Here’s an update to our previous discussion of the technological approach to sex education, the one that simply trains children in techniques, that displays its consequences rather nicely: U.K. Government urges under-16s to experiment with oral sex. It avoids pregnancy, after all, and isn’t that the rational goal to be concerned with?
What the incident shows, of course, is the extraordinary radicalism of a regime that disposes of close to half the national income, that has custody of the nation’s children at least from age 4 or 5 to the late teen years, and that claims a comprehensive right and duty to remake the life of the people in line with its understanding of things like equality and efficiency. The point’s so obvious, both in theory and practice, that it’s hard to see how it could be missed. It is, though. Public discussion is dominated by media bureaucracies and bureacracies of expertise whose power and common interests make them constituents of the regime. And if those people, who know better, tell us everything is normal—as indeed it is from their point of view—who are we to disagree?