Christopher Ratte, professor in the department of classics at the University of Michigan, was recently turned into a jailbird and had his son taken away from him, all in the name of protecting the child from the father. He had taken his 7-year-old son to a baseball game in Detroit and ordered him lemonade. What was served up was a “Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” which his son prepared to drink. Suddenly security arrived.
“You know this is an alcoholic beverage?” the security guard asked.
“You have got to be kidding,” responded the professor. And before the professor could examine the bottle, the guard snatched it away, and the boy was taken to the hospital where no traces of alcohol were found in him. The boy was then promptly put in foster care. It was two days before the mother, a professor of architecture, was allowed to take him home, and a full week before the father was allowed to come back into the home again.
This is the limits of the state getting involved in the family and playing with fire. To concede that the state can indeed solve social problems that cannot be corrected without the state, is to give up the entire argument over the future of liberty itself.
Children are often used as an excuse for the state to invade private lives under the guise of fixing social problems, read here for a critical analysis by Lew Rockwell