Dennis Prager at National Review wrote an article on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s free breakfast program a little while ago that reads like some over-the-top parody of a rich white guy telling the undeserving poor they’ve got it too good. I don’t know what type of person reads this sort of crap and feels good about themselves for it, but there’s certainly assholes out there.
His unhinged screed isn’t particularly interesting, standard reactionary fare, but reason #4 that a free breakfast is the first stop on the express train to the gulag gets at an interesting point:
And fourth, the free breakfast profoundly weakens young people’s character. When you grow up learning to depend on the state, you will almost inevitably — even understandably — assume that the state will take care of you. And you will grow up also assuming — as do Europeans, who give far less to charity than Americans for this very reason — that the state will take care of your fellow citizens, including your own children.
The thing is, he’s talking about school children. If the school (oh, sorry, The State) wasn’t wasn’t providing the kids with a breakfast, it’s not like they’d be out there earning their way in life. Their parents would be making it. The state must not take care of anyone, so that they grow up learning to depend on their families.That’s the lesson he wants kids to learn, to accept a society where the wealth of one’s parents determines what kind of life one has. It’s a straight-up feudal vision of the world, where preserving inherited wealth and privilege is the cornerstone of society. We musn’t let the peasants think they have any expectation of rising above their station in life.