In a new "Lean Forward" ad for the network, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry embraces a radical collectivist philosophy, insisting that America's children are "owned" by society.
"Once it's everybody's responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments," she says, including spending "as much in public education as we should have."
WATCH (via Newsbusters):
This isn't the first network ad echoing the philosophy of Mao Tse Tung. Ken Shepard notes:
Of course, if as Harris-Perry holds,"[t]he cost to raise a child [is] $10,000 a year up to $20,000 a year," and if children should be viewed as collectively "owned" by "society," then taken to its logical extension, a woman's choices about having a child should be informed by the economic considerations of the "community," would it not? But of course, that logic would take someone to justify, for example, the "one-child" policy in Communist China.
What's more, the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao. I bring that up because, as you may recall, another Harris-Perry "Lean Forward" spot contains a reference to a "great leap forward," which calls to mind the disastrous agricultural reform plan which starved millions of Chinese to death in the 1950s.