Thursday, October 20, 2005

Blind spots

The "Right" becomes indistinguishable from the "Left" when it comes to their own utopian, dream-logic social programs.

Case in point, the War on Drugs, which is at base a jobs program for police. In this social program, the police need ever-increasing budgets and staff to cope with the impossible yet job-secure and relatively safe task of stamping out weeds. As a bonus of jacking the price of the weeds up, property crime, prostitution and gangs are also fostered, increasing the viability of a career in law enforcement and providing for ever-expanding budgets.

As with the left, good intentions are more important than effects. Spend more money! Do it harder if it isn't working! Ignore the insidious, anti-social effects of their program -- they are as illusory as the problems with socialized medicine and racist hiring practices. Once the dictatorship of the drug-free proletariat is achieved these ill effects will fade away.

And, when confronted with moral or economic arguments against this social program, fingers go into ears and names are called. Those who would instantly spot the absurdity of calling someone opposed to, say, affirmative action, a racist, do not blink at calling someone opposed to the equally mad prohibition a drug addict.

When the Party begins to regulate blogs, I trust there will be no whiny complaints or self-aggrandizing masturbatory disobedience from the law-abiding right.


Somena Woman said...

Equally mad?

Check your premises and consequences of both, as well as violations of rights of individuals via the drug war, vs the problems that are created by Affirmative action.

Both are foolish policies that do little or nothing to actually address the problems they are ostensibly fixing... but I would say that one is just a lot more crazy than the other in terms of the scale and scope of the horrors being visited upon people.

Of course holding this opinion, I know , in SDA-work places me in firmly the catagory of those "craaaazy drug addict idiots" like William F Buckley, and Milton Friedman... but I can live with that. ;)

Anonymous said...

Case in point, the War on Drugs, which is at base a jobs program for police.

That is a gross oversimplification. It's also a jobs program for prison guards, social workers, bureaucrats, soldiers, customs agents and dog trainers.