Thursday, July 22, 2010

Reading assignment

When I was chatting with my mom on the phone yesterday, she mentioned this article to me. It's lengthy,

Today, Mark Shea has a big post up urging people to read it and connecting some of the dots.

I'm pressed for time today, and won't be able to get back here to comment on it. But this article, laying out as it does just why we're in the mess we're in, just how we come to have a "ruling class" of Americans who are not the best nor the brightest, but simply the most committed to an ideology that protects their interests at the expense of the rest of America, is probably the most important thing I've read this year.

Do go read it. And if you want to start the discussion below, please feel free. I'm going to try to write about it tomorrow.

UPDATE: To give you an example of what's in this article, consider these passages:
While our ruling class teaches that relationships among men, women, and children are contingent, it also insists that the relationship between each of them and the state is fundamental. That is why such as Hillary Clinton have written law review articles and books advocating a direct relationship between the government and children, effectively abolishing the presumption of parental authority. Hence whereas within living memory school nurses could not administer an aspirin to a child without the parents' consent, the people who run America's schools nowadays administer pregnancy tests and ship girls off to abortion clinics without the parents' knowledge. Parents are not allowed to object to what their children are taught. But the government may and often does object to how parents raise children. The ruling class's assumption is that what it mandates for children is correct ipso facto, while what parents do is potentially abusive. It only takes an anonymous accusation of abuse for parents to be taken away in handcuffs until they prove their innocence. Only sheer political weight (and in California, just barely) has preserved parents' right to homeschool their children against the ruling class's desire to accomplish what Woodrow Wilson so yearned: "to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible." [...]

By identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition. Though they cannot prevent Americans from worshiping God, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking -- to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience. Though they cannot make Americans wish they were Europeans, they continue to press upon this nation of refugees from the rest of the world the notion that Americans ought to live by "world standards." Each day, the ruling class produces new "studies" that show that one or another of Americans' habits is in need of reform, and that those Americans most resistant to reform are pitiably, perhaps criminally, wrong. Thus does it go about disaggregating and dispiriting the ruled.

Seriously--do read it, if you can.


Rebecca in CA said...

This article is amazing. I feel like I need to read it about a dozen more times to really take it all in, but it is very powerful. Thank you for posting this.

Acerbica said...

This article was stunning...absolutely mind blowing. I'm so glad you recommended it. I just posted it on facebook, and sent it to my family.

Go country class!

freddy said...

I'm old enough to remember Joe Sobran discussing this years ago in "The Wanderer," although this is perhaps the most comprehensive analysis I've seen.