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There were likely no kids on board EgyptAir Flight 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19. Had there been kids on board, we’d be hearing about it a LOT.

Of the 224 people on board the Russian metro jet airbus—it crashed in March—17 were children. I know this because each time TV anchors reported about the plane that went down in the Sinai desert, near El Arish (once way safer because under Israeli control); they counted the kids.

Is the death of a child more of a loss than the death of an adult? Apparently so. Adult lives matter less.

The hallmark of an infantile even immoral society is the deification of The Child. Not for nothing did the Communist slave societies place kids in control of their parents. This is how one inverts the moral order, also the aim of Communism’s leaders.

The feral kids took to killing their elders like the proverbial ducks to water. It’s all in “The Black Book of Communism: CRIMES, TERROR, REPRESSION,” published by Harvard University Press, written by the finest scholars to survive Communism. The BBOC should be compulsory reading for every Bernie Sanders supporter—for every American, once Bill O’Reilly “preps” the text for popular consumption.

Where the mini-Communists killed their Confucian-minded elders—they did so absent any remorse or angst. For kids are naturally feral and liberal. They want nothing more than more privileges, more license and lenience; fewer demands for obedience, chores and hard work. This every parent knows firsthand.

In “The Death of the Grown-Up,” author Diana West contended that “America’s arrested development is bringing down Western Civilization.” Certainly, a moral society must be a hierarchical society, one in which adults guide children until they’re capable of governing themselves.

But first, adults have to be adults. And they’re not.

Take the parent who declared, as a DRUDGE headline blared, that his,“Eight-Year-Old Son’s iPad Addiction Is As Real As Alcoholism, Drug Abuse.”

The editorial so titled was published on a large website. In line with the prevailing anti-intellectual childishness, public writing has turned into public advocacy. Conjure and cultivate a malady, share it with the world, and—abracadabra!—you’re a hero. In any event, you don’t need to read this flaccid folderol to know the following:

* It’s the fault of the parent that little snot is addicted not to books or to outdoor ball games, but to gadgets.
* Who gave sonny boy the gadget? The parent did! Take the iPad away.
* Stop paying for your kids’ cell phones and assorted hand-held devices. (It costs a fortune!)

We survived without them. If the kid needs to contact crazy-in-love parent urgently, he or she can go to the principal’s office. It’ll give Kid an opportunity to practice a few civilizing skills you’ve refrained from imparting, lest manners mess with his élan:

Knock on the principal’s door. Enter when she says so (a school principal is never a guy these days). Address her as Ma’am or Mrs. Ask if you may call mom or dad. Say “please” and “thank you.” Alternatively, parent can tell progeny to wait on the corner to be fetched; just like he, the parent, used to do (we walked home, a few kilometers a day).

Oh, and if a stranger sidles up to Kid … I bet he knows that protocol better than the Ten Commandments.

Speaking of the Decalogue, notice the rise in the phenomenon of kids killing their parents, also the ultimate sin. The “trend” coincides with decades of parental and pedagogic progressivism. A lack of moral instruction of a traditional kind will do that.

After fielding many angry “Think About The Kids” missives on a Twitter thread, I thought I’d send parents (I’m one) packing with this bit of advice.

Don’t prostrate your Adult Self before The Kids. Traditionalists value hierarchy. True-blue cultural traditionalism doesn’t deify Kids. It follows the great Florence King’s injunction that “children have no business expressing opinions on anything except, ‘Do you have enough room in the toes?’” (For goodness sake, doesn’t the frontal cortex in young adults take ages to fully develop?)

It’s bad enough that, “In America,” as Oscar Wilde observed, “the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.” Why must their parents foist their cherubs on innocent others? Part of being an adult is being able to interact with other adults absent The Kids.

The Chinese—with whom Donald Trump says we’re in a life-and-death struggle—are inclined to think a youth-obsessed society such as ours is a silly society.

The standard inquiry, I am told, made by Taiwanese engineers about their American counterparts in hardware engineering is, “How many grey hairs and no-hairs are in the group?”

