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The State as Parent
State Intrusion into the Sanctity and Privacy of the Family

"We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families.
We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them
"

"[T]he most vulnerable children in our society ... are in our care; we, the state, are their parents"

"The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get at the children,
to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families,
and indoctrinate them in their rulers' view of the world"

"Above all things, the child needs protecting from the state"

Pavlik Morozov
Social Services Teaching Children to Inform on Their Parents

Quotations and Comments

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"Children can be easily conditioned ... [to become] the eyes and ears of the nanny or totalitarian state ...
In all totalitarian states children have been an excellent resource to reinforce the current cultural emphases of the state
or to report on the latest defined 'malpractises' or 'misbeliefs' of adults.
They make wonderful eyes and ears to report on Mum and Dad"

"In the old communist countries, the regimes also encouraged denunciations by children, who usually had little idea what would follow.
In Soviet cities, until 1991, there were statues of a little monster called Pavlik Morozov, who turned his own parents in to the secret police"

 

Quotes and Comments


"Ever since Plato, the idea of capturing the hearts and minds of children has fascinated social planners. Mussolini cast himself as 'schoolmaster' to the nation, while in the Soviet Union a prize was given by the State in honour of a boy who informed against his mother and father. Late last year [2008], a British energy company created a website to teach children how to become 'climate cops' and turn in their own parents"
[Jonah Goldberg, Daily Mail, 04 January 2009].


"It is the mark of a truly authoritarian regime to recruit children to nag out-of-tune parents or to spy on disobedient citizens. ... ruthless governments, from the Soviets to Chairman Mao, cultivated zealous little police-kids: because childish minds are easily moulded to accept political orthodoxies. In Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four it was 'almost normal for people over 30 to be frightened of their own children' because they were 'ungovernable little savages' who spied for the Party"
[source].


"Mobilising children to police their parents' behaviour used to be something you only found in totalitarian societies. I grew up in Eastern bloc Hungary and I remember children being encouraged to tell teachers if their parents listened to rock'n'roll"
[Frank Furedi at: source].


"The secret police of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu recruited thousands of children aged 12-14 to spy on their school friends, parents and teachers, according to communist-era archives. At the height of the dictatorship, a staggering 15 per cent of the country's informants were children. They were encouraged to report anyone who expressed a political opinion contrary to the status quo or those who merely made a joke of Ceausescu"
[source].


"Is the Scottish government also taking cues from George Orwell's 1984?  In the dystopian classic, 'children who turned in their own parents as traitors' are treated as heroes by the party"
[source].


"In the old communist countries, the regimes also encouraged denunciations by children, who usually had little idea what would follow. In Soviet cities, until 1991, there were statues of a little monster called Pavlik Morozov, who turned his own parents in to the secret police for hoarding grain. Schoolchildren would be marched to these shrines of evil and told to revere his memory. And yet the 'Conservative' Party is proposing to write childish denunciation of parents into the law of the land this summer..."
[source].


"It is becoming clear that we are moving towards the State ownership of children ... This is another step towards the clamping-down of adult citizens' dissent. ... children can be easily conditioned - at the schools and in the education system - to empowerment over the adults they look up to, by becoming the eyes and ears of the nanny or totalitarian state. It gives them a sense of purpose and significance; something to which we all aspire, whether adult or child. In all totalitarian states children have been an excellent resource to reinforce the current cultural emphases of the state or to report on the latest defined 'malpractises' or 'misbeliefs' of adults. They make wonderful eyes and ears to report on Mum and Dad and, when they become teenagers, excellent 'correctors' of their betters. In the Polish Peoples' Republic, in the 1960s, the eager and willing brigades of Community Youth sang songs and hymns to wonderful 'Uncle Lenin', whose bidding they did with gusto; but at the cost of fundamental adult freedoms. ... this is a severe threat to our civil and religious liberties and to our national welfare and well being"
[Letter to the British Church Newspaper, 11 July 2014].

 

Social Care: A Poem

by Anne Murray

"It has become apparent that, in this modern day,
our health and social services are rife with compliancy.

"And if you dare to tell them, this system isn't right,
Prepare yourself for battle; you're going to have a fight.

"They twist and turn the subject; to them we're all the same,
They will take away your dignity, and blacken your good name.

"Then you'll be abandoned, to suffer a bureaucratic fate,
Targeted by the social sharks; that use our babies as bait.

"The destruction of the family will be their only goal,
It has become apparent: the social care system has no soul"

 

Withdraw Thy Foot...

"God gave children to parents, not to the State, to love, nurture, teach, discipline, and train up into adulthood.  It does not take a 'village' or the 'Collective' or State-run 'Care' homes to raise a child; it takes a loving and biological/adoptive/foster family.  Please see the article Communism and the Family for the ideology underlying the 'Collective'.

"The issues are:... [continue reading]

 

 

 

"And he that stealeth [a child], and selleth him..."
(Exodus 21:16)

"The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly"
(Proverbs 18:8)

"Every fool will be meddling ... Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house:
lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee"
(Proverbs 20:3b; 25:17)

"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him"
(Proverbs 26:12)

"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,
and that write grievousness which they have prescribed"
(Isaiah 10:1-3)

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds!
when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. ...
So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage"
(Micah 2:1-2)

"It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea,
than that he should offend one of these little ones"
(Luke 17:1-2)

"Let none of you suffer ... as a busybody in other men's matters"
(1 Peter 4:15)

 

"Never, anywhere in the Holy Bible will you find God giving civil government
any authority to rear or direct the rearing of children ...
God told parents, not the government, to 'train up' their children."
(Laura Rogers, Societal Structures vs. Restructuring, as quoted in Berit Kjos, Brave New Schools, p185)

 

 

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