Daily Archives: August 5, 2010

Federal government moves to take over private colleges

By expanding regulatory laws to include areas currently handled by accrediting agencies.  The government would take over curriculum standards for every college that wants to have financial aid and/or an accredited degree.

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G. K. Chesterton on Progressivism

Akin to these is the false theory of progress, which maintains that we alter the test instead of trying to pass the test. We often hear it said, for instance, “What is right in one age is wrong in another.” This is quite reasonable, if it means that there is a fixed aim, and that certain methods attain at certain times and not at other times. If women, say, desire to be elegant, it may be that they are improved at one time by growing fatter and at another time by growing thinner. But you cannot say that they are improved by ceasing to wish to be elegant and beginning to wish to be oblong. If the standard changes, how can there be improvement, which implies a standard? Nietzsche started a nonsensical idea that men had once sought as good what we now call evil; if it were so, we could not talk of surpassing or even falling short of them. How can you overtake Jones if you walk in the other direction? You cannot discuss whether one people has succeeded more in being miserable than another succeeded in being happy. It would be like discussing whether Milton was more puritanical than a pig is fat

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 3.

That’s what they all say. . .

Interestingly enough, this past Monday’s _Popeye_ takes on “Population Control.”  Popeye notes that curing overpopulation by killing 50% of the people “wouldn’t be nice.”  The Professor protests, “I am not a beast!  I am a scientist!”  (That’s what they all say)

(As it happens, the subsequent strips revealed his plot was to *shrink* everyone by 50%.  Still, the strip by itself is pretty telling).

H/T The Comics Curmudgeon