Re: SOC: Children's Rights (was: Tough Questions)

Robert J. Bradbury (
Sat, 11 Sep 1999 09:17:28 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 11 Sep 1999 wrote:

Commenting on Edgar, Crocker and perhaps others.
> I'm sorry, but I have to differ strongly with the characterization that this
> "works fairly well". The hordes of "street children" in the Third World
> result from a collapse of civil society and are a tragic mechanism for
> propagating dysfunctional societies. Such children are poorly socialized
> and become cannon fodder for tin-pot dictators and other slime. Where do
> you think the gun-toting armies of 12-year-olds who fight the civil wars in
> Africa come from? It's statements like this that make people think that
> libertarianism is all about the Hobbesian "war of all against all".
> If free people can't develop better institutions to deal with suffering
> children than this, they will get the kind of nanny-state they deserve.
> With respect, I suggest you try to see a performance of "A Christmas Carol"
> this year.

Please sir, may I have some more?