Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Education

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.

If government schools were maintained by local control, the problem of monopoly control of education for the entire school-age population would be greatly reduced. The “owners” of the school could be the local school boards, which could set curriculum and discipline standards and taxes. This solution is not perfect, but it is vastly better than a Washington-based economic czar using the educational system for propaganda, perpetuating the falsehoods of the state and the so-called benefits of a powerful central government.

It is a well-known conventional wisdom fact that the real problem with federal education in America is a lack of funding. As of the most recent statistics available, the US only spends approximately $11,000 per student, more than almost any other country in the world. In constant dollars, this is only about a 400% increase in spending in the last 50 years (2700% is you don’t take into account inflation).

Similar to minimum wage, the sky should really be the limit here. The government has a monopoly on eduction because we have decided as a society that education is too important to be left up to the private sector. Similar to roads, mail, airplanes and computers, the private sector is completely incapable of providing a quality product that can be uniformly applied to every single child in the United States.

Kook Ron Paul believes the government exerts such a strong monopoly force upon the country because it wants to spread “propaganda” and “perpetuate the falsehoods of the state”. The truth is that the government cares for us and wants to provide for the highest-quality conformist society possible.

They just need more money.

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience