Things I've Tagged ‘Wisdom’

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#Education, #Wisdom

If you watch little kids, they are intensely curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out. Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you that you have to read these particular books and answer these particular questions. And if you try to do something else instead, you’ll get in trouble. Very few people’s curiosity can survive that.

Aaron Swartz


My ongoing diatribe against our current system of public education happens to coincide nicely with this quote. While Mr. Swartz has suffered a rather ignominious fate at the hands of the justice system (and ultimately by his own hands), I am discovering more and more about the intelligence of the man, and I am a little more than saddened by his loss.



#Matt Yglesias, #Wisdom

A recent comprehensive survey of state licensing practices by the Institute for Justice reveals little consistency or coherent purpose behind most licensing. Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, and the District of Columbia, for example, all require aspiring interior designers to undergo 2,190 hours of training and apprenticeship and pass an exam before practicing. In the other 47 states, meanwhile, there’s no legal training requirement. My friends and co-workers living in D.C.’s Virginia and Maryland suburbs appear to get on fine with unlicensed interior decorators, and all across America, amateurs have decorated their own homes without imperiling public safety.

Matt Yglesias


This is part of the reason why I feel government intrusion can be detrimental to our interests. There’s such a fine balance to be struck here, because it seems much of this licensing is set up to either protect entrenched interests at the expense of entrepreneurs, and simultaneously protect practitioners from frivolous lawsuits, while giving the impression to consumers that it’s about their protection. In some cases yes, but in most cases–as shown above–perhaps not.




#Wisdom

College is a socially expected consumption good, but still, what we’re seeing now is the real reason exposed when all the secondary reasons (Earn a paycheck! Join the world of 9-5 office work!) have evaporated. Most people go to college for personal fulfillment — to achieve all kinds of ends way high up on Maslow’s hierarchy. The rest is secondary.

If you can achieve those ends via cheap, subsidized public loans, then that’s just all kinds of win for you. And if you can get the public to write off those loans — because hey, we’re sticking it to the 1%! — well, Jesus Christ. Maybe you did learn something in college after all.

Jason Kuznicki


For the longest time I’ve taken issue with college as a means to a career/job. This mindset–that everyone must attend–has driven up costs, and put universities in the position of competing for students by providing needlessly extravagant services and facilities. Thus, driving up costs…ad infinitum.