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Submitted by Ben Tanosborn

Cheating: Competition’s Great Equalizer?

Back in the wild-and-woolly days of the
American West – encompassing much of the second half of the nineteenth
century – the Colt revolver was said to be the “great equalizer.”  It
promised to wipe out any gap between weak and strong, claiming to put
every man at the same level of strength – beastly level, one need to
add.

In a capitalist world where competitiveness
appears to be the only “worthwhile” trait to have in order to survive
and thrive, ethics be damned, we seem to have found a new version of the
great equalizer; one which doesn’t shoot bullets but which narrows or
makes go away the gap between the more gifted and the gifted-not.  It’s called cheating, and it can operate in any field of endeavor.  In
Western societies, ours to be sure, we excel in its use in politics,
economics, business, education… and the more obvious these days, in
terms of press coverage, in sports – through the use of illegal drugs.

Cheating has achieved art form, particularly
in business, politics and sports; and the public has come to accept this
cheating behavior shrugging their shoulders.  “They all do
it” has become the rationalization to accept not just the fame and
celebrity of major personalities (sports heroes), but also the
detrimental acts so often perpetrated by those who yield power over us:
business moguls and politicians.  “They all do it”
rationale has brought us all to the level of co-conspirators since this
is a game we all must play; there’s no room for spectators since the
outcome of those acts affect not just our well-being, but the dignity,
or lack of it, in which we view ourselves.

If cheating is so endemic in our capitalist
way of life, why do we act so surprised when it affects other areas of
our society, such as religion, the judicial system, and now education?  Aren’t some areas sacrosanct, immune to major scandals?  Definitely not!  Capitalism without appropriate rules and controls also implies competition without rules or controls.  And
in this environment of the survival of the fittest, fittest being
people who possess the wealth and power, those who disagree with the
politics and policies of the rules-imposers feel that they, too, need a
great equalizer.

And that happens to be the problem we face these days in American education.  The
biggest cheating scandal to date, other than perhaps the cheating
scandal by the midshipmen at Annapolis in 1993, has just been made
public by the office of Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, via a released
report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; a report that names 178
teachers, school principals and administrators in a conspiracy to fix
answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), and also
punish whistle-blowers.

The Atlanta public
school system, where the cheating took place became a model to emulate
by thousands of other school systems in the nation.  It was also rewarded with additional funding from the Broad Foundation and the Gates Foundation.  Yet,
the rise in scores which took place during last decade in this large
school district had to do solely with teachers and principals erasing
and changing test answers.

And what has happened in Atlanta could turn out to be the prevalent theme throughout the nation, something we are not ready to admit.  And why is this occurring? Are teachers as a group less ethical than members of other professions?  A
resounding no to that; it’s simply that teachers became the guinea pig,
were marched against the execution wall by a capitalist system that
sees competition, no matter how unjust or unreasonable, as the only
answer to everything in society. 

Against teachers’ reasoning that quantifying
improvement was a monumental task at best, and something inoperable at
worst, teachers were forced by the political system to reluctantly
accept “improvement” as the one and only option.  Not only
were all variables hard to measure in order to establish a base in a
society not just ethno-socially diversified, but economically growing
more and more unequal.  And with the economy playing havoc
with those in the lower economic strata in these past four years, more
and more people becoming poor and homeless, how are you going to account
for a base that is deteriorating?  No… don’t blame the politicians, just blame the teachers for our economic and social ills!

Unfortunately what happened in Atlanta, and
most likely repeated in much of the country, has played into the hands
of proponents of rapacious and heartless capitalism that see
competition, often unhealthy competition, as the basis for a just
society while, in effect, the opposite is true.  Sadly,
those teachers, principals and administrators who cheated did so out of
selfishness and perhaps their own survival, instead of standing in
solidarity with others in their profession. 

 The Colt revolver was the wrong kind of equalizer in the 1800’s and cheating is the wrong kind of equalizer in the 2000’s.  Hopefully, a lesson has been learned.

 

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 22:39 | 1434863 darkstar7646
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Ahh, a subject close to my heart.

Something which has basically become part and parcel to the online experience, where basically any game you play is so rife with cheating (often with the implicit help of the company running the game *cough*Square-Enix*cough*) that you either have to cheat or you are no longer part of the process.

Same can be said in economics. You don't have enough resources, post-tax, if you aren't one of the elites, to take part in the real economy without some form of cheating or leaving the process (going Galt).

And as far as the public schools and NCLB are concerned, get back to me when a public school is anything more than a sports camp and a violence-enabler by said athletes.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:10 | 1435131 narnia
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when the rule of law becomes an instrument to tolerate & reward perversity, the system ends up with lots of perversity.  we suffer from too many smart people gaming the system rather than rebelling against it.  that will change. 
Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:27 | 1435217 AnAnonymous
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when the rule of law becomes an instrument to tolerate & reward perversity, the system ends up with lots of perversity.

 

US citizens discussing knowledge established one hundred years ago.

 

Cheating is the goal of competition. Cheating is the ultimate decider in competition.

 

Competition is a measurement process (one has to determine what actor is more/less competitive than another actor)

Measuring requires a rule, in one of its original meaning, that is a tool to measure, a yardstick.

Now, one who manipulates the yardstick is one who grants oneself of the competitive edges.

This demand is inherent to competition. Playing chess against yourself, the self with the best competitive edge is the one able to bend the rules at will vs the self coerced to respect the rules.

US citizens love to discuss dead knowledge as if it was vivid, in a way to reject the US world order they have brought to the world.

Cheating (manipulation of the rule) is inherent to competition and the best competitive edge one can get.

Established for more than an hundred years now and it is useless to pretend starting from fresh on this topic without bringing new elements that sways the validity of the previous elements.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:20 | 1435564 Diogenes
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What are you, French

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:29 | 1435587 snowball777
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I bet you've never won a fair fight in your life.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:04 | 1435857 AnAnonymous
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I bet you've never won a fair fight in your life.