Unlike their youth-worshiping American colleagues, the Chinese think the presence of “grey hairs and no-hairs” in the collaborating high-tech team bodes better for the project.

Of course, it’s not the child’s fault that the adults in his life have conditioned him to be their miserable, sniveling clone. The adults are to blame for molding kids in their image. That kids today are a shadow of their former selves is the fault of the grown-ups. (Saddest of all is that most kids are socialists, as their intellectual upbringing has been monopolized by progressive pedagogues, who’re driven by crass politics.)

My all-time favorite fictional kid has to be the kid in O. Henry’s (1862-1910) classic short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

ORDER IT NOW

Not only is “The Ransom of Red Chief” an American classic (written by a southerner, of course)—it hearkens back to a time when kids had character; kid character. Whatever happened to childish mischief, whatever happened to the Authentic Child? Basically, the kidnapped kid, “Red Chief,” is so imaginatively naughty—never evil or wicked—that his kidnappers end up paying his wealthy grandad to take him back.

Kids, reclaim your inner “Red Chief.” Return to being real children.

Parents, give your kids permission to quit banging on about raising money for breast cancer or for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. It’s bloody unnatural, positively creepy. Besides, making kids beg for money is in bad form. Has no one read “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens?

While you’re at it, buy your little boy “The Dangerous Book For Boys.” Oh boy, are you in for a treat!

 
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    We have kids, teens, and perpetual teens.

  2. Speaking of not “do[ing] it for the children”, Peter Freuchen relates, in his book Vagrant Viking that in the old days, among the Inuit of Greenland (one of whom he married) when faced with starvation due to lean hunting during barren winters, couples would let their children starve rather than they themselves.

    Now this seems counter intuitive and cruel to we “women and children into the lifeboats first” knights of Euro chivalry but upon reflection makes eminent sense. Their reasoning went as follows: inasmuch as survival in the Arctic required many advanced skills and those being beyond the abilities of children, then, by themselves, the children had zero chance of surviving on their own anyway. An adult couple, on the other hand, could beget more children who would hopefully survive to maturity.

    This is not to say the the Inuit didn’t feel enormous remorse and sorrow at the loss of their children. Freuchen noted that couples who had made that terrible choice avoided the place where it had occurred for the rest of their lives.

  3. KA says:

    Don’t we worship youth? Don’t we worship sex? Deification of kid is just natural extension of that mindset which also conflates intelligence with energy beauty, mixes capability with isolated child prodigy and ignores wisdom,hard labor. caution and resilience.
    This undermines the roles and responsibilities of the grown up who are left with to find vicarious satisfaction from the achievement of their 12 yrs old kid .Pedopihila follows soon.

    Thanks a lot for writing such a great incisive article

  4. There were three children on board. This information was readily available and your ignorance of that fact points to a sloppy research which makes the rest of your article rather less credible.

  5. * It’s the fault of the parent that little snot is addicted not to books or to outdoor ball games, but to gadgets.
    * Who gave sonny boy the gadget? The parent did! Take the iPad away.
    * Stop paying for your kids’ cell phones and assorted hand-held devices. (It costs a fortune!)

    I had that conversation with my sister-in-law, who was exasperated at my ten-year-old nephews’ behavoiur with their mobile phones, and she gave me a horrified look and replied, “We can’t take their phones away … they would be the only children there without them.” This was the same woman who wanted me to sneak a pricy watch through customs at my risk (She offered to pay the duty if I were to be caught, but she underestimated the value of my legal and reputational capital to me and was upset when I refused), so no reason to be surprised how the kids will turn out.

    I used to laugh when the Sovs called us the decadent West, but here we are.

  6. D. K. says:

    As I recall, from my several hours of watching the news overnight, when EgyptAir Flight MS804 was reported missing from radar, there were three children aboard the flight, with two of those being infants. (The reports actually said “one child and two infants,” which I found as inane as the government’s talking about people who are “overweight or obese”– as if the latter were not a hefty subset of the former!)

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  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Thanks for this column and especially the mention of “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” Although my sons are well into their 40’s, I always have a copy on hand to gift to an obviously unchallenged, but bright, young man/boy (and there are far, far too many of them).

