What I Believe …

Posted on 08. Oct, 2011 by in Uncategorized

These are the things I believe:
• I believe in science and scientific method.
• Belief systems are stupid. Religious beliefs are stupid and insane. To impose your belief systems on others, especially your children, is not only stupid and insane but evil as well.
• Most wars are stupid, insane and evil. There are only two reasons to go to war: (1) to defend your country from an invading force, and (2) to prevent an imminent genocide. The only people who profit from wars are the so-called defence contractors and the corporate media.
• Parents who send their children to war are lazy, stupid and insane. So, your kid is a hero for blowing the life out of someone else’s kid? And why do you think the military supplied your kid with a rifle in the first place? Did you think they were being sent to some foreign land for a picnic? Did you think that the parents of the kids your kid killed would not mourn their loss? Get real.
• I believe in an egalitarian society.
• I believe that everyone is entitled to healthcare, education, food and shelter. In an egalitarian society, and any society that cares for its citizens, these things would be provided for free.
• I believe that teachers should be revered. Good teachers love to teach, and the best teachers are remembered forever by their students as the people who guided them through life at the moment they most needed guidance. Help teachers do their job: demand smaller classes and help your kids with their homework. I have no patience with people who disparage the teaching profession.
• I believe that standardized testing is full of crap. Every student is an individual, and the only reason for having standardized testing is to treat all students like they’re the same. If a student shows a desire to become an artist, a comedian, or a ballet dancer, why stifle that desire? Let students explore and maximize their potential. Schools should not be sausage factories.
• I believe in a system of public banks.
• I believe that voting should be mandatory. Democracy doesn’t come cheap, folks. The percentage of people voting in any election has shrunk to the point in which a politician can achieve a majority government when a handful of people show up at the polls. In order to make mandatory voting possible, though, people should be taught civics classes in school. And what’s this nonsense about allotting voters one day to vote? Voters should be given at least a week, minimum.
• I believe in worker-owned factories, producing things that are needed in the community.
• I believe that outsourcing is evil. Corporations that outsource jobs to places where labor is cheaper or cheapest should not be allowed to sell their goods or services in the country that lost its jobs. To do otherwise is nothing more than a slap in the face to workers.

7 Responses to “What I Believe …”

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  5. Jim 6 March 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Re “To impose your belief systems on others, especially your children, is not only stupid and insane but evil as well.”
    I quite agree, and there’s an alternative to that evil to be found in evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ letter to his daughter, “Good and Bad Reasons for Believing”, in Dawkins’ brilliant essay collection, “A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love”.

    Re outsourcing: To oppose it carte blanc is to tilt windmills. We live in a global economy, which has until recently served to raise living standards far above any in human history. Now, globalism is failing, at least for the rich nations like yours and mine (Canada, U.S.). The issue is, How can we create a just economic order in the face of now-rampant globalization? The answer, or even the possibility, is unclear and the task daunting.

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