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Ed Driscoll

Quote of the Day

April 9th, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Lean forward.

Related: From Rich Lowry at NRO, “Your Kids Are Not Your Own,” in the eyes of NBC:

[MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry's] statement wasn’t an aside on live television. She didn’t misspeak. The spot was shot, produced, and aired without, apparently, raising any alarm bells. No one with influence raised his or her hand and said, “Should we really broadcast something that sounds so outlandish?”

The foundation of the Harris-Perry view is that society is a large-scale kibbutz. The title of Hillary Clinton’s bestseller in the 1990s expressed the same point in comforting folk wisdom: “It Takes a Village.”

As the ultimate private institution, the family is a stubborn obstacle to the great collective effort. Insofar as people invest in their own families, they are holding out on the state and unacceptably privileging their own kids over the children of others. These parents are selfish, small-minded, and backward. “Once it’s everybody’s responsibility,” Harris-Perry said of child-rearing, “and not just the households, then we start making better investments.”

This impulse toward the state as über-parent is based on a profound fallacy and a profound truth. The fallacy is that anyone can care about someone else’s children as much as his own. The former Texas Republican senator Phil Gramm liked to illustrate the hollowness of professions to the contrary with a story. He told a woman, “My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do.” She said, “No, you don’t.” Gramm replied, “Okay: What are their names?”

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If this gang has any designs on my two very bright, home-schooled and fiercely independent children, I'll simple quote Spartan King Leonidas' response -- with precisely the same intent -- when the Persians asked his troops to lay down their arms:

"Come and get them"
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Read 'The Whisperers' by Orlando Figes. It shows how the Soviets nationalized family life, starting in the 1920's, leading to massive dysfunction.
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Another terrific idea from the Left that I wish they’d practice on their own people for a couple of generations. Let’s divided the US into red (Republican) and blue (Democrat) states, like West and East Germany and South and North Korea.

In the blue states, abolish families: all children will be raised in common; all any ‘loving’ people to marry in any combination and number; demand absolute numerical equality in universities, so the numbers of men in STEM fields is limited by the numbers of women in those fields; encourage male children to be transgendered and to take female hormones beginning at age six.

In the Republican zone, the clock will be reset to 1950; all ‘advances’ since then cancelled.

Won’t paradise result?
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