We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Standing before a backdrop of graffiti, Cameron said Britain's damaged society had for too long been one which "incites laziness, that excuses bad behavior, that erodes self-discipline, that discourages hard work."
Honestly, close your eyes and try to imagine a scenario in which liberals would ever say that enough money has been spent, enough federal government power exerted. You will fail -- because there is just no satisfying liberals.
I see Cameron's plan to deal with the incentives for laziness and bad behavior is more programs. Probably some lectures, maybe a study.
But the one thing they won't do, and we should cry for Britain as this is their conservatives, is permit the self-disciplined and hard-working to keep more of the wealth they create.
Britain transformed the world and moved all 7 billion people on this planet toward an easier life by permitting men to profit from their ideas, i.e., patents. These useful men devoted their lives to innovation only so the useless could have the leisure to rise up to destroy it all at the point of the revenuer's gun.
Scandinavian socialism works for three simple reasons:
1 A tiny population.
2. A single culture where everyone is alike (this is changing and the change will undoubtedly crash the Scandinavian dream).
3. The largest consuming nation in the world as customers (yes that's us).
What would the Scandinavian economy look like without 300 million Americans to buy their cars and take cruises on their boats?