" Even if we gained from other kids’ schooling, that only suggests we subsidize schools, not that governments run them. "
Robin Hanson is usually interesting, but occasionally I find him obtuse, as in this discussion of why we have public schools. His argument is that public schools are a means of propaganda for the government and vested interests (i.e., Protestant theology in the 19th century). What stops me dead in my tracks is the "if" in his sentence, as if there were any doubt. In my mind, the big argument for globalization is the idea it gets more minds working away at hard problems, like maybe how to prevent Alzheimers (or whatever issue rings your bell).