Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday, 12 May 2014

Quote of the week - a voice of reason

Natalie Solent at Samizdata on media-led criticism of boarding schools (via Tim Worstall):
'How come giving your ten year old child to “a stranger who does not love them” is to place their happiness and your very soul as a parent at hazard but giving your three month old child to a stranger who does not love them is practically obligatory on grounds of gender equity?'
The comments at both, predictably, are veering somewhat into 'Bloggers' Schooldays' territory, but it's reassuring to know there are others out there questioning the accepted narrative.

It never ceases to amaze me that, given the way they micro-manage every other aspect of their lives, some women appear quite happy to hand their child over to someone else for most of its weekday waking hours during the crucial early development stages - or to encourage and legislate for other women to do so.

In some American states, animal welfare legislation makes it illegal to separate a puppy under 8 weeks old from its mother; translate that into human terms and you have to wonder what our society is doing to its children.


  1. Raising them to be dependent on those other than their parents?


    I wonder.

  2. hand their child over to someone else for most of its weekday waking hours

    Well they must - how else are they going to get to the protests, wade through literature to see if it's offensive etc.?