Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cluless Professor

Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor at Tulane University and apparently a talk show host on MSNBC, the only network you can watch and come away with a lower IQ than when you started, is miffed that people are taking issue with her diatribe where she advocates the state raising a community’s children for the good of the state instead of the state enforcing parental rights.
Now she is defending her pronouncements.  What she had originally said was
“We’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours, and your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘These are our children.’ So part of it is we have 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.”
Of course this is flat out wrong in so many ways. Especially when you consider that communities come and go, but families are forever.  Furthermore, communities are unsustainable without families.
When the backlash occurred, she decided to meet it head on.
“This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years.”
1.     It is about taking your kids.  It is about taking them, indoctrinating them, and training them to be servants of the state.
2.     The government has no rights that are not granted by the governed, at least in the USA. It’s one of the things that makes the USA a halfway decent place to live.  The law of the land is limited, enumerated rights for the government.  If the government is not specifically allowed to do something, it is legally bound not to do it.
3.     The “common good” is the aggregate of individual good.  If something is not good for the individual, it is not good for the “common”.  This is one area where collectivists throw their logic out the window.
4.     This fight has not been going on for a couple of hundred years. It has been going on since one group of individuals have attempted to exercise control over another group of individuals, which is probably around 3500 years.
She’s clueless. If I had a kid at Tulane, I would not pay the tuition for her class.

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