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Brilliant! Harvard Fires Back at GOP’s War on Education by Offering Free Tuition!

Glenn Beck, like every other Teabagger, loves to dress up like our founding fathers. But you have to wonder if any of them have ever heard of a man named Thomas Jefferson.

Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.

If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was & never will be.

Or this one:

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

(Oops, sorry. That was Joseph Stalin)

“Ignorance is strength”

(Dammit. Sorry again. That was KGB Officer Vladimir Putin, circa 1984)

The state of Massachusetts understands what it means to fight tyranny better than most, and yesterday the “Cradle of Liberty” broke out its biggest, 350-year-old cannon for the second year in a row. Yes, for 2013, Harvard University has once again announced that students coming from families making under $60,000 a year will pay no tuition, and no student loans. While Harvard has traditionally been seen as the literal definition of the elitist, ivy league school, the school’s President Drew Faust reminded us all of the university’s proud tradition of public service as she said on Friday, September 20th:  

When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.

Let THAT “elitist” message sink in for a moment. Of course, even Harvard has bills to pay…and let’s face it, rich people don’t do anything without some kind of return on investment. But some investments are longer term than others, and when you’ve been around for 350 years, the term “long term investment” can take on a whole new perspective. Harvard knows better than anyone what will happen if the corporate GOP is successful in reducing our nation to a mob of slobbering idiots, devoid of all potential for innovation or success. Harvard isn’t Wall Street…it doesn’t think in micro-second trades, short-term gains or quick returns. They know that today’s mistakes mean tomorrow’s closed doors. Or, as Bill Nye might put it:

Innovation is what’s going to make the United States economy grow. And in order to have innovation, you have to have scientifically literate students.

A few years ago, we might have been able to convince ourselves that the GOP’s war on education was just a case of greed…maybe even relatively benign neglect. But history suggests otherwise. The GOP’s corporatism is nothing more than tyranny and slavery reborn; from the Koch Brothers’ “More Mexicans equals cheaper labor” immigration policy, to the GOP’s rabid support of parochial indoctrination, to the Tea Party’s general deification of proud and utter stupidity. Education is a threat to domination; it causes us to question by what right we are dominated, and provides us with the tools to mount a revolution. Boston style.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. I believe it [the human condition] susceptible of much improvement, and most of all, in matters of government and religion; and that the diffusion of knowledge among the people is to be the instrument by which it is effected.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1816

If you know an honor-roll child who comes from a family making less than $60,000 a year, send them here. The next revolution is calling.  

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Richard Rowe
Richard Rowe is a full-time freelance writer who has written over 3 million words in the last four years alone -- mostly on automotive and technical subjects. He's also a seventh-generation native Floridian, and was born and raised in the Ocala National Forest. Richard's passions include cars and machines of all varieties (including guns), building hot rods and engines, engineering, history, philosophy, theology, gardening and stopping Florida's Corporate Republican invaders. He doesn't believe in following any one party, group or ideology, and prefers to think about each situation as it comes. He has several projects in the works right now, including a series of books on driving, fuel economy and the future of the automobile, one on applying the principles of thermodynamics to global economics, a Taoist perspective on applying physics and mathematics to sprituality and religion, and another on the role of the Industrial Revolution in ending slavery. Sooner or later, he'll write some fiction. The first edition of the first auto book (titled "The Hypermiler's Bible -- Basic Edition") will be out for sale on Amazon by the year's end; specialty editions of the same book will follow, as will the rest of the series.

10 comments

  1. Why are you portraying the American Revolutionaries as evil in your edited painting of a revolutionary battle? Either you are ignorant of the meaning of the color of light sabers, which I don’t believe, or you meant to portray our founders as the bad guys.

    Also, Conservatives have a sub group that are ignorant and don’t like some aspects of a quality education but certainly they are not representative of the entire group. No sensible person, conservative or liberal would find anything wrong with Harvard’s outreach even the head blowhard himself, Glenn Beck. This article creates a contrived issue.

    • Richard Rowe

      LMAO…Jason…REALLY, man? OK, I’ll admit…I didn’t think about the color of the light sabers when I put the picture up. Though I certainly applaud your sense of observation. Bravo. I didn’t MAKE the picture though, so I assume we’ve just found an image created by the only world’s only King George Photoshop loyalist.

      That being said…no. This isn’t a contrived issue. conservatives are fans of education like Westboro Baptist is a fan of Jesus. No matter what they say, you have to look at what they DO. Private school vouchers, religion in textbooks, constant demonization of “educated elitist libtards,” denial of science agreed upon by 90-odd percent of educated people. All of these create a climate that dog whistles the message “Fact r dumb.” The conservative base has nothing but disdain for education, and undermine it every chance they get. and the conservative leadership would like nothing better than for us to devolve into mindless consumers. And the evangelicals are just as bad, placing faith in unseen forces and acceptance of dominion over reason and self-determination. As is typical for conservatives, what they SAY they believe and what they DO are two very different things.

  2. Lonnie, you do realize that you are claiming that most conservatives are uneducated boobs, don’t you? Not that you aren’t right, but I doubt that’s what you meant to say.

  3. That’s is a laugh, he doesn’t follow any party..give me a break..

  4. And why again would a conservative have a problem with this?

    OH, that’s right, one wouldn’t. You guys just make things up.

    • Modern ‘conservatives’ sure as hell have problems with poor people making the grade. They’ve become the party of oligarchic wealth. They know what happens when you give people the means to rise ‘above their station’, and they don’t want that. Their worldview is a zero-sum game in which my gain is their loss, and they can’t stand being proved wrong. They want a world in which they are on the top of the heap and the rest of us live and die on their sufferance.

    • Have you SEEN the conservative comments going around on anything that helps someone that isn’t rich or toting guns? Pretty sure he hit the nail on the head.

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