 

Actually, US citizens are so duplicitous and their propaganda so cheap, cheating is useless to trash them.

Still restating facts established one hundred years ago is enough to break their faces.

Admittedly, the inequality in forces between US propaganda and facts is such that one feels unfairness in this.

Without guns to back up their speech, US propagandists are weak and easily crushed.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:33 | 1436427 fallout11
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I am reminded of the old Army maxim, “If you find are in a fair fight, you didn't prepare well enough."

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:21 | 1435269 darkstar7646
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Will it? I have serious doubt of that, for two reasons:

1) The existence of the system relies on the people gaming it.

2) The existence of many people relies on their gaming of the system.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 23:19 | 1446563 MGHJFHD
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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 22:48 | 1434878 flacorps
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In the 1919 Black Sox scandal, the quote was "Say it isn't so, Joe" ... Today that same kid would say to a Roger Clemens or a Barry Bonds: "Dummy, you got caught!"

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:06 | 1434915 darkstar7646
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Agreed -- because there'd probably be far less Major League Baseball otherwise.

Steroids saved baseball. Not the fans, not legitimate play, but illegal freaking steroids saved baseball because, as The Simpsons put so well, people don't want the awful truth.

They want some "dingers".

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:30 | 1434966 ThirdCoastSurfer
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Given the selective manor in which fouls and penalties are enforced in football and basketball, I only wish golf allowed an occasional mulligan!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:12 | 1435135 JohnG
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I'll take my stroke on my honor sir!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:32 | 1435605 snowball777
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I wish golf allowed tackling the other golfers and beating them with a 9-iron.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:02 | 1434879 bob_dabolina
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mmmm hmmm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Atlanta  

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/politics-raising-children/2011/jul/7/atlantas-cheating-ways-school-officials-test-score 

And they want Obama to do more...more aid 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/congressional-black-caucus-unemployment_n_892702.html

Maybe the problem is they're lazy? Do people really not understand the issue of why a large cross section of America is non competitive in the work force? Why don't they try addressing the issue of lazyness before we start throwing more money it?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:04 | 1434911 darkstar7646
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You can't do that except at gunpoint.

Want to start it?

(And that's not meant to be provocative -- it is about the only solution.)

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:13 | 1434930 bob_dabolina
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I shouldn't have to point a gun at someone to get them to work. If that's what it takes then maybe it's a genetic thing.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:19 | 1434944 darkstar7646
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I don't think you should worry about the "why", in that case.

I think you should worry about that you are going to have to do it to get your vision of this country back on it's feet.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:23 | 1434951 bob_dabolina
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I'm not sure if it's possible for this country to get back on it's feet. I honestly think it's terminal in the sense that everything has become so perverted and disjointed that it would take a full on revolution to fix. I don't see that happening in my lifetime but who knows.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:24 | 1435272 darkstar7646
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It's going to take a civil war, is what it's going to take.

You ARE going to have to force a lot of people to go to work at literal gunpoint, whether you like the concept or not.

Many of those people are probably (and frankly) unfit to work.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:28 | 1435275 Bay of Pigs
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You finally get it Bob. Almost.

Maybe you can open your eyes now on the gold and silver markets?

That would be really great.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:35 | 1435633 snowball777
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A convenient cop-out at best.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:33 | 1435620 snowball777
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So your father made a point of threatening people with firearms too?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:40 | 1436463 fallout11
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Coercion, violent or otherwise, has always been a historical method for imputing work from others. Serfdom, slavery, pressgangs, indentured servitude, peonage, you name it, we've had it for most of recorded human history.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 22:52 | 1434882 SparkySC
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Catch up on the Story about Tiger's Canadian Doctor.

 

 

Dr. Anthony Galea Cops Plea In Buffalo Federal Court 8:06 PM, Jul 7, 2011  | 

 

BUFFALO, NY - Golfer Tiger Woods, NFL stars Takeo Spikes and Jamal Lewis were mentioned during the court appearance in which Dr. Anthony Galea, the Toronto doctor accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to pro-athletes in the U.S, took a plea deal Wednesday.

Galea is a renowned physician in the area of sports medicine, and his client list includes dozens of athletes playing in the NFL, Major League Baseball, and other professional sports leagues.

Galea was arraigned in US District Court by Judge Richard Arcara on five felony counts, before quickly pleading guilty to one of them; Introducing mis-branded drugs into interstate commerce, which--under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces up to two years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

In addition, Dr. Galea, who possibly faces suspension of his medical license in Canada, will forfeit $275,000 to the United States Government.

The plea allowed Galea to escape prosecution on more serious charges, including smuggling, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Galea admitted he brought or arranged for the importation of unapproved drugs, including human growth hormones (HGH), into the United States.

Though it was further alleged that Galea used those drugs to treat athletes in the United States where he is not licensed to practice medicine, he did not have to admit that under terms of the plea.

This prompted Galea's Canadian Attorney Brian Greenspan (who did not represent Galea on the criminal charges he faced in the U.S.) to state to reporters, "this resolution confirms the position that Dr. Galea has always maintained. That he has not nor has he ever been involved in performance enhancement of athletes."

However, that statement flies in the face of the allegations laid out in the indictment handed up against Galea by a federal grand jury, and based largely on the testimony of a former assistant of his who was stopped at the US border in September of 2009, and whose arrest lead to the charges against Dr. Galea.

According to border agents at the Peace Bridge, she was found to be transporting human growth hormone, and other drugs and medical supplies in her car.

The assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, almost immediately began cooperating - according to federal prosecutors - who say she agreed to testify against her boss, even saying that he instructed her to explain that she was headed to a medical convention if she was ever stopped at the border.

