The same people who created the homeless problem by
de-warehousing the mental cases also warehoused the
There was a time when the age of fourteen was a critical
time in the process of moving toward adulthood. That
was the age at which a king "came into his own" if
his father had died during his childhood. Even today,
the Amish want their children to leave school at fourteen.
In earlier ages, a boy about fourteen would be apprenticed
or he would be "reading law" in a real lawyer's office
and witnessing a real practice. Aspiring doctors studied
under real doctors. Very few went to colleges, and
colleges at that time were openly Fantasyland. Young
men studied Latin and Greek and Mythology. They did
not pretend they were learning about The Real World
in some sociology class.
Today, fourteen is the age at which kids begin eight
years of warehousing. They sit through four years
as freshman, sophomore, junior and senior in high
school and repeat the same thing and call it college.
Where do children sit during the required eight-year
extension of their childhood? They sit in modified
high chairs, with a single adult sitting at a desk
in front. And this, ladies and gentleman, is Reality
to twentieth century young people.
During this century, the single adult who represents
the only reality to these hopelessly overgrown babies
have taught generation after generation of young people
that professors should rule the world. The kids in
their high chairs have been fed words like Revolution
and Liberation, but it always comes back to the same
Professors should teach bureaucrats who will go out
and run everything from criminology to the government-planned
In other words, the kids in their high chairs learn
from the permanent adolescent who teaches them that
he and they should rule the world.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all there is to
the so-called "political left."