The debate on the fate of the illegal Portuguese immigrants cuts typically and neatly along left-right political divides, with the left rationalizing objectives through unrelated means for the sake of victimhood advocacy and the right frequently neglecting the premises and rationality that inform the respect for law and order that is often reflexively invoked. Publius of Gods of the Copybook Headings considers what has brought about the situation in the first place, in Canada and among the immigrants, and casts his verdict — against central planning: Throw the Bums Out.
Read the whole thing here — and as always with Publius' weekly magazine, the rest of his examinations of current subjects are worth the time. And I always enjoy a good swipe at hippies:
As with the price controls mentioned earlier, the state has declared that it knows best, and proceeded to create a large problem. When the market has found a way around this problem the state has imposed an arbitrary constraint. When hard working and morally decent people subvert this constraint they are punished with a rigour that should be reserved for genuine criminals, but so rarely is. If a law is to mean anything it must be enforced and done so equally, this does not, however, stop the law from being an ass. It also does not diminish the necessity of the law's reform or abolition.
Muscular Christianity has always been rather more, shall we say, practical. Yes, it is good and noble to forgive and sacrifice, but evil is evil and it must be fought otherwise good might be destroyed or weakened. Mercy is right and proper, but justice must have its say too. Compassion to the poor and weak is heroic, unless it cripples one's own capacity to live and turns the poor and weak into dependents, doing neither themselves or others any good. Muscular Christianity takes the New Testament with a grain of salt and much common sense. The Hippies, whether among the early Christian communes in Rome and Judea, or their heirs in the Woodstock muck, are far more literalist than the much decried fundamentalists. Modern liberalism isn't a mental disorder, it's Muscular Christianity's half witted bastard nephew. Modern liberalism is a secular degeneration of Hippie Christianity.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Sunday, March 26, 2006