Catalano identified 23 athletes during interviews with U.S. and Canadian authorities whom she said Galea treated in the U.S. Catalano said she frequently accompanied Galea and met with athletes in "hotel rooms and their homes" to provide various medical treatments. Along with paying for the treatment, Catalano said the athletes also paid all travel expenses for herself and the doctor.

Prosecutors revealed on Wednesday that Galea collected $800,000 from those athletes over the course of two years, for drugs valued at no more than $70,000.

Greenspan, noting some of the billing was for travel expenses, insisted Galea did not seek to profit, but to charge amounts commiserate to the amount of money he was losing by leaving his Toronto based clinic and traveling to the U.S. "Dr. Galea is a healer," Greenspan said.

Catalano told authorities she witnessed Galea inject a cocktail mixture containing Nutropin [growth hormone] into the injured knees of "at least seven athletes" while in the U.S. There is no approved test to determine HGH use, but the substance is banned by the major professional sports leagues.

Greenspan insisted several times while speaking with reporters that they pay particular attention to the only charge Galea admitted to, which he characterized as a "shortcoming as set out in the agreement", to wit: medications which "although routinely used in Canada, and elsewhere in the world, did not bear the 'Rx' symbol or directions in the English language which are required by American regulation."

However, one of the substances, Actovegin, which is a drug extracted from calf's blood, is illegal in the United States and not approved for use in Canada.

"We don't have it on our books," Karen Riley, a media officer with the FDA, told the Los Angeles Times shortly after Galea was indicted. "It would have to go through an FDA approval process, and I don't have any record of that product." 

When we pointed that out to Greenspan, who described himself as an attorney with a long and accomplished career of teaching and practicing law while representing a litany of high profile clients, he replied that we were "misinformed".

When 2 On Your Sides Dave McKinley pressed him further on that point and other issues which seemed to conflict with assertions of prosecutors, including that Dr. Galea was not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., Greenspan called McKinley "the rudest journalist" he'd ever met.

"He admitted to not only bringing in unapproved substances into our country repeatedly, but he also practiced without a license, supervised the criminal conduct of others, and obstructed justice by having his assistant Mary Anne Catalano lie that she was attending a medical conference," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. 

According to ESPN, the smuggling charge presumably arose from Catalano having told authorities that Galea had her travel to Germany in 2007 to purchase Actovegin from a pharmacy, with her also telling investigators that other employees and athlete patients had purchased the drug in Germany and brought it back for Galea.

Catalano has already reached a plea agreement and is expected to be sentenced next month.

Woods, Spikes, and Lewis were only referred to as clients of Dr. Galea in court. It's not clear if they received drugs from Dr. Galea.

Click on the video link above to see Dave McKinley and Marissa Bailey's report.

WGRZ-TV, wgrz.com

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:34 | 1435437 i-dog
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"Introducing mis-branded drugs into interstate commerce, which--under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces up to two years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

The plea allowed Galea to escape prosecution on more serious charges, including smuggling, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison."

Rules...rules...and more freaking perverted rules!

  • Potentially poisoning the public with "mis-branded drugs" = 2 years in prison.
  • Cheating the government of a few dollars of tax revenue = 20 years in prison.
  • Sending all those tax dollars to the banksters = priceless!

It's patently obvious where "protect and serve" government priorities lie!!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:36 | 1435645 snowball777
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Project and swerve.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:30 | 1436043 tarsubil
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With all the rules we have, using the term cheating doesn't really mean anything anymore. What is wrong is what is unjust. If these teachers cheated the rules to teach the kids, I'd be fine with it. If they cheated just to get the feds off their back, I'd be fine with that. That is just. To cheat in order to benefit themselves at the expense of these poor kids is a great injustice. A long time ago, people started changing 'thou shalt not murder' to 'thou shalt not kill' in order to forget justice. Chesterton said it best when he said murder is not wrong because it is violent but because it is unjust. Cheating is only wrong if it is unjust. Unfortunately no one knows what justice is anymore. Today the term 'social justice' is used for a policy of unjust redistribution and cronyism.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:05 | 1434912 Cognitive Dissonance
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As long as we don't cheat quite as much as those we compete with or are affected by in other ways, we can claim the high ground...........which in the slave mentality world means we are the glorious and helpless non responsible victims. Thus we aren't responsible both for our own actions nor those of the "bigger" cheaters.

The beauty of the system is that the moral high ground is shared by everyone in the game (including the slave masters) using a never ending concoction of rationalizations, justifications and outright denial.

God Bless the New World Order........same as the old world order only bigger, badder and even more insane. 

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:25 | 1434954 Reese Bobby
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When I was younger public disgrace was not the fast track to individual celebrity.

If you barely got off for killing your child you did not get an agent.

The decline of Society is directly correlated with the "criminalization" of Christianity.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:50 | 1435003 Vic Vinegar
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Fair points indeed. 

At times I want to leave this website and just to go to SeekingAlpha, but there is so much going on in the world and so many cats here who see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14vTrFyHO94

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:14 | 1435033 Reese Bobby
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I don't know how this "cat" missed such an important movie?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:16 | 1435037 Vic Vinegar
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It's pretty sweet.  Worth a rental, esp. if you are supporting NFLX :-)

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:41 | 1435680 snowball777
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Buy the graphic novel. Accept no substitutes.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:39 | 1435670 snowball777
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"Criminalization" of Christianity?! WTF are you talking about? This country bends over backwards at every turn for you lemmings.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 14:38 | 1437621 knowless
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yes and no, true christian values could never be supported by the system we have, which is why i always find it so amusing when people would support bush or any politician who promised them Federally Sanctioned Christian Morals™.

 

false prophets abound in this nation, some of the most ethical and morally minded people I know are in no way christian, or even religeous, I don't see it as a lack of christianity, but in a lack of understanding for what christ was actually trying to explain.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:44 | 1434989 Crab Cake
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The game of cheating, the only game where not playing is the worst option. Play fair you get ground into dust or converted into a cheater, but if you don't play at all or back out... you get enslaved for life. Thanks for playing. Plus, the intellectual barriers to entering the cheating game is so stupefying that the lone average Joe is really just red meat at the retirement buffet.

