Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Modern Britain

It's This Bad

… the zeitgeist of the country is now one of sentimental moralizing combined with the utmost cynicism, where the government’s pretended concern for the public welfare coexists with the most elementary dereliction of duty. There is an absence of any kind of idealism that is a necessary precondition of probity, so that bad faith prevails almost everywhere. The government sees itself as an engineer of souls (to use the phrase so eloquently coined by Stalin with regard to writers who, of course, were expected to mold Homo Sovieticus by the power of their words). Government thus concerns itself with what people think, feel, and say—as well as with trying to change their freely chosen habits—rather than with performing its one inescapable duty: that of preserving the peace and ensuring that citizens may go about their lawful business in confidence and safety.
That's Theodore Dalrymple in the City Journal, via Billy Beck who notes that
"No; he's not talking about America, but you can definitely see it from here if you care to look at it."
And from Canada, I'm sorry to say. The Canadian mythology of politeness serves less to sustain civil society than to secure moderate indifference to the same fashion of social engineering that has governed Britain for only slightly longer. One need only spend time in the laboratories of collective virtue remodeling, the public schools, to see the vanguard of Canada's yobocracy.

Owls Aren't Wise elaborates on the same subject:
British society? We are a nation of moral imbeciles, and we have the bastards who hate all life to thank for it.