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So, here are the grounds of current discussion - this list of points against Ron Paul. You tried to say his creationist slant wouldn't affect his politics, but I say it already has. We can continue on that point if you'd like, or we can choose another.
I kinda dislike the one page here are the issues kinds thing because it is usually too hot button-y. But yeah, if you want to drop Ron Paul bombs in my threads here is why Oh Hell No, Not a fan. Nope.
For the experts creating curriculum, it's complicated. On the one hand, too much direct control by elected officials at the federal level creates things like No Child Left Behind. Too much control by elected officials at the state level creates things like (Kansas?) trying to keep evolution out of the curriculum, or teach it alongside creationism - which, regardless of its truth, is not science and does not belong in science class. So, I will definitely concede that there are issues with the way government does certain things, but I wouldn't go so far as to say "government IS the problem, let's get rid of it". Going back to the experts - educational curriculum should be decided primarily by people who are experts in education. Of course there should be oversight by interested parties, but our research into educational psychology and education in general is too expansive to simply allow massive programs that are not backed by research to dictate educational standards.
As to the poop sandwiches, I enjoyed your further analysis. I find regulations such as those employed by the FDA to be the same as other laws, and their inspectors much like police for criminal laws. I like having police there to enforce laws and investigate criminal acts - and I like the legal authorities being tasked with making sure I'm not eating poop sandwiches, or at least within tolerable limits.
(While this is a humorous example, it is literally the type of thing the FDA has had to work on in the past when meat producers were far from scrupulous in their practices. And even still, foodborne illness is a common problem.)
Pretty interesting piece. I especially like her response and later thinking during an encounter in which she was called "anti-capitalist":
“No,” I said. “I’m not.” That night I found myself dwelling on the point. I am not anti-capitalist or indeed anti-anything; political systems are as imperfect and flawed as they may be helpful. They are structures, made by us – subject, like us, to entropy. The commitment to any singular ideology is dangerous. Rather, I believe in values: honesty, openness, fairness, freedom. And freedom is something for which I understand the web to offer huge potential. The web is open, universal and decentralized. A structure that enables whole new social dialogues and ideas to exist and function, in ways never before thought possible. Voluntary systems we can opt in and out of, allowing us – perhaps – to co-exist between multiple possibilities, simultaneously and to meet different needs.
Money all of it ((this transcription is only reproducing text visible on the front page comic. There are 5 large panels, each with a series of plots, comparing the values of various things.)) Dollars ...