Whenever I see complaints about the “nanny state” or lines such as:
“It’s not the role of government to intervene in our lives/free enterprise/families etc.”
I realize am seeing the words of people who have totally failed to understand where social change has taken us.
I don’t necessarily disagree with their stance. I don’t want impersonal state bureaucracies running my life either. I don’t want to just be a number in the system.
But I understand that our personal preferences are irrelevant here.
These “big government” critics hold close the values of a past citizenry that relied primarily on community and the family for support, sustenance, and employment.
In our present society, however, the traditional family has effectively ceased to exist as a defining institution. Adults live in the world as atomized “individuals” moving wherever their jobs send them. Their lives regularly carry them hundreds of miles away from friends and family and effectively uproot any new friendships they might form.
Next-door neighbors often don’t even know one another or otherwise have minimal contact.
Each ethnic group and economic class within each ethnic group live in separate worlds.
In particular, members of the lesser nobility sequester themselves in gated communities and only shop in upscale stores. They do not suffer themselves to be seen by their inferiors.
Little sense of social unity or collective responsibility exists.
Everyone does what they want without regard for any community or shared purpose.
The result: a jungle defined by zero sum competition.
Under these circumstances, society can only continue to exist so long as some ponderous leviathan keeps order.
Thus modern mass industrial societies are inevitably pulled towards a ‘socialist’ system whether the citizenry likes it or not.
In a society that fails to maintain its own clan and family support networks, the government has no choice but to step in. Otherwise there’s millions of excluded, hungry people who are going to going to have bread riots in the streets.
An atomized society cannot exist without some kind of welfare program to keep the ‘losers’ of relentless zero sum gaming placated for another month.
If people are unwilling, unable, too busy to take care of aging family members, the government has to step in and confiscate enough of the society’s wealth to ensure that grandma doesn’t live her last years in a cardboard box.
When traditional systems of social shaming break down because of general social anonymity, criminals cannot be discouraged by the mere disapproval of others or antiquated humiliation punishments such as tarring and feathering.
When millions of dysfunctional single parent ‘families’ fail to socialize their children and churn out bumper crops of criminals…
If the people can’t keep lawbreakers in check or control their own children the state has to step in and do it for them.
Millions of people get locked up in publicly funded prisons.
In a society in which everyone must work just to pay the bills, schools become daycares run at public expense. Otherwise millions of aimless youths would swarm the streets.
When the wealthy classes forswear their responsibilities to the society that gave them their wealth. The government has no choice but to chase them down and extract a pound of flesh just to keep their paradise playgrounds protected from the underclasses for another day.
We can’t just “have it all” in real life.
Those who endlessly decry ‘socialism’ have failed to understand:
In a society where we want complete ‘freedom’ without caring about the consequences, someone has to clean up after us.
And they can’t do that for free.