Recent comments

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   4 hours 14 min ago

    This American Life is one of the most Iconic shows not only on Public Radio, but also through Podcasts. The term definitely applies here.

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   4 hours 58 min ago

    The issue isn't so much that chasidic Jews have taken over the school board, but rather that the board is controlled by a group of people who send their children to private schools and thus have no obvious interest in maintaining the quality of the local public educational system. If anyone wants to destroy free public education in this country, this is the way to go about it.

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   13 hours 41 min ago

    Since the Puritans first set up the Mass Bay Colony, there has been tension between the relative freedom of American society and those who use that freedom to create parallel political and social systems within but almost entirely segregated from the rest of the country.

    Another way to use this freedom is to rail against government as an overbearing, inefficient, expensive and untrustworthy institution, giving too much to "them," and not enough to "us," and demand that every public service that does not directly benefit me be eliminated so I can pay less in taxes.

    In both cases the sense of indignant entitlement obscures the reality that a society based on selfishness is unsustainable. This story is an excellent case study in how personal freedom, when unchecked by any sense of responsibility to a larger culture, is actually toxic to civil society and undermines common values.

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   15 hours 32 min ago

    Sharia law comes to the U.S.A. after all, but in Chasidic clothing.

  • Reply to: This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle   15 hours 54 min ago

    Absolutely heart breaking situation, for both sides. Kids of every background deserve a good education, free from any kind of discrimination. Failing to do this should be considered a violation of human rights.