Friday, October 26, 2012

Sesame Nation

A society which can't bring itself to even cut Sesame Street from public funding surely isn't ready to tackle entitlement reform. Sesame Street bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of 
childhood — the idea that there are no evil monsters out there at the edges of the map, just shaggy creatures who look a little funny and can sometimes be a bit grouchy about it because people prejudge them until they learn to celebrate diversity and help Cranky the Friendly Monster go recycling. That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society. Marinate three generations of Americans in that pabulum and it’s no surprise you wind up with unprotected diplomats dragged to their deaths from their “safe house” in Benghazi.

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