Sunday, November 25, 2007

Quote of the day...

... well, last week, actually (your humble Devil has not been keeping up), comes from Martin Kettle in the Grauniad. [Emphasis mine.]
Attitudes to the state have altered in recent years. The state is no longer seen—even if it ever was—as naturally efficient or even naturally effective—let alone naturally benevolent. Instead, we have come to see the state as an imposition on and a source of inefficiency in ordinary life—as well as, in some cases, a protector and enhancer. You could argue, indeed, that the great lesson of the 20th century—desperately hard learned in less fortunate countries than Britain, but tough to swallow even here—is that the state does not have the answer to human problems in the way that so many hoped so naively for so long.

As Jonathan Pearce at Samizdata says...
I love his expression "you could argue". There's no argument, Martin. The failure of the state is so total, so widely proven, that it is quite astonishing that it has taken some folk a while to catch on.

If only it were true that everyone had caught on, but they haven't. Every day I read blogs where idiots demand that the state be allowed to extort yet more money from such-and-such a group (or everyone in general) and I seriously doubt that you can read a paper on any one day that does not call for "the government to do something" about the crisis of the day.

Despite the lessons of history and despite the continual procedural and ideological fuck-ups of the state, people still think that there is no way that we could survive without it. Why else is it that there is no mainstream political party espousing minarchism?

And if the state is so universally reviled, then presumably we can expect this lot to garner immense support when they launch, not least from Martin Kettle...

2 comments:

mitch said...

Empty the bins and defend the country thats enough but they "outsourced one" and wont fund the other bunch of total fuckwits.

Budgie said...

If even the Grauniad is expressing such sentiments ....