We Need a State Monopoly of Education…

It would seem Mr Gove’s speech at Brighton College yesterday has riled our good friend Mr Monbiot into a bit of a rage

Michael Gove is of course quite right: the “stratification and segregation” of British society are “morally indefensible”. He is also right to observe that “it is remarkable how many of the positions of wealth, influence, celebrity and power in our society are held by individuals who were privately educated”. Among other beneficiaries of this unearned privilege, he names some “of our most prominent contemporary radical and activist writers”. As I came top of his list, I feel I should respond.

The first thing to say is that he has one heck of a brass neck. He talks of “those of us who believe in social justice”. I’m sure he does believe in it, much as he might also believe in the existence of the Higgs boson. What he does not believe in is making it a reality. Or if he does, he finds himself in some very strange company.

So what is Mr Monbiot’s answer to the scourge of the Left-Wing, Privately Educated Toff? The abolition of private education…

The Conservatives cannot tell us how the land really lies, which is why Gove must make stirring speeches about social justice. If he really believed in it, in the sense of being an adherent to the cause, he would implement a simple policy, which lies within his department’s reach: shutting down private schools. This would produce the following beneficial effects:

Basically what Mr Monbiot is arguing for is a State Monopoly of Education. Now, correct me if I am wrong but aren’t monopolies a bad thing..? Don’t they lead to higher prices, poor service and exploitation..? Surely, on this basis, an education monopoly cannot possibly drive up standards for all..?

Who knows..? Maybe I’m wrong. Thinking about it I am just an ignorant comp boy, so how would I know..? Probably best I just wait for our friend Mr Monbiot to enlighten me. After all, he was privately educated…

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  1. “Basically what Mr Monbiot is arguing for is a State Monopoly of Education.”

    Fortunately for Mr Moonbat, that’s what Gove wants too, only Gove’s far more cunning.

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      1. Good article, Rob. State monopolies are bad for so many reasons. This is a very promising line of argument that I wish were used more often.

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  2. “Those of us who believe in social justice”.

    I happen to believe (unlike some here)that Mr Gove has good intentions – although I may be wrong.

    However, by using the term “social justice” Mr Gove opened the door wide open Mr Monbiot.

    It can never be said too often that conservatives, or libertarians, who use “social justice” (“justice as fairness”) language are misguided.

    Utterly misguided.

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  3. As for Mr Monbiot – he is quite correct in stating that “social justice” would mean closing all private schools (and it would mean banning home schooling also – the collective education of children is vital to the project).

    This is because “social justice” (“fair shares for all” and so on) is totalitarianism.

    Private schools, like (unequal) private property and such social insitutions as independent families, stand in the way of “social justice”.

    For “social justice” (collectivism) to be achieved, civil society (such as independent families and private schools) must be destroyed.

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  4. It does not matter what “beneficial effects” MonBioRot thinks – thinks, mind – if it oppresses freedom of association, if it forces a monopoly, then it is wrong at a fundamental level and is therefore illegitimate.

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    1. Collectivists are masters of “double think” (they have been since at least Plato’s time – “for the purposes of navigation we should teach that certain things in the sky move in certain ways – but, for the purposes of philosophy, we should also teach that they do not move in such a fashion” the citizens of his Republic had been reduced to such a state that they would believe two contradictory things about the same objects).

      So it is easy for Monbiot to say that he believes in freedom of association whilst also proposing measures that would destroy freedom of association.

      He might even pass a lie dectector test.

      Such is the power of “Double Think”.

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