Wednesday, March 10, 2004

College for the Home-Schooled Is Shaping Leaders for the Right

Combine this article -- College for the Home-Schooled Is Shaping Leaders for the Right -- with this entry from Pandagon -- Our Farm Team -- and you get an idea of what I've been worried about: A dedicated right-wing ruling class.

Of course, there are all sorts of questions raised by this. Can you really raise a generation of "born" leaders? Is something like this compatible with representative democracy? Wouldn't this essentially destroy the idea of a government of, by, and for the people?

The difference between the left and the right, I think, is their approach to power. The left tends to view power as a means for change. Power for its own sake is useless. The right views power as an end in itself. The current post-modern presidency shows that those in power can believe whatever they want, campaign on one platform and switch to another while claiming nothing has changed at all, and engage in all sorts of sophistry, as long as it retains power. Over what, I don't know. I don't know if any sort of educational mill can adequately prepare leaders to function in the real world, or if they'll end up being as effectual as the remaining royal families in Europe.

Or else they end up being a legion of Dick Cheneys and Tom Delays, the powers behind the throne, only occasionally popping out into the daylight. That's a scary thought.

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