Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Health of the State

"War is the Health of the State" — Randolph Bourne

True enough. You know what else is the health of the state? Crime. The quote is obvious when you think about it. When a country is at war, the state is at its most powerful. It quite rightly can plead the need for secrecy, high taxes, and obedience by the populace. So, as in 1984, the state has a lot of incentives to keep wars going for its own benefit.

And crime, when you think about it, delivers some of the same advantages. All of the same advantages. Plus excellent reasons for more police, more police agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security, more surveillance, etc. etc. So there are a lot of incentives for the state to encourage crime, and what better way to do that than to encourage and otherwise effectuate immigration by ethnic groups that, for whatever reasons, are inclined towards criminality?

Americans kind of know this, in a vague way, which is why they have a gut reaction against immigration from parts of the world where criminal behavior has become culturally acceptable — we worry about Middle Easterners, Chechens, Mexicans, etc., not so much about Norwegians or Japanese.

Someone who is in a position to know about such cultural tendencies...

Guest post by Ray Maggio

Want to talk about freedom and immigration? When a few of MY ancestors showed up from Italy, they brought their culture too — just like Mexicans.

It took fifty years and a sea change in the fundamental nature of criminal culpability (the RICO acts) to get a handle on that culture. And Italy, while about the worst Euro state, is a paradise in contrast with mexico.

Your principles only exist with cultures that respect them. Throw sicilians in the mix, and you need RICO, wiretaps, and the FBI. What will we need for cartels?
Quibcag: Illustrated by FBI agents from Detective Conan, AKA Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン).

1 comment:

  1. Principles only exist when exercised and defended. The defense is that they are true and good. If the opposition is irrational and/or evil, there can be no winning argument but violence.

    Owning a firearm shows you will defend speech and what is spoken when it is right. Merely speaking in defense of firearm ownership shows a fundamental misunderstanding. Verbal hollow points defend nothing.

    The evil we find today - especially from the libertarians, but even liberals and conservatives who argue in their gated communities and ivory towers about what is good and true is they forget many reject both, and are burning down the civilization even as they debate and no one wants to fight that far more clear, serious, and dangerous battle.

    “When you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are like mice trying to ‘negotiate’ with owls. You regard their ways as ‘wrong.’ They regard you as dinner.” – Terry Goodkind