Saturday, February 11, 2012

Despotism over the mind.........

"The objections which are urged with reason against State education do not apply to the enforcement of education by the State, but to the State's taking upon itself to direct that education; which is a totally different thing.  That the whole or any large part of the education of the people should be in
State hands, I go as far as anyone in deprecating.  All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions and modes of conduct, involves, as of the same unspeakable importance, diversity of education.  A general State education is a mere contrivance for the moulding of people to be exactly like on another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government - whether this be monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation - in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body."

-John Stuart Mill,  On Liberty

artwork  is Edvard Munch's 1893  painting, The Scream

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