For the last 100 years or so highly insignificant people (usually short in stature and virtue) have been arguing in the teacher’s colleges of our land about how to use the mandatory and governmentally controlled Department of Education to bring about a new Social Order. If you don’t believe me, simply read Diane Ravitch’s carefully documented history of this endeavor in her book, Left Back (Simon & Schuster, 2000). Now I read of a new tactic being implemented by the Socialist wannabes, and I quote, “The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.” You can read the full article here.
Nanny-ists fear the farm and especially the education implicit in farm work. Kids who grow up on the farm and work there pick up a lot of wisdom that makes them Nanny State resistant. Even the modern agribusiness factories that are falsely called farms will teach some of these things. The following are just a few of the things that come immediately to mind:
- You reap what you sow. Not, “you reap what others sow,” or “you sow so the government can reap,” or worst, “everything just is; no one sows, no one reaps, it just appears.”
- Good things take time, and the best things are generational, therefore have the long view always in front of you. Even the “conservatives” in Washington seem to want us all to forget this lesson of the farm.
- Consuming what you produce trumps consuming stuff that comes from unknown sources ten ways to each Tuesday. This kind of thinking leads directly to self-reliance and independence, which is a silver bullet for the vampire-like Nanny State.
- Working as a family makes light work of it. The formation of local family oriented communities will kill any collectivist Nanny State – what do we need those perfumed dandies in Washington for?
- You can live a great life of significance and security without ever going to college. The Nanny State desperately needs to indoctrinate its corpus (the People) by convincing all of them to go for four years to a school where they will be taught how much they need their government (including the money that government loans them to go to the university, thereby enslaving them in debt for the first ten years or better once they “graduate”).
I could go on, but I bet most of you reading this have thought of ten other lessons even before getting to this last sentence (that is what the comment box is for below).