teapartyeconomist.com / by Gary North / October 22, 2012
The state of Minnesota has discovered a fiendish plot against the residents of the state. Thirty-three major universities are offering free courses online.
The state has warned its residents not to take these courses.
Why not? Because the law says that no out-of-state university can sell education in Minnesota unless it is registered.
But the courses are free.
Yes, but they involve the use of time.
But the law — decades old — does not mention the spending of time. Only money.
Well, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that the state of Minnesota is determined not to have its residents cheated of their valuable by such fly-by night diploma mills as Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Cal Tech, Columbia, and Duke. No, sir. The residents of Minnesota are defenseless sitting ducks who must be protected from academic predators.
The target is Coursera, which makes these courses available online for free. No degrees are granted or promised.