Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The cardinal flaw of social democracy

Mark Steyn makes a broader sweep while commenting on the results of the last German elections:
Guardian and Independent types have had great sport with America over the last couple of weeks, gleefully citing the wreckage of New Orleans as a savage indictment of the "selfishness" of capitalism.

The argument they make is usually a moral one - that there's something better and more compassionate about us all sharing the burden as a community. But the election results in Germany and elsewhere suggest that, in fact, nothing makes a citizen more selfish than lavish welfare and that once he's enjoying the fruits thereof he couldn't give a hoot about the broader societal interest. "Social democracy" turns out to be explicitly anti-social.

As they say on the Russian side of the blogosphere, PPKS or in English - I subscribe to this point of view completely.


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