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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Social Engineering

For once I had a kid listening to me. Cool! Then came my second proclamation "If you know math. I mean really know it. You can pin an employer on the ground and pull money out of their hands. And they'll thank you for it." The kid nodded. "You can do this when half of your peers are washing dishes and aspiring to become a Wal-Mart greeter." The kid was drifting but I yammered on like the old fart that I am. She dozed the next few seconds and came to as I was finishing my monologue "…drive your enemies before you. That is what is good."

The kid, sensing an opportunity, shoved another homework assignment my way. What’s this? It wasn’t algebra at all. I glanced around for an escape. There was none. I skimmed the paper.

"This," I began, "is not math. It is social engineering."

"Um…" The kid looked uncertain. "I don't think they call it that."

"Of course they don't!" I groused. "They don't call it bullshit either. Yet that's what it is."

"Er… What's 'social engineering'?" The kid asked.

"Social engineering is when an unqualified worker in the employment of the State takes it upon themselves to manipulate children as they see fit." I sipped more coffee. "An activity formerly reserved for people deemed more appropriate, such as clergy or respected elders." I reflected further "or sometimes cult leaders and gangs. Maybe Mafia leaders. You know what I’m saying?"

The kid looked at the paper. She did not know what I was saying.

"But I'll help you. It's time to see if your teacher has a sense of humor."
From The Adaptive Curmudgeon's Blog.

Read Part I and Part II.

I want him to teach my grandkids algebra.

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