Jay on the Web: A Libertarian View on Fixing the Nation's Schools
Jay's recent column on ways to fix the nation's schools drew a strong reaction from the libertarian Cato Institute. Writing on Cato@Liberty, David Boaz argues the way to fix the nation's schools is to create competition:
"Why don’t we realize it when we’re afflicted with a virtual government monopoly on the provision of education? Why are zillions of smart people studying and debating how to improve the performance of a sluggish, stagnant, tax-funded government monopoly? Maybe we shouldn’t be so sure that we’d see the failure of the software or housing monopoly either. Whatever enterprise the government chooses to monopolize — and there’s really nothing inherent or inevitable about which enterprises that will be — will most likely become a massive bureaucratic undertaking, and we will find it difficult to imagine how the enterprise could be privately run.
But Bill and Melinda, Eli and Edythe, Jay, Barack — the evidence on monopoly vs. competitive provision of services is out there. To a great extent it’s the history of the 20th century. Check it out."
Washington Post Editors
| May 13, 2009; 1:52 PM ET
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