:32:56:

In Reply to: Your position requires free education pills. posted by Stuart Gort on December 25, 1999 at 12:30:11:

Until a decent education is available for 100% of the people instead of only 25%, we'll NEVER KNOW [what people are capable of], will we?

: ...as if education is not available to anyone who wants it. I know the problem you have, Barry. You expect someone who wants it (and probably those who don't) to be able to get it for nothing.

And why not?

Unlike---say, gasoline and automobiles---education is a relatively abundant natural resource. WE already got the books and the buildings; just hire on some more teachers and universal education can be easily accomplished.

Where's the money for the teachers going to come from, you ask? How 'bout out of that $300 billion Cold War Pentagon budget the American tax-payers prop up each year?

: My dad worked full time...

Tell you what.

I'll swap my dad anecdote for yours, then we'll be even.

Actually, then we'll need to take a look at EVERYBODY'S ELSES dad's anecdotes---which brings us right back to the statistics I regularly offer.

: The problem with free education to the masses (provided in government schools) is that the state controls it. That doesn't have a good track record looking backwards. For all the looking you do it's a wonder why you never spot these things.

How come you 'get the state off our back' guys never criticise the postal system? Think of it: one postcard put into a mailbox in England gets to Alabama five days later. Amazing.

Going further, why don't you 'get the government off our back' guys ever criticise the Pentagon?

BESIDES you should know by now that the 'state' I refer to is not the present capitalist state---but a worker's state in which the workers get to make their own decisions regarding what to produce---for themselves.

BTW, how's those employees of yours doing without health benefits this Christmas season? No one sick or injured, I hope...

: Worry about yourself, Barry. At the rate your posting it won't be long before your living in a box.

Even if I was starving and living in a box, I would still consider you a greedy hypocrite to call yourself a Christian while denying your piecework employees health benefits.

If that makes you feel bad, then I'm doing them a service. And you.

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