Call It Abuse

Over at City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple castigates the dangerously irresponsible parents who think it wise to bring their children to political demonstrations.

What kind of parent uses his child as an instrument to promote a political message and teaches him (at age five!) to make a political gesture that has, at the very least, connotations of intransigence, if not of outright violence? And what fathomless sentimentality—the reverse of the coin of brutality—allows someone to believe that the participation of a child in a political demonstration adds to, rather than detracts, from the power of its message?

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