Betsy DeVos, Trumps pick for education Sec.

President Donald Trumps pick for education Sec was confined yesterday with vice president Mike Pence using his vote to secure the nomination. Thats how their system works in America.

But who is Betsy DeVos, and , rather more importantly what does she believe in and what changes will she try to make.

From doing some research it seems that Betsy DeVos wants state schools to be replaced with private schools funded by taxpayer vouchers and then possibly wants to remove taxpayers money from education.

Seems reasonable to me.

After all, the ONLY way to drive up results and drive down costs is by competition and the steps above certainly help competition so this will work.

A problem could be that because she is more religious than the average that she will focus on including supreme being religious stuff in the curriculum but I don’t expect this to be much of a problem.

Let me explain why. For most lessons it won’t matter, i.e. English, Maths , Physics etc. You simply can’t shoehorn religion into those subjects, a gerund will continue to be a gerund, algebra will still be provable and Newtonian and Einsteinium physics will still operate as they do now.

For Geography and Religious Education this does present a problem. However most children go through 11 years of state indoctrination and most do not turn into foaming lefties. The same will happen with teaching supreme being religious indoctrination.

So, the end result will be better education of children because of the increased competition and better educated children will be better able to reject attempts to brainwash them.

Imagine a class of well educated children openly laughing when the teacher tries to include something about the successes of socialism or visions from a supreme being.

There is no comeback from being derided.

A lot of libertarians make the mistake of that because a change isn’t perfect according to our beliefs we should reject it. I used to be like that myself.

DeVos is certainly not perfect but is a step in the right direction.

Should religion be reinvented

Religion was important in  olden times, it gave a structure to society and gave the elite a power base from which to govern yet it would not have prospered unless ordinary people also benefitted in some way.

I am not saying that religion gave people something to believe in or the chance of a better life in the hereafter but that it was useful as a guide to life, i.e. don’t borrow or lend money, form a mutual pair bond, treat other people as they treat you etc.

Until the start of the industrial revolution (hooray for capitalism) ordinary people had it hard. Staying alive was a struggle, lack of food and no education meant people needed all the help they could get. Religion supplied that help.

We can see a modern day counterpart in the opposite of religion in the welfare state. Nowadays the thick are looked after from the cradle to the grave and no longer get the social reinforcement that would better direct them to lead purposeful lives and be happier.

Take a walk around your local “sink” estate, council house slums, living of the taxpayer and crime, full of depravity, the lack of morality is palpable.

Yet religion is falling. People no longer believe in supreme beings, messengers from god, virgin births etc.

How do we as a society keep the useful bits that ordinary people can use to help themselves whist doing away with the supreme being stuff?

One way is to use honest conversation, a perfect example is Stefan Molyneaux at Freedman Radio (FDR).

To quote Infogalactic:- In 2005, Molyneux began a podcast called Freedomain Radio (FDR).[7] He uses the same name for the website on which he distributes his own writings, hosts podcast archives, and provides an Internet forum for FDR listeners. Molyneux also produces videos and commentary on current events, and he presents a weekly call-in show on which listeners can ask questions or discuss personal issues.

There is a clear public appetite for honest conversation Freedman Radio got well over 100 million downloads in 2016 alone. Mr Molyneauxs books which are all available as free downloads would all dominate the best seller lists. And this is all done by voluntary donations, there is no advertising.

So, if you are curious about the big questions, need help with philosophical problems or just need good old fashioned honest conversation head over to Freedomain Radio.