I was thinking about how "libertarian" the Little House books are and got to wondering how many liberty oriented women liked the books as a child. I think they influenced my libertarian bent. Anyone else?
I'm assuming that not many men have read these....could be totally wrong about that. Feel free to answer also, male-types
My daughters and I have read together through this entire series and we have all thoroughly enjoyed it! We are really into this time period in our story reading. The girls were really jealous of all the things that the girls way back then were allowed to do - dangerous things like dealing with fire and walking to town and cooking and - and expected to do to be helping the family in a very meaninful fashion.
It made me wonder WHY were kids expected to do all kinds of things for themselves and for their families then and now if we even let our kids do all these things, we'd be accused of abuse and/or neglect! This just showed to me, how far afield our society has gone.
John Taylor Gatto (a must read author!) states something about this in his writings about how society has purposely pushed our young people into being dependent for longer periods of time.
Really - is there any reason that a 12 or 13 year old can't be doing just about anything that an adult can do? Maybe not right now when so many have been trained to be dependent, but physically they are typically as big and as strong as an adult, and if given the opportunity, could be much more mature and capable than the mainstream population expects them to be.