Little Libertarians

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A year ago, Lenore Skenazy let her 9-year-old son ride the subway home alone in New York City, then wrote about it in the New York Sun. Hysteria ensued, as did a book contract for Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry (Jossey-Bass), a manifesto for a fledgling movement of parents struggling against both laws and social censure to give their children at least as much freedom as the chickens they buy at Whole Foods.

Your child is statistically no more likely to be abducted than you were, Skenazy informs hovering helicopter moms. And "most companies really do not try to sell us deadly or defective products." Kids are 40 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than by a kidnapper, so let your kids walk home from school alone. Risk-taking kids who are sometimes allowed to fail at things, Skenazy writes, become less fearful, more responsible adults.

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

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