January 26, 2006
Molding Young Republicans

A while back, psychiatrists invented the label “oppositional defiant disorder” for children who wouldn’t do as they were told. Think of it as the juvenile equivalent of the Soviet mental disease of disagreeing with the government. Both psychoticize thinking, but only in Moscow was the treatment involuntary and unpleasant confinement.

Or so I thought. Turns out, for only $40,000 a year, you can send your uncooperative kid to a “structured” boarding school in Utah or Jamaica that has some similarities to the resort in Guantanamo Bay.

If the price is a little dear, most of these schools have a sort of tuition assistance; if you recruit a new student, your kid gets a month’s free ride.

You’ve guessed right: this outfit is politically well connected. Didn’t you ever wonder why there seemed to be so many robotic Republicans around, eager to please the big boss and incapable of critical thinking? Now you know.

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Posted by Joyful Alternative at January 26, 2006 06:37 PM
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"only in Moscow was the treatment involuntary and unpleasant confinement"?

My daughter, who does not live in Moscow, would beg to differ.

Posted by: on January 27, 2006 4:33 PM
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