King Solomon Had The Right Idea After All

From Reason.com

Melissa Harris-Perry says that children belong to the community, not their parents.

No, really. I’m not paraphrasing, that’s what she said.

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we have this private notion of children. ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.’ We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children.’ So part of it is to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.

“Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”

There’s another video of her at Newsbusters where she dismisses a fertilized egg as nonhuman and opines thusly –

[T]he reality is that if this turns into a person, right, there are economic consequences, right? The cost to raise a child, $10,000 a year up to $20,000 a year. When you’re talking about what it actually costs to have this thing turn into a human, why not allow women to make the best choices that we can with as many resources and options instead of trying to come in and regulate this process?

This is a purely materialist worldview, and a zero-sum one at that. On top of that, despite her claim of the process being “regulated,” she in in fact proposing a system of that can only function by mechanism of regulation. Collective child-raising has to have rules and regulations, determining whose turn it is to handle which duty and when.
By pure coincidence, right after I found this, I read this column by John Hawkins about Margaret Thatcher. This quote struck me in sharp contrast to everything Harris-Perry stated –
“I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand ‘I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!’ or ‘I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!’ ‘I am homeless, the Government must house me!’ and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first… There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate.”
People taking care of themselves and their own. Such a radical, selfish concept, isn’t it?
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Posted on April 9, 2013, in ...The Hell Is This?, Economic$, Liberty, Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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