Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let It Rain

Let It Rain
Welfare State Nihilism
August 10, 2011 by Daphne

Photo credit The Atlantic
Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked and self-described Left-winger, wrote an excellent summary of the true cause behind the UK riots.

“What we have on the streets of London and elsewhere are welfare-state mobs. The youth who are ‘rising up’ – actually they are simply shattering their own communities – represent a generation that has been more suckled by the state than any generation before it. They live in those urban territories where the sharp-elbowed intrusion of the welfare state over the past 30 years has pushed aside older ideals of self-reliance and community spirit. The march of the welfare state into every aspect of less well-off urban people’s existences, from their financial wellbeing to their childrearing habits and even into their emotional lives, with the rise of therapeutic welfarism designed to ensure that the poor remain ‘mentally fit’, has helped to undermine such things as individual resourcefulness and social bonding. The anti-social youthful rioters look to me like the end product of such an anti-social system of state intervention.”

Our American cities are filled with the same sort of people, generations raised in a debased sub-culture of total state dependence and the degraded neighborhoods of social amorality that flourish in its wake.

We see hints of British rioting, looting and burning in our own violent flash mobs that have sprung up in recent months across the country. I have no doubt that we could experience the same level of widespread chaos from our cradle to grave welfare class. The entitlement conditions that created the destructive mobs in London’s streets exist right here at home.

I happen to believe you strip a man of his dignity and humanity when you treat him like an ignorant, incapable animal. He becomes a dangerous pet to be fed and housed, pandered and lied to, in order to gain his complacency for your act of cruel altruism.

It’s one thing to offer a kind helping hand to someone in need, it’s entirely another to create a separate, dysfunctional society consisting of a nothing more than a dependent, seething underclass that can no longer feed itself.

The only action our governments require of these people in return for their daily ration of abject humiliation and bureaucratic swill, is the shaky promise that they’ll refrain from rioting, looting and burning in John Q. Taxpayer’s prosperous backyard.

The seams of this vile social compact are coming apart with a fury and a new generation of welfare state nihilists are coming home to roost. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, we’ve spent forty years breeding this precise line of madness.

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