    • Replies: @Ivy
  8. This article, in tandem with the cited work by Ms. West, ought to be essential reading! Of all the times we most need to be adults, and all too many of us have abandoned our posts!

    My only hope in all of this – and it’s a painful one – is that that which does not conform to reality won’t last. This situation will right itself, but the broken lives left in its wake will be the tragedy that just keeps on giving!

    Whee.

  9. Rehmat says:

    NOPE dear – Egyptian airline officials did claim “a child and two babies” on board of the doomed Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo.

    The passengers were reported to be Egyptian (30), French (15), Iraqis (2), and others from Canada, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Sudan, Kuwait, Algeria and Chadian – but no Jewish.

    On May 19, the ‘Jewish News’ quoted Jean-Paul Troadec (Jewish), the former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit (BEA) saying that the disappearance of MS804 suggested a brutal event and was almost certainly caused by an attack.

    He told Europe 1 radio station in Paris: “A technical problem, a fire or a failed motor do not cause an instant accident, and the team has time to react.”

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/05/19/crashed-egyptair-flight-804-and-mossad/

  10. Good read. Kids promote higher when they start lower. Humility first tends to exalt later. Who knew?

    Mark 9:35, And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

  11. Great article!! Thank you Ms. Mercer.

    And whatever happened to The Katzenjammer Kids???

  12. David says:

    This column seems forced, like the author is running out of material. The bits of evidence are quite variable in quality. For example, most people feel worse about kids dying than adults dying. It’s normal. Also, who cares what engineers in China or Taiwan think? Maybe we should consult that teacher who said European civilization is boring, too. What was her name again?

    I don’t disagree with the general point that kids these days are different in a bad way but Mercer’s prose, always lumpy with words like Decalogue, is the writing equivalent of the self-conscious exhibitionism, the “look at me!” she finds distasteful in kids. Vanity is a moral failing in anyone.

    And Some Thing doesn’t become something we all know about just because you slap some capital letters on it. Oscar Wilde might have had some pithy things to say about her Authentic Child but I can’t tell what she’s talking about.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  13. Some years ago there was a mid-period Simpsons episode in which the town more or less divided politically between absurdly over-doting [in that quintessentially American way] parents who indulged their children’s every whim and moment of selfishness [think Bart’s misbehaviour and Lisa’s unwarranted arrogance dialed up to 11], and childless adults concerned only to indulge their own, admittedly relatively sophisticated, pleasures [the doctor, mayor, multitalented professional woman Lyndsay Nagel et al.].

    I remember thinking it a pretty good representation of the American dialogue on life at that time, and things may have gotten worse. Call it the difference between people who think it proper to bring small children to fancy restaurants and not bother to train or discipline them and people who think children are disgusting and call parents “breeders”.

    It is as if the idea that children and reproduction are the core mission of society [they kind of are] but they should be trained properly to take their place in an adult world which contains so much more of human accomplishment, which is properly governed by adults, and which includes pleasures not available to childlike minds, is a mental balance no longer available to the people of the 21st century.

  14. Lyov Myshkin [AKA "Nicholas White"] says:

    Not for nothing did the Communist slave societies place kids in control of their parents.

    Say what?

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  15. mtn cur says:

    Easy sleazy credit consumerism driven by infantile fantasies designed by P R firms owned by the investment corps have destroyed much of value in the western republics. Nit picking omissions in research on this piece does not alter how dangerous it is for our society to be designed by children with gray hair.

  16. So…ul jooisches are feral perpetual kids who never grow up? Never…learn with their past mistakes??

  17. Supposedly kids death hurt more in the similar way that teen death if compared with adults because it will be a precocious death, someone who have all life to live and lost everything. And people obviously put themselves in the place of dead children. Life is already complicated. Lost a life in its apex of innocence is naturally shocking.

    But yes the lost of ((relatively innocent/generally stupid)) adult lifes hurt less common people and seems a incorrect way to give the right weight to this phenomena.

