Social Worker Police State


by D.J. Webb

See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9513678/Dont-ask-your-grandson-how-his-jaw-got-broken-say-social-workers.html for how totalitarian the social workers who seize children have become. This has become a national scandal, but one that probably will not be addressed by politicians for decades. We have finally got to the point where squatting in people’s homes has become a criminal offence – it was a point of macho principle for decades for politicians to refuse to respond to public concerns on the issue – and I think we have 50 years or so until politicians finally think about doing something about the way social workers behave towards children. Do you see why I won’t vote Conservative?

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3 responses to “Social Worker Police State

  1. As F. A. Hayek makes clear in such works as “The Constitution of Liberty” and “Law, Legislation and Liberty”, in German political thought (going back into the 1700s and before) the “welfare state”, was considered an aspect of the “police state”.

    And it was German political thought (and thought from this tradition within German speaking thought) that British (and American) intellectuals and politicians followed.

    Frederick the Great (an intense statist) was celebrated in Britain in a way that Louis XIV never had been – partly because Louis had been the great military enemy, whereas Frederick was an ally.

    The word “state” started to be used as positive term even by some classical liberals.For example Ian Hamilton casually writes in his DEGININTION of the word “university” that it is something set up by the “state” – this was historically untrue (as many universities were created by the Chuch) and was untrue in his own time (the early 19th century) as many American universities were being set up by private groups at this time.

    By the late 19th century politicians and intelletuals were openly copying Prussia (even those who were, at the same time, the political enemies of the new united Germany – they were RIVALS they did not reject its economic ideology) and it was not its liberal early 19th century period that they were copying. It was the Prussia of Bismark (in many ways a return to the Prussia of Frederick the Great) that they admired and wished to copy.

    And this was not just in Britain – with Lloyd George and co.

    In the United States also the influence of this form of thinking was very strong – Richard Ely (the mentor of both “Teddy” Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson) and most (although not all) Progressives did indeed support with Germany, but they (at the same time) loved the welfare state – police state idea.

    Indeed, with the reaction against statism in Germany after World War II, Britian has (in some ways) become more subject to arbitrary state power than Germany is. And the United States is going much the same way.

    In this specific case…….

    It might well be less difficult to challenge the officials in Germany (via administrative courts and so on) than it would be to challenge child protection officials in Britain or the United States.

    I only SUSPECT that (I do not know if for a fact).

  2. Very few things get me this angry, godamnit.

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