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Author Archive: "John Seven and Jana Christy"

The Truth about Children and Anarchy

When you write a children's book called A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy, some eyebrows inevitably get raised in your direction. As a result, people might not come to you for parenting advice, but we say they're wrong about that.

For parents fearful of children run amok, our book sets off plenty of alarms, but one that has been brought to our attention — surprisingly several times — by interviewers and commenters is the part where our main character, Wild Child, proclaims that there will be no baths, ever again, forever. From our point of view, this is called a joke, but to anyone who mistakes the book for a gravely serious manifesto to indoctrinate children into the progressive leftie army of socialism, this is called questionable parenting. Even some leftie socialists have trouble with the bath thing, actually.

In presenting anarchy in context of a little kid, our book includes not just autonomy but also equality, responsibility, respect, and plenty of other nice things that keep a family peaceful. The book also contains some funny stuff. If you're attempting to make little kids ...

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