Friday, May 2, 2014


A sensible theory of government is that government should do the things that individuals can't do for themselves, either as individuals or members of families or as participants in voluntary associations — churches, unions, civil organizations, etc. And that sounds good, and you even hear it said by liberals and conservatives. And it is good in theory. The problem is that governments are made up of people, and people, especially the ones attracted to government, are very self-important, self-aggrandizing types, and if you tell them their responsibility is to do only things that people can't do for themselves, in the ways described above, they immediately set out to fix it so that people as individuals are capable of doing less and less, so that the power of the government grows more and more.

Think for a moment what people used to do without the assistance of government: Not too long ago, the Federal Government had nothing to do with education. And not too long before that, almost all education was handled by individuals, private schools, and churches. And if you wonder how on earth anybody ever learned anything, a nice exercise is to read some letters home from Civil War soldiers who had sixth-grade or less educations. They were more literate than many grad students today.

Medicine. Again, until quite recently, the government had zilch to do with it. People just went to doctors and paid them. Worked fine. Insurance of all kinds was private, too.

By today's standards, the most autocratic monarchs of the middle ages were fanatical libertarians, leaving their people alone to run their own lives and make their own decisions in almost every connection.

Now, recently, the official age of maturity has been raised to 26, which is the age when you can no longer, by government decree, stay on your parents' health insurance policy.

When we're all completely helpless, only then will our rulers be satisfied. I wonder where they think they'r going to get the money, when everybody is incapable of doing anything productive.

And now our helpless college students are starving to death. This from The Right Stuff:

Liberty Without Agency: Food Insecurity In College


In an ongoing crusade to distract us from our total lack of self or cultural identity, the West now comes to face the latest crisis-that-isn’t: food insecurity.

For someone who struggles to make $50 a week for provisions, Paul’s attire is pretty trendy. I wager that jacket could secure him a few weeks of “nutritional food,” alone.

As an American I grew up watching commercials where fat white women begged for donations to feed some African warlord starving African children. Images of emaciated children convey “insecurity” a lot better than a picture of a well-groomed, feminine white boy with Beatles haircut and cat lady glasses.

Inventing “food insecurity” and presenting me instances of people whining about their right to food porn while earning a BA in Advanced Adolescence does nothing to make me feel less apathetic to a westerner unable to prioritize.

In fact, I feel downright hostile at the underlying suggestion that I must provide something so basic to someone who is supposedly accomplished enough to earn a degree in higher education. Why are you there if you can’t feed yourself? What value can you offer the economy when you apparently fail to accomplish the most basic survival strategies? What can we expect these people to add to society when they spend the first two to three decades of their life begging for entitlements and avoiding hardship? Can we seriously expect a piece of paper to deprogram a lifetime of parasitism and narcissism?
Joe Bradley, 22, another GMU student, couldn’t ask his parents for help. He moved out of his family’s house after a fight with his father and spent a semester homeless and hungry while eating friends’ leftovers and trying to keep up with school.
“Going to sleep hungry, it’s kind of a lonely feeling,” he said. “I felt weak a lot.” He eventually dropped out and now lives with his brother in Nevada.
Joe Bradley and the whiny children WaPo present us a Liberal society facing Diminishing Returns. A world of ever-lowering standards to accommodate impossible and unchallenged ideals, we are fast becoming incapable of dealing with reality. Joe and numerous others can no longer separate rights from responsibilities, cause from effect. This is how simple hardship that accompanies poor choices and life in general can become an issue of social justice. This is also how a society destroys itself.
Quibcag: The quote itself is from Chris Snyder. And to illustrate immaturity, Ranma Saotome , at sixteen years old, is surely capable of holding his own chopsticks, but no, he's being fed by Ukyo Kuonji, both from Ranma ½ (らんま½)


  1. Many college students whose parents got them a meal ticket each semester. Reasons?
    They miss the times meals are being served, especially breakfast.
    They don't like the cafeteria food.
    It's uncool to eat in the cafeteria.
    Many who earn their own money, college student or not, don't eat well. Reasons?
    Got to keep up with clothing trends.
    Costly material items or activities like paintballing, ipod, ...

  2. When I had a meal plan. I didn't go to the snazzy late night freshman hangout or went clubbing. I went and got decent meals at the cafeteria at noon and evening. When I went commuter, I used my money on gas and my weekly snacks (why buy food when a meal will be served at home?)

    Most college kids go to college having been coddled by parents, they sometimes don't understand how the world works. And I also know where that location is. I always wondered why my alma mater would have an observatory smack dab in the middle of Fairfax.

  3. I really do feel the urge to puch these people in the face repeatedly. The student radicals of the '60s and '70s were malignant civilizational vandals, sure, but they at least knew how to organize themselves and take some initiative. Most students today couldn't found a bridge club without approval from the administration, much less something like SDS. Modern Western man seems incapable of both reproduction and defending his home against intruders, and now he can't even feed himself. In nature, these are the hallmarks of a dying organism. Granted, it's not entirely their fault- the powers-that-be deliberately inculcate this kind of infantilization- but the consequences are no less dire.

    It's also absurd on its face that any college student could possibly have no means to feed himself, even without any recourse to the cafeteria. We're probably living in the most calorie-rich environment in human history (they're not the healthiest calories, but quantity has a quality all its own). Go to the store and pick up a bag of potatoes and a jug of milk; that alone will give you 95% of all the nutrients you need. If you're looking for more variety, there's always Ramen, or you can wait until the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is on sale and stock every shelf in your pantry with it (I know someone who actually did this, and lived off of the stuff for months on end). I also happen to know, as someone who graduated barely a half-decade ago, that college campuses are loaded with free food, if you know where to look. By developing a knack for finding all the complimentary pizza within walking distance, I was able to go weeks without buying any groceries at all. If you insist on having meat now and then, McDonald's has a Dollar Menu, or you can hit a butcher's shop and get a wide variety of nutritious organ meats for extremely low cost per pound.

    I wish I could go back in time and find my ancestors who survived the Irish Potato Famine, then bring them back to the present to meet these privileged whiners. Even in a weak and emaciated state, I'm sure they would cheerfully beat the everloving cr*p out of these alleged "students