Many of us are seeing kids we care about — relatives, friends, neighbors, students — go off to high school or college this fall. Joyful occasions, mostly, but for many of us, there’s a sense of unease, too. We worry about the kind of ideological climate our kids — America’s kids — will be immersed in, and the kind of political indoctrination they’ll be subjected to, on almost any 21st-century American campus.
Of course, the broader society we live in is saturated with the same Left-elite propaganda. The mainstream media have been pushing it at these children of the Nineties since the day they were born. Happily, for most of that time, most of them weren’t listening. They were kids, focused — with all the self-absorbed intensity of youth — on people and events within their own small, concrete worlds. It didn’t matter too much, then, if the economic, political, and national-security news on the radios and TVs around them consisted of actual facts about America’s situation or Left-elite fantasy. Most of it sailed right over their heads, making no mental dent.
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