Child rights activists are going about it all wrong, but there is a method to their madness. They present the undeniable fact that there are horribly abused children, who are not only suffering but who are likely to grow up to be delinquent if they are not helped. But instead of guaranteeing a child’s right to, as Murray Rothbard put it, “homestead himself” by simply leaving abusive parents, the solution they have presented is a thick layer of government bureaucracy with unlimited power to meddle in that most private of human institutions, the family. Given any excuse, such as a teacher’s report (even though I doubt any inhabitants of Earth are foolish enough to believe that a teacher’s word is more trustworthy than that of the average serial killer), a divorce, a single night spent in a women’s shelter by a wife after a trivial spat, or even excess cellulite in the child in question, social workers have the wedge which enables them to drag helpless children, in chains if necessary, away from caring parents. Meanwhile, actual victims of abuse are left to languish; their escape depends on the whims of some adult who cares for them no more than their parents do. If you read the frequent news articles about victims of infanticide, you will see that in most cases, the abuse was reported months or years before the murder, but social workers left these children in the clutches of their tormentors. In addition, victims of emotional or psychological abuse have no hope of help; if your abusers aren’t putting you in the hospital, nobody cares about the permanent damage they are doing to your psyche. Until you grow up and become a murderer or a charge upon the state, that is.
Patently this system is not created to help abused children, nor does it do so except occasionally by chance, just as an earthquake will inevitably kill at least a couple of people who deserved to die.
Compulsory education, an unambiguous violation of the Thirteenth Amendment, is another astounding example. What is really worrying is that even most conservatives now see no problem with turning their children over to the government for indoctrination. And even though all of the data about schools demonstrates clearly that not only are they about as safe as Central Park at midnight, but that their ostensible purpose, to teach children, is not being met. No child has ever learned anything in a government school except what it is like to be punched in the face. Parents were not always so meek; in the nineteenth century, it was not unusual for counties with compulsory education laws to have to send the militia out to drag the children to brainwashing camp by force. (For more on this, go here.)
The change came when labor unions needed a way to remove children from the factories so that union members could take their jobs. Even my fellow capitalists always defend the right of labor unions to exist, but I have never heard of them actually doing even one good thing, and the destruction they have wrought on civilization would far outpace any positive contributions even if they had made any. The guff about concern for the welfare of children in those nasty old factories, and the pretense that they would learn something in schools, was never anything but a lie. Compulsory education was brought about so that labor unions could take children’s jobs away. Never mind that the conditions in which those children now live are far worse than those found in any sweatshop, we continue to believe this ludicrous lie nearly a century later.
Not content, governments and progressives are plotting, with considerable success, to remove children from the pernicious influence of their parents even younger. Feminism is one of the chief tools in this scheme. Many women have been convinced that they require a “career” in order to be happy. Never mind that men have always had “careers” and few of them were ever made happy by them. They worked in order to put food on the table, not to actualize themselves. But enough women were sold this delusion that the economy has now shifted enough so that even sane women are forced to work outside the home in order to pay the bills, even though many would rather stay home to take care of their children and husbands. Someone has to take care of these children, and progressively minded day care attendants and preschool teachers are eager to fill the gap. Get those kids away from their parents at all costs; parents are apt to teach their children traditional values. In France, rather than lower taxes enough that fathers could support their families, they have raised taxes to pay for day care centers to look after the children while the people provided by nature to care for those children are in an office or a shop, unable to contaminate their children with a feeling of belonging or a sense of right and wrong.
The governments and groups that pretend they are trying to “help children” are doing nothing of the sort. What they want is to indoctrinate the next generation. They can tolerate our blogs, our crank magazines, our ineffectual efforts at lobbying. Time is on their side. Their greatest weapon against us is our own children.