Here’s the deal…..after a lifetime of self-denying reading space for topics of personal interest, in order to dedicate time and energy to career studies and obligations to our capitalistic system, retirement has offered the lull to read that which is personally enjoyable and interesting. Nothing being perfect, one grapples with the self-imposed sense of guilt that has been a prerequisite to earning a living over said 45 years. And now one is listening to politicians who raise their own salaries with the flick of a pen, into law, call retirees welfare recipients. But the political pay raises may be hard earned due to the work of indoctrinating the public, which can’t be easy work.
What does it say when the topic of censorship raises the question as to whether a particular situation applies to school curriculum or to parents. Shouldn’t interests be similar; and if interests are not similar, should this be a matter of concern?
Your problem isn’t books.
And why would the entrenched interests within the Republican/Democratic duopoly consider untoward methods in retaining power that insult principles of a democratic (small d) Constitutional republic? Perhaps self-interest is a motive—–
Parents seem deprived of the natural right to raise their own children in the manner they choose by a system that has become curiously totalitarian as applied to education. This may set the mood for parental over reaction in self defense. At the same time, one cannot imagine a better opportunity for parents to open discussion with their children after a topic is raised that may be uncomfortable to both. That seems more of an opportunity for parents than a harm to children. That our educational system seems used as a babysitting service for the convenience of commercial Establishment to promote a progress based on greed, privilege, and exploitation seems to expose a broader problem.
People who focus on economic expansion at the expense of quality of life on Earth must be in denial. Denial is an all-too-human frailty.
An educational system that would best educate children into an ability to self-govern in their maturity, instead trains into compliance to capitalistic systems of obedience, dependence, and consumerism. A prerequisite for freedom and equality is to be capable of thinking unshackled by hierarchical precepts.