.....Lewis was alarmed by another development we now take for granted: state control of education. He wrote: “I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the free-born mind.’ But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of government who can criticize its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology. Read Montaigne; that’s the voice of a man with his legs under his own table, eating the mutton and turnips raised on his own land. Who will talk like that when the State is everyone’s schoolmaster and employer?”
The “new society” was creating “membership in a debased modern sense – a massing together of persons as if they were pennies or counters.” It was “trying to drag the featureless repetition of the collective into the fuller and more concrete world of the family.”
More clearly than even Huxley and Orwell, Lewis saw that politics without morality could only end in tyranny. read more here
we do not need examples though in news of late;
click here - Matthews: Weiner in Trouble Because His Behavior Offends 'Culturally Backward' Christian Conservatives
& reminders from the beginning
"[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue."
"[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for amoral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Why is it today that morals and ethics once held as standards of society are deemed backwards and unethical, lewd, uncouth behavior is accepted as norm? I do not believe general society promotes this but for some reason the mass media highlights such and seems to drive us to believe this is who we are. We are not and should maintain our guard not to become what they seem to want us to be.