JIMBO: “London is burning and the search is on for a way to avoid the bleedingly obvious, the welfare state has created a class off looters and moochers. Atlas Shrugged is actually some of the best political satire since Gulliver’s Travels. Rand didn’t know she was doing satire, but she created a perfect caricature of the modern welfare state. And now London and Athens and everywhere else the non-productive class feels slighted, are reaping the rewards of redistributing the wealth to those who lay claim to entitlements that must be provided by government.
Liberal social policies have brought western civilization to the breaking point. They had the best of intentions, just ask them. But they, and sadly we, are getting a heaping dose of the law of unintended consequences. If you train an entire cohort of society to believe that the government doesn’t just offer a safety net but a way of life, well you get this- gangs of scum who will take what they want if the free lunch stops showing up. The chattering class is doing their level best to paint this as a legitimate reaction to dire economic times, and for once I agree with them. This is what happens when you run out of other people’s money.”
[Read Uncle Jimbo’s “The Progeny of the Welfare State” at blackfive.net]