Thursday, August 21, 2008

George Will and paternalism.

First, let me point out that I cannot link to a George Will column without breaking into hives. However, his article in today's Washington Post contains an interesting definition:

"Paternalism is the restriction of freedom for the good of the person restricted."

I'm trying to figure out what my response is to this. The context is the classroom and improving schools, which is the favorite saw of everyone. I approve of paternalism in that context. However, does Will intend the definition to go farther? I believe he does. That's what I'm mulling over.

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