nature and the realities of society provides payoffs. Some of these rewards are material; a lot of people have secured comfortable lives for themselves as employees and administrators in the failed institutions of American public life. Much of the payoff, however, is psychological and ideological. In the battle of ideas, we must come to terms with the widespread notion that life is an endless parade of victims. The most injurious consequence of this mind-set is the inevitable damage it does to human pride and self-assertiveness.
The repetition in television constitutes its art and its form. By contrast the repetition of mistaken social and cultural tenets constitutes an assault upon the human spirit and its deepest longings for liberty, choice, and a genuine sense of self-worth. Two central issues confront society: (1) What is the proper role of the state? and (2) How can individual initiative, freedom, and choice be maximized? Only to the extent that public policy is pushed toward risk-taking that results in wide ranging educational reform and changes in American law to decriminalize activities that are not directly injurious to others can society be effectively redirected. To the extent that change is needed and reform is long overdue, it is because our educational system is poor and our laws are flawed. What's on television has nothing to do with it.