"To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death --- these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilised man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow."
C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published inĀ The ObserverĀ on July 20, 1958
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This absolute truism condemns the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land and its intellectually dishonest patrons.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, austin tx      
    Truism indeed Mike.
    And a waste of time in reading. It is glittering prose that says nothing more than... Wishing to be in charge of raising his own kids and wishing to spend his own money has a very long tradition. It is bad if these wishes are completely prevented. Duh.
    C.S. Lewis was no libertarian. No one in England in his time saw anything wrong with the state directing all aspects of the culture. What C.S. Lewis wanted when he said the above is for the STATE to make sure that no bad people take all his money and the STATE teaches his kids the way he would.
     -- Walter Clark, Fullerton CA     
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    It is an absolute truism, read the entire thing from the source
    "willing slaves of the welfare state."
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    I fully agree with you Mike, Pleasant Hill that Mr. Walter Clark needs to read the article "Willing Slaves of the Welfare State" by:
    C.S. Lewis before spouting off and giving out so much disinformation. The article is dated 07/20/58
    Source: First published in The Observer on July 20, 1958
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Beautifully spoken. Walter's ad hominem argument doesn't hold much water -- better to comment on the quote rather than on an opinion of who the speaker is.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    From their total frustration, we have our current mell of a hess. !
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    Walter, it doesn't matter if your ad hominem is accurate or inaccurate, it is a misdirection and does not address the substance (at face value) of this quote.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    "Ecumenism", unity of Christian denominations, underlying doctrines of unity. Lewis embraced this calling. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
     -- Abby      
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