    This discrepancy can be the result of the thinking where adults are treated as full-complete humans and able to survive “alone”, a priore and posteriore.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  18. In case no one has noticed, adult run societies are failures. Not that child run societies could possibly be an improvement. The dynamics of most families indoctrinate children into a cult of obedience to authority and thereby create a world of control, theft, wars, and enslavement by psychopaths who have few abilities outside of a completely asinine desire to run the lives of millions or billions of individuals as if they were toys to play with. Such has been man’s history since the advent of government.

    Families can be made to work. The animal world doesn’t have a concept of property that belongs to others. That must be taught early and often to children along with other people are not their property. When the children have the ability, parents should begin to negotiate (from the position of owner of house and money, not authority) with their children.

    Authority should be taught as something granted from the child’s authority over one’s self. Sort of like the concept the Founding Fathers had towards government.

  19. Qasim says:

    Ms. Mercer, you wrote:

    “For kids are naturally feral and liberal. They want nothing more than more privileges, more license and lenience; fewer demands for obedience, chores and hard work. This every parent knows firsthand.”

    Although this statement is hyperbolic, I generally agree. My question to you is if you would agree that the general thrust of your arguments can easily be transferred to feminism. So for example, your statement can easily modified as follows…

    For WOMEN are naturally feral and liberal. They want nothing more than more privileges, more license and lenience; fewer demands for obedience, chores and hard work. This every MAN (whose brain hasn’t been turned into mush by P.C. boilerplate) knows firsthand.”

    I agree with your contention that “Certainly, a moral society must be a hierarchical society,” but it seems to me that patriarchy is an absolutely necessary component of this hierarchy. And that the infantilization of society and its feminization are highly correlated phenomena.

    In fact, I have substituted the word “child/kid” for “woman” and “adult/grown-up” for “man” throughout the article, and feel the correctness of the statements remains the same. I encourage the readers to try it! For example…

    “Of course, it’s not the child’s fault that the adults in his life have conditioned him to be their miserable, sniveling clone. The adults are to blame for molding kids in their image. That kids today are a shadow of their former selves is the fault of the grown-ups. (Saddest of all is that most kids are socialists, as their intellectual upbringing has been monopolized by progressive pedagogues, who’re driven by crass politics.)”

  20. OutWest says:

    I’m a bit of an old grouch; but it troubles me that kids are institutionalized in one form or another 100% of the time. They don’t organize sports and chose up teams. They don’t have an open afternoon that they have to fill with their friends. They don’t even learn how to cross busy streets.

    Is it any wonder that they graduate from college and are at a loss as to what to do with their time/lives?

  21. @Regnum Nostrum

    Regnum Nostrum: It’s called literary license; using reductio ad absurdum to drive a point. Generally, the statement is correct. There have been fewer mentions of The Kids regarding the latest crash. Seems reasonable given that fewer perished.

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
    , @edNels
  22. Ivy says:
    @Anonymous

    In a former era, the entries in The Dangerous Book would’ve been just a listing of what typical boys did over the course of their youth. Our kids got plenty of free range time and even managed to have some awareness of unbridled fun without adult supervision. That amused and amazed their more sheltered friends.

  23. carol says:

    Well, at least I no longer hear mothers gush that they’re “in love with” their children like I used to back in the 90s.. that was rather gross….

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  24. @Santoculto

    Children predeceasing adults is like homosexuality: If universal both result in extinction in one generation.

    • Replies: @Santoculto
  25. Fun says:

    This article comes across like a conclusion in search of evidence, because the author has decided kids these days are spoiled, without accurate knowledge of what’s it’s like to grow up in 2016 (or any decade past an idealized mid-century America).

    In case you haven’t noticed, those American boys who spent their youth messing with gadgets–and didn’t grow up with hard-headed traditionalist parents who misunderstood the value–are now running the economy. And despite the worship of gray hairs or lack thereof, which country has the more innovative tech industry: Taiwan or America?

  26. @David

    Mercer should be fired. Her columns suck.

