Friend or faux?

Educational theory isn't the only area in which the local Left hasn't done their usually predictable egalitararian-outcome thing; educational practice is another, as the statistics for public educators putting their kids into private schools show. It brings to mind the well-known (but don't test your recent high school grad on this) quote from George Orwell's 1945 Animal Farm, that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than the others." The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy comments thus: "The sentence is a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim the absolute equality of their citizens but give power and privileges to a small elite", in this case for educators who tout the supposed virtues of a public education which they make sure that their own children don't have to experience. And there are other areas, both theoretical and real.

On the theoretical side you might consider, for example, the proposal of gubernatorial candidate Symington (as you read this, she may well be gubernatrix-in-waiting) to create a new governmental agency charged with moving locally-grown foods from organic garden to local-vore table, in an effort to cater to (no pun intended) that 20-or-so percent of the population which deems such consumption preferences important enough to enable government to manage; hardly a truly egalitarian initiative.

Or, on the practical side, what about the widespread re-interpretation of planning and zoning rules to enable the sorts of development favored by the gentry-left -governmental and quasi-governmental-subsidized, mostly-and to disable private-sector construction initiatives for housing or business.

Nationwide surveys, even those taken in Vermont, invariably show overwhelming percentages of ordinary families aspiring to a single-family-home-on-as-large-a-lot-as-possible, in an effort to achieve domicile-equality with those who already have one; and yet planning and zoning policy, as enforced through subjective re-interpretation of older regulations, is employed by local boards, with solid voter and governmental support, to prevent just such an egalitarian outcome.

Maybe Vermont's gentry leftists aren't so spread-the-wealth egalitarian after all?

Former Vermonter Martin Harris lives in Tennessee.

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