Print Column: Still Not Convinced We Should Listen to Teens on Policy


MINOT, N.D. — I’ve spent the last week getting roasted over a previous column belittling Greta Thunberg’s obnoxious political movement predicated on the policy expertise of dumb kids.

You’re not supposed to call kids dumb despite our society treating them, often with force of law, as the immature and inexperienced people they are.

The law gives parents dominion over their children.

The law circumscribes the ability of children to sell their labor. It prohibits their use of things like alcohol and tobacco and pornography and mandates school attendance. It doesn’t allow them to vote.

The criminal justice system holds children less accountable for their actions than adults.

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