There’s a lot to be said in favor of giving parents more choice over what kind of education their children get. But one risk with choice, often exemplified in the home schooling movement, is that what parents really want is to deliver inaccurate information to their kids. Reasonable people can disagree about the balance of risks here and how much choice it’s wise to grant. For example, the Christian Homeschool Educators of Kentucky aims to “[p]rotect children from mental physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by secular humanists in a socialist society or governmental system” a mission that they feel is best advanced by teaching children that the earth is only 6,000 years old.
At any rate, Rand Paul, fresh from the Kinsley gaffe in which he admitted that his crackpot ideology would have caused him to vote against the Civil Rights Act, attended the CHEK conference recently and refused to say how old he thinks the planet it.
Obviously a reasonable person could in a general sense believe in less regulation and less spending without adhering to any particularly nutty views and might consider himself a libertarian. But as on the Civil Rights Act issue we see that Paul holds to a wildly irresponsible version of libertarianism, the kind that’s designed to appeal to white supremacists and flat-earthers.