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Great Sowell Column on Mandatory “Community Service”


Today on NRO, Thomas Sowell has a fabulous column on the way freedom erodes under “liberal” mandates that people do things that suit “liberal” sensibilities. Specifically, he targets the growing requirement that high-school and college students engage in “community-service work.”

Here’s my favorite line: “The arrogance of commandeering young people’s time, instead of leaving them and their parents free to decide for themselves how to use that time, is exceeded only by the arrogance of imposing your own notions as to what is or is not a service to the community.”

It is worth noting that “liberals” in education are perfectly comfortable practicing discrimination against applicants who don’t have the inclination to do as much “community service” as they deem appropriate. These folks are outraged if businesses attempt to hire only the workers who have the characteristics they think are important, but pat themselves on the back for this “good” discrimination.


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