WHEN I WAS preparing a short podcast on Peter Pan for some students it occurred to me that some of what I was talking about had a direct relevance to current left of centre politics. This can be boiled down to two points: the first is the overwhelming desire to live in a fantasy world where you do not need to grow up, and the second is the amnesia that accompanies that desire.
We all know that Peter Pan himself is a Lost Boy, who refuses to grow up, preferring to live in Neverland, where he can play to his heart’s delight without having to bear the responsibilities of growing up in the real world. Listening to any leftist is like listening to a Peter Pan promising utopia: you can do what you want, everything will be free because mummy state will provide it, and the rich will pay for it. You don’t have to worry about taking responsibility for your own life or actions.
Read on at The Fortnightly Review.
There’s more panning of such Peter Pan-nery in my by book that you should read.
QUESTION: WHEN ARE good parents bad citizens? Answer: When they do anything in their power to give their children the best education they can. That’s the message in a new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
The Commission has discovered the previously hidden fact that many parents, but especially those with a decent education themselves and a bit of cash, are helping their children to do well at school, university and in the workplace by giving them encouragement and support.
Source: The Fortnightly Review.