My daughter raised her hand and said "I don't really see what there is
to be thankful for. Mostly the government just steals our money and
wastes it on itself."
And now I know exactly what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving: that Derek
and other libertarians are raising their children right, and that perhaps
- perhaps - my pessimism about coming generations might be unfounded.
I would like to add my congratulations to Derek's daughter for her
courage and to Derek for his great work in raising her.
My hope is that Derek's influence will continue into his kids' teen
years and beyond. Mass promotion of products and ideas, by private
industry and the government, is a most powerful negative influence on
children, and I found it difficult as a parent to overcome it.
Although, I keep trying to this day.
Therefore, I would be in favor of a little mass promotion of our own,
such as Mike D. and Michael E.'s ideas of an award for "Saying
Something Smart." This would be cheecky at best, but maybe worth
consideration?: Mail an announcement of the prize to every
elementary school in the city, asking for submissions from students,
critique the responses (oportunity for libertarian promotion), and
award a prize when applicable.