New York Times Op-Ed: Kids Threatened By . . . Capitalism


From News Busters:

By Mark Finkelstein

August 22, 2011

Even more appalling than the mindless screed “The Kids Are Not All Right” itself is the fact that the New York Times chose to feature it on its Op-Ed page today.  Author Joel Bakan’s simplistic, socialistic message: today’s children are under assault from capitalism, or as  Bakan frames it, “for-profit corporations.” In Bakan’s view, the ills afflicting today’s kids–from fascination with social media, to obesity, prescription drug use and chemical exposure–are to be laid at the feet of those e-e-e-v-i-l for-profits.

Bakan yearns for the good old days of 1959, when children were supposedly protected by–ready?–the United Nations. Excerpts after the jump.

  • “By the middle of the century, childhood was a robustly protected legal category. In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Children were now legal persons; the “best interests of the child” became a touchstone for legal reform.”
  • “But the 20th century also witnessed another momentous shift, one that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation.”
  • “The challenge before us is to reignite the guiding ethos and practices of the century of the child.”

The irony, of course, is that capitalism–at least as it used to be practiced in the United States–was the single greatest force providing longer and better lives for generations of children growing into adulthood. And as Bill Bennett documented in his classic book, The Index of Leading Social Indicators, it was precisely the rise of the welfare state that Bakan favors that led to an explosive rise in social pathologies among and against children–from drug use to crime, out-of-wedlock births to welfare dependency.

It is the kind of virulent anti-capitalism that Bakan preaches that the Times apparently finds attractive in op-ed authors . . . and politicians from city council members to presidents.

Read more:



Communism and Moral Decay

By David J. Stewart

Lenin had said: “The best revolutionary is a youth devoid of morals.” His word being law in Communist organizations, all members work secretly to make young people of both sexes anti-social and immoral. Children up to teen-age are taught to rebel against the discipline of the home. Parents are represented to their children as old-fashioned. Parental authority is scoffed at. The subverters argue that parents have lied to their children since they were old enough to listen, regarding Santa Claus and where babies come from. The subversives claims parents are the victims of reactionary teachings and capitalistic exploitation. The child is encouraged to educate the parents in regard to modern and progressive ideas. They are warned that, for their own good, they must refuse to be dominated or disciplined by their parents. The purpose of this subversive campaign is to destroy the sanctity, and unity, of the home which is the foundation upon which our civilization is founded.

SOURCE: PAWNS IN THE GAME, page 126, by William Guy Carr, 1958


What a powerful mouthful of truth!  Kids today are being brainwashed by television (i.e., hellivision) and music to have no morals, and to backtalk (sass) their parents.  That’s exactly what the Communists want.  It’s not uncommon these days to hear children on TV telling their parents to grow up or to be quiet.  The same defiance is found in movies, whether by Walt Disneyor Warner Brothers.  Music is without a doubt the biggest offender.




Richard M. Ebeling, quotes about Communism:

“In the hands of the state, compulsory public education becomes a tool for political control and manipulation — a prime instrument for the thought police of the society. And precisely because every child passes through the same indoctrination process — learning the same “official history,” the same “civic virtues,” the same lessons of obedience and loyalty to the state — it becomes extremely difficult for the independent soul to free himself from the straightjacket of the ideology and values the political authorities wish to imprint upon the population under its jurisdiction. For the communists, it was the class struggle and obedience to the Party and Comrade Stalin; for the fascists, it was worship of the nation — state and obedience to the Duce; for the Nazis, it was race purity and obedience to the Fuhrer. The content has varied, but the form has remained the same. Through the institution of compulsory state education, the child is to be molded like wax into the shape desired by the state and its educational elite. We should not believe that because ours is a freer, more democratic society, the same imprinting procedure has not occurred even here, in America. Every generation of school-age children has imprinted upon it a politically correct ideology concerning America’s past and the sanctity of the role of the state in society. Practically every child in the public school system learns that the “robber barons” of the 19th century exploited the common working man; that unregulated capitalism needed to be harnessed by enlightened government regulation beginning in the Progressive era at the turn of the century; that wild Wall Street speculation was a primary cause of the Great Depression; that only Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal saved America from catastrophe; and that American intervention in foreign wars has been necessary and inevitable, with the United States government required to be a global leader and an occasional world policeman.”



Is it TIME for us to home school our children?  Is it TIME we, as parents, instill and enforce morals in our children?  Children do learn by example.

Will the Communists/Marxists/Progressives wrestle OUR CHILDREN from our own arms?



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