Sacrifice your children now for a Glorious Future

Ken White from Popehat did good work in fisking (with a couple of vulgar words, unfortunately) Allison Benedikt’s silly Slate article slamming parents who send their kids to private school.

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3 comments

  1. Well, she sure knows how to get attention! I just read another fisking the other day (NB: it’s even longer with a lot more swearing). White’s was good, thanks for mentioning it.

    I do like how honest she is in sharing her thinking. At the same time, that also makes it read like a parody. Yet she is totally serious. She honestly views her colleagues as caricatures, for example. It’s like she’s unabashedly showing us her rose colored glasses while describing how clear they are.

    I’d even go so far as to say that she is doing us a service by elucidating the reasoning of democratic socialists in simple terms. Notably, she does stop short of mandating participation, she just thinks that those who want something different and separate from the collective are bad, morally bankrupt people. Equality above all.

    Sure there are a variety of failures of logic and fact, but her argument is almost believable if we accept that democracy is inherently just and effective and parental participation is all powerful. And who would doubt their power? There are many examples of what parents have accomplished through cooperative effort. Her theoretical model is complete and tidy even as she ignores the sticky points of reality. Like the obstacles of unions and government regulations. The failures of parents. The existence of diverse interests.

    Anyhow, she is provocative and her argument is remarkably fun to pick apart. I see why so many people are doing it. 🙂

  2. Nice points, Kevin. Especially: “Her theoretical model is complete and tidy even as she ignores the sticky points of reality. Like the obstacles of unions and government regulations. The failures of parents. The existence of diverse interests.”

    I wish that I had time for the link that you posted here, and his first few comments were promising. Perhaps I’ll come back to it.

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