Friday, February 12, 2010

Milton Friedman, Changing History Lessons, and Climate Change Fraud

The great economist Milton Friedman instructs us by pointing out the following:

To the charge that Capitalism promotes only the have and the have-nots and promotes greed and concentration of power:
All societies are run on greed.
The world runs by individuals pursuing their separate interests.
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.
Einstein and Henry Ford, for instance, did not have an order from government to accomplish their goals.

The only cases in which the masses have escaped from grinding poverty is where they have capitalism and largely free trade.
Where the masses are worst off are in societies that depart from those principles.
In all recorded history there is no alternative way of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to productive activity unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Does capitalism reward not virtue, but the ability to manipulate the system?
What does reward virtue?
Does a Communist Commisar reward virtue?
Did Hitler reward virtue?
Does Chaves, and Che, the Chinese, the North Koreans or the Middle East reward virtue?

Does our American President reward virtue and choose his appointees on the basis of their virtue? Or does he appoint on the basis of his appointees' political clout?

It has never been proven that political self-interest is nobler than economic self-interest.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As further proof of my contention that liberals are changing the facts that schoolchildren are learning comes news of the Texas State Board of Education, who on Wednesday "came down with a reprimand on its social studies curriculum working group after a draft proposal of the group’s new curriculum came to light showing a series of far-left changes that education bureaucrats wanted to install in place of the traditional Texas social studies curriculum". [Congratulations, Texas Board!]

The SBOE made it clear that such an extreme departure from the historic curriculum would not be accepted and that the state board would ensure better oversight of the volunteer curriculum board in the future.

First grade:
• In the section on holidays, customs, and celebrations, it removes Independence Day and Veterans’ Day.
• In the section on holidays, customs, and celebrations, it removes anthems and mottoes of Texas and the United States.
• In the list of character traits of good citizenship, it removes “a belief in justice and truth.”
• Removes the Liberty Bell from the list of patriotic symbols.

Third Grade
• Removes references to Daniel Boone, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, and Robinson Crusoe.
• Adds many new names including: Grace Hopper, Margaret Knight, Quanah Parker, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Maya Lin, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros, Kadir Nelson, Jean Pinkey, Angela Shelf Medear, Elisabet Ney, Carmen Lomas Garza, and Bill Martin.
Fourth Grade
• Removes the suggested selection of a children’s biography of Stephen F. Austin.

High School
• Removes John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and English common law.
• In the section on economics, changes the phrase “free enterprise system” to “capitalist system.”
• In the section on science, technology, and society, removes the reference to the private sector as helping improve consumer products and only mentions government-assisted research.
• In the section on science, technology, and society, replaces the phrase “analyze how policies fostering competition and entrepreneurship have resulted in scientific discoveries and technological innovations” with the “U.S. Constitution protects scientific discoveries and technological innovations.”

“Dead White Guys”
Far more troublesome for members of the board – and not just conservatives but moderates and liberals – was the tone of the working group’s meetings. Morrison testified that Presidents Eisenhower and Roosevelt were dismissed by the working group members as “dead white guys
[I would like to know just how this "working group" was chosen, and by whom.]

On the global warming hoax comes this news: The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, The Times has learnt.

Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.

The IPCC’s report underpinned the proposals at Copenhagen for drastic cuts in global emissions.

Dr Pachauri had previously dismissed a report by the Indian Government which said that glaciers might not be melting as much as had been feared. He described the report, which did not mention the 2035 error, as “voodoo science”.

Another item making the news: Scientists broke law by hiding climate change data; Won't be prosecuted... because it happened more than 6 months ago!
In rural China there are 49 thermometers displaying their temperatures to the global warming crowd. However, news now comes that those stations are either not to be found, or have been moved - always to warmer places in order to affect the global warming agenda. It's yet one more demonstration of fraud.


No comments:

Post a Comment