Sunday, 21 September 2014

Will Lefties Ever See Sense?

Never.  This Hydra has many heads - one "biggies"government to get a p.c. solution to every problem - one is telling you how to recycle - others shut all doors free men would walk through.  It's an unstoppable impulse to tell the new neighbours how to behave and to layer zoning and bylaws over the freedom to make deals.  You're not going to persuade vegetarians who believe no fluffy thing should ever be killed to cheer for rib-eye lovers.  You won't get the folks who banned guns from next suspending school kids who point a finger and say "bang".  Regulatory creep is our nature and our fate.   It's coming down the pipeline and even your close friends who mock political correctness, are agonizing over splitting junk into paper, cardboard, metals, plastics, and two kinds of compostables, worried someone will report them for shredding styrofoam and hiding it in a bag of refuse.  The market will look after this if allowed.  In fifty years the few descendants of these same PC people will be making up rules to restrict the "greedy capitalists" who will buy all the landfills in America to make millions putting garbage in one end of a machine while copper, oil, wood fibre, and potting soil pour out the other.

It's our nature to mind other people's business.  The fire of liberty, the fire of innovation and commerce is blanketed by our other nature, which is to put out fires.

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.” "  (A quote from Heinlein, via Instapundit).

Change arrives nonetheless.  A couple hundred years of Chinese ascendency with harsh rulers and smartphones may be in the offing.

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