You know what, in the end, all of this starts to sound to me like justifications of selfishness.
You want all the liberty, all the freedom - and to hell with anyone or anything that isn't part of your personal nuclear family/property.
Part of living in even a minimally-civilized society is sharing certain burdens, one of which is paying at least some *minimal* attention to the well-being and education of children. So what if their parents are f*ckheads - that isn't the *kids'* fault, and I don't mind paying to help kids *as long as that's what's being done*.
Frankly, after a while, all of the "rights don't mean responsibilities to anyone" arguments strike me as being ethically hollow. All that's done is a continual harping upon the current system, and even when someone tries to suggest other ways, it always comes back to that same string.
I don;t know how many times a person can say "the current system needs to be replaced". Of course, it never will be, because most people can't get their minds up above the morass to even *consider* alternate ideas. It's just harp, harp, harp.
Blame the parents, fine, f*ck 'em, right? And even though it's not a child's fault that a couple of sh*theads refused to use birth contriol, well f*ck the kids, too, right? F*ck any ideas, f*ck *anything* and *everything* that might require a few sheckels from your pocket, right?
Basically, you want to have your cake, and eat it, too. Except that a just society concerned with liberty does not simply appear out of nowhere - if you let sh*theads and a-holes bring kids into the world and do nothing to even *try* to help those kids learn a better way, don't whine when the kids grow up to be theives and beggers because "it was their parents' responsibility to educate them", even tho' the parents weren't even capable of managing their own lives, never mind adequately rear (and educate) a child.
You talk and talk about "teaching people better" - well, where is that supposed to begin? If the parents don't know any better, or don't give a damn, *how* the hell are the kids supposed to learn when they're being forced to scratch out a living in the gutter so to speak, because Gawd Forbid anyone actually <GASP!> PAY for teachers or anything.
And no, don't start in on that same old fraying string about teh current system - I must have said a hundred times that it needs to be replaced. But you refuse to even consider that - all you do is harp on how your property is your property and tough nuts if some kids have shitheads for parents because it sin't your business, ain't your responsibility, and you don't give a flying fart. Sorry but that is exactly how it comes across. It sounds exactly like the "justifications" of tyrants who run child-labor sweatshops.
Sorry, but I don't accept that "to hell with the kids if their parents can't be bothered educating them" is part of the ideals or philosophies that formed the basis for trying to form a nation which valued the individual. And that's another thing - you all yammer and blither about valuing the individual - but that bus stops short, tires screaming in a cloud of black smoke, the *instant* that a few coins might have to come out of your pocket so as to educate kids so that they can learn there is a wide world out there and they have a right to claim their place in it.
And for the 110th time at least, no I am not an apologist for the current bureaucracy, but I *am* a proponent of education.