Featured in The Burning Block Issue 4
It has been said, less politely, that the difference between a Republican and a Democrat for a president is the difference between the meager choice of a red or a blue condom in prison. As for who will build the roads, libertarians have given up telling them that the free market will. Socialists have given up saying that some rotating union will. Anarchists have given up telling them that whoever wants to build them will do it themselves.
Practical questions, silly and as indicative of the state as they are, have been replaced with questions which presuppose the state without even the phantom of an alternative. Secular Leftist parents, as horrified over the very mention of Creationism as Born-Again Christian parents were of rock music in the 70s, reproach vice president Mike Pence for suggesting that Darwinism shouldn't be taught in school.
One would be tempted to remind such parents that this is precisely what they signed up for when they put their children into the hands of the democratic public schooling system. The market they can't afford and the time they don't have to raise their own children couple to form the same kind of dreary moan that gets hummed out by the basement dwelling freeloader when his parents tell him that he'll have to start picking up around the house if he wants to stay. The idea is that the basement dweller gets a clue and realizes that he can become an adult on his own terms by leaving and getting his own place. But to teach an old dog new tricks is a different story.
Dropout culture has had children of its own but insists on putting its children through the same institutions it dropped out of. One can hear, in every single piece of blame delivered to our politicians that our children are being dumbed-down and duped by superstitious views, the whine of a mother who doesn't want to be at home and the sigh of a father who hates answering all of his child's annoying questions. Far be it from the state, which imposes itself on people, to make the further imposition of telling people how to think! One would think these two came together but you'd be surprised. There's no daycare like the public schooling system, which grants you the convenience of having children without the cumbersome business of raising them yourself. One has little to worry about if mom and dad get a 9 to 5 workday and their kid gets a 7 to 3 workday, unless, of course, enough people you don't know decide to vote in favor of some syllabus you don't happen to favor. They could vote in Prussian time-compartmentalization, Stalinist atheism or Reaganite Christian Creationism-it doesn't matter. My point: it is not in the interest of you or your family.
The alternatives are obvious. Home-school, private school, no school or no children. If the alternatives are not popular or not desired, so much the worse for popularity and desire. Darwinists with children who aren't learning what they want them to learn and Creationists with children who aren't learning what they want them to learn miss the mark by more than a mile when they simply blame one another's world-views. But, at least, their whining gives me hope: If they believed in democracy, they would simply concede to whatever was being taught. The fact that they see a problem means that they, at the very least, can intuit the contradiction inherent in the system on which they depend. However, their system is such a bad parent that they only see one solution: to treat everyone else the way the state treats them, namely, by making everyone else live the way they would like to live.
It would turn out that freedom, in fact, isn't free, even if it isn't not free in the way you thought it was. If you want personal freedom, you have to sacrifice some of the services which had previously prevented you from having to lift a finger to see them come to fruition. If you don't want your kids to think a certain way, you'll have to keep them from the people who are telling them how to think that way. It's quite simple but, admittedly, not as simple as turning the blame toward others.