Markets are not morally inert

Is economics an independent science, or a branch of moral and political philosophy as it was for Adam Smith? Here are two intelligent critiques of the idea that markets are morally inert. We've been watching Michael Sandel's popular Harvard course on Justice in philosophy club. Here is some valuable background. It turns out Michael Sandel …

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John T. Gatto – Can “open source” education be moral?

Here is a book review I wrote last year for the University of Winnipeg Student Anthology. Gatto's book had all the controversial themes that would make for entertaining reading - he's a great teacher, a politically incorrect (for Canadians) American libertarian, a proponent of an interesting but far-fetched conspiracy, a widely-read shoot-from- the-hip kind of …

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Ken Osborne and the renewal of civic-education

Back in 1999, Ken Osborne, a history teacher and retired faculty in the University of Manitoba education department, warned us of the lack of civic debate concerning¬†the ends of public education. His book, Education: A Guide To The Canadian Education Debate - Or, Who Wants What and Why? was intended to bolster this discussion beyond …

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