  27. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    an honest question:

    What is the significance of the Bar Mitzvah?
    One explanation I heard was that it was the male child’s assertion that his father is no longer in charge but that the child has taken control of his own life.

    Yes?

    Is there a notion in the ceremony of the child killing his father?

  28. @Bill Jones

    If homosexuality vaguely speaking were really sterile in its roots so Athens and others societies no had existed.

    What is intrinsically sterile is sterility.

    Even homosexuality (sexual attraction to the same sex) don’t mean sexual diseases.

    Every feral-state behavior have a Windom of opportunity to be changed positively and continue what it is.

  29. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Diversity favors elitism. Elites no longer identify with masses of their own race but with the elites of other colors, thus snubbing their own kind.

    White elites COME APART from white masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Brown elites COME APART from brown masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, white, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Yellow elites COME APART from yellow masses and instead COME TOGETHER with white, black, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Mulatto elites COME APART from black masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, white, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Arab elites COME APART from Arab masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, white, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Hindu elites COME APART from white masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, Arab, white, Jewish, and etc elites.

    All these elites pompously pontificate about ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ but only to mask their own power and privilege. The globo-aristocratic elites are more diverse than ever, but that makes elitism more powerful. Since ‘diversity’ now trumps equality and unity, the fact that globo-elite circles are now diverse means that the elites don’t really have to care about the masses, especially of their own kind. They have their own diverse Elysium in the sky. A diversity of privilege that skims the cream of the crop of each group and makes them favor one another while snubbing the masses of their own nationality and race.

    The ONLY exception is the Jewish elites who still care for and stick up for the Jewish masses in Israel and all over the world.

    Of course, Jews control the narrative and the ‘values’ and rigged it so that ONLY Jewish elites can favor Jews in general to all others.
    All other elites must go be globo-‘meritocracy’ whereas Jews can go by ethnicity and territoriality.

  30. edNels [AKA "geoshmoe"] says:

    Well in these times… when a deep state and it’s systems of psychological manipulations lay barely beneath the conscious perceptions of many,

    Well when a couple of huge buildings with people inside, get thrown into a hole in the ground for a cause of belli… purpose, for war $$

    Then to make up for that kind of callousness! they play this game of pretend concern about children! Like the mfrs gave one damn about who dies! Never stop mentioning the children, but Madelain A says, ” Oh about 1/2million children got starved to death from sanctions, sure, I think it was worth it”. But her fellow travelers ramp it up some more with the Suffering Children meme.

    The bastards don’t give a rat’s patoot!

  31. @Regnum Nostrum

    A really dumb thing for you to say. The essence of her point was not even remotely about how many children died in the crash. I’m guessing that this article hit too close to home for you.

    • Agree: edNels
    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Communist slave societies? omg ur sooo full of crap.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  33. Dwright says:

    A plane load of old white males crashing wouldn’t draw hardly any sympathy but maybe mentioned as a good start.

  34. Miss Mercer, I could not find any indication that you have any children. Maybe you would be better off discussing how to raise parrots.

    • Agree: Regnum Nostrum
  35. That progressive child-rearing practices corrupt the characters of children surely contradicts HBD findings, doesn’t it?

  36. Mark F. says:
    @Stephen R. Diamond

    It would—if it were true. Children, in fact, inherit their parent’s good and bad qualities, and how they are raised makes little difference to adult outcomes.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  37. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    My own observation is that children value what they see mom and dad value. I have always been an avid reader, some say a fanatic reader. Thus, my children read and their children read. Neither of them have cable tv, but antenna tv, and very little is watched. My children got straight A’s in school and the grandchildren do very well. I count myself lucky to have such kids. I attribute a lot to them, but I do fancy that our example helped. I confess I never read Red Chief, but I have read Treasure Island many a time since my father first read it to me.

  38. @Stephen R. Diamond

    HBD ought to be dropped from the alt-right playbook entirely. Quant-ish glossing on the pseudoscience of modern biology does nothing to help the cause.

  39. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Mark F.

    Children, in fact, inherit their parent’s good and bad qualities, and how they are raised makes little difference to adult outcomes.

