Rotten in Denmark

As I’ve argued before, I don’t support too much of a social safety net because I find it de-humanizing for both the giver and receiver.

Lefties fail to digest my case.  The givers should do it because they can and because it’s moral.  I argue that it’s not moral to foster dependency.  As I’ve said before:

…when people are able to get something for free, they’re liable to take it.  Not only will they take it, a lot of times they’ll count on it.  As they count on it, they become dependent on it.

If they’re dependent on it, and there’s also an entire political movement telling them that they deserve it, they’ll likely feel entitled to it.  That’s human nature.  It is what it is.  A is A.

Does every welfare recipient turn into a spoiled brat?  No.  Does it make them less likely to hate you?  Apparently not:

“Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned,” reports the Boston Herald.

I reiterate, not every welfare recipient is a terrorist.  However, giving people free stuff is no guarantee that they’ll feel more fulfilled, more integrated, or feel any sort of respect or gratitude towards those who involuntarily support them.  In fact, sometimes it leads them to think of the rest of us as suckers:

A Muslim imam resident in the United Kingdom, Anjem Choudary, was covertly videoed as he mocked non-Muslims for working at ordinary daily jobs for their whole lives, adding that some revered figures of the Muslim faith had customarily worked on one to two days per year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working”, said Choudary. He added, “But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers]. So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.” The preacher was secretly filmed by the British daily, The Sun.

You won’t hear mention of this type of thing on MSNBC.  Ever.

Choudary has four children and claims more than £25,000 ($38,000) a year in welfare benefits. As noted by the Daily Mail, that amounts to £8,000 ($12,416) more than the take-home pay of some British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
Nice work if you can get it, and lots of people do.
“But those are immigrants!” you cry.  “They’re lonely and oppressed.  They’re having a hard time fitting in!.  And look at all the racism!  That’s what turns them against us, not the welfare.”  Or maybe I’m just a xenophobe.
Robert Nielsen, 45, made headlines last September when he was interviewed on television, admitting that he had basically been on welfare since 2001.

Mr. Nielsen said he was able-bodied but had no intention of taking a demeaning job, like working at a fast-food restaurant. He made do quite well on welfare, he said. He even owns his own co-op apartment.

How long can a civilization survive when those with enough dignity to take a “demeaning job” are required by law to support lazy fucks like Nielsen?  Without “demeaning jobs” we would have no roofs over our heads, no pizza delivery during our football games, no electricty running through our homes, nobody to patch up our flat tires.  All of our businesses would be filthy, trash would line our streets, and nobody would fix our toilets when they back up.

Lene Malmberg, who lives in Odsherred and works part time as a secretary despite a serious brain injury that has affected her short-term memory, said the Carina story was not news to her. At one point, she said, before her accident when she worked full time, her sister was receiving benefits and getting more money than she was.

It’s not as bad as that here in the US, yet, but how long until too many of us reject the ethic of Lene for the pathetic life of her sister?

All of our stuff comes from somewhere.  We’re not at the mercy of wolves because people do stuff.  It comes from somewhere, and it can go away.  If those who produce are forced to support those who mooch, then why the hell produce?

The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

When civilized people celebrate a happy occasion they do not, as a matter of course, begin looting and defacing property. This is because civilized people understand, perhaps only implicitly, that property is something people have worked to create and sustain. A city isn’t just buildings and streets, it’s the blood and toil of thousands or even millions over the generations. An awareness of this fact gives one a special care and respect for property both public and private. 

The careless destroyers of property do not have this understanding. They see property not as work made real but as things without owners and makers. A brick, a window, a building, a neighbourhood and a city were not made, they just happened like the sun and the rain. They are taken for granted. The psychology of the looter and that of the hard core Leftist, the sort who were eager to dance on Mrs Thatcher’s grave, both share this common point: To them wealth is not created, it simply exists and should therefore be shared out. 

The more we think that wealth “simply exists” the more likely we are to lose it.  A man who thinks wealth “simply exists” and sees no relationship between it and the labor that went into creating it deserves it not.

Zucotti Park became a disease-ridden hellhole; Tea Parties cleaned up after themselves following every rally and left every site spotless.

And if you want to see whose economic philosophy would lead to more prosperity for all, just look at the state of their respective rally sites.

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4 Responses to Rotten in Denmark

  1. I don’t think anyone lacking experience creating items from scratch – be it carpentry, masonry, welding, etc – can really fathom the work that goes into our world. Machining down a pair of parallel clamps from stock aluminum, having to learn the machines and how small a margin of error there is on the most basic metal based tool from one of the softer metals, then applying all the work to what is needed for more complicated machinery that handles harder metals…. it simply gives one a respect for man’s accomplishments that can’t be described

  2. Martel says:

    Exactly. For all the crap we get for being greedy and arrogant, what you describe is actually a form of humility. Genuine masters recognize mastery in others and concede that there are some things about which they have no clue.

    But when you recognize the mastery of another, it’s harder to claim that you’re entitled to the fruits of his labor, be it free WiFi or healthcare. If you think of a physician as just being that way, as a rich kid who lucked out, it’s easy to think that he owes you his knowledge. If you truly recognize how much work it took to earn his abilities, you might feel bad about taking his time, knowledge, and equipment for free.

    One of the biggest underlying assumptions of the left alligns with Rousseau’s notion that man generally had enough to get by and civilization ruined it for us. Prosperity was just “there” and property rights only keep from people from having access to it.

    Instead of honoring what went into creating our world and protecting us from the wolves, this denigrates it. If we keep it up, we’ll lose it.

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