Detroit school students, represented by the Los Angeles-based public interest firm Public Counsel, filed suit last month against the state of Michigan, claiming a legal right to literacy based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban.
One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.
Many who understand how a planned economy — wage and price controls, government-mandated production goals, industry standards, subsidies, and the like — destroys market productivity still make an exception with regard to one indispensable economic good: money. But why should money be an exception?
The overall effect of such a group as the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships is to force acceptance of what has always rightly been considered abnormal. In the name of tolerance, virtue is being made over into a forbidden, even reprehensible, oddity.
Though American students are being sold by their teachers on socialism, analysis of the outcomes of socialism tells a story of utter failure, a tale told to readers by Professor Thomas J. DiLorenzo in his new book The Problem With Socialism.