Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dumbing down a nation

Paul Wells has a post (Let’s play Cut the Granting Councils!that is worth a read for a peak at the ongoing harm Harper will inflict on Canada through this budget.  Cuts to basic research.  good display of leadership and foresight.

From the Conservative standpoint, this accomplishes two objectives:
  1. If you, as Harper does, see Canada primarily as a resource supply satellite for the U. S. A. then research is an unneeded extravagance.  If what he sees as real countries need our resources, they will develop what we need and that can be imported.  There is not need to think for ourselves.
  2. As an obvious corollary to the John Stuart Mill axiom*, if you cut research there are fewer educated people and a lower overall education.  This helps out the Conservatives electorally.
*“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”

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Beijing York said...

Thanks for finding this CV. This is very helpful since a friend of mine took issue with me posting a petition about the "business focused" proviso for new SSHRC funding found in the budget on Face Book.

Constant Vigilance said...

You're welcome. Glad to hear that the blog has some shown some real world usefulness.