Bryce Criticizes Vance
[The following letter originally appeared on the web page of Colorado Liberty. To read Ari Armstrong's critique of Vance's article, see http://www.freecolorado.com/2002/06/consistency.html.]
Letter to the Editor: Vance's Views Inconsistent with Libertarian Principles As a longtime Libertarian, I look forward to reading the Colorado Liberty. I have never been so disturbed by anything I have read that I felt the urgent need to respond. Until now, that is.
I must take issue regarding Mr. James Vance's editorial on "Foolish Consistency." Mr. Vance worries that if "free" (tanstaafl) education were eliminated, we would "lose the ability to require" (i.e. FORCE!) "people to educate their children to today‰s academic standards"!
I don‰t even know where to begin! First of all, Mr Vance, you appear quite at ease with the concept of "requiring" someone to do as you wish! Did you somehow manage to slip into the party without signing the pledge? Or did you simply not understand it? Secondly, who chooses what "today's academic standards" are to be? Will you choose, Mr. Vance? Will you be happy when that decision is passed on to the next person in office, whomever that may be? Thirdly, you believe (as you state in your editorial) that education levels will "drop" if we "eliminate the public education system"! Mr. Vance, perhaps you should explore joining a party more philosophically suited to your views, such as the Democrats or Republicans. Lastly, just who's children are you talking about educating to your standards, Mr. Vance? Yours? No, You are talking about forcefully educating MY children to YOUR standards (at my expense, no less), and there is no surer way to irk my ire than to suggest such an insidious thing!
I must admit I was just a little uncomfortable with the thought of having such a outspokenly radical spokesperson as Mr. Glass represent the Libertarian party on the gubernatorial ticket, but say what you will about Mr. Glass, there was never any finding fault with his libertarian principles. If Mr. Glass is a fool, then I'd rather be a fool right by his side. It's too bad he dropped out of the competition. I can only hope for some "foolish consistency" from Mr. Shnelvar, because if you win the nomination, Mr. Vance, I'll have no one to vote for come election time, and I'll no longer be able to hold my head high when I tell people I'm a Libertarian.