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The dreaded market in education

Philosopher Tibor Machan wonders here why it is that so many in higher education constantly denigrate the idea of the free market in education.
It’s generally true that people like to benefit from the competition that is the essence of any market in the things they buy. (Who, for example, would willingly choose to buy toothpaste made in the old Soviet Union?) In the things they sell, however, they want the coziness of socialism — no competition and guaranteed income.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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