There’s a fundamental principle here. Private property is private, but if I open up a business to the public, then I shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate. The public is the public. I don’t think we would allow a business to say We don’t serve Jews. At least I hope we wouldn’t allow that. Perhaps there are questions about categories of discrimination; I suppose ultimately community standards will have to apply. I would like pubic standards to agree that you don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sexual orientation, for a start. (Or course people have tried to get around the principle that the public is the public by maintaining that their business is not public, but a “private club” which just happens exclude members of certain groups. I suppose that’s where the courts come in to adjudicate.)
Whatever he’s thinking, I certainly know what he’s saying.
Lester has a problem. Or else he never grew up past about grade three.
In what I would consider a decent society, all workers would get (a) paid vacation and (b) sick leave. It’s not good to have to use your vacation time for illness. Some workers do get both, why don’t all?
Is Walker the best that Georgia Republicans had to offer? They looked so hard for someone to represent them that they went out of state. I guess there was no one up to their standard in Georgia.
Speaking from the left, I’m a big fan of free speech, even speech I don’t like. But that doesn’t mean that every platform has to welcome every speaker.
Most of this list is either flat out incorrect or else quite misleading. I will discuss just one which has a slight basis in reality: “I want someone else to pay my student debt”. I don’t have any student debt, and I never did, so it’s not that I want anyone to pay my debt when i don’t have one. But I do see that a lot of students in the US are left with a really crippling debt load when they graduate. I don’t see that as an individual problem, I see it as a social problem deserving a social solution. Our public educational system is free from kindergarten through grade twelve, why not have a free system though to the end of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent vocational training)? I’m not saying that all colleges should be free (nor should all primary and secondary schools be free) but in every state there should be a good publicly funded college system which is free to all who qualify.
You have to make judgments, which are never neutral. For instance, you have to decide which facts to teach. For a long time, black history in the US was barely taught. Women’s history was barely taught. The history of the first nations is still barely taught. And so on. So that’s one fundamental way that the teaching of history is not just a collection of facts.
Now we can go on to the teaching of history…. But I don’t have time this morning to get into something so complicated. I’ll just say that you can’t teach history as if it were a collection of neutral facts.