Fuck the banks. Tell me why again that they get the magical power to impose interest and debt on "money" that is just created by them computed/printed/fabricated into existence... out of thin freaking air! It's a big fucking joke. They create money. We work our asses off to get the money, and then pay the interest for the pleasure of said money being created by our freindly super bank. That simple. We borrow "our public money" and pay private interest. The cheating game.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:53 | 1435012 Reese Bobby
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Because the Global Bank Cartel controls our money supply and owns our "politicians."

And just to be sure they can't be stopped the Global Bank Cartel shipped most U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas, created a majority voting block of people either working for the Government or sucking on the Government teat, and made sure the average kid can't learn much in our public schools.

Pretty impressive really.  And game over I am afraid...

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:13 | 1435543 Marco
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Just curious ... what's the alternative?

Fiat money and the implicit guarantee of government made it a little more efficient, but they were happily doing it through fractional reserves long before those two came around.

So, what's the alternative?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:02 | 1435018 Vic Vinegar
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When I was at Paramount the best movies we put out were School of Rock and Mean Girls.  Nice flicks, but by no means Watchmen.

I left that youtube video for Cog Diss and his disciples.  You are truly good guys but what are you fighting for?  Just curious.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:17 | 1435139 JohnG
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"As long as we don't cheat quite as much......we aren't responsible both for our own actions"

 

CD, is this sarcasm or a reflection on....."twistedness" of human psychology?

 

I really can't tell.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:48 | 1435169 Vic Vinegar
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End of days, dude.

Christians and Hugh Hendry are ready to purge this system of its rotteness.  Yet it continues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JNkmGwDDpQ

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:33 | 1435281 Bay of Pigs
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The "moral hazard" we used to depend on went out the window awhile back eh?

Thanks bro. Keep posting.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:06 | 1434914 Stuck on Zero
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Great stuff.  Isn't what we are seeing a return to tribalism?  Tatoos, ignorance, dog-eat-dog mercantilism, no moral ground, might-makes-right, relativism, pride without achievement, broken families, drugs, anything goes, subjectivity of truth, and the death of God.  Isn't it all laid out in the bible?  Unfortunately, without the bulwark of morality and achievement Mother Nature will reduce our ranks to that of hunter gatherers.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:32 | 1435155 Anonymouse
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Spot on.  And without getting into an argument as to the truth of the Bible (as if that were possible - and for the record, I am on the side of the Bible), the loss of the morality prescribed for Christians (even if that were just a cultural affiliation and not a true belief), has led to the decline. [I'm not arguing that Christians are or were perfect]  Shame has been lost in society.  Without faith, and without shame, there is no reason not to "get what's yours".

And that will be the downfall.  Without cultural honesty and without shame, cheaters do prosper.  That discourages those who otherwise would be honest, and they begin to cheat, tolerate it in others, or at least be tempted to do so.

All the more so when cultural heroes are those who lie, cheat, steal, or kill or pretend to do so.  Tony Soprano is a hero.  "Boy scout" is a pejorative term.  Anti-intellectual feelings are encouraged in TV and movies.  Smart people are nerds and dorks, and definitely not to be emulated.

The reaction to the cheating and other changes is to tighten the rules, encourage lawsuits, increase dependence on government.  All result in more powerful and more obtrusive government.

The honest rail against it, but realizing you can't push a string, give up or give in.  They stop running for office then stop voting altogether.

It can be subtle or it can be overt, but it all amounts to peer pressure to do the wrong thing.  It is the catalyst that is required to allow (or encourage) destruction of society.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:49 | 1435476 Medea
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Yup. All would be right if you Christians were in charge again. Sure.

 

And shame has been lost? What world do you live in? Shame is no longer directed at the same people for the same actions, but it is still a prime mover.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:13 | 1435918 Anonymouse
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Apparently corruption and cheating are not subject to shame though.  So where is it a prime mover?

 

I didn't say all would be right.  I said this decline would not happen.  If people had morals (from whatever source), cheating would not be as rampant, and certainly not glorified.

 

Finally, I deny your standard theocracy strawman.  The last thing I want is for "the church" to be in charge.  That, as was proved in the past, is a recipe for corruption.  I'm talking about faith.  I'm talking about the desire to do what's right, even if you fall short on occasion. That's a huge difference.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:45 | 1435712 snowball777
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Without faith, and without shame, there is no reason not to "get what's yours".

 

Bullshit. Moral behavior is not a consequence of Christian belief. The golden rule is just as applicable to any rational atheist. Some of us don't need to believe that a man in the sky is shaking his finger at us in order to see that corruption and graft are ultimately self-defeating activities.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:08 | 1435888 Anonymouse
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Some perhaps, but not many apparently. 

 

And I would disagree anyway.  Corruption and graft may be self-defeating for society as a whole, but not for individuals.  Quite a few are making a boat-load of money at it, as is discussed on virtually every ZH thread.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:56 | 1435496 AnAnonymous
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Great stuff.  Isn't what we are seeing a return to tribalism? 

 

A return of what? It suggests it was left. But no, the US has always been tribalistic, it has eliminated other orders that were aiming to universalism.

Now that the world is under the US world order, it shows fully its colours.

But there has been no change since the start of the US.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:01 | 1435509 overmedicatedun...
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AnAN, you are so cute..selling hog wash to yokels.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:07 | 1435875 AnAnonymous
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Facts are free once they are established.

Propagandists sell their propaganda and makes a living out of it though.

They thrive a lot in the US world order.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:06 | 1434916 Manthong
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How are things going to get equalized after the cheaters finish privatizing the wealth, confiscating the gold and federalizing the debt?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:10 | 1434923 zen0
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What ever happened to the old saying in sports:

"If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'"

Is that over now? Everyfascistbody is a saint now?

