July 1, 2014

Your Mind on Statism

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

In a random Facebook “debate” (do such qualify as debates?), my adversary informed me that, and I quote, “one important problem with homeschooling is the lack of exercise they get by not having P.E.”  This is a great point. The public school systems have provided to the world the introduction of the idea of exercising.  For the first time ever.  Before the Public Schools and the bureaucrats that decide what is good for the Union Bosses students, children literally did not exercise. They did not do sports, they did not play tag, they did not hunt, they did not wrestle.  They did nothing, see, because there were no tax-sucking busybodies in DC telling teachers to tell students what to do.

Now, after he thought about it (which apparently succeeded my asking “are you prepared to defend that statement?”), he took it back, but qualified his retraction be saying, “I knew some homeschoolers that did not do P.E.”  Cool.  I knew some public schoolers who couldn’t tell you the difference between “two” and “too.”  These are silly claims if they are being used to convince someone.

Anyways, the hilarity of the matter rests in the fact that his argument was so immediately accessible to him.  This is the way the statist thinks. It is part and parcel of how he sees the world. Without the government, we couldn’t accomplish anything.  State-approved P.E., which honestly is insufficient for the growing child anyway, is the means by which children stay active.  Therefore, for those who do not participate in the State-approved P.E., exercise is not possible.  That is the argument that was thrown at me.  It reeks of the distorted understanding of the State. The State has become the God of the land in the minds of people all around us.

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to reformedlibertarian@gmail.com
  • David

    In my 12th grade english class last year, I encountered a teacher that was solid on a lot of issues. She was rightly afraid of the surveilance state, to the point where she assigned 1984 as required reading. She also wasn’t a big fan of war. But when I pointed out to her that social security was wrong, she was basically like “So you want to just leave the elderly people to starve?” And yes, this is exactly the way that statists think. If it weren’t for “government” I guess the earth wouldn’t rotate on its axis either, and nobody would ever be charitable. Lol.

  • Brian Hawkins

    Proverbs 1:22 ESV

    “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”

    I am frequently surprised at how comfortable some people are with speaking total nonsense. So many are like robots, repeating whatever they’ve been told, apparently without capacity for critical thought. It is astonishing to be reminded from time to time of just how immensely powerful propaganda can be.