    That seems highly unlikely to be true. The trouble is that the HBD-blank slate debate is so politicised that I don’t think either side is interested in doing any more than hurl slogans at each other.

  40. Escher says:

    You make some good points Ms Mercer, but how many children do you have?

  41. Realist says:

    The worship of children has always baffled me.

  42. Seraphim says:

    Does our much vaunted “Faustian spirit’, the striving for the eternal youth of the arrested in their teen zombies who populate the ‘progressive’ societies, has anything to do with the further regress into infantilism of our ‘progressive’ society?

  43. @Regnum Nostrum

    There were three children on board. This information was readily available and your ignorance of that fact points to a sloppy research which makes the rest of your article rather less credible.

    I give you now Professor Twist,
    The conscientious scientist.
    Trustees exclaim “He never bungles!”
    And sent him off to distant jungles.
    There, encamped by tropic riverside,
    He chanced to miss his blushing bride.
    She had, the guide informed him later,
    Been eaten by an alligator.
    Professor Twist could not but smile …
    “You mean,” he said, “a crocodile”.

  44. @Escher

    You make some good points Ms Mercer, but how many children do you have?

    I have four children, and I agree with everything she said. Now, I ask you, does the irrelevance of my having four children match the irrelevance of your question?

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  45. @Unapologetic White Man

    Perhaps. I am from the old school and if I want to say something I just say it. I see no reason why others should be burdened by trying to extract so called “essence” from some incoherent babble. There might or might not be a pearl hidden inside of a pile of manure but I have no desire to find out. If you want me to see the pearl, just show me the pearl. By the way, what exactly was the “essence”?

    • Replies: @5371
  46. @ilana mercer

    Literary license, better known as artistic license, is used in works of fiction not in a piece of writing which pretends to be some sort of analysis. Literary license has nothing in common with reductio ad absurdum. You should recheck its meaning. Your effort to impress with lofty words only shows your ignorance. If your article was a piece of fiction then I apologize.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  47. 5371 says:
    @Regnum Nostrum

    Since your own voluminous utterances never contain anything but verbal manure, one can see why you proceed on that basis.

  48. Max Payne says:

    No one cares about the kids of this particular flight because they were probably Arabs.

    True story.

  49. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    There’s all this talk of SAFE SPACES.

    Me thinks this is secularization of spirituality.

    Churches, Temples, Mosques, and etc served as save spiritual havens and oasis from the world of flesh, politics, warfare, and etc. A place where men could get away from the world of men and be in communion with God or some higher authority.

    Now, we have PC tards demanding Safe Spaces, a kind of quasi-spiritual realm distanced from truth and reality. Today’s college kids have plenty of food, live in physical safety(especially in colleges which are extra-sensitive to the Left), and have it so good.
    But they feel empty and they’ve been told by their professors that they are ‘victims’ of something or other.
    So, they want these Safe Spaces, which is a kind of sublimated desire for spirituality in a non-religious world.

    When religious people built churches, temples, and mosques, they were seeking and serving God.
    But what do PC tards seek to gain in their Safe Spaces? Since they don’t believe in God or believe only in some New Age Deity(that can be molded into anything), their only religion is their own egos. It’s all about self-worship, as if their tender feelings and simpering rages are what the cosmos should really be about.

    We see this mentality in TREE OF LIFE by Terrence Malick who’s turned dreadful of late. A New Age neo-Heideggerian search for ‘authenticity’ where nothing is more authentic than one’s sense of ego and its place in the universe.

    PC is a further perversion of that notion where one’s ego is both the most fragile thing in the universe(deserving of safe space and protection) and the highest truth to which all must bow down.

    It is icky poo.

  50. Maybe this type always had existed but they no have any public exposition nor urban subculture to follow and self segregates. They were dragged by mainstream conservative culture of the “golden days” and now they have a existent and mainstreamed subculture in the epicenter of regressive hurricane.

  51. RUTH says:

    WOW WHOLE LOT OF TRUTH IN THIS ARTICLE

  52. @John Jeremiah Smith

    I have four children, and I agree with everything she said.

