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May 18, 2016

Let Children Vote

Yesterday I posted about a proposal to disenfranchise the elderly. Here's a similar idea — a scheme to reduce the political power of grey hairs — but it goes about it in a different way. Instead of taking away the vote from the elderly, you give the vote to children. Their new political power would presumably balance out the influence of seniors, shifting state policy in new directions.

This idea has been repeatedly advocated by Paul E. Peterson, professor of government at Harvard. He's argued for the idea in the journal Daedalus (Fall 1992), The Brookings Review (Winter 1993), and Education Next (Jan 2011).

The way it would work, in practice: "parents exercise the vote on behalf of their children... parents be given the option to assign the right to their child whenever they think he or she is capable of casting it on their own. That right, once given, can never be taken back."

The details that remain to be worked out: "Which parent gets the vote? What is to be done with election-day newborns? What proof of parentage is required?"

Peterson was not, by any means, the first to come up with the idea of letting children vote. Philippe van Parijs gives a brief history of the children's suffrage movement in his book Just Democracy:

It has been repeatedly discussed for over a century, especially in France, and mostly with pro-natalist motivations. The earliest proposal of this sort seems to have been made, shortly after Prussia's victory over France, by a certain Henri Lasserre, 'the universally known historian of Notre-Dame de Lourdes'. In his proposal, every French citizen, whatever his or her age or gender, is given one vote, with the (male) head of each family exercising this right to vote on behalf of his wife and each of his children. The proposal was hardly noticed, however, except by the philosopher Gabriel de Tarde, who took it over enthusiastically, as a way of enforcing a concern for the interests of younger and unborn generations.

Image source: The Brookings Review (Winter 1993)

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 18, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Politics, Reformers, Do-gooders, Agitators and SJWs, Children

April 16, 2016

April 10, 2016

Know Your Missiles!

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 10, 2016 - Comments (17)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Children, 1950's, Weapons

April 4, 2016

Hitler the Snowman

Adolf Hitler snowman created by Tokyo children, January 1937.

At the time, Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan had recently become allies, with the signing of the Anti-Comintern Pact.

Source: Newsweek - Jan 23, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 04, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Children, 1930's

April 2, 2016

Which Way Did They Go?


You are out at an Easter egg hunt and you see a police helicopter searching the area. Then you see two men running away, what do you do? These kids knew just what to do. They formed an arrow on the ground to point the police in the right direction. Yes, the cops got the criminals. Great job kids!

Posted By: patty - Sat Apr 02, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Communications, Cops, Crime, Children

February 12, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #274



Horny beach bunnies switch instantly from thoughts of lust to thoughts of dental hygiene.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 12, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, Parents, 1960's, Teeth

February 2, 2016

Bob Gaffner, Fishermen’s Helper



That Bob! "He's full of the old mick!" Huh? That expression summons up a mere two Google hits. I suspect it's a euphemism for "full of the old Nick," which in turn was a euphemism for "full of the Devil."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 02, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Work and Vocational Training, Children, 1950's

January 6, 2016

Kiddy Boxing

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 06, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Martial Arts, Children

November 20, 2015

“Life-sized” Alien Facehugger & Egg

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Too bad this won't be available until April 2016. Imagine the screams of terror, as depicted, when your lucky first-grader opens this under the Xmas tree.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 20, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Death, Toys, Children

October 3, 2015

Isa Leal at Labbodies



How can we ever honestly tell a young child again that it is wrong to play inside plastic bags?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 03, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art, Children, 2010's

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