Cultural Revolutions

A New Political Party

A new political party is an idea whose time has passed. While I certainly sympathize with those who want to "do something" about the federal Leviathan, taxes, abortion, illiteracy—pick a cause—they're simply mistaken in believing that becoming active in politics will change things. It hasn't, and it won't.

The Incumbent Party (with its two wings. Democratic and Republican) is firmly in control of government at all levels. After many years of being on the political front lines, I finally faced the fact a couple of years ago that my time and money had accomplished nothing. Looking back on all the campaigns and causes I've championed, starting in the late 50's, I see that nothing has changed for the better. I'm now devoting my efforts to the one activity that will have an effect—getting children out of government schools.

The U.S. Department of Education's 1993 report, Literacy in America, records the results of the largest survey of adult literacy ever undertaken in this country. The survey found that half of all adults can't understand a newspaper or do simple math. Over 80 percent of black adults are similarly illiterate. While the readers of Chronicles recognize this as a disaster, national educrats are quite pleased with the results. Here's a quotation from page xviii of the Executive Summary: "Perhaps the most salient finding of this...

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