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        <p>Judah and I discussed recently about one of the problems with America: <em>We want every goddamned thing to be perfect</em>.</p>

<p>That is, if we hear in the news that some kid died from riding his bicycle, we suddenly place a ban on bicycles for fear that it'll kill more kids? Can't we accept that mistakes happen in the world, and that, yes, people are in fact die-able?</p>

<p>Is this what was meant by "a more perfect nation?"</p>

<p>Danah Boyd, whose ideas don't cease to keep gears greased in my mind, <a href="http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2005/11/02/growing_up_in_a.html">writes about the fucked-uppedness of youth protectionism in America</a> because of our culture of fear:<br />
<blockquote>Post-Columbine, we decided to regulate the symptoms of alienation rather than solve the problem. Today, we are trying to regulate youth efforts to have agency and public space. Both are products of a culture of fear and completely miss the point. We need to figure out how to support youth culture, exploration and efforts to make sense of the social world.</blockquote><br />
She even mentions Katz's <a href="http://slashdot.org/articles/99/04/25/1438249.shtml">Voices from the Hellmouth</a>, a title I haven't heard in a long long time and brings back old long lost feelings.</p>
 
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