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tomt's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by tomt

Whilst I agree with much of the arguments presented in this piece, I fundamentally disagree with the notion that we don't proselytise to children on the issue of politics:

'Does society have a duty to protect the young from proselytisation? Think of a row of chubby little babies, each with a label around its neck, one label saying “Democrat”, the next “Communist”, the next “Republican” – would we not be outraged at the implication?'

This is simply not true. Every baby born in Cuba is born a Communist, every American baby a Republican Democrat, every British baby a Constitutional Monarchist. In fact should a baby grow up and decide that it wants to break with the traditions of its parents it would have a far tougher time of it than a child trying to break free of it's parents religious beliefs - what choice does a Venezuelan Capitalist teen have short of seeking asylum elsewhere?

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:39:58 UTC | #524368