Reason, Liberty, & Culture

John D. Caputo is a nut case.

Restoring Reason in Public Life

by Lewis Loflin

Definition empiricism: "the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience. Stimulated by the rise of experimental science, it developed in 17th and 18th centuries" in Europe and America. That means one must present physical, verifiable proof not vote, conjecture, authority, or mere opinion. John Locke and David Hume are two of it's early leaders. Science without empiricism is not science. Empiricism has nothing to do with faith, feelings, or popular vote. Leftism rejects empiricism.

Definition of rationalism: "a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response."

Definition irrationalism: "a system emphasizing intuition, instinct, feeling, or faith rather than reason or holding that the universe is governed by irrational forces." (Merriam-Webster) Another form of this is reading, often abused by religious kooks and political activists (judges in particular), one's beliefs/feelings into a text unrelated to that belief or the words as normally defined and written.

Definition of racism: holding differing standards or treating people differently due to race, that like gender and species, is a product of biology. Examples of racism today is affirmative action, pretending one's value is based on race and not merit or individual achievement, etc.

Claiming non-whites can't be racist due to "lack of power" is irrational nonsense. Attributing characteristics to entire groups of people and not individuals is RACISM. Claiming merit and equal treatment is racist is irrational because whites and Asians achieve while non-Asian minorities fail at the same task.

It is also a racist claim implying non-whites somehow can't achieve what whites can - yes they can. Unequal outcome is normal and part of the human condition. Denial of this basic fact is irrational.

Racism has nothing to do with criticism of culture, politics, religion, behavior, etc. Islamic politics-religion or Latino Culture, for example, is not a race nor is Hinduism or Christianity.

Facts Can't Be Racism!

World's 50 Most Violent Cities Includes Baltimore

January 21, 2015

Forty-three of the world's 50 most violent cities in 2014 were in Latin America...

Ten cities in Mexico made the most-violent list, and all of them except for Acapulco and 50th place Cuernavaca are located in the country's north - Culiacan, Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Obregon, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Victoria, Chihuahua, and Tijuana...

The others are black majority cities. The list also includes four US cities among the world's most murderous: St. Louis (19th), Detroit (22nd), New Orleans (28th), and Baltimore (40th). The three cities not in the Americas that made the 2014 list were in South Africa - led by Cape Town, in 14th place.

Ref. news.vice.com

Baltimore schools like everything else Progressive are another diversity failure. According to www.foxbaltimore.com reports 6 middle schools had ZERO students proficient on state tests. In another report Oct. 27, 2017 (Fox 5 News) one-third of Baltimore high schools had ZERO students proficient in math.

"Nine out of ten black boys in Baltimore City are not reading at grade level." To put it another way of the 3804 students that took the test 14 were proficient in math.

Communist Party USA People and Planet before Profits

Black Boys Can't Read in California

The Los Angeles Dailey News August 28, 2017 is reporting that 75% of black boys in diversity crippled California schools can't read - yes 75%. This is typical of their idiot priorities, to quote,

More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test, trailing their female counterparts. The disparity reflects a stubbornly persistent gender gap in reading and writing scores that stretches across (non-white) ethnic groups...

But the reading data is sobering. As early as fourth grade, for example, nearly 80 percent of black boys failed to meet state reading standards. Of all ethnic groups for which the state collects data, black boys trailed black girls by the widest margin.

See Black Boys Can't Read in California



Knowledge and intelligence leads to success in the new economy. Lower-skilled workers compete with automation. Plus the economy is flooded with unskilled immigrants. This leaves us with serious social problems.

Ability varies and it varies a lot and can't be social engineered away. Many attending four-year colleges shouldn't be. They often end up with worthless paper and mountains of debt.

See School Violence Hidden in Virginia Schools
Suspending Criminal Blacks Not Racism.

More violence likely hidden in Florida Schools and elsewhere:

Affirmative action should address this problem not create more racial tensions. It's class warfare against poor whites and token positions for minorities. The end results in Democrat Party strongholds like Boston is troubling.

Violent, disruptive African American students in Virginia go to juvenile court. Virginia leads other states in disruptive students going facing the law.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe invented an initiative titled "Classrooms not Courtrooms". They see police and courts as the problem, not the behavior problems of juvenile thugs.

See School Violence Versus Political Correctness



ACT Scores Slip Due to Diversity

Liberals preach that there's no difference in cultures and one is "racist" to believe otherwise. Instead of giving poor non-white children the real tools they need to succeed - white culture, literacy, and a work ethic - they choose victimization indoctrination. This is what relegates by design low-achieving non-Asian minorities to the very failure liberals attack as racism.

Nowhere does this show up than ACT scores.

August 21, 2013 By Allie Grasgreen

With a 20.9 composite average, the 2013 ACT scores are the lowest they've been in five years, with the biggest drops occurring in the English and reading sections.

The high school class of 2013's composite average is down 0.2 points from 21.1 last year, and English and reading scores (averaging 20.2 and 21.1) are down 0.3 and 0.2 points, respectively.

"The diversity of students in the pool continues to grow, which is a good thing. The aspirations of those students continues to rise, which is a good thing," ACT President Jon Erickson said. "But the performance of the students still leaves something to be desired."

More students are taking the exam -- some of whom are required by schools to do so but have no collegiate aspirations -- which accounts in part for the lower scores, Erickson said. ACT also made some logistical changes this year: updating the reading and science benchmarks, and including scores of students who were accommodated with extra time.

"I'm kind of looking at this as a new normal," he said, "a new baseline."

The score decline in composite average as well as for each individual benchmark - English, reading, mathematics and science - was steeper among students who did not complete a high school core curriculum comprising four years of English and three years of each other benchmark subject.

Twenty-six percent of tested students - one percentage point higher than last year - met all four subject benchmarks, which indicate a 50 percent chance of making a B grade or 75 percent chance of a C grade in corresponding college courses. The majority of students (64 percent) met the English benchmark, while 44 percent met reading and/or math benchmarks and 36 percent made it in science.

SPLC Hires Violent Black Criminal as Advocate

The Southern Poverty Law Center a far-left racial hate group has hired a black criminal as advocate. Theo Shaw is one the 'Jena Six' a group of black teenagers that attempted to kill a white student before teachers intervened to halt the attack. The victim was knocked out cold from behind and while unconscious was being stomped and pummeled by the gang. Read more...

Also see Jena 6 Criminals Versus Biased Press