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My Dad Dropped Out of High School, But Crushed People in Debates

My father, who died two decades ago this year, dropped out of high school.

He wound up getting his GED when he was in his 40s.

Now according to the conventional wisdom, he must have been an uneducated moron — after all, formal schooling is what separates us from the animals.

And yet, not quite.

My father read anything and everything. Circumstances had made the completion of high school impossible for him, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to learn things.

Of course, he didn’t have to waste his time reading left-wing gobbledygook.

(I did once find him reading Voltaire’s Candide, and I told him enough was enough — even a nerd like me didn’t want to read that book.)

Dad knew at least a little something about just about everything — I once tried to stump him by asking about ballet, but he knew about that, too. And he knew a great deal about numerous things.

Thanks to all his independent reading, no one dared cross him in a debate.

The universities are a hopeless cause. But look at what my dad accomplished without them. You can, too.

If you’ve been a victim of educational malpractice, you’ll be like a kid in a candy store in my Liberty Classroom.

Listen to (or watch) the courses whenever you like. Master the history they kept from you. Be an economics ninja who effortlessly parries objections.

Fill in those annoying gaps in your knowledge.

Throw yourself wholeheartedly into the cause.

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Guess What: Now You Can Major in “Social Justice”

Just what the world needs: another worthless college degree.

Today the University of Iowa became the latest institution of higher (so-called) learning when it made the nonsense concept “social justice” into a degree program.

In doing so it joined a growing number of universities offering such degrees, thereby giving left-wing students still greater opportunities to live in a bubble for four years, be confirmed in all their existing views, and not be troubled by dissenting voices.

(Meanwhile, outright assaults on their worldview are what libertarians and conservatives can expect to find on college campuses.)

What, pray tell, will people do with a “social justice” degree, except use their paychecks from Starbucks to pay off college debts for the rest of their lives?

In the meantime, I’m going to help teach younger folks something actually useful.

Save the date: on September 28, T.K. Coleman and I are going to run a free, live video session on entrepreneurship for teens. I’ll remind you as we get closer.

As of June, I myself am the father of a teenager. And I sure don’t want her ground up in the educational-unemployment complex. I’m sure you feel the same about your own children.

So forget the social justice degree. Head over to my live session with T.K. Coleman on September 28, and we’ll actually teach stuff that matters. (Hop onto my email list, which includes a free book, and I’ll remind you.)

In the meantime, here’s the opposite of a social justice degree, where you can learn non-p.c. history and economics that would give the social justice crowd a collective heart attack:

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It’s Back to School, Kids! Now Write Down This Stuff That Never Happened

It’s back to school time, and you know what that means.

“Why, children, where would we be without our wise public servants? You’d all be working in mines for ten cents a day, and the rest of us would be dead from poisoned sandwiches or exploding computer monitors.”

Suppose Walmart funded and administered the schools, with portraits of the the various Walmart CEOs smiling benignly upon the children from the classroom wall, and students taught to credit these men for every good thing about America.

We’d find that creepy.

But when it’s U.S. presidents on the wall, and the U.S. government credited with all that’s good and decent, that natural skepticism goes right out the window.

No doubt millions of kids are about to learn that the free market caused the Great Depression, and that “greed” explains financial crises. (Why aren’t we constantly in a financial crisis, then?)

They’ll learn that the New Deal restored the economy, even though unemployment remained in the double digits throughout the 1930s.

They won’t be told how the New Deal’s suspension of the antitrust laws to create cartels and artificially prop up prices made economic sense, or why slaughtering millions of pigs or paying farmers to plow their cotton back into the ground could have made people better off.

They’ll learn about the “robber barons” and “monopoly” in the 19th century. This will be mostly fact free, as I’ve noted on my show and in my books.

I myself remember leaving junior high school wondering how anyone could favor a laissez-faire economy. Why, haven’t they seen those pictures of terrible working conditions? That was as far as I was capable of taking the analysis.

Students will likewise learn that political decentralization is backward, stupid, and oppressive, and that centralized government is liberating.

This despite the fact that states used the power of nullification against the federal government in defense of free speech and free trade, and in opposition to slavery and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

State nullification will be portrayed as a “Confederate” cause, even though New England appealed to it more often than the South did, and even though Jefferson Davis denounced northern nullification of fugitive slave laws in his farewell speech to the Senate.

I’m not a Rush Limbaugh fan, but his best line of all time, uttered after being told that his show ought to give the other side equal time, is this: “I am equal time.”

So’s my Liberty Classroom.

I can’t do anything about teachers who are dead set on inflicting comic-book history on hapless kids. Same for the professors who are gearing up to do it in college.

But I can provide the truth to people who want it. I can inoculate you and your children against this foolishness.

Let me be blunt: almost no one knows even the small sprinkling of history in just this email.

There are volumes and volumes more where that came from. Listen on your commute, and make that time productive.

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They Don’t Dare Tell You the Point of July 4

Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.” Zzzzzzzz.

The real principles were more like the following.

(1) No legislation without representation.

The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.

This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.

(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, on the other hand, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Are these the themes you learned in school?

Almost certainly not, but they are the themes of our own course on the American Revolution. That’s on top of 16 other courses taught by pro-liberty professors, and that you can listen to in your car.

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