May 23, 2008

Socialism's Immaturity

Og, the great Neanderpundit, is celebrating Friday a bit differently than my fire-jumping dog video below. He's breathing primordial fire onto Dave, the Man With No Hap.

Dave, you see, thinks that Og is empathetically nearsighted:

I think you’re missing that most people advocate certain socialist policies out of a desire to help others not out of a desire to be helped by others. That’s not social immaturity, that’s empathy.

Now, I'll grant Dave a small grace, in that he is likely spouting an unwitting Truth, albeit in a clumsy way, so I'll translate: Most people don't have a clue about how the world works, and feel sorry for street-savvy others who know exactly how the Socialist world works and how they can take advantage of it. Which is a sort of ouroboros, when you actually think about it.

Now, I get paid to help folks in emergency situations. I don't work for a government agency, but most folks who come to my office are not aware of what an emergency may actually look like. They only know one thing: the government will pay my bills for me. So, they just pretty much expect that I'm there to pay their last month's rent while they look for another agency to pay the current month's rent. Or mortgage. Or light bill. And on it goes.

Every stereotype of unwed mother of three with another bun in the oven, every put-upon elderly person with three able-bodied adult children living off of her disability payments, every young and over-fed layabout that cannot work because of "anxiety" issues-- is part of the parade past my desk. Stick with me here; it's not too complicated.

Social Service jobs are secure if you can prove the need is out there. So you create victims. Gotta have victims to keep your job. Just like you have to have clients to keep your job. Government jobs will cut your department back if you don't spend as much as the year before. Sweet, secure, jobs could be lost! The secondary Social Services perq: creating jobs for your friends and family; creating a secure position by layering more people below you.

The entire governmental welfare and Social Services system exists for its own benefit long before it exists for its clients. Which thing nobody in their idealistic, Kumbayah dreams could have imagined when they, as Dave notes, felt empathy for the poor. This is not a slam against the hand-wringing folks who feel bad about the plight of others, but it is an indictment of those who took that precious and innocent sentiment and saw a way to make political hay out of it.

It's a self-propagating system of victims, by victims, for the victims it creates. Some employees within it would disagree, because many employees within it are quasi-victims, too. They know nothing else.

They know nothing else.

And for that, I don't blame the folks who arrive at my door. I blame the elitist idiots who created them by taking away their human dignity, their sense of worth, their sense of "place" in this life and gave them pablum instead.

That's not empathy, that's infantile. That's playing House, and Dress-up, and Doctor and Mommy.

With my money.

I don't care how it looks in Norway. Maybe it looks, "cute." But the underbelly of it is a pernicious stunting of human growth. It is a wretched stench of human duplicity, bereft of responsibility or accountability. The very definition of social immaturity.

post scriptum: yes, I've shared my home, my HOME, with the needy. They've shared their LICE with me. That's what it costs, when individuals pony up to help folks in need. Yeah, it's easier to let the Government put them up in a hotel for the night, but then no one would have the chance to hold them accountable for filth, and sloth, and intemperance. Until Dave matches that, he can bugger off.


og said...

I. Am. Not. Worthy.

Damn, girl.

Mark Alger said...

Say, "Hey!" Just taggin' up, here.

I'm always concerned, when it comes to charity of any sort, about the corrosive effect it can have on the recipient.

Heinlein observed that one who gives should not expect gratitude. The followup line (from Stranger) is that the Japanese have [16] ways of expressing gratitude and every single one of them carries some degree of resentment.

And why not? If you give something to someone -- and the more they need it, the stronger this effect -- you diminish them. You make them less able to get it for themselves.

I would argue that the kindest thing you can say to a man in dire straits is "Get a job," and the cruelest, "Here, let me take care of that for you."

A great deal of altruism has nothing to do with the benefit of the recipient and everything to do with the self-esteem of the giver. I would urge anyone who feels the urge to give or to do something for someone to give him the chance to earn it.

And to think of it exactly that way -- GIVE HIM THE CHANCE. To EARN it.

It may be a long time coming, but his gratitude will be more the genuine for it.


GUYK said...

I agree Mark..teach a man to fish and the first thing you know you can hi-jack him when you sell him your fishing rod..

Joan, I certainly agree and have some first hand knowledge..well second hand I reckon...when sweetthing worked for the state dept of Family services she had some cases that she wanted to close..the head honcho of the ditrict said no way..they were trying to justify hiring more help and couldn't do it unless they has sufficient open cases..just an another nail in the coffin and sweetthing retired shortly is damn hard to be a fiscal conservative neo libertarian and work for social services.