Three Cheers for Kansas
Published on: September 27, 2010
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  • Adam Garfinkle

    Agree completely with the conclusion. Marx spoke of the “idiocy of rural life”, and one knows what he meant. But in certain ways (though not others), Marx was himself an urban idiot. I salute subsidiarity and diversity, as well as the dignity of difference. If that’s “provincial”, then we need more of it.

  • Wayne Lusvardi

    The End of Private College Pluralism?

    From Centennial Institute Website

    Monday, 20 September 2010 09:17 by Admin
    Should private colleges and universities be subjected to adversarial oversight by politicians in 50 state capitals? That’s the question posed by federal regulations set to take effect on Nov. 1, unless congressional objections slow down the timetable. Centennial Institute Policy Brief No. 2010-1, “No Political Oversight for Private Colleges,” written by education expert Krista Kafer and released today, analyzes the proposal and concludes it is regulatory overreach, “unnecessary and unacceptable.”
    As Kafer explains in the introduction: “The Education Department is set to mandate more government control over a private-sector accreditation process that has served higher education well. To what purpose? The new regulations offer little benefit to these institutions, their students, or the taxpayers. Abuses by a few unethical, for-profit colleges do not justify a power grab against 6,000 nonprofit schools. If states politicize their authorization process, colleges may face the choice of compromising their mission or closing their doors. In a nation founded on the free exchange of ideas, that’s wrong. Policymakers should withdraw the proposed regulations.”
    “No Political Oversight for Private Colleges” is available here: Centennial Policy Brief No. 2010-1.pdf (80.58 kb)
    Here is the proposed regulation as published in the Federal Register, June 18 2010.

  • To allow writers to continue to offer three cheers for educational diversity, we need to round up and shoot all the people who would bring places like William Jewell College and similar places under DOE oversight. I know it doesn’t sound very Christian, but I’m thinking of working out an Augustinian Just War-based justification for this proposal.

    After all, we have a bunch of Gramscian Marxists running our country now. Bakc when they were “outs”, they screamed “Kill the Fascist Insect!” Now that they head government departments, they’d do Mussolini proud.

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