The price of a “free” public education is freedom. The collectivist (Nazi, communist, socialist) notion that there is such a thing as a “free” education is a monstrous myth — anything of value must be paid for. The state per say produces nothing, all state funds are forcibly taken from others through taxes, etc. When one recommends the “state funding of education to preserve freedom”, one is asking that the freedom of one’s fellow citizens be abridged, that their wealth be looted by public officials, all for the alleged purpose of protecting freedom. This is a contradiction in terms: freedom of action under a system of rights, is never preserved by the violation of those rights. That is, no matter how good the alleged ends, evil means are never justified.