reply to post by LUXUS
The most disgusting thing these days is the textbooks. Not too long ago I had a university class called "Business and it's Environment" which
dealt with the inter-relationships of business and the US Federal government. The textbook being used was "Public Policy and Society"
Thomson, 2006 by Lawrence Lesser. Lesser's big claim to fame was that he spent 30 years as a lobbyist
This textbook made the following assertions which went completely unnoticed FOR THREE YEARS by a pair of tenured professors of business administration
and approximately 2,000 undergrad students and 700 MBA students:
1. On three separate and unique instances, Lawrence Lesser stated that George Washington signed various pieces of trade and tariff legislation in
1879...meaning that Washington lived to be a minimum of 172 years old.
2. That from the years of 1859 to 1887 the Federal government "stayed out of private businesses" and because of that the Free Market
(yes...personified) was able to build the railroads. Never mind that one pesky instance in which roughly 1,000,000 American soldiers died and an
estimated 2,800,000 civilians died when the Federal Government had to step in and tell Private Business that the buying, selling, and owning of other
human beings as chattel property was immoral and the fact that the US Cavalry waged a program of systematic genocide to "clear the land" of the
Indians prior to those railroads being able to be built. Ditto for the bounty the Federal Government paid for buffalo skins in order to both starve
out the Indians and "clear the land". Turns out that nothing is less convenient for trains than having a couple of thousand bison standing on the
3. That Alexis De Tocqueville warned about the dangers of "Big Government" in his work "Democracy in America
...despite the fact that in a
scant 7 contigious pages of the footnoted quote the real-life de Tocqueville ACTUALLY stated that he believed that public elections were a scam and a
bit of political theatre, attributed America's freedom to a nearly uniform distribution of wealth, called for a 90/10 distribution of wealth which
was later referred to as "Kuznets Curve" which is the backbone of modern socialism and was an inspiration to Karl Marx, and chastised Americans for
not having larger bureaucracies with more rules, codes, and regulations. No surprise really...since the very word "bureaucracy" is of French origin
and means "To rule/govern by the desk" which was the system of governance the French put in place in the aftermath of the French Revolution when De
Tocqueville lived and wrote the book in question. Bureaucracy was considered to be a huge step forward from having a single absolute monarch and an
4. More mathematical and statistical errors than I can count. Seriously...there was one or more on almost every single page.
...and we wonder why people are stupid and are under so many erroneous assumptions about politics, economics, and US history.