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.
The ongoing destruction of the American educational system from pre-K to post-doc, now some 50 plus years along, has serious consequences. For one, the US now lags both Russia and China in military technology. E.g., both Russia and China have deployed multiple hypersonic missile systems, and we have not yet conducted a single successful test. Our military has not won a war since 1945, and the intellectual level of entering commissioned officers has been declining for one or two generations. Recent admits to the Marine officer training program would not have been accepted in WW II.
This morning an idiot woman Senator on Fox was incensed that the Iranian President was attending the UN meeting. She did not know that the US is required by treaty to allow heads of state to attend UN meetings. Apparently she thought the UN was some division of the state department.
She is also an unregistered agent of the Israeli government, but more than 300 Senators and Representatives are.
The states need to focus on vouchers for parents/students and just get the hell away from the government/monopoly schools that do not SERVE the parents/students. Problem solved at the state and local level.
If Jacinda Ardern thinks there's a war going on, I think we should oblige her. If there were any justice in the world, she'd be hanging from a bridge somewhere with her corpse being pelted by rotten fruit. She's the sort of person who gives Nazis a bad name.
Ardern may have found the only institution more hostile to free speech than the UN - Harvard.
But before that, is the UN just exercising free speech by allowing Ardern speak against the UN Declaration of Human Rights?
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
But then on the other hand, the UN denounces slavery it is practiced in several countries without complaint by the UN.
You have to be careful with this too - I've found that in the vast majority of cases, the books that are in question are simply placed in a more appropriate and strictly-enforced age category, not banned.
In a lot of cases the problem with books comes down to the Librarian. When I was a kid the library had an older woman Librarian and an assistant and after school a couple of high school girls shelving books. But there were no raunchy or porn books. Now I rarely see any volunteers or high school girls working in the library they all seem to be full time employees, younger and often weird, i.e. I consider purple or blue hair to be weird. I suspect most librarians today were brainwashed in college and/or choose that field because they were brainwashed before college. They are activists intent on spreading their gospel first and foremost. This is a mistake, an intentional mistake. It would be like hiring bartenders who would push pot or other drugs rather than a beer or martini. Or a grocery store worker who would insist on removing the sugar or white rice from your order and replacing it with Truvia and brown rice. IMHO the librarian should primarily be in charge of keeping the books in order and accounted for not in charge of deciding what you and your children can and cannot read. Libraries are publicly funded, the public could choose to defund them until they get their shit together and get back to simply being a library providing access to books the community wants.
"Libraries are publicly funded, the public could choose to defund them until they get their shit together and get back to simply being a library providing access to books the community wants."
Media reporting tends to be quite disingenuous on this. There has never been a time when institutional libraries did not select which books would or would not be suitable for their collections based on a variety of considerations.
In fact, books are not being "banned" in Canada and the US and no one is being prevented from obtaining a book; that the book might not be in the local library might be an annoyance, but it's irrelevant since a person can always obtain a copy privately.
In my view, many of the "activists" who carp on about "book-banning" in school libraries are usually only concerned about the removal of books they happen to approve of. Funny about that.