Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Elephants In The Living Room #1

In modern Western culture, we have a herd of elephants in our living rooms; problems that are obvious to anyone who looks for them, but which the majority are trying desperately to avoid noticing.

One of the largest is this simple fact: most people today are economically worthless. Morally, perhaps, they're all God's children and that, but economically they're a drain on society rather than a benefit.

Britain has around a million unemployed, many of them long-term, and millions more who are 'permanently disabled', many of them for life, and many of them disabled in the last few years. The reality, of course, is that the last Tory government began a policy of reducing unemployment figures by shifting long-term unemployed onto disability benefit, and the Labour government since have continued and extended that policy. 'Permanently disabled' is now just a more politically correct term for 'permanently unemployed'.

But it's worse than that. In addition to permanently disabling millions of people, the Labour government have hired many more into worthless government jobs as 'diversity monitors', administrators, police performance evaluation, or whatever.

But it's even worse than that. In addition to the welfare scum and the government bureaucrats, there are vast numbers of private sector workers whose jobs only exist to enforce various laws; collecting taxes or advising people on how to avoid paying tax through our horrendously complex tax exemption laws, for example.

But it's even worse than that. In addition to the welfare scum and the government bureaucrats and the private sector 'law enforcers' there's also a huge financial system which exists primarily to compensate for the inflation that government deliberately creates. If we had stable money, we could simply stick it under the mattress... but since the government is printing more than 10% more money every single year in the UK, we have to give the money to the banks in the hope that they'll manage to sustain its value.

So I don't think it's hard to see that perhaps two thirds of the population of the UK are little but consumption machines who do nothing else to help the productive minority, and many who actively harm the productive minority.

Of course this is hardly new. Rome had a huge mob of worthless people fed bread and circuses whose only role was to suck dry the productive members of Roman society; this is why the productive Romans came to welcome the prospect of barbarians destroying the Roman Empire and freeing them from slavery. A competent Emperor could have turned the situation around, but not only were they increasingly inept through Rome's decline but they had no stomach for facing the mob.

The question is, what do we do about it? As Western societies grow poorer, there will be less and less money available to fund millions of worthless people. Either welfare to the worthless will have to be cut back further and further, or taxes will have to rise until they cripple productive activity; the former will cause chaos through rioting, the latter will cause collapse as the productive emigrate or go on strike.

Fixing the problem would take decades and require major political changes. Unfortunately we neither have the time or the politicians with balls who would push through unpopular changes, so it won't happen. Most likely the problem will be allowed to fester and grow worse with ever-increasing taxes until we see a revolution or total social collapse.


publius said...

There seems to be no indication that politicians are willing to face curbing social spending. It seems to be the opposite. They want more social spending for dead weight.

When the US was younger, only land holders were allowed to vote. Maybe we need to go back to something of that nature. Only those that are productive can vote.

I doubt that will ever happen, though. I think we do face total social collapse.

Another excellent post, AA.

Beach Girl said...

Excellent post. I agree that only those who are productive, paying taxes, or who have retired after a life-time of paying taxes should be allowed to vote.

Anytime a person can vote money out of the pocket of the worker into his own non-productive pocket you get what we have now.

I'm just wondering how long it will take the productive folks to figure out that - really figure out - that they are carrying a whole lot of folks way beyond just the non-productive in their own nation.

I don't look too fondly of 15 billion US dollars going to Africa for aides treatment when everyone knows that a major part of the "treatment" in Africa would involve cultural changes. Talk about an elephant in the living room!

I think "societal collapse" must be the goal of the ruling elite where they have much more at stake than we peasants do. To me it seems as though the "powers that be" have been working very hard to turn the US into a third world region.

As I said, a good post.