Wednesday, 17 October 2012

"Authentic Radicals"

"There is exactly one authentically radical social movement of any real significance in the United States, and it is not Occupy, the Tea Party, or the Ron Paul faction. It is homeschoolers, who, by the simple act of instructing their children at home, pose an intellectual, moral, and political challenge to the government-monopoly schools..."
Kevin D. Williamson writes two worthwhile sentences in National Review.

In a recently banned comment in further encouragement to "Readin", I set up the observation that the persecutory proclivities of the puritans now find their most natural outlet today, not among Christian denominations, but through the political programs and pogroms of the self-proclaimed "progressives". The evidence for this sublimation is obvious - from sumptuary taxes on tobacco and alcohol, to the quasi-religious fervour with which anyone daring to depart from the "consensus" on climate change is denounced as a "denialist" - but it can also be seen in the Left's hostility to the homeschooling movement.

As Williamson notes in that article, the homeschooling movement is a direct challenge to the power of the education bureaucrats who will almost certainly have their puritan attitude toward "public education" buttressed by the Left's myth that the poor did not have access to education until State involvement in the late 19th Century.

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