All these people cheating in life are down on cheating in sports.

The mote in your eye is a beam.

Beam, Baby!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:19 | 1434943 Reese Bobby
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"If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'" has a NASCAR origin.

Of course my beloved NASCAR began with automotive bootlegging.

Simpler times...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:16 | 1434936 Reese Bobby
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Teacher Unions are pure evil.

Watch:

"Waiting for 'Superman'"

and

"The Cartel"

Pure evil.  Which makes them an effective political force in this world.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:21 | 1434946 ThirdCoastSurfer
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Excellent article, great read!

If you ain't cheat'n, you ain't try'n!

What is ambition if not the willingness to employ a "by any means necessary" mentality?

Get rich or die try'n fool!  How many fines have the 2B2F banks paid in just the last 3 months?  

Get the needle out because your about to see a camel get threaded!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:21 | 1434948 JustACitizen
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This is a "meaty" topic - but one that has no real resolution.

Some people would blame a "winner take all" contest.

Others would blame "moral relativism".

Still others would blame "secular society".

What is certain is that with the further concentration of wealth and power increasing - great good or great evil will be accomplished - in accordance with the character defects/positive attributes of those holding that power.

It is always "unfashionable" in modern America to be a realist - but suffice to say - I am not optimistic.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 23:26 | 1434955 Vic Vinegar
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Great article. 

Man is fundamentally a luciferian.  A) I know that doesn't sit well with many people here and B) Don't consider that statement an endorsement by any means.  But it's the truth.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:46 | 1435235 Oh regional Indian
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Disagree.
Man is fundamentally pure. Just is.
The rest of it is layers of programming. Nothing inherently lucy-fairy-ian or god-like, howsoever you may define them.

Culture's womb is what has been desecrated and ruined. Nothing god ever came out of a bad womb.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/70/

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:04 | 1435258 old naughty
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turn the Matrix off, and we should be able to see many hearts glowing.

Thanks for sharing, ORI.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:47 | 1435288 Bay of Pigs
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Sorry, deleted. Not sure your point.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:13 | 1435032 cityguyusa
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The crimes being proported on our country are downright nauseating.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:17 | 1435038 Milton Waddams
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I never cheat and I am appauled when people do; oddly, however, I kind of understand and accept that it is a part of human nature.  In some respect, one man's 'cheater' is another man's 'doing whatever it takes to [ win | survive | get the job done ]'.  People like shortcuts.  With that said I imagine that a large majority of those seeking shortcuts find themselves at deadends.  

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:53 | 1435488 Medea
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"I never cheat."  Wrong mentality.  This is just more fingerpointing garbage.  Until we realize that the system is so fucked that we are all effectively cheaters, then this "I'm better than you" nonsense will prevail.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:17 | 1435039 props2009
Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:24 | 1435049 Steroid
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There are two evolutionary successful strategies for humans: the Co-operative and the Parasitic.

Progress of a society depends on the balance of these two. Although the predominance of the former is required for long term progress the predominance of the latter can function quiet long as well. At least until the last productive member is cannibalized.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:55 | 1435495 Medea
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Wow. Someone took Human Evolution 101 and decided that a few concepts answered all of existence's questions.  Nice work!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 12:39 | 1437156 Steroid
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You have to start somewhere! It seems better than morality masturbation.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:25 | 1435055 bankruptcylawyer
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a colt is a technology. we invented it. rules are also something of our invention.you cannot properly analogize the effect of a  tool [the colt], to the effect of the  absence of a tool (people not following the rules tool). your horseshit argument  looks like the following

tool : effect :: lack of tool : similar effect. 

colt : evening :: lack of rules : evening. 

and then you say the colt was the wrong type of 'equalizer' , where did you pull that out of yoour ass from? 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:39 | 1435090 Founders Keeper
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Socialism is void of cheating?

Cheating, dishonesty, and corruption is abhorrent. It's a human frailty, not that of an economic system.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."---John Adams, (Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 10-11-1798)

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:31 | 1435222 AnAnonymous
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Cheating, dishonesty, and corruption is abhorrent. It's a human frailty, not that of an economic system.

 

No. Typical US citizenism.

The environment deeply influences the actions and reactions of people living in it.

The goal of competition is cheating and in a competition, it is not immoral to cheat.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:33 | 1435618 Silver Dreamer
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There's a huge difference between cheating in business to out perform your competitors and cheating in education.  We do want children to learn what is being taught to them, right?  The goal in education is not passing a test.  It is learning.  Comparing capitalism's competition to education's is absurd.  When you cheat to pass a test, you are cheating yourself and everyone else involved.  Would you want someone working for you that does not have the qualifications and skills they told you they had?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:09 | 1435899 AnAnonymous
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No difference.

How do you want to learn to cheat if you do not practise cheating?

 

Competition, no matter what, has cheating as an intrinsic feature. It is nothing exterior and comes whenever competition is involved.

 

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:55 | 1436532 fallout11
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Classic moral relativism (and self-justification), there is no difference at all. Money doesn't care how it is earned any more than test scores do.  

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 00:49 | 1435107 Seasmoke
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if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.....

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:03 | 1435113 macholatte
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God created men, Sam Colt made them equal.

-- Colt Firearms Advertising Slogan

 

This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men. I was very much a part of that.
John Perkins

I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort.
Spiro T. Agnew

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Theodore Roosevelt

Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.
Jackie Mason

George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
Mark Twain

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
Mario Puzo

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:36 | 1435229 baby_BLYTHE
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Truth is treason, in the Empire of Lies- Rep. Ron Paul

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:04 | 1435128 PulauHantu29
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America now rewards cheaters, Flippers, Speculators and Bankers:

"Special state investigators have uncovered a decade of organized, systemic cheating in the Atlantic school district by scores of educators, including 38 principals, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports."

