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Riots in Britain over Higher Ed

Peter Wood has a splendid piece on the riots in Britain.

I especially like this: “The protesters, whether on the street or at the microphone, have so far had nothing to say other than to mix class resentment and appeals to thuggish power. Higher education in their rhetoric is a ‘right’ plain and simple — something the state is obligated to provide at very low cost to the individual. It isn’t on its face a very convincing argument, and all the less convincing when mixed with public disorder and violence.”

State entitlements, to education or anything else, inevitably lead to trouble of this sort.

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


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