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VOLUNTARYIST CRITICS OF STATE EDUCATION
By George H. Smith

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Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, the founder of PaxLibertas Productions, host of The LAVA Flow podcast, Vice Chairman of the NHLP, Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee.

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  • Hi Everyone! I’ve already posted this in Cryptoanarchy, but figured I’d repost here in case there’s not as much overlap between the groups as I assumed. Throughout the course of my education in how to write real software, I’ve been frustrated at the apparent lack of information on how to build peer to peer networks from formal MOOC sources like Coursera and Udacity. Does anyone have experience with any good resources and/or tutorials that really make a point of doing their best to help you learn everything there is to know about building P2P networks? Any courses I may have overlooked?

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  • I currently have a 3 and 1 year old. I have been at ends searching for liberty minded books to read to them. Does anyone have any suggestions. I also teach school ages so please feel free to throw in books for older children.

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  • Should education be a mandatory thing, or does the coercion of how it is in the U.S a violation of our rights? Even in the case of a voluntary city, should mandatory education be seen as such, or would it make sense for people to demand it for their city. The bigger picture I’d also like to discuss is: What is the best form of education, structured, unstructured, or encouraging? These are the terms I think of, and I’ll define them.   Structured: we have curriculum which dictates what is generally taught or only taught. Could be the system we have now(nationalized), or private schools/charter schools, or even homeschooled. Just specify which you prefer.   Unstructured: Kids are taught by parents or teachers, but they have no set curriculum and are guided by what they or the teacher decide to be interested in. Or there could be no formal education in this category, and kids learn only through happenstance or someone making the decision to educate them.   Encouraging: Kids have a curriculum they learn by when they start school, but then branch to specific categories to learn in these fields of their choosing. This system would avoid unnecessary education to the kit/teen, but you run the risk of them choosing something prematurely.   Or you could come up with a different system. I’m really curious what the Libertarian perspectives are in regards to this. Thanks

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  • Hi there Liberty.me members, this is my first discussion topic I started and a quite impotant one for me. The problem is that my little brother is heavily struggling in school and because we life in Germany it is a Public School and you have to go there until you are 18 years old. He is getting terrible grates and he is getting into truble with the teachers. He has to go to a regular Public School for at least 6 more years and with his current grades he will be forced to double a year if he doesn’t start improving. Me, thinking that the schools here in Germany are bullshit and even worse, you can’t really opt out, doesn’t help him. The problem is that he is lazy and has no motivation (no wonder since Public Schools just make you learn boring facts) to learn for the exams or even participate in the classes, so pretty much the same as me when I was in school, with the diffrence that I had at least ok grades most of the time and I actually liked to participate in the classes since just sitting there was so fu**ing boring. So nobody realy cared. So I am searching for advices and hints onto how I (or my Parents) can help my brother to at least get threw the minimum years of Public School.

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  • I’m interested in learning on to brew beer and wondered if there were any Liberty.me brewers? If there are what do you brew, what equipment do you use, and what was the best way you learned?

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