Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Mathematics and politics

Arthur Michelson, a middle school math teacher, writes a nice piece on the importance of learning mathematics: precision, analysis, discipline of the mind. Thomas Krannawitter applauds Michelson’s effort and reminds us that Lincoln studied Euclid for the same reasons. Note this from 1854:

If A. can prove, however conclusively, that he may, of right, enslave B.—why may not B. snatch the same argument, and prove equally, that he may enslave A?

You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own.

You do not mean color exactly?—You mean the whites are intellectually the superior of blacks, and, therefore, have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own.

But, say you, it is a question of interest; and, if you can make it your interest, you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you.

Discussions - 3 Comments

Regardless of discipline, a lacking of the ability to think logically yields but a collection of facts.

Application and synthesis of those facts - now that’s intelligence.

Einstein was pretty good at applying and synthesizing facts. And he was also a socialist.

Einstein was also a vampire but he never drank blood because nothing took his time away from theory of relativity.

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