C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis, (1898-1963), British novelist

C. S. Lewis Quote

“[C]lassical political theory, with its Stoical, Christian, and juristic key-conceptions (natural law, the value of the individual, the rights of man), has died. The modern State exists not to protect our rights but to do us good or make us good -- anyway, to do something to us or to make us something. Hence the new name 'leaders' for those who were once 'rulers'. We are less their subjects than their wards, pupils, or domestic animals. There is nothing left of which we can say to them, 'Mind your own business.'”

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
~ C. S. Lewis

Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

The accuracy of this quote can't get enough stars. The sad reality merits a thumb's down.

E Archer, NYC

The battle, as always, is for your mind.  Who do you think you are?  Do you even have a say?

jim k, Austin

The last line says it all.


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