Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Sunday, August 22, 2004

An Immediate Payoff...

From the aforementioned new blog Ballpoint Sketches comes a link to this Steven Yates piece How I Survived Government Schools. I was born in 1962. I can definitely relate. The difference with me was, I conformed. I just did what was required as fast as I could, and then did what I wanted to do. Negative attention was more attention than I wanted to get. I have to admit that I was luckier than Yates, as I had a number of teachers who were quite good at making learning interesting rather than drudgery, but I think that was exceptional, in my case. Still, as with Yates, the majority of my real education came from reading outside the academic environs.

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