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I have to disagree with you on the first quote.  Disagreeing with capitalism and market economics shouldn't imply students turning off at the mention of the word "capitalism".  That, to me, -- and I should preface this by saying that I have no idea if this is a norm or if the teacher (or reporter) is telling the truth -- is a sign of shallow students who are too wrapped up in their own ideologies to think about different perspectives.  (I dealt with classmates like this all the time in sociology.)  It's one thing to disagree.  That's perfectly respectable, and it should be encouraged from students whenever possible, because it makes them think.  But for a teacher to actually avoid using a word, simply because the students don't like it, is ridiculous

You're right about this.  I was being a bit snarky in response to a simplistic, silly hit piece.  I think that the market has its place, and questions about capitalism are usually questions about "free" market finance capital that takes a top-down approach to economics.  I don't see any more (or less) sillines to being for capitalism than to being against it.  It is one of several economic tools that most economies throw into the mix.  The problem I see now is pure privitization of everything.

by andrethegiant on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 07:21:26 PM EST
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I agree, as I think all but the most militant Randians and Rothbardians would.  It was a stupid hit piece by a journalist with an unusually small amount of knowledge about economics -- quite an accomplishment, given the generally low level of knowledge journalists tend to have.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 09:25:14 PM EST
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