I agree with the “defective” part, but I’ll apply that to today’s economy. You know, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to agree. Our divergent views stem from our vision of human nature (you probably think humans are lazy and given the opportunity they will do nothing) and on the society built on top of those assumptions: we need a system with a carrot (salary) and stick (being unemployed, poor,…) to make it all work. Fine. I don’t want to live in such a system.
Just to tease you a little bit though: Finland has the best education system in this planet, all tests and studies agree on that (student performance, well being…) and teachers are supported like crazy. They have a lot of autonomy, there are no “ratings” or any kind of disciplinary system to pay then more or less as a function of the “performance” of their students (like in the US)… weird no?
Check out the response I wrote to Scott in this same article about various scenarios on a desert island. It might be of interest.