Think I’m wrong? Consider the following metaphor:

What if Ford was to provide schools for the residents of Oakville?

The teachers salaries and pensions would be on the payroll of Ford. As we all have a tendency not to bite the hand that feeds us, any curricula critical of Ford would disappear in a short time. There’d be a Ford flag in the front corner of the classroom and perhaps a picture of Henry Ford beside the classroom clock. Kids might stand and sing the Ford anthem at the beginning of the day.

What if GM was to provide schools for the residents of Oshawa?

The teachers salaries and pensions would be on the payroll of GM. As we all have a tendency not to bite the hand that feeds us, any curricula critical of GM would disappear in a short time. There’d be a GM flag in the front corner of the classroom and perhaps a picture of Sam McLaughlin beside the classroom clock. Kids might stand and sing the GM anthem at the beginning of the day.

Kids from GM schools might ridicule the kids from Ford and vice-versa. This is permitted (think criticism of political parties A and B). What *WOULD* disappear from both schools is criticism of the automotive industry as a whole. This is a natural vetting out process.

If someone advocated Ford/GM getting out of the business of provisioning of schools, that person would be excoriated by others saying, “Who would provide the schools if Ford/GM did not?”.

Good thing we’re not that stupid.  Can you imagine walking into a school and singing an anthem to a flag and praising Ford/GM? I mean…come on..that’s so stupid!

Oh. Wait.

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