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/07/probe-fi...

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 02:46 | 1435236 AnAnonymous
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America now rewards cheaters,

 

The US has always rewarded cheaters since its inception. The US citizens have been cheating on their standards since the start, proclaiming freedom and maintaining slavery, proclaiming respect of property and stealing a continent.

No changes...

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:04 | 1435255 TX-Mike
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"Stealing a Continent"?!

WTF!  Seriously?

Did your precious little country somehow magically arrive when the earth cooled?  The entire land face of the planet has been the scene of people moving, going, coming, pushing others out, strong take over the sweet spots, etc. 

So it was okay when the different tribes and groups in what is now called Europe fought each other for land, but somehow it's wrong that folks came to the now US and settled?

Hmm.. quick question, where do you think the "original" inhabitants of the Americas came from?  A space ship? The ones on the continent in 1492 were the strong ones that had not been pushed off to points farther south...

ugh.. moron...

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:01 | 1435510 Medea
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You're an idiot.  So if everyone does it and it's an historical rule, then it's all good and not stealing?  Good reasoning.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:16 | 1435935 Marco
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Just so we're clear, you think homesteading is bogus and there is no natural right to land as property then?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:16 | 1435937 AnAnonymous
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Did your precious little country somehow magically arrive when the earth cooled?  The entire land face of the planet has been the scene of people moving, going, coming, pushing others out, strong take over the sweet spots, etc. 

 

Apparently, humans as a species appear in a certain corner of the Earth. Meaning that the first dwellers poured into territorities that were devoid of human presence. So...

 

So it was okay when the different tribes and groups in what is now called Europe fought each other for land, but somehow it's wrong that folks came to the now US and settled?

 

Still a strong difference between doing what is deemed illegal/immoral by one's own standards and acting accordingly with one's law/morality.

The US has been claiming superiority in terms of law, rules and morality (read declaration of Independence) to behave the same in the end but with higher magnitude.

It is called duplicity.

So yes, US citizens have been constantly cheating on their own standards.

Such is the eternal nature of US citizens.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:03 | 1436653 fallout11
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America is, and has always been, the "land of opportunity" (for cons, grifts, embezzlement, theft, extortion, coercion, and predation), and the home of "the American Dream" (comic genius George Carlin covers the later well).  Nothing new under the sun gents, rose colored glasses and nostalgia not withstanding.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:33 | 1435154 Coldfire
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Hey, hippie, learn what "capitalism" means before blaming it for the actions of the state indoctrination mafia.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:05 | 1435524 snowball777
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Hey, teabagger, learn what "analogy" means before you infer a literal connection that wasn't implied by the article.

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 01:41 | 1435164 Teapot_Dome
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history of the ESF part 5 is out:
http://youtu.be/lQf-u2nCVSw

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:09 | 1435262 static
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in a world of Hucksters, there is no competition.

there is only licentious motive

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:31 | 1435279 anonnn
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test post

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 03:38 | 1435286 HileTroy
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So I guess your telling me my former profession might just come in handy soon

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ52yIe3eYM

 

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 04:00 | 1435294 Urban Redneck
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Relativism, and a lack of dignity and honor are endemic but not universal.  At least in the private sector management has the option of shit canning the fuckers for cheating.

Claw-backs and guillotines for both the bankers and teachers who cheat are in order.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:05 | 1435401 Vinny
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agree

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:04 | 1435402 Vinny
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agree

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:17 | 1435552 snowball777
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Sure, in the private sector, no one would ever tolerate something less than above-board in the name of profit and increased attendance at their very expensive institution, right?

Do you people actually believe the fairy tales you prattle on about?

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:18 | 1435945 AnAnonymous
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Do you people actually believe the fairy tales you prattle on about?

 

No in the case of US citizens. It is called duplicity. And US citizens are duplicitous.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 14:07 | 1437485 Urban Redneck
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What is the alternative - the example set by the hypocritical eurotrash cocksuckers?

Europe loves overthrowing governments for oil access too - whether it is France and Italy in Libya or Spain and the UK in Equatorial Guinea.

Then there's whole European fetish for outright bribery that is continually on display.  While bribes may not be tax deductible anymore, the executives at Total had no problem distributing suitcases of cash to foreign despots even while management was on trial for corruption the Elf scandal.  In addition to the oil for food scandal that should have created a Franco-German unity behind a defendant's table, there's the Clearstream affair, and the Yamamah bribes.  Airbus is a continual parade of both corrupt and inefficient management, if it weren't for Boeing dropping the ball on its Dreamliner global assembly model and union problems with the NLRB, Airbus would be due for another TBTF bailout.  For OUTRIGHT TBTF LEGAL IMMUNITY look at the Lloyd’s Act.  Racism- look at animals on display behind the fences of the banlieues.  The brutalization of Africa didn't end with de Gaulle's departure- French trained, equipped, and “supervised” Republican Guards in Guinea-Conakry have "conveniently" eliminated all opposition to pro-French usurpers to the presidency since 1984, the French press doesn't complain until they start to misbehave by raping and murdering a stadium of protesters calling for elections.

The only thing more pathetic and laughable than a eurosnob would be a wannabe eurosnob in the US.

  

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:42 | 1436881 Urban Redneck
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In the private sector- management has the OPTION of doing things the right way.

In the public sector- management MUST do things the State's way.

There is only one State way.  Until Washington manages to destroy all corporations that aren't TBTF, there is more than one option in the private sector- hence it is SUPERIOR.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 04:43 | 1435322 props2009
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A sign that the global recovery is on.

 

http://gmbpost.com/investment-news/a-sign-that-global-recovery-is-strong...

 

Inda registers a 45% exports growth!!! highest ever

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 05:15 | 1435334 Azannoth
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A millitary saying goes "if you ever find your self in a fair fight, your strategy sucks!" - cheating is part of the game(any game) get used to it

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:20 | 1435565 snowball777
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So...

