Johann Gottlieb FichteJohann Gottlieb Fichte, (1762-1814) German philosopher, psychologist, considered the father of German nationalism

Johann Gottlieb Fichte Quote

“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”

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~ Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Prussian University in Berlin, 1810, quoted by The Impact of Science on Society by Bertrand Russell, 1952

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

Reminds me of when the "New Math" was all the rage. 2 plus 2 equals 5, but not to worry, close enough. We wouldn't want to hurt the little darlings self esteem by telling them it was 4.

E Archer, NYC

I suppose this is an anti-Liberty quote. We can expect this sort of thing from any nationalist government. I sure hope we can stop the current federal government from usurping into a national government. Will not the states ever stand up to Washington DC?

Bob, Solvang

Despite the thought, kids can and do think for themselves and to this date, no government has been able to rule through the education of young people of the United States.

Polo, Mexico

Is this authentic?

Seth, Phoenix
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Seth, Phoenix Polo, Mexico 5/16/23

Highly unlikely,  the only citation I can find is on this page and it reads, "Prussian University in Berlin, 1810, quoted by The Impact of Science on Society by Bertrand Russell, 1952"  ergo, "Quoted a century and a half AFTER Fichte died"   

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Seth, Phoenix 5/17/23

See pages 26-27 of the book.  A person doesn't have to be alive to quote from him ... c'mon!

The Impact of Science on Society by Bertrand Russell, 1952, p.26 & 27

Mike, Norwalk

FAR, FAR too true, FAR, FAR too often. I am not quite sure how to rate this. Five stars for accuracy or a thumbs down for what has been done to a once free country of sovereigns. I guess a thumbs down.

Robert, Somewhere in Europe

I would imagine this to be satire.... though for a psychologist it's rare...

Ronw13, USA

More true now perhaps than ever before. Dumbing down of America taken to the next level. Psychologist have been having a field day with this one. Learning disabilities can be induced given the right opportunities. Living in the land of " One Flew Over the Coo Coos Nest " the great North West for the past six years, rains over 200 days a year. Social engineering within this huge melting pot of humanity in the central valleys and coastal regions shows the result of their labor in a gross way. One of the Most socialistic States in the union, Oregon. It is very sad indeed to come full circle, up close with the poor people who Do Not understand the question of WHY. It is Not satire, but very, very true and on point ! Bob, Solvang, have you had your head in the sand ? Or perhaps a practicing psychologist ? Where do you suppose there is the greatest concentration of psychologist in this country. People have no idea to the brainwashing that has been taking place now on, for many a generation.

Seth, Phoenix

Am I the only one that sees the problem with the citation reference below the quote?  I'll make this easy for those who dont want to do the math,  UNLIKELY that Fichte said this

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Anytime the force of destruction is incorporated it won't be long before armies and police follow. The educator must equip their students with the tools promoting free and independent will. Education is similar to any successful relationship and incorporates the elements of give and take, instruct and learn.

Mike, Norwalk

Sillik, more often than not it is the armies and police that instigate force of destruction. By way of existence, socialism indoctrinates rather than educates  all instruction and learning are not equal. Socialism is anti-the noble human's traits and being / individual sovereignty, nature's law, inalienable rights, liberty and free and independent will.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Education has the purpose of promoting free, critical and reasonable thinking for properly discerning problems and the implementation of appropriate solutions. Educators want creative and fair relationships with their students. Education is implementation of nonviolence.  


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