Goldberg: Your Child Belongs to Us Already

“Since Plato’s Republic, politicians, intellectuals, and priests have been fascinated with the idea of ‘capturing’ children for social-engineering purposes. This is why Robespierre advocated that children be raised by the state. Hitler – who understood as well as any the importance of winning the hearts and minds of the youth – once remarked, ‘When an opponent says, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… You will pass on. Your descendants, however, will stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.”‘ Woodrow Wilson candidly observed that the primary mission of the educator was to make children as unlike their parents as possible. Charlotte Perkins Gilman stated it more starkly. ‘There is no more brilliant hope on earth to-day,’ the feminist icon proclaimed, ‘than this new thought about the child… the recognition of “the child,” children as a class, children as citizens with rights to be guaranteed only by the state; instead of our previous attitude toward them of absolute personal [that is, parental] ownership – the unchecked tyranny… of the private home.'”

– Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism (p. 326)

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