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The simple fact is that a 2 tier education system where the best facilities are available only to those able to afford access has privilege built into it. Whether you were born into money, or have to work 3 jobs to meet school fees doesn't change that.

In fact, my experience tells me that one of the main reasons parents send their children to private schools is because they specifically want them to have the privileges that come from attending such schools. Whether those privileges are a better standard of education, access to better sports facilities, access to a more well connected social network or access in later life to better universities or job opportunities, parents do not pay the high cost of private education for no reason. A chance for a better life of their children through access to real world privilege is the reason.

It is also my experience that for parents who struggle with the financial costs of private schooling, access to privilege is more important to them than with wealthy parents, for the simple reason that wealthy parents already have access to the benefits that are perceived to derive from economic privilege.

Boaz and I don't see eye to eye on many things and we don't on whether attending a private school is an exercise in privilege, but I do agree with him that in general the premises underlying the article are out of touch with reality, both existing and future. It struck me as an exercise in academic theorizing unrelated to most people's real world.

I read this today:


In the spirit of the article, I note that US voters have elected 535 members of Congress to govern in their name, yet in practice the system allows one man to dictate policy, for reasons that are not clearly in the best interests of the US and with which almost no-one agrees. Call me old fashioned, but in my book that's called dictatorship, not democracy.

"Is it cheating, or merely an effective multilevel media strategy?

#1 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2018-08-05 01:19 PM | FLAG: "

It is actually both, because the use of a media strategy which in any way comments on the bids of other candidates is against FIFA's rules:


From the article:

" Fifa's rules say World Cup bidders should not make "any written or oral statements of any kind, whether adverse or otherwise, about the bids or candidatures of any other member association"."

"What did you expect? A liberal rag to actually tell a fair story? Or skew the story to fit their "America is bad" narrative?

#9 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-07-27 08:31 PM | REPLY | FLAG"

The link in #6 is to the Guardian where it is reports the findings of a study published in The Lancet, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical journals. That the US ranks 39th in the world for maternal mortality is not fake news or bias reporting, it is a fact.

Here is a different report and source:


I would not normally introduce Trump into this topic, but since you have, I'll add that Trump only succeeds in giving the press a bad name with people like yourself - those who clearly do not wish to think for themselves and are happy to swallow his lies as gospel truths. I don't know if you think of yourself as a patriot, but you don't do yourself, nor your country, any good whatsoever by seeking to dismiss as fake news serious systemic problems - in this case in healthcare.

#77 - Here is an article dealing with drawing a gun and not firing:


It has a section headed " Drawing a gun sometimes resolves a situation".

It's concluding statement is:

"In any case, a draw may be all that's required to end an engagement. That said, one had better be as sure as possible before pulling that the threat is real."

Just a few days ago, Trump declared that Putin was neither friend nor foe but a " competitor."


Yet now Trump declares the EU as a foe.

The US elects 535 members of Congress. Do they not get a say in something as important as who are friends and who are foes?

The longer Trump reigns as President, the more I wonder just when the much acclaimed " checks and balances " built into the system will kick in. A check and balance that relies on politicians to do the right thing for the country, ahead of what is expedient for their party, seems to be no check or balance at all in these times.

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