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Monday, April 08, 2013

Children as part of a collective


[VIDEO] I'm a believer in this idea that parents are in control of their children. If a parent decides one way unless this may endager the child then others must back off! Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry on the other hand doesn't believe in that.

Let me say this. I've seen variations of this video where she is actually made an ad for her current employer MSNBC. There have been various takes on what she has said.

I've seen this from Alex Jones and others and they basically attack Dr. Harris-Perry for her comments. They don't believe children shouldn't be part of the collective and that they may generally support the parent's right to determine what's best for their children.

On the other hand the Duke University PhD says if we take our children as a collective investments then we may make better investments that would benefit them. This become for many people at some point the children are "owned" by the state. Sometimes I think people can read too much into this statement and then we see this from Dr. Harris-Perry's Wiki profile:
“We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families,” says the professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Kids belong to whole communities, she insists, and once we realize this we’ll make “better investments” in public education.

She urges us to “break through” the “private idea” that individuals own themselves. Like Marx, she believes the individual is a “communal being” and all human worth is intractably linked to the community, the collective, and the state is the ultimate manifestation of the collective will.
Alas I can't find that actual MSNBC statement, but this doesn't seem more straightforward. It only solidifies MSNBC as a  left-leaning network as much as FOX News could be seen as a right-leaning network.

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