We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Americans are in the midst of a great national debate over the power, scope and reach of the government established by that document. The debate was sparked by the current administration’s bold push for government expansion – a massive fiscal stimulus, Obamacare, financial regulation and various attempts at controlling the energy economy. This engendered a popular reaction, identified with the Tea Party but in reality far more widespread, calling for a more restrictive vision of government more consistent with the Founders’ intent.
What it really shows is the extent to which the politics of global warming is driven by an already existing culture of fear. It doesn’t matter what The Science (as greens always refer to it) does or doesn’t reveal: campaigners will still let their imaginations run riot, biblically fantasising about droughts and plagues, because theirs is a fundamentally moralistic outlook rather than a scientific one. It is their disdain for mankind’s planet-altering arrogance that fuels their global-warming fantasies – and they simply seek out The Science that best seems to back up their perverted thoughts. Those predictions of a snowless future, of a parched Earth, are better understood as elite moral porn rather than sedate risk analysis….
The article about Chinese mothers is an exaggeration. The Chinese parents I knew growing up did not employ such extreme child rearing measures. I guess the person that wrote it went looking for such a families.
I was once told about a Japanese family that made their daughter into a concert pianist. She became so sick of it that after reaching adulthood she refused to even look at a piano.
The parents in the article remind me of the parents of European background that raise their children to attend only ivy league universities and choose accepted professions. Sometimes it works, but not always. There is always the risk of serious resentment when the child grows up.
There really is no formula for child rearing that always works according to the desires of the parent.
The notion of this U.S. born, of Chinese descent (ok, first generation citizen), Yale law professor having actual insight into how the Chinese raise their children is amusing. I'm supposed to believe the 300 to 400 million school age children are all getting straight A's? I'm also supposed to believe they are all going to play first violin in the Beijing Orchestra?
Tell you what I do believe, she has a book on parenting due out Tuesday.
I went off on this over at my blog earlier. It has kind of gotten under my skin.