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.
Star Parker was once a single mother on welfare, and knows whereof she speaks. Quote:
The poverty that we see today is directly related to people having children outside of marriage and then not working to support those children.
They started with the war on the Black family, and they totally destroyed this family. They spread this message of moral relativism and welfare dependency.
Lots of liberals got hold of the Black community and started convincing them that there is nothing wrong with dependence on government — we started seeing the Black family destroyed. We saw welfare policy enter in with rules that say don't work, don't save, don't get married, and we'll fix all of your life problems for you.
Such a sad, sad story of the unintended consequences of efforts designed by naive intellectuals (who refuse, except for themselves, to understand the roles of incentive, perverse incentive, and disincentive in life) in league with self-seeking politicians. Whole piece at Moonbattery.
Not all of the 'intellectuals' are so naive. Useful idiots maybe. Weakening the organic institutions of society while building up the state in the interests of the 'collective' is the actual program of some intellectuals. Much of what has occurred has been deliberate. Mushy brained types are attracted to the rhetoric but the original program of marxist/progressives is to accomplish precisely the results you've characterized as 'unintended consequences'.
Tom C., stamford,Ct.
I'm not so sure this is the result of the 'Unintended consequences of naive intellectuals'. More like the clever political calculations of the left to maintain a dependent sub-class voting block. I vacillate between thinking that the left is completely moronic or clever like a fox.
BD, that comfortable naiveté is only a degree more excusable than the outright collectivist subversion.
Why? Because the damage is even worse than Star Parker says--the blowback, the reaction, to the situation is stirring up white people all over again. White Louisianians, for example--I know this anecdotally--are drifting back to 1950s race attitudes, post-Katrina's stark illumination of the syndrome which Parker is denouncing.
Build a man a fire, he will be warm today. Set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.
Things are really simple. In all kinds of situations you need only ask: is it evil? or incompetance? Not that those two circles never cross, but the core of most problems involving humans come down to those two factors.
Unfortunately, evil seems to be the answer more often than not. Maybe I am just too optimistic about human intelligence.