Mmmmm Whittle . . .
But these new so-called “rights” are about the government — who the Founders saw as the enemy — giving us things: food, health care, education… And when we have a right to be given stuff that previously we had to work for, then there is no reason — none — to go and work for them. The goody bag has no bottom, except bankruptcy and ruin.
In one of those flashes that reveal, perhaps, that I was never as liberal as I thought, I do remember having a conversation a decade ago about how I did not believe food was a human right. In a more fleshed-out discussion with Jin* five years ago, I explained my reasoning: that, while I firmly believed in access to education and job opportunities, if a person sat there and refused to work, s/he was not OWED food as a RIGHT. Jin disagreed; he felt that, in a world of plenty and production, just being born human meant that you should never starve.
I countered with a hypothetical. “Okay, let’s say that there is a hungry person with no job, and I have bread that I could give him. But before I give him bread I want him to wash my car. Or sweep a church. Or whatever. But he refuses; he won’t lift a hand or a foot, just sits there and says I still owe him the bread that I bought and paid for, made of ingredients that farmers out in Iowa spent time and labor growing, that truckers spent hours bringing the grain to a bakery and then out to our local supermarkets . . . don’t I have the right to say, ‘Before I give you this bread, clean up that trash on the corner?’ ”
I don’t think I convinced him, but Jin has always been willing to listen to alternate points of view and new facts. He’s one of the reasons I rail against all-liberal college professors, because if one QUARTER of his instruction came from a center-right prospective he’d have so much more data!!
Anyway, RTWT🙂 (I’m so glad Whittle has a regular NRO gig! With all due respect to the man, the sporadic blog-updates only whetted the appetite . . . )
*Not his real name
UPDATE: Just bought the Indoctrinate-U DVD, hooray!
UPDATE UPDATE: Sarah‘s on the same page