Guess who said it.
In communism, the individual ends up in subjection to the state. True, the Marxists would argue that the state is an ‘interim’ reality which is to be eliminated when the classless society emerges; but the state is the end while it lasts, and man is only a means to that end. And if man’s so-called rights and liberties stand in the way of that end, they are simply swept aside. His liberties of expression, his freedom to vote, his freedom to listen to what news he likes or to choose his books are all restricted. Man becomes hardly more, in communism, than a depersonalized cog in the turning wheel of the state.
This deprecation of individual freedom was objectionable to me. I am convinced now, as I was then, that man is an end because he is a child of God. Man is not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as means to the end of the state; but always as an end within himself.
Amen to that. Now go see who that quote is from, bearing in mind that he’s just another great man hijacked by the Lying Left, who claim him as one of their own for their own purposes even though he was never any such thing. This, while denouncing true Progressivists who have now become…inconvenient. As Glenn says: nobody tell commie dimwit Bernie Sanders about this. His head would probably explode, and nobody wants to have to wipe all the fecal matter inside off of the walls.