QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Chuck Norris, the martial-arts actor, continues to publish a fascinating column for various far-right outlets. His latest piece argues that federal officials are hostile to privatizing education and promoting home-schooling because the government is focused on “indoctrination.”

The reason that government is cracking down on private instruction has more to do with suppressing alternative education than assuring educational standards. The rationale is quite simple, though rarely if ever stated: control future generations and you control the future….

Is it merely coincidental that the private choice of home schooling was outlawed by the Soviet state in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938, and by Communist China in 1949?

Is America next?

The same column included a couple of promotional references to his “new best-selling book” and the “martial arts program for kids in Texas schools” that Norris runs.


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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.