The magic of ignorance - English a false prophet

R. A. Stegemann moogoonghwa at
Tue Jan 11 15:59:56 UTC 2005

In response to Stan's comment and question:

Easy and difficult are relative terms. Certainly it will take more 
effort than most governments are willing or even prepared to make, but 
the pay-off appears to be large. Moreover, distinguishing among the 
parts does not have to be exact. In the first place, the private sector 
is always present to adjust for weaknesses brought about by public 
sector shortcomings. In the second place, at some point the individual 
can find his own way.

Not only do I believe it is possible to convince most people that it is 
a fruitless dream, but that many do not share the dream in the first 
place. I will not say whose dream it is, because I have already 
insulted enough people already.


On 11 Jan 2005, at 20:22, Anonby wrote:

> I don't think it's that easy to differentiate between the whole and 
> the parts. I think Hamo was trying to say that in order for a nation 
> to advance economically, you only have to have a few parts of the 
> population speaking English. But nobody wants to be relegated to 
> the non English speaking majority. Everyone wants to belong to that 
> elite group that speaks English. Do you think it's possible to 
> convince people of this "erroneous premise"?
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