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I want to read this book. I can't because I am a product of the education system.
Is this book an exception to the re against politics?
Bryan Caplan is an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute, a conservative think tank. His field is economics. If you enjoy right wing propaganda, read on.
 
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I want to read this book. I can't because I am a product of the education system.
Is this book an exception to the re against politics?
Bryan Kaplan is an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute, a conservative think tank. His field is economics. If you enjoy right wing propaganda, read on.


I heard him on Russ Roberts' EconTalk podcast and found it intriguing. https://www.econtalk.org/bryan-caplan-on-the-case-against-education/#audio-highlights

"Imagine this stark dilemma: you can have either a Princeton education without a diploma, or a Princeton diploma without an education. Which gets you further on the job market? For a human capital purist, the answer is obvious: four years of training are vastly preferable to a page of paper. But try saying that with a straight face. Sensible versions of the signaling model don't imply the diploma is clearly preferable; after all, Princeton teaches some useful skills. But you need signaling to explain why choosing between an education and a diploma is a head-scratcher rather than a no-brainer."

Struck a chord as the parent of a current Vanderbilt undergrad double majoring in Art History and Religious Studies...
 

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Politics are allowed regardless of merit
Such is the nature of co te t based ensorship.
 

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Hmm... I wonder why he chose Princeton
as an example? Could it be a liberal institution? Could the not so subtle ..message be you don't have to attend a liberal institution to get a quality education? There sterling reputation is an unexpected unnecessary plus?
Again. Politics.
 

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Hmm... I wonder why he chose Princeton
as an example? Could it be a liberal institution? Could the not so subtle ..message be you don't have to attend a liberal institution to get a quality education? There sterling reputation is an unexpected unnecessary plus?
Again. Politics.

Or perhaps that's where he earned his Phd....
 

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I would expect Mr. Caplan benefits mightily from putting Princeton University on his C.V.
 
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Kind of like asking "what gets you further through immigration, having a U.S. passport or being a U.S. Citizen?". This "baffling with B.S." approach is like, oh, I don't know, "perfect sound" because the specs say 0.00001% harmonic distortion? I.E. this is just "lying" by another name, choosing to ignore a vast amount of ancillary information to sell a false conclusion [in this case, 100s of years of effort to certify that someone having the piece of paper when they apply for the job, enter into the country is legit]. So what people have done in response to this kind of marketing is to create forums like this so we can discuss all that other data and form a more workable hypothesis and how to evaluate A, B or C with respect to our preferences. And... Happy New Year, everybody! :)
 

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On a more practical note.... I just got these for Neli for Christmas. What is better than an audiophile spouse? Nuthin'.

 
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The second book - didn't show up in the previous post ... tube-testers-book.jpg
 
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The Federalist Papers is next on my stack after this is finished.

[Edit: I see a volcano in the Philippines is looking angry right now. Actually since Sunday. Wishing the best for those faced with the uncertainty of this event.]


 
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The Federalist Papers! Good choice. Might get on my list soon. I just received this book today.


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FYI, Scruton died last Sunday. This was from an obituary in the WSJ:

Three thinkers defined conservatism in the 20th century: Russell Kirk, Michael Oakeshott and Scruton. Kirk (1918-94) laid the intellectual foundations of modern American conservatism but is little known outside the U.S. Oakeshott (1901-90) was an academic philosopher, so he remained obscure even in his native Britain. Scruton was both academic and thinker—a rare combination these days—and was read across the English-speaking world and beyond. Only William F. Buckley Jr. commanded so wide an audience. But none of these men had both Scruton’s intellectual range and literary style.
 
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1973 Rock at the Crossroads. Exploration of many of the albums and events of 1973 and the effect they had on future music and events.
 

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The Federalist Papers! Good choice. Might get on my list soon. I just received this book today.


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FYI, Scruton died last Sunday. This was from an obituary in the WSJ:

Three thinkers defined conservatism in the 20th century: Russell Kirk, Michael Oakeshott and Scruton. Kirk (1918-94) laid the intellectual foundations of modern American conservatism but is little known outside the U.S. Oakeshott (1901-90) was an academic philosopher, so he remained obscure even in his native Britain. Scruton was both academic and thinker—a rare combination these days—and was read across the English-speaking world and beyond. Only William F. Buckley Jr. commanded so wide an audience. But none of these men had both Scruton’s intellectual range and literary style.

I watch William F. Buckley's interviews on Youtube. We sorely miss this open dialog in today's society.
 

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The Federalist Papers! Good choice. Might get on my list soon. I just received this book today.


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FYI, Scruton died last Sunday. This was from an obituary in the WSJ:

Three thinkers defined conservatism in the 20th century: Russell Kirk, Michael Oakeshott and Scruton. Kirk (1918-94) laid the intellectual foundations of modern American conservatism but is little known outside the U.S. Oakeshott (1901-90) was an academic philosopher, so he remained obscure even in his native Britain. Scruton was both academic and thinker—a rare combination these days—and was read across the English-speaking world and beyond. Only William F. Buckley Jr. commanded so wide an audience. But none of these men had both Scruton’s intellectual range and literary style.
You want to catch up w The Spectator misfired attempt to take Scruton down last year. Only by scrupulous adherence to the truth did his reputation get restored from a modern day hatchet job. It speaks highly of Scruton that the left needed to employ this tactic. Douglas Murray was his champion, and v good friend.

Scruton passing is a milestone. His like will never be seen again. Check out the risks he took in sneaking into Iron Curtain-era Czechoslovakia and teaching the message of liberty. A hero.

Neil Peart and Roger Scruton in the same month. Can't imagine it.
 
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