Friday, March 19, 2004

AN INTERESTING COMPARISON OF PARENTING STYLES . . .

and how it applies to the war on terrorism.

Huh? Yep, Dr. Arnold Kling, economist extraordinaire, writes today that we can learn a lot about people's reaction to terrorism by understanding parenting styles. Are you "strict" or are you "nurturing"? Or somewhere in between? The answer to those questions probably describe what your approach would be in dealing with terrorists.

He makes the quite valid point that a "nurturing" (subliminal hint: liberal) approach to terrorism will always fail. And the arguing that goes back and forth between liberals ("nurturers") and conservatives ("strict-ers") is so counterproductive that some very germain questions don't get asked or answered.

Like:

What should be the nation's surveillance architecture?

What are our expectations for moderate Muslims?

What would it take to win the war against terrorism?



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