Lösenordsskyddad: En dödfödd rörelse

Det här innehållet är lösenordsskyddat. Vänligen ange ditt lösenord nedan för att visa innehåll:

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Inget man ser varje dag

Ett citat:

Greenpeace has never based its campaigns solely on science. Cartesian science strips everything down to cold logic: there is no room for ethics or emotion. We believe, in contrast, that there is a moral basis for our defence of the natural world.

Vem skrev det? Stephen Tindale, Greenpeace UK:s förre detta ledare.

Vad betyder det? Moral inte har något med logik eller vetenskap att göra, utan är baserat på känslor. Således är de gröna sig berättigade att tro på vad som helst så länge det svarar mot deras ”moraliska övertygelser”, dvs deras känslor, och som främjar deras sak.

Vad vi har här är en ledande företrädare för miljörörelsen som explicit erkänner att hans och många andras engagemang för miljön bygger på rationaliseringar. Detta är verkligen inget man ser varje dag.

Om bara fler ledande miljöaktivister kunde vara lika öppenhjärtiga av sig, då hade förmodligen många fler kunnat se igenom deras ständiga hänvisningar till pseudovetenskap.

Privata skolor i slummen

The Boston Globe skriver om hur fattiga människor, över hela världen, söker sig till privata skolor när de offentliga skolorna inte levererar. Ett exempel från Indien:

[T]he school [MA Ideal]–a private, small-scale venture–is not situated in a plush upper-middle-class neighborhood. Instead, it is tucked away in Kishanbagh, a sprawling slum of low-slung concrete huts, tin-roofed shanties, and bare-bellied children who gambol with skinny, underfed dogs. And the average fee at MA Ideal High School? About $3 per month–one-20th the cost of a typical private school in India.

MA Ideal is part of a grass-roots private school movement that has spread through India in the last two decades. Kishanbagh, a 5-square-kilometer patch of land, has 28 low-cost private schools, while India itself has some 300,000, each a buzzing hive of teaching, learning, and extracurricular activity. These schools offer poor residents across the country an alternative to the inefficient public school system. In Kishanbagh, for example, the local public school is a cavernous building where teachers rarely show up, toilets regularly overflow, and classes are almost never held. In the western world, private schools are associated with high fees and plentiful resources, but Hyderabad’s schools succeed by focusing on efficiency and accountability.

Principals like Mohammed Saleem of the nearby Adams High School say that fierce competition between schools forces institutes to strive toward providing the best education they can. ’’We have to listen to parents because otherwise they will admit their children to a different school. I have to constantly find new ways to keep parents interested in my school,” says Saleem.

Inte undra på att de fattiga söker sig till privata skolor så fort de får en möjlighet. Konkurrensen mellan privata skolor ger nämligen resultat: ”The results have been so impressive that some researchers are now suggesting that low-cost private schools might be the answer to educating the world’s poor”, skriver The Boston Globe.

Läs hela artikeln här.

Statligt tvång vs välstånd

NPR rapporterar:

Venezuela’s economy is in trouble despite the country’s huge oil reserves. Blackouts plague major cities. Its inflation rate is among the world’s highest. Private enterprise has been so hammered, the World Bank says, that Venezuela is forced to import almost everything it needs. (Min kursivering.)

Ett citat till:

Jose Guerra, a former Central Bank economist, says state intervention in private businesses is hitting the economy hard.

”The government is nationalizing, expropriating, or confiscating,” he says. ”They are not creating new wealth; this is wealth that was already created.”

The Weekly Standard rapporterar också om Venezuelas långsamma socialistiska självmord:

On April 21, the Latin Business Chronicle predicted that Venezuela would post the world’s highest inflation rate in 2010, ahead of even the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

On May 5, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Venezuela dropped from $349 million in 2008 to negative $3.1 billion last year, “mainly as a result of nationalizations.” In other words, the Bolivarian Republic experienced a net FDI outflow of $3.1 billion in 2009.

Och: ”Ordinary Venezuelans are mad about food and water shortages, power outages, and surging crime rates.”

Statlig styrning över ekonomin förstör inte bara ekonomin i Venezuela, det tar även på krafterna för den amerikanska ekonomin. För att få en bild av hur hårt reglerat bankväsendet är i USA vill jag citera The Street:

[T]he small community bank, the source of working capital for America’s small businesses, is being choked by the regulatory system.

Ask any CEO of a community financial institution who he/she works for — the answer won’t be the Board of Directors or the Shareholders — inevitably, the answer will be the regulator (FDIC, OCC, Fed, OTS).

En perfekt beskrivning av hur det förhåller sig i det amerikanska bankväsendet.