Thursday, February 04, 2016

Quite a fellow …

… God’s Forgotten Libertarian | Foundation for Economic Education.

This is wonderful:

When Machen died, Mencken compared him to another prominent Presbyterian, politician William Jennings Bryan, with these words: “Dr. Machen was to Bryan as the Matterhorn is to a wart.”
And here is Machen, whose politics seems to have been pretty much the same as mine:

I believe that in the sphere of the mind we should have absolutely unlimited competition.… A public education that is not faced by such competition of private schools is one of the deadliest enemies to liberty that has ever been devised.… I think that when it comes to the training of human beings, you have to be a great deal more careful than you do in other spheres about preservation of the right of individual liberty and the principle of individual responsibility; and I think we ought to be plain about this — that unless we preserve the principles of liberty in this department there is no use in trying to preserve them anywhere else. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else as well.

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