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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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August 24, 2011

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In Philadelphia, a group of 20-40 youths went on a rampage in Center City August 1st, resulting in 59 people being beaten and briefly hospitalized.  Last Thursday, a mob ran through the Wisconsin State Fair at closing time, beating up people at random.  In London, citizens have been besieged by three straight nights of hellish rioting, even as that rioting has spread to other parts of the nation.  The common themes?  A racial component, studiously ignored wherever possible; technology that makes mob organization far easier than ever before; and the undeniable relationships between welfare state policies and the expansion of underclass mores.

The racial element of these attacks is becoming impossible to ignore.  In Philadelphia, black Mayor Michael A. Nutter, much to his credit, stepped into the breach.  After telling black youths, “You have damaged your own race,” he announced an increase in police patrols in some neighborhoods , called on citizens to monitor the streets, and moved up a weekend curfew on minors to 9:00 p.m.  Parents will also be subjected to increasing fines each time one of their children gets caught violating the curfew.  “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” said Nutter.  “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt”. . .

The widespread criminal activity in Britain is being excused by some left-wing British politicians.  Chris Williamson, Labor MP for Derby North, blames “austerity” for the widespread violence.  Lee Jasper, former adviser to ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London, calls such austerity “economic violence ,” adding that “economic stagnation and cuts being imposed by the Tory government inevitably create social division.”  The overwhelming irony of such statements is the fact that the fiscally unsustainable nature of the welfare state championed by these men and other is exactly what engendered the austerity necessary to prevent the complete collapse of it.

But there is a bigger consequence that arises from the expectations for, and the inevitable failure of, welfare-statism.  Whether they realize it or not, many Americans, as well as their British counterparts, are undermining the social integrity of their own societies.  Little incentive remains for providing for oneself – or for that matter, one’s offspring – when the grotesqueness of the “social safety net” renders this virtue irrelevant.  When society has removed all negative consequenc4s to poor life choices, which keep people and their progeny nestled in underclass (child abandonment, disdain for education, glorification of thug culture, etc.) it effectively rewards them.  It is thus absurd to expect these behavioral trends to disappear rather than the reverse.

Arnold Ahlert