Wheeler's is a Manichean world, where Tree Believers walk with the angels and Heretics are in cahoots with you-know-who. The...

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THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS: Some Heretical Reflections on the Kid Cult

Wheeler's is a Manichean world, where Tree Believers walk with the angels and Heretics are in cahoots with you-know-who. The Good Guys -- the church-goers, the capitalists, the square young Americans (""the most neglected group"" we have), the ""straight people in all walks of life"" -- have God on their side (provided they believe in Him), and if ""the young reformers and dropouts,"" ""so naked, so unequipped with strong character to cope with life's bittersweets,"" are listening to the Revolution's siren call, it's because namby-pamby, weak-kneed, bleeding-heart secular liberals give them no alternative. There's no chance of conciliation between Left and Right, no tints of gray -- ""One side has to be wrong"" -- but if the kids -- and they're really very spiritual -- would only come to Jesus, then they'd stop maligning capitalism which only wants ""to put two cars in every garage; supply better, cheaper foods, jet myriads of people to romantic islands."" What a world it could be -- no taxes, no social security, welfare, unions and also no pornography, no seditious or subversive matter. Just some spoiled rotten kids?

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Arlington House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973