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PAUL GREENBERG: An education for the free

By Paul Greenberg

This article was published May 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

John Stuart Mill, a liberal in the old and better sense of the word, once tried to explain the difference between what too many of today's upwardly mobile confuse with an education and the real thing. An educated man or woman is someone who does more than climb on the career treadmill and follow it to the heights of power, influence and wealth. Such a well-trained professional may have a title on the door and a rug on the floor, but he has mistaken what one philosopher called the bitch-goddess Success for the genuine lower-case article.

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WhododueDiligence says... May 27, 2018 at 8:50 a.m.

The target of this column's partial Lincoln quote was the Know-Nothing Party which managed to elect many of its candidates to US Congress seats in 1854.
The full quote, written in 1855:
"I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How could anyone who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring 'all men are created equal.' Now we practically read it 'all men are created equal equal except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty--to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, without the base alloy of hypocracy."

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WhododueDiligence says... May 27, 2018 at 9:09 a.m.

In 1857 the US Supreme Court handed down its disastrous Dred Scott decision.
In 2010 the US Supreme Court handed down its flood of unlimited dark electioneering money in its divisive and absurdly-named Citizens United decision.
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What would Lincoln think of Scalia's arguments and Supreme Court vote in favor of Citizens United? We can't say. It's a rhetorical question. But we might think that Lincoln might think that our progress farther down the road of degeneracy appears to be pretty rapid when five of the nine Supreme Court justices think it's a good idea to allow unlimited amounts of dark money to be legalized in electioneering shenanigans solely and cleverly designed to fool more of the people more of the time.

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23cal says... May 27, 2018 at 9:50 a.m.

Good words, Whodo. Go you.

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