"Observe how the 'humane' attitude to crime could operate. If crimes are diseases, why should diseases be treated differently from crimes? And who but the experts can define disease? One school of psychology regards my religion as a neurosis. If this neurosis ever becomes inconvenient to Government, what is to prevent my being subjected to a compulsory 'cure'? It may be painful; treatments sometimes are. But it will be no use asking, 'What have I done to deserve this?' The Straightener will reply: 'But, my dear fellow, no one's blaming you. We no longer believe in retributive justice. We're healing you.' "
by:
C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Source:
Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published inĀ The ObserverĀ on July 20, 1958
http://liberty-tree.ca/research/willing_slaves_of_the_welfare_state
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That's not a quote. It's a novella. A bad novella.
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    "Homeland Security" is a chilling title and and another government bureaucracy (approaching 500,000 employees".

    Our Founders had it right. Be afraid; very afraid.
     -- bruski, naples FL     
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    Not a quote? How about "None so blind then those who will not see." Both quotes are fitting and true here.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    The propaganda spouted by our "education" system has prepared the current generation to walk through the looking glass to the land of the Eloi and accept government thought control as a politically correct "cure." The progressive Morlocks are about to win!
     -- Jean L., Dover, NH     
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    Anonymous - Maybe the Progressives can "heal you" of your seeming to be terminal and long held ignorance.

    bruski, Mike and jim k - Thanks for letting me see your objective and rational postings that counter the infamous Anonymous.
     -- Mary - MI     
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