    In this case the children should be removed from your care.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  53. @Regnum Nostrum

    In this case the children should be removed from your care.

    LOL. Any “man” who gets all huffy and judgmental about a woman’s opinion on a child-related issue is in all likelihood a homosexual. God, but you guys hate women, and you hate that you can’t bear children.

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  54. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Since I am not a homosexual and do not hate women your ability to reach the right conclusion on anything is highly questionable. Just for your information I respond to articles and comments based on their content or lack of it. The gender of the author plays absolutely no role. Your wording “you guys hate women” is peculiar. It sounds as if you were a woman.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  55. @Regnum Nostrum

    Since I am not a homosexual and do not hate women your ability to reach the right conclusion on anything is highly questionable. Just for your information I respond to articles and comments based on their content or lack of it. The gender of the author plays absolutely no role. Your wording “you guys hate women” is peculiar. It sounds as if you were a woman.

    “Were” is grammatically incorrect. Subjunctive case does not apply because there is no tested “if” condition. A simple declarative would be better, as in “You sound like a woman.”

    You’re being huffy and self-righteous because someone said he agreed with Mercer. So self-righteous that you made the comically self-righteous statement “In this case the children should be removed from your care.”

    Well, of course. Absolutely. Agreement with Mercer = unfit parent.

    You are a waste of atmospheric oxygen, but you are off the “Homo” hook, for now. See how easy that was? You said you aren’t a homo, and I say “Fine”. Nothing to it. Self-righteousness, unnecessary.

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  56. edNels [AKA "geoshmoe"] says:
    @ilana mercer

    Right. I didn’t balk at your essay in regards to that issue, I think some just nit pick, (wanna be trolls).

    However you are hitting some pay dirt, in bringing up the issue. Concern… as in ”concern trolls”, concern as in… those who masquade as ”concerned”, and that is on various issues. Ie: ”the children…” Yank my string on that…! N0rmal adults jump to protect the … children/women, Hellory counts on it…!… She don’t mind killery Gadaffi’s kids…! (while they slept…!).

    I mean these idiots that think they can hide…. Hide behind this thin gosamer veil… that they have some concern about… this or that: Could be Children, which is huge, and draws from basic instinctual sources… Maternal/paternal… (pre hominid…pre vertebrata… ).

    Could be pollution, or over population, or…over population X’s exponents deleted)… hahaha…

  57. Hibernian says:
    @Regnum Nostrum

    Mr. Nostrum, explain why literary license and reductio ad absurdum can never coexist, if you can.

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  58. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Some quotes from Learn English

    “I were” is called the subjunctive mood, and is used when you’re are talking about something that isn’t true or when you wish something was true.
    If I Were Examples
    If I were you, I would study harder. < < I am not you. It is impossible for me to be you.
    If he were a woman, he would have lots of babies. < < He is not a woman!

    If I were you I would spend more time with the kids so that they behave the way Ilana Mercer does not expect.
    By the way you do sound like Ilana Mercer.

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  59. @Hibernian

    I have never said that they cannot coexist. I have said that they are not the same thing.

  60. @Regnum Nostrum

    By the way you do sound like Ilana Mercer.

    Put the brakes on that ego-inflation behavior pattern, son.

    Grammatically incorrect: “It sounds as if you were a woman.” The tense of verb “sounds” is present tense and must be carried to the object. “It sounds as if you are a woman” would be grammatically correct. The sentence is not an example of subjunctive case, it is a clumsy conversion to sloppy form.

    Only my (regrettable) compulsion to correct grammar brought me to this followup response to a Big Stupid. I feel soiled. Bye now.

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  61. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @D. K.

    Overweight and obese are clinically defined as BMI 25.0 to 29.9 and >30 respectively. The obese have more health problems than the merely overweight. The morbidly obese (>1oo pounds above ideal body weight, >40 BMI, or >35 BMI with one or more comorbidities) fare even worse than the ordinary obese.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  62. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Well I am really glad not to be one of your children. Poor souls must be afraid to say anything for fear of being lectured on grammar by an anal retentive type. Which makes me wonder. How did you get soiled. I am looking forward to your corrections Big Genius.

