So Freakanomics tweeted about a research paper linking budget cuts to social unrest in Europe.
It claimed, "Once you cut expenditure by more than 2% of GDP, instability increases rapidly ... especially in terms of riots and demonstrations."
The conclusion: governments fear austerity programs for this reaon.
Meaning, riots. Bloodshed. looting. And so on.
Which is a sad and scary point: what protects bloated government and entitlement is a visceral fear that if you take candy from a baby, that baby will hang you in the square.
I suppose that's one reason to avoid cutting programs, if you're a coward.
Bottom line: you cannot be held hostage by fear of unrest. You must always do the right thing, no matter the risk. For in a free country, the expectation should be for civility at all costs.
What guarantees that civility? Punishment? Fear of death?
I lived in London for three years, and the cops were great. But without guns, they seemed helpless against thuggery, and more inclined to give directions to drunks like me. It's not their fault.
But couple that with idiots equating looters to victims, and it's no wonder riots are manufactured purely for lurid fun.
Looking at England, it seems we've hit the edge of civilization - where left unprotected, a city will burn, because there is no will to prevent it.
Letting it happen, seems to be all we have left.
and if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe.
Life is a Bungling process...
Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)
If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill
"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero
"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan
"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day
“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”
"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown
"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"
Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.
"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto