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Free Market Education Stops School Violence


In case you were wondering where they stood on the issue, the U.S. House of Representatives has issued a formal condemnation of the shooting at Santana High School near San Diego. The vote was unanimous. (Whew!) The House proclamation also “encourages the people of the United States to engage in a national dialogue on preventing violence.” Well, why didn’t they think of that before now? Since someone has to start our dialogue, here goes: (1) How about ending school compulsory-attendance laws so that wacko killer types are not required to be there? (2) For that matter, how about ending government schooling entirely so that defenseless victims are not forced to be there? (3) How about a totally free market in education so that young people, with the guidance of their families, will be free to seek their own particular hopes and dreams in the manner that best suits them rather than being forced into an artificial, government-concocted pressure cooker? By separating school and state, coercion-caused tensions would diminish, leaving everyone better off. And then we could talk about privatizing the postal service.

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.