- Links for 01-17-2013
- 'The Right’s Resistance to Regulation'
- Will Online Education Reduce the Income Gap?
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 12:06 AM PST
Posted: 16 Jan 2013 02:37 PM PST
Peter Dizikes of MIT News:
The right's resistance to regulation, by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office: James Watt, who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1981 to 1983, is remembered primarily for a short, business-friendly tenure that ended with his resignation soon after an ill-judged remark about women, minorities and the disabled. And yet, as MIT professor Judith Layzer observes in her new book about environmental politics, "Open for Business," there is good reason to regard Watt's impact differently.The one thing I'll note is that "free market rhetoric," which is said to have played a key role in winning (or at least shifting) the battle of ideas, was the vehicle for defending other interests, e.g. business interests in having as few environmental regulations as possible. It (free markets) was not the goal in and of itself.
As to what should be done, for this reason I'm not so sure that "It really was about ideas." And you have to fight ideas with ideas." It was also about having the political power to make the ideas heard, and to turn them into actual legislation that served the interests of the of those supporting the politicians financially. So I'd say, "It was really about using ideas to serve the interests of those who held the reins of power." Or something like that.
Posted: 16 Jan 2013 09:21 AM PST
My latest column argues that online education has the potential to help lots of people, but contrary to some claims:
...traditional colleges are not going away, and the potential of online education to reduce inequality is overrated. ...See: Will Online Education Reduce the Income Gap?
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