Quotes from Progressive Elites

We’ve compiled a short list of famous quotes from Progressive elites.

Learn how these influencers sought to bring about their anti-Western, postmodern agendas through large-scale social engineering and a takeover of the institutions of higher learning.


Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?

-Charles.F. Potter: (1930)

To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.
-Brock Chisholm

We have been very slow to rediscover this truth and to recognize the unnecessary and artificially imposed inferiority, guilt and fear, commonly known as sin…. which produces so much of the social maladjustment and unhappiness in the world. For many generations we have bowed or necks to the yoke of the conviction of sin. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers, our politicians, our priests…
-Brock Chisholm ‘The Psychiatry of Enduring Peace and Social Progress‘ (1946)

When the kids come to us at age four, five, or six, they already have these beliefs set. We have to unwind them and start over, and even then, we get them only a few hours a day.
 –Dr. R. Gary Bridge, resident consultant at the Rand Corporation (1975)

In the New Order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society…
-Antonio Gramsci (1915)

Primary and higher-class education of a lay and Infidel character was to be established getting God out of schools…
– Voltaire

In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher… can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation… At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession.

Joy Elmer Morgan, Editor of the NEA Journal, The Teacher and World Government (1946)

The great object is to get rid of Christianity, and to convert our churches into halls of science. The plan is not to make open attacks upon religion… but to a system of state schools, from which all religion will be excluded… and to which all parents are to be compelled by law to send their children. [The] complete plan is to take the children from their parents at the age of twelve or eighteen months, and to have them raised, fed, clothed, and trained in these schools at the public expense; but at any rate, [they are] to have godless schools for all the children of the country… the plan has been successfully pursued… and the whole action of the country on the subject has taken the direction we sought to give it…
-Orestes Augustus Brownson (1803-1876)

Fundamental, Bible-believing people do not have the right to indoctrinate their children in their religious beliefs because we, the state, are preparing them for the year 2000, when America will be part of a one-world global society and their children will not fit in.
Nebraska State Senator, Peter Hoagland  (1983)

If education is to meet the current and future needs of our society, Humanistic objectives and Humanist thought must operate at the very heart of every school and classroom in the nation.
-Arthur Combs, “Humanism, Education, and the Future” published in Educational Leadership (1978)

The basic goal of education is change – human change… This issue of ‘Educational Leadership’ focuses attention upon the school as a change agent – and the specific focus is on changing people.
-Harold Drummond, “Leadership for Human Change” (1964)

The school ought to instill receptivity to change … The school must prepare its pupils to live in a society of pluralistic values. Schooling for internationalism and the defeat of present-day educational provincialism is necessary if the world is going to survive.
-Torsten Husen: “Alternative Education Futures in the United States and in Europe” by the Center for Educational Research and Innovation – (OECD – 1972)

Every child who believes in God is mentally ill.
-Dr. Paul F Brandwein (1912-1994)

“… from infancy on … today’s children will come to realize that in their own self- interest the only way they can live will be as planetary citizens … A Child can enter kindergarten with the same kind of loyalty to the earth as to his homeland.” 
-Dr. Chester M Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Medicine and Graduate School of Education, Harvard University (1972)

World government is the ultimate aim … It must be recognized that the law of nations takes precedence over national law … The process will have to be assisted by the deletion of the nationalistic material employed in educational textbooks and its replacement by material explaining the benefits of wiser association.
– P E Corbett of the Institute of Pacific Relations: Post War Worlds (1942)

We are convinced that we stand today at the verge of a great culture… But to achieve these things many drastic changes must be made. A dying laissez-faire (individual freedom; opposition to governmental interference) must be completely destroyed, and all of us, including the owners, must be subjected to a large degree of social control.
Dr. Willard Givens, Education for a New America, 72nd annual meeting of the NEA, Washington, D.C (1951)

A pervasive system of thought control exists in the United States … the citizenry is indoctrinated by employment of the mass media and the system of public education … people are told what to think about… the old order is crumbling … Nationalism should be seen as a dangerous social disease… A new vision is required to plan and manage the future, a global vision that will transcend national boundaries and eliminate the poison of nationalistic solutions… a new Constitution is necessary.
– Arthur S. Miller, The Secret Constitution and the Need for Constitutional Change (1987)

If we want to talk about equality of opportunity for children, then the fact that children are raised in families means there’s no equality… In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.
– Dr. Mary Jo Bane, Asst. Secretary of Administration for Children and Families at DSHS (1997)

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