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Libertarian Cartoons Promise to Turn Your Kids Into Little Ayn Rands

While right-wing politicians and activists fight to keep all kinds of supposed messages out of children’s education, the Tuttle Twins are trying to build an online audience of budding Milton Friedmans and Friedrich Hayeks.

Just before she turned 6 years old, my daughter announced with an unsettling solemnity her plans for the future. “I’m going to buy a mansion,” she said.

We were six months into Covid-19 lockdowns, and she was, for no reason I could discern, newly interested in capitalism. She would wake up and, before eating breakfast or going to the bathroom, start rifling through her craft supplies, demanding tape, scissors, pipe cleaners, construction paper, and so on. She told us her plan was to assemble faux flowers in mass quantities, sell them on the corner outside our apartment in Queens, N.Y., “and get rich.”