The Department of Parental Licensing

bureaucrats1Imagine if you can that it is illegal for you to raise your child without a government license and in order to get that license you must undergo psychological evaluations and background checks to determine your fitness to be a parent. How would you feel?

Who could possibly come up with such a scheme, you ask? Marxists, Gender Theorists, Population Control Freaks, Meddlesome, brain-dead bureaucrats?  The answer is all of the above and for generations!  But what if I told you that this idea reared its ugly head once again, just recently, all dressed up as a libertarian essay?

The essay in question is by Andrew Cohen, a philosophy professor who posted his essay on “Bleeding Heart Libertarians,” a website that touts itself as searching for common ground between free markets and ‘social justice.’   Professor Cohen pushes the left-wing idea that, while parents do not need government’s permission to get pregnant, they have no moral right to actually raise their own offspring since rearing a child is a ‘privilege’ that only the state should grant.  

Caregiving, according to Cohen, is a ‘service’ like practicing medicine or law. Well, actually, he doesn’t think that medicine or law should be licensed since adults should be free to make their own choices. To me it sounds as if Professor Cohen is lapping water from both sides of the bowl!  But Cohen has an answer for that also. Unlike adults, children can’t make their own choices therefore, the state, that all-knowing benevolent bureaucratic loaded behemoth, must step-in to dictate lifelong relationships of all vulnerable beings.

Suppose these well meaning, left-wing libertarians like Cohen get their way!  On what criteria would the state base their licensing requirements?  Cohen says the first and biggest criteria would be financial. Any birth to those of lesser wealth, the peasants,  those the state deemed below a level of income sufficient to raise a child, would see their child removed and either raised in a much more satisfactory state institution or doled out to richer or better connected people, the elite.  The second hurdle and perhaps the most damning would be psychological testing to predetermine whether or not you would make a good parent, all based on criteria established by some faceless, unelected fascist government bureaucrat.

Anyone else see a problem with Cohen’s proposal?  Requiring parents to have a license to raise their own children would put the state in a position to dictate all family relationships and, in the end, all human relationships, which no doubt is the left’s ultimate goal.  By controlling parental rights, the left ultimately eliminates the family institution as a buffer zone or mediating institution between an individual and state power.

Families, the ‘little platoons,’ as Edmund Burke called them, decentralize power away from the state, which is a good thing for anyone who values individual liberty. Undermining or in this instance,  eliminating the family and its moral underpinnings atomizes individuals, leaving them to face the state alone.  This sort of social engineering, totally devoid of love, is mind-blowing to anyone with common sense and should be anathema to real libertarians.  It puts people like professor Cohen in the company of totalitarians.

Control freaks will always be among us but the alienation and chaos that comes from the breakdown of family and community; the complacency that comes from easy dependence on state largeness; the ignorance that comes from conformist thinking; and the self-absorption that comes from a culture of nonstop sexual indulgence, gives control freaks much freer reign.

Centralizing such power is the hands of the state is an evil and nasty thing to play around with. We need to reject this whole bogus monstrosity and throw it squarely back onto the ash heap of history, from whence it came and where it belongs – FOREVER!

Source: Licensing Parents: A Statist Idea in Libertarian Drag, by Stella Morabito

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