Sunday, March 29, 2015

Conservative Arts

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Mrs ERJ and I went to an indoor track meet to watch Belladonna throw.  It was a small, Liberal Arts college on the west side of Michigan.  They had signs telling visitors that idling one's vehicle was not only bad for the environment but was against campus rules and might earn you a ticket.  They had three receptacles for trash:  one for recyclables, one for returnables and one for "trash".

The campus paper is filled with verbose articles extolling the virtues of a "Liberal Education".

Conservative Arts

I got to wondering what a degree in "Conservative Arts" would look like.

I decided it would involve, at least partially, actually doing something.  Perhaps taking a Mosin-Nagant and turning it into a MOA shooter.

After noodling it around for while, it occurred to me that I was reinventing the wheel.  

If you accept the premise that many people who matriculate in Liberal Arts are feeble-minded, and that there has been a vast dilution in the content in education, then a rigorous high school program could easily match a "Liberal Arts" education from a third tier college.

Eagle Scouts

Let's just take a look at the mandatory merit badge requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout (Source)

  1. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
    1. First Aid
    2. Citizenship in the Community
    3. Citizenship in the Nation
    4. Citizenship in the World
    5. Communication
    6. Cooking
    7. Personal Fitness
    8. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
    9. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
    10. Personal Management
    11. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
    12. Camping
    13. Family Life

While some might roll their eyes at "Sustainability", it is a matter of what is emphasized.  The Liberal mindset is to impose rules on others (ticket people who let their vehicle idle).  A Conservative mindset has personal responsibility as a cornerstone (a few privately purchased solar panels to power a CPAP machine in the event of power outages).

Family Life is similar.  Liberals want to dignify every conceivable arrangement of humans (and other life and non-life forms including crystals and fossils) with the name of family.  Conservatives see "Family" as a long-term economy with incomes-and-expenses, assets-and-liabilities.  Conservatives do not identify a benefits package du jour as a "Family".  Lest you think calling a family an "economy", remember that "ecos" is Greek for family and the word "economy" derives from family.

I would also like to see "World Religions" and "Micro/Macro Economics" added to this list.

Do my readers have any thoughts?


  1. Wilderness survival, SAR and Astronomy. How to survive, search, and navigation day and night without any other aids.

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  3. Awesome suggestion.

    This generation assumes that they will never run out of batteries and that there will always be an open seat within 6' of a power outlet. Most have never even heard the advice to watch your back trail. The scenery changes depending on the direction you view it from.

  4. I don't remember what was on my list when I earned my Eagle, or what was on my son's when her earned his. It really doesn't matter. What does matter is the experience of seeing it through, and the skills we picked up along the way.

    I learned knots from an old Bosun's Mate, very esoteric rope handling skills that remain with me today. More importantly, I learned how to make rope. If I have fibers, and time, rope is no problem. It's a simple skill, easily taught.

    Sustainability can be as easy as leaving only a footprint. More advanced lessons, compliments of my Uncle, taught me to not leave the footprint.