Saturday, April 1, 2006

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Dutch

What happens when you let the government subsidize your endeavours? You shouldn't be surprised if you become a commodity on which the government feels it owns a lien. From Expatica:

The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) has proposed recovering part of the cost of study from highly-educated women who decide not to seek paid work.

MP Sharon Dijksma, deputy chairperson of the PvdA's parliamentary party, believes the punitive measure is needed to stimulate more women to join the workforce. […]

"A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work - that is destruction of capital," Dijksma said. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at the cost of society, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."
Proponents of universal child care in Canada may want to propose this ideologically consistent policy to reinforce the demand that they are always citing. But don't even begin to think about the lien the government will own on your children…

HT The Brussels Journal which received this comment:
I would assume that Ms. Dijksma will be fining herself for letting a perfectly good college degree being wasted in the non-capital creating occupation of a politician.
See also Joe Noory of ¡No Pasarán!, who identifies the structural foundation of Dijksma's thought and its foreseeable consequences:
Because it costs something, motherhood is growing into little more a managed and funded program that doesn’t fit the fetishes of the social modification mindset. Therefore as a competing concept, it has to be made economically unviable. Imagined to be "breeders", they need to fit a certain mold to survive the resource fight. You may thank the grand social thinker for this high regard they have of humanity.
I would add that in Canada, according to some, it is specifically independent child raising that needs to be made economically unviable — much easier that way for the children themselves to follow in their parents' footsteps and become another managed resource.