  63. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    As always, very well written. The infantilization of American culture, especially male culture, has been accelerated by the corporate media. Corporate media understands that there is no greater prize than the American man-child with a bank account. In 2016, there is no adult American male culture apart from video games, sports, violence, pornography and more video games.

    We did “take our daughters to work” but it seems we left the boys behind. Now adult women will have to deal with the consequences of this.

    The rest of the world is now coming to this realization of American culture. Donald Trump perfectly typifies the modern American man-child which explains his rapid rise to political power. Other major powers (Russia, China, India, et al) are already reacting. They are planning a future which does not include the U.S. as a major player.

    Mathew

  64. D. K. says:
    @Anonymous

    Thanks, I know all that. My point is that obese people, too, are overweight– just as infants, too, are children! “Overweight” was already a word before some doctor(s) decided to make it a category, with limiting BMIs:

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/overweight

  65. @Escher

    Why does that matter?

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  66. @Stephen R. Diamond

    HBD is valuable science. Other than facilitating sophistry it has little value in politics.

    • Replies: @iffen
  67. American boys are raised by women at home and day care and at school. Women can raise good boys but cannot teach them to be men. That teaching is done by modeling. It is learned by boys associating with actual adult men, admittedly rare in society today. The best training for boys, especially fatherless boys, is to WORK alongside adult men.

  68. iffen says:
    @WorkingClass

    HBD is valuable science.

    Yes, emphatically yes!

    it has little value in politics.

    Wrong, wrong, very wrong.

  69. Gene Su says:

    I don’t think there is a “cult of the kid” in America. Despite the outward appearance that we spoil our kids, in other ways, we treat them like crap. With the relentless bullying, the schools that refuse to educate, and the compulsory drugging of hyperactive kids, I’d be hard-pressed to say that the problem is only sentimentality.

  70. @carol

    Nothing wrong with that at all. I take it that you don’t have children?

    • Replies: @D. K.
  71. @Anonymous

    Quite accurate according to our friends who grew up in the ussr, you inhuman pricks.

  72. @ilana mercer

    Sounds like your answer is “zero.” Pathetic.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  73. D. K. says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Please adjust your hearing-aid! She has a daughter, who is a twenty-something.

  74. D. K. says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Loving one’s child is normal and healthy, as no one I know doubts. Saying that you are “in love” with your child is a rather different expression, which would give pause to many of us who heard it from an overly attached parent.

  75. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Escher

    Who gives a rip how many children she has, pervert.

  76. Kids are used for emotional effect, period. It’s a really classy tactic (not), but it happens to work.

  77. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Very true. In observing children everywhere I never hear a parent tell a child “No.”‘ I guess if they are ever inclined to curb their child they must take the child aside and reason with him or her, and explain why they should not do something. Now I say this tells a child they are the deciders. I attend and have attended small congregations of very conservative Catholics and they generally let their young run wild. A two year old will grab an expensive large missal and wrestle with it and the parent will never say no you can’t have this. and in the rare instances someone steps in to try and control their child it is usually the woman. today men just stand aside completely neutered it seems.

    Now back in 1961 I happened to be sent to Germany for a couple months by my company. On a hot day in the summer I went to the Frankfurt Zoo to look around. I noticed a German father and mother with a rather young child. she had an ice cream cone and was not holding it upright and the ice cream fell out of the cone onto the cinder pathway. The child looked regretfully at the melting cone and then walked over to the nearby trash deposit station, picked up a scoop, walked over and picked up her fallen cone and went over and dropped it in the trash bin. What really amazed me and cause me to remember this is that the parents did not say a word, the child did this on her own, which means she had been trained to behave this way.

    But today every parent constantly at every parting seems to have to tell their child, “I love you.” The thing is that neither I nor any of my sisters can recall my mother telling me that she loved me. She didn’t have to, we were very much aware of this. Nothing wrong with telling a child you love them but it seems a little contrived to tell this three or four times a day, as if you didn’t the child would not think you loved them.

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