2013 May 11 Saturday
The Elites Should Pay For Their Policies

Better late than never. Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, wrote a great piece on immigration for the Daily Mail several weeks ago. The Marxists (and other elites) have contempt for the masses. What we need to do about irresponsible policy makers and policy proponents: force them to live up close and personal with the results of their policies.

When I was a Revolutionary Marxist, we were all in favour of as much immigration as possible.

It wasn't because we liked immigrants, but because we didn't like Britain. We saw immigrants - from anywhere - as allies against the staid, settled, conservative society that our country still was at the end of the Sixties.

Also, we liked to feel oh, so superior to the bewildered people - usually in the poorest parts of Britain - who found their neighbourhoods suddenly transformed into supposedly 'vibrant communities'.

If they dared to express the mildest objections, we called them bigots.

Revolutionary students didn't come from such 'vibrant' areas (we came, as far as I could tell, mostly from Surrey and the nicer parts of London).

We might live in 'vibrant' places for a few (usually squalid) years, amid unmown lawns and overflowing dustbins.

But we did so as irresponsible, childless transients - not as homeowners, or as parents of school-age children, or as old people hoping for a bit of serenity at the ends of their lives.

When we graduated and began to earn serious money, we generally headed for expensive London enclaves and became extremely choosy about where our children went to school, a choice we happily denied the urban poor, the ones we sneered at as 'racists'.

I would love to make the people who order and implement policies have to live up close and personal with the results.

A great constitutional amendment: Require that only parents of serving military be allowed to run for the US Senate. When they vote let their vote put their own kid in danger.

A law I'd like to see: section 8 housing only in upper class neighborhoods. No section 8 housing in middle class neighborhoods.

The elites need to pay for their policies. You have other ideas for how to make them pay?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 May 11 07:43 AM 

James Bowery said at May 11, 2013 8:58 AM:

Sure: Stop experimenting on human subjects without their consent. Sort proponents of social theories into governments that test them. For those that cannot stop their addiction to experimenting on entire populations of unwilling human subjects, exile them to a state of nature in which eusociality, with its ecological dominance, are outlawed.

Mike said at May 11, 2013 3:46 PM:

I've been pondering this very question for a while. Currently, it's very easy for the elites to experiment with other people's lives without having to pay any cost for that. They let unions destroy the public schools, but send their kids to private ones. They want to import millions of uneducated peasants, but have no intention of living in the same areas with them. As the President said, his kids will be fine, regardless of what happens to the rest of the country. And that's probably true. The rest of the country could burn, but the children of the elite will barely know it. They'll be just fine.

As far as voting goes, I've long been in favor of of some sort of "Starship Troopers" Republic, in which the active, reserve, retired, and veteran military would be the ones who held the vote. As Robert Heinlein said, "The moral difference between a soldier and a civilian is that the soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member. The civilian does not." That pretty well defines who should be voting and who shouldn't.

chris said at May 13, 2013 12:00 AM:


But should a cook in the army have as much say as a frontline rifleman?

Mike said at May 13, 2013 5:26 PM:


They both would have more say than some slacker who's never done anything for society.

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