Thursday, February 02, 2006

It's Time We Had A Talk About Fascism...

Ok - I had to explain fascism to a 10 year old today. Who knew that 5th grade teachers were guiding our children through the great political ideologies of the 20th century? I have prepared in my head the bully talk, the bad grades talk, the why I won't buy you an XBox 360 talk... I have even had insomnia over the anticipated birds and bees talk. But fascism? I was totally caught off guard. I felt I had two options: A) explain that Hitler was a bad, bad crazy man. Or B) go into some abstract over-explanation of totalitarianism & national socialism during the interwar period, with a little Weimar economics thrown in. So... I just started talking. Talking talking talking until her eyes glazed over. Her response: "Nazi' shouldn't be so mean". Yes, that's right, Nazi's are bad bad bad crazy people. Now you go do your homework, brush your teeth, and stay away from those Nazis.