There used to be a fundamental difference between the world’s socialist states and western democracies. Under a socialist system, children were seen as communal possessions and future components in the all-powerful collective. For this reason, they were taken at a young age and rigorously (often brutally) indoctrinated into state-thinking away from the potentially dissenting voices of their parents.
This system of child theft can be seen all over the world, including in Xi Jinping’s dictatorship where children are subjected to a monotonous education in the Communist regime’s ideology. They often become proficient in certain topics – like maths – but their creative and questioning minds are crushed early.
The West diligently educates children as well, but this is approached as a balancing act between the school system and parents. Traditionally, children are taught the basics in a rote fashion, but as they grow older the emphasis is shifted to instil scepticism. Even the teenage urge to challenge authority is recognised as a de facto rite of passage into adulthood. In this way, children become adults that eye political authority with a dash of caution.
Over the past four decades, the saturation of Marxist ideology into Western schools has altered the mindset of young adults, leading to a generation that seeks safety in authority and demands government encroach further into the sacred legal relationship between parent and child.