Just when I thought I was beyond being shocked.
As reported in The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus government schools are trying to hook children on breakfast prepared by the state (or an agent of the state, in this case). And this is considered a great idea.
The agent of the state -- Sodexo -- is looking to turn a profit by overcharging taxpayers for Pop Tarts, etc.. But many families are not interested.
"'A lot of our students eat breakfast before they go to school. Or maybe they're not hungry in the morning,'" said Joe Brown, the district's food-service director. "'We're trying to think what other kinds of competitions can we have that'll get them excited about breakfast.'"
Now we can't have that. So the state is coercing children to eat at school.
"Valley Forge Elementary is having a contest to see which classroom can get the most children to eat breakfast. The winning room will get a visit from a chef with a waffle bar.
"'Oh, they will love that,' said Valley Forge Principal Stephanie Bland. 'I think it's a great incentive.'"
Sounds similar to a dream envisioned by the communists of a century ago -- the destruction of the family. According to Alexandra Kollontai: Communist society takes care of every child and guarantees both him and his mother material and moral support. Society will feed, bring up and educate the child.
However, do no fear: There is no escaping the fact: the old type of family has had its day. The family is withering away not because it is being forcibly destroyed by the state, but because the family is ceasing to be a necessity. The state does not need the family, because the domestic economy is no longer profitable: the family distracts the worker from more useful and productive labour. The members of the family do not need the family either, because the task of bringing up the children which was formerly theirs is passing more and more into the hands of the collective.
The bliss of the collective will become our utopia -- it worked so well in the Soviet Union.
Note: Where is the outrage!