Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Comment On Ricky Yeh Article At Thinking Taiwan


"The protesters declared that the government could not stop them from seeking human rights, liberty, democracy and identity."

The young protesters are 100% wrong; to wit - they are forced, via the threat of legal sanctions against their parents, to attend State run schools. If that is not a direct violation of their "liberty", then nothing is. They don't even seem to be aware of this. Similarly, the standing custom within high schools of forcing students to perform chores at break times - sweeping stairwells, cleaning toilets and so on without pay - is also a direct violation of their liberty. Forced labour is slavery. You may laugh and say that it is only twenty minutes twice a day, but that is not the point. The point is the "authoritarian" lesson this teaches future generations: by refusing high school students a choice and by instantiating the expectation that they do as they are told, the high school authorities are teaching the students that they have duties to non-consensual authorities that supercede their own interests.

This is simply evil; the entire enterprise of State run education should be regarded as absolutely intolerable.

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