September 25, 2011
"All affluent societies believe that they are just too rich not to be able to afford another regulation"... just one more moralizing indulgence, yet again an added entitlement.
But as we see now in postmodern America, idle 250,000 acres of farmland for a tiny fish, shut down an entire oilfield, put off a new natural gas find in worry over possible environmental alteration, add a cent to the sales tax, mandate yet another prescription drug entitlement not funded, or offer yet another in-state tuition discount to an illegal alien, and the costs finally equates to an implosion as we see in Greece or California. --Works and Days ｻ Why Does the Good Life End?
Posted by Vanderleun at September 25, 2011 12:46 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
It comes from the belief that life can be controlled. Controlled in the utmost measure, controlled in every particular, every degree.
In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Escape From Hell a band of just arrived lawyers decide to make Hell run more efficiently by organizing it. Which works great until a suicide bomber meets Robert Oppenheimer in the traitors circle. Chaos ensues.
Posted by: Alan Kellogg at September 27, 2011 5:44 AM