But it doesn’t work that way. When the Roman Empire collapsed, it wasn’t replaced by a civilization that built larger buildings and better roads. Instead, it gave way to centuries rightly called the dark ages, when people struggled just to survive. Most forgot how to read and write. Rome’s aqueducts and walls endured for centuries. Some remain today. But it was centuries before people could start building anything like them again.
President Obama is more careful with his language, but he’s pushing the same ideas as Benedikt. When he says he’ll “ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more” and his administration imposes regulations under Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare, he’s assuming that things will continue exactly as they are. Despite the tide of taxes and debt and red tape, he assumes everyone will keep on inventing, innovating and creating jobs at the exact same pace they always have.
However, if people respond to the incentives Obama’s giving, they’ll stop being as productive. Where will our economy go then? Downhill, fast.
Let’s take Bebedikt’s ideas to their logical conclusion. Instead of putting education on a glide path to destruction, why not just shutter all the schools today and send the kids off into the streets? There’s no reason to waste their time for the next couple of generations until we all forget everything we know. Instead, let’s just forget everything and move on.
Despite what Benedikt thinks, private schools are a great way to improve public ones. They introduce a level of competition that public schools have to respond to. You can’t fight City Hall. But if you make it irrelevant, it may change itself. Then we can all keep learning.