The whole “the kids don’t belong to you; they belong to the community” bit is just a less cagey way of saying “it takes a village,” so at least Melissa Harris-Perry gets points for honesty.
My favorite part of the “All Your Children Are Belong To Us” MSNBC Promo comes at the end:
“Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”
I marvel at the sheer act of willful blindness required in order to believe such a complete load of male bovine manure. I mean, let’s all apply this to our front yards, shall we, and then hold our breath while we wait for the neighbors to come mow ours?
You know, corporations are a kind of microcosm of the larger society. Corporate-y type folks who make their living ensuring that a corporation ”makes better investments” have noticed that the truth is exactly inverse to Ms. Harris-Perry’s statement:
And haven’t the sociological/psychological types done study after study and pretty much come up with the same truth regarding human nature?
I wonder if Ms. Harris-Perry, being a good collectivist and all, would respect Garrett Hardin‘s belief that human overpopulation is a serious global threat? If so, maybe she could also put some merit into his concept of The Tragedy of the Commons:
“In 1974 the general public got a graphic illustration of the “tragedy of the commons” in satellite photos of the earth. Pictures of northern Africa showed an irregular dark patch 390 square miles in area. Ground-level investigation revealed a fenced area inside of which there was plenty of grass. Outside, the ground cover had been devastated.
The explanation was simple. The fenced area was private property . . . .”
Yeah. Let’s all ignore a truth so obvious that even a Malthusian human ecologist with totalitarian tendencies can see it, and let’s ”break through” the private idea that kids belong to their parents. Let’s engage in an experiment called The Tragedy of the Commonly Cared-for Children, because Miss MSNBC Lady says things’ll turn out just peachy.
I haven’t seen a more sure sign of the decline of our society since I first saw somebody pushing one of those dog strollers through the park.