Isabel Paterson Quote

“A tax supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.”

~ Isabel Paterson

Ratings and Comments

Durham Ellis, Birmingham, AL

A better quote, "I believe it was Charles Darwin who never said, 'Government education is not the fittest and needs a monopoly in order to survive.'" Durham W. Ellis (1941- ) Author, speaker

jim k, austin

Short, terse, and exactly right.

Mike, Norwalk

Only a few socialists would believe that me taking my children to shelters to help other children learn to read, and to prepare food for those in need or those less fortunate would be a selfish threat to the totalitarian state (especially knowing that all home schooled kids are locked away from society so they only learn hate from their parents and can't socialize with the outside world) . Such children in a tax supported, compulsory educational system are too busy waiting for recess - they can't be bothered with learning true charity and they're far too busy learning the theocratic State's set dogma to learn independent thought or that which would set them free.

Niel Young, Laconia,N.H.

Allow me to add my name to the above comments. Excellent. I plan to use some of the recent quotes re: education for discussion during my Saturday morning radio program (1/17) The Advocates 8:05-Noon Eastern. Going to visit Durham's site now.

E Archer, NYC

And if you are a product of this system, it will be deeply ingrained in you that it is for the best. That way when we are told to, we will all yell in unison, "Bomb 'em! Bomb 'em!" during our daily minute of hate.

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Anonymous    1/9/09

It IS highly ironic...

Nancy, Lancaster

I will be using this in my classes.

KrlyQ, Irving, TX

Archer, I keep telling my friends and associates to read "1984"; but sadly, too many people don't read anymore. Great comparison!

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

The biggest buch of bull ever published on this site. Community education has existed since time immemorial, form the first class held under some tree in Africa to teach kids how to make spears. When Jesus called for all children to come unto him was that the start of a socialist state. Communities of parents have for ever come together to educate their children. The sad part is all you starry eyed folks above fell for it. So where did you y'all get your educations!

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    Richard    11/12/10

    Ignorance is bliss, right Waffler?

    Mike, Norwalk

    Waffler is an advocate of Melissa Harris-Perry and Mayor Bloomingidiot. Your children don't belong to you and need to be in government schools more so they may adequately learn their theological dogmas and who their true masters are.

    J Carlton, Calgary

    That's right Mike, And let's not discount the education system's policy of showing graphics of hetero and homosexual acts (porn?) to the order to undermine all sense of morality. Sex education is the purvue of the child's parents in the home. Not in a group situation that is compulsory and may well damage a child's psyche for life. The "public" education sytem is very sick indeed....

    jim k, Austin, Tx

    On the subject of education, or lack thereof, watch the documentary "Cartel" about the New Jersey school system. This system, scam would be more accurate, spends a fortune on "education" and has the worst schools in the country. It's all because of the teachers unions which make it almost impossible to fire a teacher no matter how inept that teacher is. Watch the woman running the teachers union tap dance around the tough questions.

    Ronw13, Yachats OR

    The voice of Truth and Reason concerning Ethics of Republicanism under/at Natural laws of Liberty, Shine Bright in this night we endure, makes ignorant pigs in the dark clamor for food and privilege. Knowing nothing more than a handout, before the slaughter. " The tender mercies of the wicked are Cruel " KJB As it was in the days of Noah, so also Sodom and Gomorrah. Let the socialist beware what they corral in the house ! Whats behind the door should be of major concern. Gen 19. Great quote ! A sound, ( from the Greek, Hugiaino, uncorrupt, true in doctrine, wholesome ) voice in a sea of ignorance !

    Garn, Phoenix

    Who is she, Ayn Rand's sister? More unhelpful hyperbole.

    Robert, Somewhere in Europe

    Stupid gentleman!

    Mary - MI
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    Mary - MI    5/3/16

    Isabel Paterson was a mentor to Ayn Rand. Sadly they came to a parting of the ways because unlike Ayn Rand .. Isabel Paterson held a deep Christian belief in God.
    Isabel Paterson wrote and published a great book titled, "The God of the Machine."
    -- "The God of the Machine presents an original theory of history and a bold defense of individualism as the source of moral and political progress. When it was published in 1943, Isabel Paterson's work provided fresh intellectual support for the endangered American belief in individual rights, limited government, and economic freedom. The crisis of today's collectivized nations would not have surprised Paterson; in The God of the Machine, she had explored the reasons for collectivism's failure. Her book placed her in the vanguard of the free-enterprise movement now sweeping the world.

    Paterson sees the individual creative mind as the dynamo of history, and respect for the individual's God-given rights as the precondition for the enormous release of energy that produced the modern world. She sees capitalist institutions as the machinery through which human energy works, and government as a device properly used merely to cut off power to activities that threaten personal liberty.

    Paterson applies her general theory to particular issues in contemporary life, such as education, .social welfare, and the causes of economic distress. She severely criticizes all but minimal application of government, including governmental interventions that most people have long taken for granted. The God of the Machine offers a challenging perspective on the continuing, worldwide debate about the nature of freedom, the uses of power, and the prospects of human betterment.

    Stephen Cox's substantial introduction to The God of the Machine is a comprehensive and enlightening account of Paterson's colorful life and work. He describes The God of the Machine as "not just theory, but rhapsody, satire, diatribe, poetic narrative." Paterson's work continues to be relevant because "it exposes the moral and practical failures of collectivism, failures that are now almost universally acknowledged but are still far from universally understood." The book will be essential to students of American history, political theory, and literature."

    Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

    The Socialized individual is striving for a developmental educational approach with emphasis on responsibility, a far change from the normal conventional totalitarian arrangement. Socialism is constant and continuous change.


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