Principium Volume I, Book 6, Quote 665 and 667

665. (2-15-2010) The doctrines of Lord Keynes, and of the heirs of Lord Keynes, lead directly to the siphoning off of a large proportion of the property of individual persons into the hands of the state. By that token, the power of the state is swollen, and the power of the persons to stand firmly on their own, independent of the state and of the pressure of any collective influence, is progressively weakened; free citizens steadily deteriorate into wards of the state. The Keynesian system leads insensibly to “euthanasia” of the free energy of persons – in its end it parallels the Marxist system, different though its methods are. The welfare state – that is, the state the draws into itself function after function that belongs to individual men (provision for the eventualities of sickness, unemployment, accident, variations in market conditions; the education of children; responsibility for the care of aging members of the family: all the vicissitudes of life) is founded upon Keynesian and neo-Keynesian doctrines. The ends towards which it moves are the security of the anthill or the beehive and the transformation of free men into a state-enforced similitude to the ants and the bees, creatures whose existence is social tropism.

- Frank S. Meyer – In Defense of Freedom and Other Essays, 1962


667. (2-15-2010) The present state of American education is the direct consequence of the instrumentalist philosophy of John Dewey. Applied to the educational process and transmitted to the American educational system through an institutional network of associations, training schools, and publications, instrumentalist theories have, in two generations, annihilated the education that, in one form or another, has for a thousand years formed the men who made Western civilization. This education, inherited from Hellenic civilization and transmuted by Christianity, moulded [sic] the men who developed Western civilization – moulded [sic] the framers of our Constitution, the founders of the Republic. It was based on the assumption that the function of the school and the college is to train the mind and transmit to the young the culture and tradition of the civilization, thus forming a firm foundation for virtue.

- Frank S. Meyer – In Defense of Freedom and Other Essays, 1962

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