- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2001

Feminist superiority

"What radical feminism essentially did was to deny complementarity between the sexes and set men and women up as competing teams playing exactly the same game, but a game in which all the rules were stacked against the women. It was only on this eccentric assumption … that they could support the conclusion that there had been foul play. As with Hitler's appeal to the Aryan race, the basic principle was one of flattery: women, it revealed, are a marvelously talented set of people who have been iniquitously suppressed by males running a patriarchal system.

"This message entrenched identity politics, an emerging form of fundamentalism in which every judgment must begin from a supposedly essential self-identity as female… . Most fundamentally of all, radical feminism attacked the very conception of the feminine as something that had been imposed upon women by superior force."

Kenneth Minogue, writing on "How civilizations fall," in the April issue of the New Criterion

Mann's hostages

"We are told that America was founded on a system of government schools, and that therefore they are a fundamental underpinning of our society. This is completely, totally wrong… .
"It was not until 100 years after our founding that things changed, when Horace Mann convinced the Massachusetts legislature to start a government-operated system in that state… . Mann promised that if Massachusetts adopted his ideas, quote, 'nine-tenths of the crimes in the penal code will become obsolete.' But in reality both he and his followers were concerned about the large numbers of Irish Catholic immigrants entering the country, and felt that government schools were the best way to 'homogenize' them … within the broader Anglo-Saxon Protestant society… .
"Okay, so it turns out that the system we have is in fact the opposite of what the Founders had in mind… . We're told repeatedly that more money is needed to make the system work. Dozens of studies have tried to show a connection between money and learning, without any success at all. In fact, we have increased spending 14-fold in inflation-adjusted terms since 1920. Yet our schools by just about every conceivable measure … continue to perform at a very mediocre level. Now, that should really not come as a surprise… . [N]o monopoly in history has ever been reformed by raising its prices, or for that matter expanding office hours, building more office space, or even as was recently suggested, by making its customers wear uniforms… .
"Horace Mann started us down this path by proclaiming that parents should be taken out of the equation entirely, and that children should be considered, quote, 'hostages' to the great cause of government schooling."
Philanthropist Theodore Forstmann, speaking Tuesday at the National Press Club

Campus censors

"David Horowitz's notorious newspaper ad gives 10 reasons against paying reparations for slavery… .
"Although I don't agree with all of Horowitz's points … there is nothing shocking about his statements, or the reasons he gives to support them… .
"If the letters published by the [University of California] Daily Cal condemning Horowitz are any indication, then Berkeley, which is generally considered the nation's finest public university … is vastly overrated… .
"But then … Abraham Foxman, of the B'Nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League was no better… .
"[A]ccording to Abe Foxman, opposing reparations is equivalent to denying the Holocaust ever occurred, and minority groups have the right to censor all campus publications. Apparently, it hasn't occurred to Foxman that his notion of 'freedom of the press' is much closer to the notions employed by Hitler, Mao and Stalin than to any recognizably American tradition."
Nicholas Stix, writing on "The Horowitz Maneuver," in Different Drummer at www8.bcity.com/differentdrummer



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