MERS? Fair game?

FASB rule changes? Just part of the game?

JPM manipulation of silver? Just get used to it?

Logic: FAIL!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:38 | 1436860 Azannoth
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Yes it's all fair game,  the point is you have to be smarter than those who try to trick you, if you're not that well ..

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:40 | 1435674 Silver Dreamer
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There's no such thing as cheating in a fight or a war.  Again, comparing educational goals with those of business and military is absurd.  I want my children to learn what they are being taught.  Everyone should.  If we do not uphold any standards for our educational system, we shouldn't be surprised by the lack of knowledge and skills on the part of those in it.  Everyone always complains about the lack of quality in government education, but those same people refuse to uphold any standards.  Then we wonder why Americans are falling behind.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 13:37 | 1437029 fallout11
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Your moral relativism and flexibility is hypocritical, if not disturbing.

All competition IS a form of warfare (behaviorally), and warfare is an expressed form of competition. Pick up a sociology or anthropology book sometime and educate yourself, or watch nature practice "natural selection".  It is no different for humanity, we're evolutionarily programmed to do "whatever it takes" to get ahead, be that in a fight or in any other heavily regimented and arbitrary constructed "competition" (i.e. "education", online games, whatever).  Fight or flight.  

Either there are rules (or laws or values or morals if you prefer, however legitimized or coerced), or there are not. The "choice" of picking and choosing which ones to abide by to suit one personally is the epitome of self-centered sociopathic behavior. It is not different in "special cases" (or when personally convenient) because an individual perceives it to be, it is your own perception that is skewed. Personal responsibility and resolve are not negotiable or arbitrary, one either has them or does not. 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 17:30 | 1438415 nowhereman
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Sociology and Anthroplogy is it?  No wonder you haven't a clue.  You can learn nothing of practical value from the "social sciences" that preach nothing but collectivist and marxist drivel.

Education, at one time, educated, but since the rise of these pseudo sciences and there indoctrination into the education system, no-one is allowed to fail lest it put a stigma on poor little Johnny or Jane.

That's right, it's these pseudo sciences, that you promote, that have insisted that we can't trust our own judgement, that we must seek our self esteem from the group, that we are victims, and incapable of purposeful action because reality isn't real and our perceptions can't be trusted.

Crawl back into your hole you dipwad, and take your marxist, collective bullshit with you.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 07:40 | 1447641 fallout11
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Lol!  Did you even bother to read the article before opening your idiotic mouth?  

Since the answer is obviously no, let me sumarize: He asks a philosophical question about fundamental human behavior.

What 'squishy' sciences study human behavior?  Right. Or perhaps we should just base arguments on relativistic asinine personal opinions of idiots like you instead?

Guess the Greeks and Roman's did not have a clue either then, since The Classics (The Republic comes immediately to mind), Aesop's fables, philosophy, and ethos are also based on empirical observations of human behavior. Or perhaps they were communists as well way back then. 

 

Let's try natural laws then, i.e. hard science- Do lions "cheat" to get the gazelle? Is natural selection or evolution "cheating?". Are poisonous tree frogs socialist hippies for being poisonous to consume?  When survival favors one behavior or adaptation over another, is that also squishy communist social sciences at work?

Are the laws of physics or thermodynamics subject to moral relativism of any kind, or will nature always take the path of least resistance? 

Much like other living things, humans adapt their behavior to whatever their environments or circumstances incentivize such adaptations. Given the right circumstances, i.e. if sufficient perverse incentives exist or competition is sufficiently acute, "cheating" as a competitive adaptation inevitably occurs. This is proven documented empirical, observable, reproducible fact, not theory or opinion.

The level of idiocy on display by so many is perplexing. Go back to nowhere, nowhereman, you mental midget.  And please do not pretend to lecture anyone on what education used to be decades ago, I'm 60 and experienced it firsthand.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 05:31 | 1435346 sasebo
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It's all about the big buck & a quick buck. Who said "money is the root of all evil"?

Psalm 37:11 & Matthew 5:5 says "the meek shall inherit the earth". I'm betting on the Bible.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 05:45 | 1435355 Azannoth
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Will all religious nuts please leave ZH, you didn't loose here anything so go away

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:43 | 1435699 Silver Dreamer
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Would all of the central planners, communists, and socialists go away too? 8-P

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:24 | 1435569 snowball777
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Money is an abstract concept; desire is the root.

 

You can not serve both God and Mammon.

—Matthew 6:24

 

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:10 | 1435901 anony
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There is no god you twit.

And giving the benefit of the doubt to you, if there is, she is as grossly incompetent, disastrous, and insane as anything she ever created.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 06:05 | 1435363 Hobbleknee
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Capitalism?  What's that?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:24 | 1435574 snowball777
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A relic.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 06:22 | 1435371 Troy Ounce
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Ben, would you maintain the opposite if I would give you a bag of money?

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:02 | 1435396 Vinny
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This is horseshit. These teachers were either too incompetent or too lazy to do their job properly. They  got caught and this article comes up with a meaningless excuse - class warfare.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:09 | 1435895 Silver Dreamer
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Class warfare? I'm not sure.  Making excuses for failure? Yes, absolutely.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 07:47 | 1435473 overmedicatedun...
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madness is fair to everyone..no one can cheat when insane and be held accountable.

society has produced an insane mind set and many on ZH try logic to solve or understand the actions of truly insane societies across the globe.

Buddha, Kafka, laugh

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:09 | 1435493 i-dog
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"The Colt revolver was the wrong kind of equalizer in the 1800’s and cheating is the wrong kind of equalizer in the 2000’s.  Hopefully, a lesson has been learned."

What a pathetic end to a pathetic article! Nanny-Statist propaganda.

The "mayhem" of the old west -- where everyone was allegedly running around shooting anyone else who moved or blinked is statist propaganda. Check the statistics.

