We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The humanities, in the old view, are about the purposes or ends of being human. Technology is about the means--money and power--that should be subordinate to those ends. Instrumental reason, by its very name, should be at the service of properly philosophical and theological reflection. So those with a technical education should be taking orders from those with a fully liberal education, as they have been, in fact, through most of our history. Jefferson and Lincoln had a deep appreciation of the place of technology in American flourishing. But they understood the difference between cultivation of the means for the pursuit of happiness and happiness itself. When Jefferson thought of happiness, we learn from his letters, he gave us two exemplars: the philosopher Epicurus and his version of the Jesus of the Bible. And of course "the self-evident truths" could only be genuinely evident to a self who has reflected seriously--with the help of the key books of the West--about who each of us is.
Interesting. Question, why is it that so many, the majority in fact, with the "fully liberal education" can't seem to come to the acceptance that Marxism, Socialism or whatever flavor we are calling it this week, is evil and murderous? That its very purpose is to deny men freedom and liberty, to enslave them?
Explain that, then I might entertain the idea the we should be lead by the "fully liberal" educated.
It is possible for the mind to indulge in false logic, to make the worse appear the better reason, without instant exposure. But for the hand to work falsely is to produce a misshapen thing—tool or machine —which in its construction gives the lie to its maker. Thus the hand that is false to truth, in the very act publishes the verdict of its own guilt, exposes itself to contempt and derision, convicts itself of unskilfulness or of dishonesty.
Oddly, the "fully liberal" educated work so terribly hard to avoid not only exposure but even acceptance of their false logic. We, the supposedly not fully liberal educated will oppose or so-called "betters' lest we die by the millions in the ovens or the killing fields, or in the purges, the "Great Leap Forwards", etc.
That report has a different definition of democracy than what most Americans think the US is all about. Plus anytime the business representatives are largely defense contractors and utility companies you are likely to get business advocating for a corporatist view of a collaborative public/private partnership economy. Precisely what that report did.
No wonder Paul Ehrlich now says the desired human behavioral changes he is seeking globally are best attained by turning attentions to the humanities. Use them to change values and beliefs and create influential false guiding beliefs.
Clearly fits with AACU's Essential Learning Outcomes document that is supposed to be the compass for all 21st century learning.
These people truly do want to redesign via education what it means to be human. Unfortunately it is a collective, common good orientation.
"Instrumental reason, by its very name, should be at the service of properly philosophical and theological reflection."
To the degree that philosophical and theological reflection is untethered from the consequences of its practical application, this attitude is mendacious at best, evil at worst. But our self-appointed Betters want precisely that: a pass on the effects of their ruminations when acted upon, owing to their good intentions. This is why our self-appointed Betters seek to obscure history and marinate our populace in collective amnesia regarding our origins. This frees them from accountability for the myriad prior attempts to do to the people what they are doing by erasing that knowledge from the consciousness of the people. This is a resounding confession of our self-appointed Betters that their prescriptions cannot stand up to fair and open inquiry. Their attitude is an affront to Reason.
The proclamation that "instrumental reason" is somehow inferior to the diktat of people itching for the status of philosopher-kings is a blood libel. At least "instrumental reason" accepts that consequences are inevitable and must be examined. For the most part, these poseurs cannot employ religion or faith as alibis for their hauteur, for they have, with few exceptions, implicitly proclaimed themselves to be gods whom their alleged inferiors should worship. Were this not true, they would be obligated to pay some obeisance to the historical record.
This is the oldest con game in the world, and people keep falling for it.