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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: November 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Subsidiarity and Textbooks in Texas

The State of Texas approves school textbooks.  At best, it is a costly but meaningless exercise.  According to Fox News, “A 2011 state law allows school districts to buy books both on and off the board list.” 
At worst, it limits the democratic process by centralizing decision making at an unnecessarily concentrated level.  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, subsidiarity is “a principle in social organization: functions which subordinate or local organizations perform effectively belong more properly to them than to a dominant central organization.” 
It is a principle that most conservatives accept.  It is a principle that politicians beyond the local level often ignore.  Governor elect Abbot show your conservative principles and dismantle this committee!

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