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The West’s War on Children

  • The prejudice against children begins from an immoderate desire for order.
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending  January 9, 2016

Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative / Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/sadchild2.jpg March 15, 2016 | The world has now seen several decades of something quite new: explicitly anti-child policies. By this one might think I am referring to the “one-child” policy in China. And to a certain extent I am. Fines and the withholding of education and other services, not to mention forced abortions, rather comfortably fit within any definition of “anti-child;” so we may take the Chinese de-population experiment as a model of the type. As to the results: The demographic implosion the Chinese regime’s murderous policies have wrought has proven so dangerous to that country’s economic and social infrastructure that the government has sought to reverse course on its more draconian methods. But this reversal will prove too little, too late, just as it has in Japan, where the demographic implosion has been proceeding for much longer than in China, and has produced a prolonged, painful, and seemingly irreversible contraction of economic activity and wealth. And this is what we have been experiencing only slightly less obviously, in the West. It is time we reassessed our own anti-child policies and, more important, their bases in bad social theory, personal motivations, and theology.

Institutions and entire societies are literally being hollowed out from the inside by a refusal to have children. As anyone who pays attention to such things has noticed, the downward spiral of populations is far from just an east Asian phenomenon. Europe has been demographically imploding for decades and has suffered prolonged periods of slow and no growth, along with mounting pressures on retirement systems and chronically high unemployment rates, with massive underemployment and youth unemployment. Sadly Americans, as with so many things, believe themselves immune to the sicknesses attendant on the European policies our political elites seek to follow. Yet we have been in demographic decline as well. The decline has been slowed only by wave after wave of (often illegal and more often culturally ill-conceived) immigration. Economic activity is stagnating and businesses are having trouble finding workers and even customers (here universities are merely the tip of a very large iceberg).

Bruce Frohnen is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative.

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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending  January 9, 2016, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Kiddies%20image.jpgThe United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
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Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’

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  • As Alasdair MacIntyre lamented in After Virtue, “[T]he barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” It’s perhaps too late to avoid a new Dark Age. Now is the time to begin the effort of recovery and rebuilding.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages
  • America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots. 

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

March 1, 2016 | Dr. Patrick Deneen has taught in some of America’s finest universities. He has been a professor at Princeton, Georgetown, and is now in the political science department at Notre Dame.

So what’s his assessment of America’s best students?

“My students are know-nothings.”

In an extremely important essay posted to Minding the Campus titled How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture,” Deneen further describes his students:

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees the daily operations, production of content for the website, and messaging on social media. 

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  • Interestingly, in America today, one finds some of these same trends: fewer students are exposed to philosophy (which used to be taught at the high school age), there are reports of teacher shortages, 20% of four-year college students now take remedial courses, and 27% of adults didn’t read a single book last year. The general consensus is that American education is in crisis.
  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

 

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America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots, Sean Illing, Salon <

  • Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people — and he's a mirror of them.
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America
  • Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’. 

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
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  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

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Sat, 07 Jun 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism." 

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. 

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Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016? Jon Nichols, Political Moll

  • “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times

And the Oscar goes to… Denial, Oppression and Suffering for 2015!

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How would you feel if someone occupying your country, while ethnic cleansing your people, and systematically targeting your children gave free trips to celebrities as a way to cover up their crimes?

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand up for much." --Marion Wright Edelman

Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

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February 17, 2016 | Oscar? You mean an Academy Award? 

Yes. Oh Yes!

You bet the answer is yes! Especially when the Oscar committee fills its swag bags for celebrities with $55,000 trips to Israel.

Why the sarcasm?

Because these trips are tools of manipulation.

These trips cover up crimes while building world support on the story that Israel is the true victim of the Middle East. That those pesky terrorist militant knife-wielding rock throwing Palestinians won’t let Israel exist or function like any other nation.

4PalKids is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to transform the lives of Palestinian children and youth in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Yet another #OscarsSoWhite, Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon 

http://cdn.billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/takingaboutrace_606x154b.jpgOnce again, the Academy rewards white people for their great accomplishments in film

The Academy has a special talent for nominating all the white people involved in black films 

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