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QUORA: 'Should I report a right wing student in my class?'
QUORA *: Should I report a right wing student in my class? Our university has a “Prevent” policy, requiring that we report extremism. This student is vocal in class, speaking of white supremacist views and labeling others ‘communist’. I submitted this answe...
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Does Jefferson’s ‘Wall’ ‘allow religion in government?’
In apparent response to observations made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (Justice Alito says country increasingly 'hostile' to 'traditional moral beliefs' ), Ron Prykanowski of Ewing, NJ wrote in a 3/20/17 ‘ Feedback ’ letter published in the NJ...
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QUORA: ‘Given that I live in a capitalist society, how can I avoid having my labor exploited?’
QUORA: ‘ Given that I live in a capitalist society, how can I avoid having my labor exploited? ’ I left this answer : The answer is simple: Avoid exploiting employers for a paycheck . The great thing about living in a capitalist society—to the extend we hav...
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QUORA: How do investment bankers justify earning 7 figures?
QUORA: How do investment bankers justify earning 7 figures? The sub-text to the question included the following: I guess my point would be, is there any sense of guilt from receiving a disproportionately large monetary compensation from society or do invest...
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Education Apples and Tax Oranges
Teacher strikes was the subject of a 4/14/18 New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial. Education funding and trickle-down economics: a cautionary tale writes: Among the six states that made the largest cuts in per-student funding between 2008 and 2018 are the four ...
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Letter: ‘Vouchers Will Hurt Public Schools.’ <em>So?</em>
Here is an excerpt from a letter that appeared in the New Jersey Star-Ledger on 3/17/17 opposing a federal school voucher bill: Vouchers will hurt public schools The proposed federal school voucher bill ( HR610 ) in Congress will divert funds away from publ...
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Producers and Morality: Fake News About ‘Ayn Randism’ from The Weekly Standard
Via Anoop Verma’s For the New Intellectuals Facebook site I found this article from The Weekly Standard, How Hillary Clinton Is Like Ayn Rand . Ethan Epstein notes remarks made by Hillary Clinton in India, in which she claimed “that the areas she won repres...
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Pruitt’s Real Value
The New Jersey Star-Ledger devoted an entire editorial to blasting Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. After tarring Pruitt with corruption charges the Star-Ledger turns to Pruitt’s “real damage”--a list of regulation rollbacks starting with ...
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Time to End All Government-Funded Climate Change Research
When President Trump cut funding for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the climate catastrophists went nuts—literally. The New Jersey Star-Ledger editorialized, Deranged man attacks climate change funding with budget ax . The editors profess conc...
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The Insidious ‘Left Behind’ Argument Against Charters
Regarding Charter schools are expanding to new turf in N.J. and bringing the same bitter debate by NJ.com’s Adam Clark (See my post of 4/11/18; ‘Investing’ of ‘Resources’ In Education Is Up to the Taxpayer ), there is one argument against charter schools an...
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