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  •  The problem I have with identifying racial or (3+ / 0-)
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    ethnic animus as a motivator is that one is setting up for failing to correct the problem, since animus in not likely to be changed.
    That some children are treated less shoddily than other children does not change the fact that the young have become pawns in adult power plays. Asking that some children should be exempted because they are special only serves to confirm the prejudices of people who would argue that the proponents of equal treatment are hypocritical.
    Fact is that equal treatment is not a guarantor of good or high quality treatment, just as the amendments to the constitution do not guarantee that human rights will be respected.
    The rule of law must be regarded with suspicion because, from the beginning, it has bee employed to promote the subordination of some humans to other humans in the interest of maintaining a desired hierarchy. A hierarchical social system in which rank is by birth or some other heritable characteristic, rather than achievement and skill, is desired (nay, needed) by people whose practical talents are close to nil. They have to subordinate the workers in order to extract sustenance for themselves.  Or so they think. That was certainly true of most European settlers, early and late. They arrived with charters for land grants in their hands and not a clue about how to wrest their sustenance from the earth, other than by plundering and killing.
    We'd hope that descendants would learn from the sorry example of their forebears, but they don't. Instead of learning from mistakes, many repeat them as if to deny they were mistakes in the first place. Repeat them often enough and they must turn out right!  It doesn't, but the dream or delusion persists.
    The thing is that the percentage of the incompetents or ex-men has always been relatively small.  We let them assume center stage because they make a lot of noise. The gift of gab is their only skill and, especially prior to the advent of modern communications, the ability to repeat the same message over and over was a valuable attribute in a politician. Electronic media have devalued that talent, so the traditional politician is in a bind. They flail because, on some level they recognize that their time in the limelight has passed.
    It's always darkest before dawn.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:14:44 PM PST

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