Sunday, November 25, 2012

Well, we can't say we weren't warned

Guido, in the context of the Rotheram Child Catchers quoting that old fraud GBS on why the State knows what's best for your children:

[Socialism] …intervenes between the children and the parents, claiming to support them, protect them, and educate them for its own ampler purposes. Socialism, in fact, is the State family. The old family of the private individual must vanish before it, just as the old water works of private enterprise, or the old gas company. They are incompatible with it. Socialism assails the rampant egotism of the family today… So far as English Socialism is concerned … I must confess that the assault has displayed a quite extraordinary instinct for taking cover, but that is a question of tactics rather than of essential antagonism.

3 Comments:

Blogger Simon Platt said...

Quite so.

The question this raises in my mind, though, is this: Was the old fraud in favour, or agin it? My prejudice would have said in favour, but the tone of this piece suggests otherwise.

I suppose none of us is all bad.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Simon Platt said...

P.S. "Child catchers" sounds about right.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Paulinus,

Lousi St. Just went one further, and suggested that children should remain with their parents until the age of five, at which age they would become the property of the state.

Hope all's well with the wee man.

12:15 PM  

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