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Quotation of the day on the inconsistency of treating children as both role models and incompetent snowflakes….. – Publications – AEI

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AEI Quotation of the day on the inconsistency of treating children as both role models and incompetent snowflakes….. …. is from Pierre Lemieux’s (research Fellow at The Independent Institute and professor of economics at the Université du Québec en Outaouais) excellent post on EconLog “Power to the Children and Hail to the State!“: It is not the only absurdity in the whole situation that demonstrating children [e.g., Greta Thunberg and the Sunrise Movement] are considered, by their adulated state itself, as fragile snowflakes to be protected from alcohol, tobacco, vaping, ideas, and life in general. (They may buy ice cream, though.) They are also political hostages of faddish causes. “The children” are constantly invoked to justify depriving adults of their liberties, whether it is free

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Quotation of the day on the inconsistency of treating children as both role models and incompetent snowflakes…..

Quotation of the day on the inconsistency of treating children as both role models and incompetent snowflakes….. - Publications – AEI

…. is from Pierre Lemieux’s (research Fellow at The Independent Institute and professor of economics at the Université du Québec en Outaouais) excellent post on EconLogPower to the Children and Hail to the State!“:

It is not the only absurdity in the whole situation that demonstrating children [e.g., Greta Thunberg and the Sunrise Movement] are considered, by their adulated state itself, as fragile snowflakes to be protected from alcohol, tobacco, vaping, ideas, and life in general. (They may buy ice cream, though.) They are also political hostages of faddish causes. “The children” are constantly invoked to justify depriving adults of their liberties, whether it is free speech, the Second Amendment, or smoking what adults want to smoke.

This exploitation of children for political causes is a second aspect of the relation between children and political power. In fashionable political discourse, then, children are presented either as role models to justify future tyranny or as little parentless incompetents, depending on how exactly their exploitation is required to advance state power.

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Quotation of the day on the inconsistency of treating children as both role models and incompetent snowflakes…..
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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