Last April, I covered Melissa Harris-Perry’s comment that “All your children are belong to us,” and by “us,” I meant the state. That stupidity, like all liberal stupidity, was repeated recently. The Trifecta gang covered the state’s claim on our children…
Here is the reaction, and quotes I used in the post on Harris-Perry’s claim on children.
Now, this whole concept of children belonging to the “community,” read, the state, is not new at all. Here are some historical references…
When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”
Speech November 1933, quoted in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
Kinda reminds you of public education, doesn’t it?
“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
— Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
Harris-Perry must have been doing her homework!
That would be the goal, wouldn’t it?Just to make sure that no one missed it.
Hey, why depend on dead dictators to show the origins of Harris Perry’s thinking?
Shortt also cites Robert Owen, one of the Anglo-American world’s first influential socialists, who developed a similar philosophy of education. Owen believed that children should be separated from their parents as early as possible and raised by the state. He believed people were exclusively the products of their social environments, and that if nurtured properly by the state, could be molded into whatever was desired. A key to the thinking that went into forming the official ideology of state-sponsored education was that human beings are innately good, not sinful, and that human nature could be perfected by the right kind of educational system. The ideology that eventually developed would hold that children could be molded into willing consumers of the products of big business and obedient servants of government. In short, the aims of state-sponsored schools were to transform thinking, highly individualistic and very literate citizens into an unthinking, collectivized mass. The slow but steady decline in literacy of all kinds was a by-product.
Yes, the children belong to the community!
“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future.”
–Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard
Getting a better idea now?
“Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are…[a] National Department of Education…the studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic, and other features of the bourgeois ideology. The students will be taught the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society.”
–William Z. Foster, Toward Soviet America, 1932 National Chairman of the American Communist Party (1933-44, 1945-57)
OK, I know, that’s overkill. But what Harris-Perry is talking about. Totalitarian systems always take children, claiming that they are belong to the state. They take them in the name of nurturing and protecting them, but in the end, what they are doing is enslaving them to a failed ideology. And, they also get the added benefits of the students coming out uneducated, unthinking, unquestioning, and following the regressive ideology to the nth degree. After all, there is free stuff to be had.
My assessment today is the same as last April-education is an indoctrination machine, and parents have no right to interfere with the creation of more low information voters.