Cheating in the modern era is a direct consequence of the education system being diverted into State worship rather than academic development. Back in the old days --"when things were rotten" -- parents taught their children principles ... Don't lie...Don't cheat...Don't steal...Don't hit. School then taught them how to read, write and calculate.

Now children, from the age of 2 onwards, are simply taught, by parents and a dozen different 'social science' subjects, to blindly obey 3,000,000 every-varying rules -- with more rules and rule-changes being passed every single day by school, local, state, federal and international "authorities" -- related to everything from what they can and can't legally say, through what they can and can't legally wear under every conceivable circumstance, to what mandatory equipment their car must legally have and how to keep a sharp lookout for the 20 conflicting speed limit signs they will pass on their way to and from college each day!! Some recent "laws" passed by congress run to over 3,000 fucking pages each!!!

No wonder people "cheat" ... more often than not accidentally!

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:26 | 1435580 snowball777
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They still go home to their (apparently shitty) parents though.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:32 | 1435590 overmedicatedun...
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snowbull777, you quote the bible while using the derisive "teabagger"..the logic fails you are so shattered by inconsistency...however there is truth in your "desire is the root"..a buddha plus on that one.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:44 | 1435708 grid-b-gone
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A fiat education is tailor-made for a fiat economy. Finally, we have teachers teaching real-world skills. /sarc

Gold is the modern equalizer.

Ben Stein's conjecture of persistent unemployment was that those people must be difficult to work with. An in-depth study of the unemployed might reveal that when business conditions are the toughest, workers who can bring in the numbers, by any means, are more likely to be retained. Taking this cynical view, that also means that those with more questionable scruples are ultimately the ones who reverse downtrends.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 08:48 | 1435733 Silver Dreamer
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The author reads as if he's making excuses and says the opposite of competition is the solution?  Give me a break.  A Colt was the answer to the problem of the day.  A firearm allows anyone from the weak to a child to defend their life against an aggressor.  Try that with a knife or sword.  Suggesting the quote or concept behind that marketing was anything else is laughable.

Educational standards are still the answer today too.  It disgusts me that we have an article on here making excuses for cheating.  Do we want children to know the subjects they are taught or not?  The goal of a business is to make a profit.  Cheating to make a profit should be expected.  The goal of getting an education is to be educated.  Cheating to APPEAR as if you were should NEVER be accepted.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:24 | 1435986 AnAnonymous
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No difference again.

The goal is to be measured each time and in a competitive environment, manipulation of the yardstick to measure is the way to go.

In both cases, it is the same.

If one calls students to achieve their results without cheating, then one calls business to achieve their results without cheating.

And in competition, it does not work this way.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 10:54 | 1436573 Nels
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Competition?  There is little competition to the Atlanta public school system.  The cheating there was not to win a competition, but just to cover their butts because they don't really want to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.  They were just cheating to save their jobs.

Actual competition would make this type of cheating moot.

If there was a voucher system, this kind of cheating would not work so well.  Folks who care, know when their kids are learning something real, and when they are not.

Parent's who don't care might still use the public school system, but that would like be due to a whole new sales pitch, such as offering bus pick-up service at your door, after-hours and before-hours baby sitting, meals and so on.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:31 | 1436824 nowhereman
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The goal of education is not for children to learn to be independant rational thinkers, it is to create a docile collective.  Capitalism, by which I mean "true" capitalism, has really never been given a chance in this country.  There has always been someone who, through political favor, or government sanctioned coercion, have managed to control the market.  Rules in capitalism were designed to protect a contract between individuals.  They are necessary so that everyone can understand their position in a transaction.  Without these rules one cannot make a rational decision.

In today's society, where rules are meant to be broken, it is extremely difficult to make the rational decisions required to function efficiently.  This has been made possible by the foresaking of rational self interest, and the blind acceptance of collectivism.

Collectivism comes in many forms, socialism, fascism, naziism, communism, racism, feminism, statism which all have the same thing in common, the collective trumps the individual.

The welfare of the group takes precedence over the welfare of the individual.  The last thing the education system wants to create is rational individuals.  Rational individuals ask too many questions.  Rational individuals understand the concept of justice, and rational individuals are harder to control.  Therefore, it is the educational system's primary function to create docile little sheeple, totally confused and easily manipulated.

Rational individuals understand the concept of cheating, and can even see why it seems to have become commonplace.  The collective demands it.  How else can you explain how governments, by use of force, can take from you the products of your labor and distribute it to those who are unable or unwilling to produce it for themselves?

This is the penultimate form of cheating and it is practiced and accepted without question

The collective demands it, and the sheeple acquiesce, just like they are taught to by an education system designed for just such a purpose.

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 12:17 | 1437060 jemlyn
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The story about cheating in the Atlanta school system is very distressing and I'm sure it's happening nearly everywhere.  The Denver Post constantly runs stories about achievement test scores.  Some teachers are cheating, some are incompetent, some are trying to save their jobs and some just want to get through the day.  It is the government that is most to blame.  The civil rights movement pushed for better jobs for minorities.  Business said okay but we need to see certain skill levels for those positions.  We noticed that school systems were inadequate in poor districts.  We tried to improve that but throwing money at it didn't help.  Parents were not insisting that children work at learning.  Discipline was impossible to maintain.  So then we tried affirmative action and racial quotas for college entrance and business hiring.  This sometimes meant that better qualified persons didn't get the spot they deserved.  Injustice causes resentment and cheating.

 

Teachers are under a great deal of pressure to show improvement in test scores.  How can they do that if students do not want to or cannot improve?  I am not defending this cheating, only saying that under the circumstances how could you expect anything else?

 

I think we should go to a voucher system.  Allow schools to expel students who are disruptive or who don't want to learn.  This system is depriving good students of a decent education and America of a viable workforce.  It is bringing everyone's children to the lowest level instead of providing a path to excellence.

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