Taki published a new piece this weekend. He was writing about the westernization that the Nigerian kidnappers are rebelling against. Perhaps the best passage from the piece:
When I first heard the meaning of Boko Haram—the words for the Islamist movement that kidnapped some two hundred girls and threatened to sell them into servitude, or marry them off forcibly—I thought of Gandhi. Boko Haram, so we were told and therefore implicitly believe, means “Western education is forbidden,” and it recalled what Gandhi replied when asked by a reporter what he thought of Western civilization. “It would be a good idea,” he said.
So would Western education be a good idea, at least in quite large parts of one of the countries, England, in which I happen to live. By the age of twelve the girls who come out of our local school look as though they aspire to prostitution at the cheaper end of the profession, while the boys at that age look as though they aspire to a life of crime. Not coincidentally, their level of educational achievement declines after that age: The longer they remain in school thereafter, the less they know.
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