Life is indeed competition, and one need not be in charge of M&A activity at Dow Chemical to understand that. If you're a worker in a Samsung plant in Korea or a Haier plant in China you're in the game and you know you're doing well.
Mat, have you ever traveled to Asia? Have you ever seen the fervor of many people there to advance materially? If not for that desire to compete, to excel, to win how did China, Singapore, South Korea and Japan advance to where they are today?
But, tell yourself there's no point in competition. Tell yourself that all successful people everywhere on the planet we're born into money. If that helps you sleep well, then cool and no problem.
Your particular slant on things is, perhaps, best summed up in your appraisal of libertarianism and/or Darwin. While competition and cooperation may well elevate a species, the continued push to educate to the least common denominator is what is failing American children. Since the efforts of trying to educate children to a test standard have largely failed, our centrally controlled solution is, now, via "Common Core" to make the teachers robots. http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/current-events/teachers-complain-common-core-makes-them-robots-machines. It seems to me that with failures like "no child left behind", the responsible push would be away from anything central/national toward the local. Forget the test, yes, but forget the federal machine and the state board of education. Celebrate the individual teacher and the individual student.
"Education isn't a competition"
Tell that to School of the Arts -
I can promise you that it very much is, an biased at best!
We should always demand competition, whether it's in the market or in the political arena. Competition promotes the interests of the ordinary person.
The social-engineering way of thinking: In this way of thinking, there is no economic problem, properly understood; there is only an engineering problem for society.
The various competing desires, goals, plans, and expectations of millions of individuals are assumed to be reducible to a grand and stable social-preference ordering.
Society is thought of more or less as if it is a sentient creature – a super-large individual. Alternatively in this vision, society is thought of as an organization with a specific function and purpose – like a gigantic firm – ...
...rather than as a spontaneous order that maximizes the prospects for multitudes of individuals each to pursue their own individual goals with as much success as possible.
Well thank goodnezz they did not test uz hair in Sothe Cackalacky. We 48th in Nation and prob bottum of barrel in World vue.
We actually would like education to achieve EXACTLY what it is supposed to do....educate, not train for standardized testing. The fine art of reading, basic math and geography. Oh yes, btw, no more everyone is a winner - no losers here, BS attitude in classrooms. Why bother to try hard if Harry and Lloyd get the same pat on the back. Dont worry about world level competition, worry about the fact that we are still graduating kids who can't read right here in the USA or tell you where the Ukraine is.
Timely and well writter article.
I believe LGBT people should be able to work wherever and enjoy their lives however they want.
You began your article with a bit of a strawman. I don't think hardly anyone is going to let go of an otherwise good employee simply because they are gay. Do you realize how hard it is to find people that will even show up?
A more realistic scenario is the firing of a below average employee that happens to be gay. Then, former employee assumes discrimination and sues. In the end, the lawyers are the winners.
ENDA doesn't go far enough. My solution is the only way for the government to make sure people are safe and treated fairly!
Welcome to the new world!
Ye Ole Heterosexual is on the way out of the closet!
Make way for boy boy girl girl or get out of the way - any other opinion is just viewed as bigotry from breeders!
Now where did I out my passport.... Looks around can't find common sense
Matthew O'Leary: that is actually how it happened in New York. An off-Broadway acting troupe fired a guy for "not fitting in", which upon further discussion turned out to mean that he wasn't gay, unlike the others. He sued, but the judge ruled that, since there was no law in New York against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there was no cause of action. The legislature promptly rectified that.
The ridiculous idea that a non-government employer should have the right to employ any one they choose is incomprehensible. After Uncle Sam tells them who works for them, then he should tell them what business they should be in.
Since Cid95 sees ENDA as a bad idea, yet another layer of grease on an already slippery slope, I have to ask him: is federal protection against employment discrimination based on ethnicity or gender also a fundamental wrong? How so?
One argument I've heard against extending employment protection to include matters of sexual orientation is that there will be a flood of bias lawsuits. However, states that have these protections in place see them as a small percentage of overall employment discrimination claims. Can that data be used to sway opinion? Or is the "think of the businesses" defense just a cover for "gays are yucky and I don't want to hear Marc from accounting dish about his life partner?"
Honestly, I wonder if the fastest way for ENDA to be passed would be for some gay bosses to fire employees for being heterosexual. I know the outcry would be way more vocal, though things like irony seem lost on most bigots.
The government should just lock us all in padded rooms and feed us Soylent Green in order to protect us and assure us of equitable treatment and safety. It's the only way.
"The truth is we should be absolutely honest about our nation's history, and we should never whitewash it for the masses, no matter how good it makes us feel." etc . So when do you begin? And when do you start calling out your other likeminded peers?
Pretty good post, Mat, but you debunk a meme that really doesn't seem to have very deep roots in recent decades. I remember from my own fifth grade (c. 1950) experience, while preparing for our Thanksgiving plays, some smartass kid saying, sotto voce so as not to upset the teacher, "Great, if you wasn't an Indian", which was not an unusual feeling for most of us to have. The myth of "good" Pilgrim was already eroding. The First Thanksgiving story has been well debunked by writers such as James Loewen many years ago.
On the other hand, there seems social value in those old stories that tell not how it WAS, but how it OUGHT to have been. Or maybe not. A well balanced essay on the question appears in the latest issue of In These Times by John Eicher (of whom I had never heard).
"fairy tale of religious proportions!!!" Love it!! LOL. Our celebration of our honest and kind relationships NOW is worthy of our energies. ALL historic celebrations are the pretentious creations of manipulators. NOW is worthy of celebrating. Yesterday is history, written by extortionists.
"FYI - China discovered America first, long before the vikings. "
Cool. Nest year it's chow mein for Thanksgiving.
Turkey chow mein of course.
Ahhhh yes, mat and more "truth & honesty". Every liberal should watch the PBS documentary "America Before Columbus". The Americas were not this perfect utopia spoiled by the white man. And the flow of disease was not one way.
By the way, mat, you need to cite "guns, germs, & steel". You also need to be honest about Dr. Diamond's research. It wasn't simply about America, but how civilizations evolve world wide and the complexities involved.
FYI - China discovered America first, long before the vikings.
Thanksgiving today is more about having thanks for our great country and our fortunes, not some myth of the early days.
I'm sure "the truth about Thanksgiving" was fascinating...in 1986 when you were in middle school, Mat. We get it, the world and its history is complicated and there are few pure good guys and bad guys.
European settlers conquered earlier settlers from Asia and displaced them, later forming the United States of America. Lots of not nice things happened in the process.
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