Don’t ask me why, but lately I’ve been imbibing on a lot of British cultural decline via YouTube. Here are links to some of the documentaries I have watched.
If you get a chance, watch a few. I think you’ll find them very instructive. For instance, the Brits afflicted with the yoke of poverty all appear to have very similar behaviors and attitudes. I’ve put those behaviors and attitudes in the table below to help with our discussion.
|Uses body as a canvass (i.e., gets a lot of tattoos)||Yes|
|Uses body as a pinchusion (i.e., gets a lot of piercings)||Yes|
|Procreates out of wedlock||Yes|
|Has a fondness for drugs and alcohol||Yes|
|Has a fondness for education||No|
|Has a skill valued in the labor market||No|
|Takes responsibility for his or her plight||No|
|Uses the teachings of the social sciences to rationalize his or her destructive behavior||Yes|
|Feels it's the government's responsibility to fix his or her problems||Yes|
Now a question. Are you surprised that people who have embraced the above behaviors and attitudes have a hard time fending for themselves? I’m not. In fact, I would be flabbergasted if it weren’t the case. What society on earth has the means and patience to shower an endless supply of treasure upon its chronically misguided sons and daughters?
Exhibiting the above behaviors and attitudes does not make one a bad person. You’re not a loser if you smoke. You’re not evil if you have a baby out of wedlock. But you’re certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed either. Exhibiting the bulk of these behaviors and attitudes over many years is a recipe for economic and social ruin.
Remember too that Great Britain has a slightly more advanced welfare state than we do. According to the OECD, government spending in Great Britain is 44.9% of GDP. Government spending is 38.8% of GDP over here. And we spend a lot more on the military than the Brits do. Yet despite a significant advantage in social spending, Great Britain is no better than we are at eradicating poverty.
Again, I have nothing but sympathy for those down and out. But I’m not going to sugarcoat things. The simple fact of the matter is this: the government can’t fix compound stupidity. If you do a lot of stupid things over many, many years, you will have a very tough life. And the odds of you dying miserable and broke will be distressingly high.
Those who think the government can fix compound stupidity are on the rise. So we will be more European in the future. The rich will pay more in taxes, the welfare state will grow. We will eventually have single-payer healthcare or Medicare for all, and college will surely be “free.” But will things be any better? Will someone who spent his entire life smoking pot and skipping school suddenly become an academic powerhouse in college because it’s free? I don’t see it happening. In my mind, habits are destiny.
Okay, groovy freedomists, that’s my rant for this week. What say you? Am I totally off base? Can the government fix compound stupidity? I’d love to hear your thoughts.