“A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state…The most vindictive resentment may be expected from the pedagogic profession for any suggestion that they should be dislodged from their dictatorial position; it will be expressed mainly in epithets, such as ‘reactionary,’ at the mildest. Nevertheless, the question to put to any teacher moved to such indignation is: Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you to pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?” — Isabel Patterson, The God of the Machine
There is no such thing as a ‘right to free education,’ since such a ‘right’ makes slaves of those who are physically forced to provide or pay for someone else’s so-called right.
Anything of value is never free but must be paid for by someone. The state produces nothing; but obtains its funds by force, i.e., taxation. When one recommends the “state funding of education to preserve freedom,” one is asking the state to violate freedom to preserve freedom.
What the advocates of “free” education espouse is not leaving individuals free to pay for their education, or free to pay for the education of another, or free to decide on the content of that education. Rather, they advocate the robbing of one to pay for the unearned benefit (“schooling”) of another. The proper name for such a program is not “free education” but legalized theft.
The issue here is whether one *voluntarily* pays for the education of oneself (or others) as with private schools; or if one is *forced* to pay for the education of oneself (or others) at the point of a gun.
Government is an agent with a monopoly on the legal use of force; force and mind are opposites; to impose the will of public officials upon its citizens, is to render its citizens in principle slaves.
Contrary to the doctrines of collectivism, the mind of a child — or an adult — does not belong to the state: each human being is an end to oneself. If children learn by example, is there any doubt to what kind of example “public-free” schooling is teaching? The truth is the price of government control of education is far too high a price to pay: political freedom. Government schools should not be ‘saved’ or ‘reformed’ but abolished, as they are a violation of the rights of those who are forced to pay for them and a violation of the rights of those who are forced to stay in them.