Occupy our Youth
I have a piece up at Taki’s mag* in which I argue that some of the policies that have been implemented to deal with flash mobs – such as Philly mayor Michael Nutter’s most recent “Fun Safe Summer” campaign which some are calling a “Please Don’t Flash Mob” campaign – is indicative of a harrowing long term trend.
No longer do we look at “youth” – at the moment it is black youth but, as Charles Murray has argued, soon it could be white youth too – as culturally malleable. A century ago the Boy Scouts were created in order to deal with youth and to impart them with cultural values in order to create citizens. But we hold too much guil for any of that today. Instead our highest goal pertaining to youth is to merely occupy their time. Many cliches could be uttered, the most common one being the thing about giving out fish rather than teaching how to fish. Culturally and socially we think it’s “mean” or “harsh” to ask anyone, especially minority kids, to learn how to fish.
*For some reason the post is dated December 31, 1969. This is keeping the post off the top page. Hopefully that will be corrected shortly.