Don’t Let Know-Nothings Dumb Us All Down

24 08 2008

. . .by cynically conspiring to devalue the “power of the individual human mind to think” (as Spencer Tracy’s Clarence Darrow-esque character put it in Inherit the Wind.) Daryl puts his own good mind to use in this rant against ignorance as a potent political weapon.

What say we start now to repurpose academic “accountability” laws, use that concept to hold the conspiracy of know-nothings accountable to the people for all they’ve done to sabotage intelligent human consciousness and collaboration, thereby interfering with our ability to understand and address our real common problems, to progress (survive?) as a species!

Henry Drummond:  Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!

Judge:  I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.

Henry Drummond:  Well, your honor has the right to hope.

Judge:  I have the right to do more than that.

Henry Drummond:  You have the POWER to do more than that.
[The Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

Better Education On Student Loans: Priceless!

24 08 2008

See the NYT.

MOST people struggling to pay off their student loans keep quiet about it. They do not want to acknowledge that, perhaps in a fit of naïve, youthful optimism, they borrowed more than they could handle. . .
Usually, people do not learn just how powerfully the law protects student loans until something goes unexpectedly wrong in their lives.