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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › British rioting

British rioting

Chris L.
Maximum_Liberty
Allen, TX
Post #: 12
I find the news reports truly frustrating.

On one side, you have socialists saying that the problem is greed, which they attribute to the ruling Tory - LibDem coalition and, implicitly, the evil capitalists backing them. Their prescription is more government to ensure equality.

On the other side, you have backers of the ruling coalition saying that the problem is plain criminality.

I think some of the socialists' words are right: the problem is greed. I don't know any other way to characterize the willingness to break a window and take stuff that doesn't belong to you. The rioters and looters are greedy.

But their analyses of who is being greedy and -- especially -- what the cure is are completely wrong. Using government force to loot the productive does not prevent criminals from using private force to loot the productive.

Some of the ruling coalition's words are also right: this is an outbreak of criminality. I don't know how anyone can say that breaking a window and taking stuff that doesn't belong to you is anything else.

But they have no analysis of why the criminality happened. It's almost as if it's a statistical anomaly. Thus their cure -- using minimal force and hoping everyone just calms down -- does nothing to stop the looting or prevent its recurrence.

I think the real analysis is that 100 years of socialism in Britain have indoctrinated the British people to believe two things. First, they are wards of the state. The responsibility for their happiness lies with the government, not themselves. Second, if they are unhappy, it must be the fault of those people who don't conspicuously clothe themselves in the empty symbols of altruism. So they loot and riot, directing their unhappiness at the producers who are the only ones truly supplying them with the things they want.

The results are obvious and depressing. The government will engage in more conspicuous, symbolic altruism. This will reify the indoctrinated belief that the government is responsible for everyone's emotions. And it will reify the impression that the government is the servile puppet of big businesses that engage in altruism only when forced.

The right response would be to tear down the welfare state that has reduced a free people to political playthings and divided them into those whom the government pays to be idle and those it has convinced to pay for protection from idle thugs.

It won't happen. Sic transit libertas Brittaniae.

Chris
Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 1,126
Chris, this would be a good "letter to the editor."
Chris L.
Maximum_Liberty
Allen, TX
Post #: 13
Todd:

I'd have to dumb it down too much. The readers here is edumucated.

Chris
Bobby R.
user 10807320
Dallas, TX
Post #: 12
I agree with Todd. You should definitely distribute this.

Another interesting aspect of this is that shop owners in the UK can't use firearms to defend their property.

BR
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