Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Peanut Brains

Megan McArdle wants you to know that you are much too protective of your children. It seems that early exposure to foods helps prevent allergies, not cause them, and that means your children should be allowed to roam your city at will.
It's yet another example of what I talk about in my book: how apparent safety is often more dangerous than well-managed risk. Our instincts to protect ourselves and our children are laudable. But they are also often wrong. It's time for a serious rethink of how we manage this threat -- and many other, formerly normal risks from which we are shielding children, to their detriment.

Considering McArdle also wants you to teach your children to rush a gunman rather than regulate guns, it might not be wise to take her advice regarding your children. She's just a little bit cavalier with their lives. Although I doubt she would be as careless with her own child's life. That hypothetical child would have probably had an underpaid au pair taking her to the park and The Little Preschool Of Galt's Gulch.


Kathy said...

I agonized over whether to wait at the bus stop when my daughter came home from 1st grade. It was about 3 blocks away, around the corner.

Kathy said...

So some days I'd meet her and other days I'd let her find her way home... and the result is my daughter is allergic to peanuts, shellfish, penicillin and lots of weeds, even bananas!

Anonymous said...

"...we spent our childhoods practically marinating in peanut butter -- so cheap and filling! And none of us died."

And by "us" she means everyone except the kids who died from peanut allergies.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's astounding that this woman gets paid to type this tripe.

Shirley we are being trolled by the plutocrats who own this country?

Roger said...

"Our instincts to protect ourselves and OUR children are laudable."

Say what, Hillary?

Anonymous said...

So get your kids and a bunch of their friends together, pull out an AR-15, and tell 'em to charge.
That'll toughen 'em up.
The kids, that is.
Those, of course, who manage to survive.