The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.A reader sent another version:
"As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." Mein Kampf, Adolf HitlerI have seen this misquote a few times, and I wanted to use it myself to show the evil of this sort of thinking. The family court is probably the biggest curtailment of liberty in our society, and the worst parts get justified by saying that it is for the benefit of children.
He was known as a master at manipulating the masses for evil purposes, so the quote sounds plausible and profound.
For the closest quote I could find, he did say:
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future. ” Along with, ”All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people. ”These don't quite make the same point.
"It must proclaim the truth that the child is the most valuable possession a people can have."
I have heard people trash the Commies or the Nazis as being so evil that they created societies where ordinary citizens secretly turn in their neighbors to the state for petty offenses, thereby turning much of the population into spies. Sounds like what CPS has done in the USA to me.
Update: A comment below adds more info, with a link to Hitler's book and the source of the fictional quote.