In the discussion on Ayn Rand’s works, the Lady Rowyn sagely suggests:
There are a lot of authors worth reading whether or not you agree with their conclusions. And whether or not people make fun of them.
Indeed. I’ve read much of Karl Marx, and am amazed that he has any followers at all. Especially women, but really anyone who thinks the notions through.
Marx is worshiped today in academia; Rand is reasonable, which lets her out of that club. I’ve got a college textbook next to me called The Critical Experience (edited by David L. Cowles), an analysis of techniques of literary criticism. The great majority of them are Marxist, or spin-offs of Marxist techniques. (Amusingly, Google Books helpfully suggests that a “related work” to this textbook is The Communist Manifesto. No surprise.) (continued here)
We each have a tendency to admire the system of which we are a part. In America, because we can choose our employer, that tendency can be quite pronounced. Thus, our decision to create a government-run education monopoly has had enormous consequences — enormously self-destructive consequences. Because so many of them believe in Socialism, America’s teachers have become perhaps the single greatest force undermining the foundations of our republic and the Christian beliefs of our children.
Parents have a duty to decide what their children will be taught. Therefore, parents have a right to choose who teaches their children and to approve the curriculum. This right is essential for religious freedom. Unfortunately, because of our Socialist education system, few parents fulfill their duty to decide what their children will be taught. Thus, each generation of Americans thinks more and more highly of the teachings of Karl Marx.