In my one, fortuitous one-on-one conversation with futurist Herman Kahn, then regarded as the most brilliant man in America, he observed that society periodically for forgets everything it has learned over the years, and then chaos reigns temporarily until bad ideas and horrific mistakes re-teach the lessons that once were accepted as obvious. He was talking about the Sixties, but it is clear that this is another one of those periods. Kahn also noted that some of the forgotten lessons are re-learned too late to save society from permanent harm. The Sixties gave us socially acceptable promiscuous sex and the resulting normalization of children born out of wedlock, the re-assignment of of abortion as ethical (somehow) rather than criminal, and societal sanctions of recreational drug use.
Nice work, Boomers…
1. Speaking of abortion...can there be a more empty, fatuous justification of it than what Senator Cory Booker tried last week? ”Abortion rights shouldn’t matter to men because women are our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends,” Booker tweeted. “They should matter to men — to everyone — because women are people.”
How profound. Nobody has ever disputed that women are people, and Booker’s non-logic—the statement compels the response, “And SO…????”—is an appeal to emotion without substance. It also makes its own rebuttal screamingly obvious to anyone but a pro-abortion zealot: “Abortion should be repugnant to men and women…and Presidential candidates…because unborn babies are living human beings.”
2. Among the bad ideas circulating now...Bernie Sanders’ (and AOC’s) demand that every citizen has a right to a home. Here’s an article that argues persuasively that homelessness in overwhelmingly the result of drug addiction (Did I remember to thank the Boomers?) and untreated mental illness. Then it has this:
Liberal idealism also wasted much of the $1.2 billion that L.A. voters raised in 2016 when they voted to tax themselves to build housing for the homeless. “It was supposed to build 10,000 units but in truth will create half that because each one costs $527,000 to $700,000,” said Bales. “They will take ten years to build, at which point 44,000 lives will have been destroyed by living on the street.”
Why did progressive housing activists in L.A. insist on building such expensive apartments for so few people, so slowly, rather than quickly building cheaper units faster for 44,000 people?
“[Housing First] is a dogmatic philosophy,” said Bales. “I’ve lost friends. One of my closest friends is attacking me for pushing for housing that costs $11,000 instead of $527,000 per person. He can’t get that we can’t provide a $527,000 to $700,000 apartment for each person on the street. I’ve been in planning meetings where people said, ‘Everybody deserves a granite countertop,’ but that isn’t going to work for 44,000 people.”
What do you bet that you could get most of the Democratic candidates to raise their hands at a debate if they were asked, “Who supports the right of every American to a granite countertop?”
3. To look on the bright side, at least public schools are being increasingly open about the fact that education isn’t their top priority any more…The Fairfax County public schools in Virginia will allow students to skip school in order to allow them to participate in political protests. This is so idiotic and badly reasoned that it indicts the system’s competence to teach anything to anyone. Will the schools dismiss a student who wants to join a protest against Confederate statue toppling, currently a fad in the Old Dominion? How big does a protest have to be to qualify? How about a protest against the incompetence of Fairfax County school administrators?
Fairfax School Board member Ryan McElveen, who introduced the policy, said it responds to a growing demand for protesting among younger Americans.
“I think we’re setting the stage for the rest of the nation with this,” McElveen told the Washington Post. “It’s a dawning of a new day in student activism, and school systems everywhere are going to have to be responsive to it.”
No, they don’t, and you’re an idiot. There’s a growing demand among students for drugs and sex too; do school systems everywhere have to be responsive to THAT?
Parents can stop this cretinism in its tracks, because parental consent is required before a student who can’t name the three branches of government will be allowed to spend the day chanting “No justice, no peace!” Thanks to their own incompetent education, however, a lot of the the parents will not see anything wrong with trading school for a fun day pretending to be civically engaged.
4. And then there are the colleges...Kian Goh, an assistant professor of urban planning at UCLA, writes, presumably with a straight face, about what he considers promising remedies for climate change:
[I]ndividual homeownership should be seriously questioned…There has been resurgent interest in government-planned and -built public housing, including recent legislation proposed by Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Bernie Sanders that would shore up and invigorate the federal system. The Green New Deal invokes prior eras of government intervention, lending itself to revitalized thinking about the social value of public goods. If we can reframe debates about the future of cities beyond rote acceptance of property ownership, it will free up space for us to think about new, more just, and climate-attuned modes of urban living. Responding to climate change in just ways entails radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting against or adapting to climate change impacts, and doing all of it without further marginalizing oppressed groups of people.
Got it. Totalitarianism and Communism is the way to go. Imagine what lessons this guy had to forget (or willfully ignore) to write this garbage.
And he’s teaching students.