Wyoming Liberty Group
It’s that time of the year again, folks. Banned Books Week runs from September 24 to October 1 this year. Celebrate it by reading a banned book. There are some really good books on that list. You may already have one on your bookshelf. If not, ask your local bookmonger to get it for you. Or ask your local library.
On December 17th, Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire in the main square of Sidi Bouzid to protest his frustration at Tunisia’s oppressive economic regulation. In doing so, he sparked the Jasmine Revolution. It toppled Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and has severely shaken Muammar Gadaffi of Lybia. So far Gadaffi’s main accomplishment has been to make Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak look like a statesman for stepping down when he did.
While Japan reeled from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the American educational establishment got a shakeup of its own. The following quote came, most surprisingly, came from the Douglas County (Colorado) School District (DCSD) Strategic Plan approved unanimously on March 15, 2011.
“We no longer need compliant graduates who have memorized a set of facts, who believe every answer is found in a book, or who have perfected the game of school – to memorize, regurgitate and dump. Instead, our country and our business partners demand graduates who are globally aware, financially literate, creative, adaptable and resilient, collaborative, ethical, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and communicators to accommodate the careers in this new day. These graduates will be the most qualified and highly sought after in the world. They will secure the highest paying jobs and stimulate growth and development in the communities they populate.”
“The whole drama of the world is such tragedy that I am weary of the spectacle.” — John Adams, 1779
Despite the interruption in the 24-hour news cycle by that horrific disaster in Japan, the world has been watching the amazing and painful birthing of democracy in Arab countries over the past six months.
In my last post, I described the benefits of the Supreme Court’s opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago while taking issue with the Court’s adopted mode of analysis. The Court also released Christian Legal Society v. Hastings College of Law at the end of its term. While the case had the potential to be a solid victory for supporters of free association and the exercise of religion, something went wrong along the litigation track.
By B.J. Burke, WLG Commentary
The William Ayers-University of Wyoming immorality play belongs to the theater of the absurd. At first blush (and that is, after all, what the key players should be doing) the improbable sequence of events brings to mind an M. Staton Evans quip, “A modern liberal is someone who doesn’t care what you do as long as it is compulsory,” although these events are not quite that blithely paradoxical.