Do you ever get the impression that the people in charge of various things are purposely dismantling Western Civilization, piece by piece? I mean, aside from the fact that they’ve been shouting this intention from the housetops ever since the 1930s.
Two current societal re-engineering projects spring to mind.
The city of Stockton, California, went bankrupt in 2012 and apparently wants to do it again. The mayor of Stockton says he wants to embark on an “experiment” to provide a “Universal Basic Income” to a certain segment of “the poor”–$500 a month for a year, no strings attached—to see how it works out. It’s only going to be an experiment with “several dozen families,” for starters. But he’s hoping it’ll be fantastically successful and will inspire other cities to do likewise—with lots and lots of “families.” I put “families” in quotes because I really don’t know what a Democrat means by the word “families” anymore.
Some of the money for this caper is said to be coming from a foundation that wants to study the “economic and social impacts” on people getting free money just for existing, especially the impacts on their “self-esteem and identity.” Nothing is said of the potential impact on the poor schlubs who will have to keep on working while the layabout next door collects $6,000 a year for playing video games and producing out-of-wedlock children. Do you think it might be just a tad demoralizing?
The Universal Basic Income has been a popular left-wing hallucination for years now. After all, they pontificate, soon all the work in the world will be done by robots and computers and there won’t be any jobs for anybody, anyhow—except, of course, for those favored few who will be calling all the shots, for which they will be lavishly rewarded. So why not reduce whole populations of adults to a kind of perpetual infancy, dependent on the government for everything for their entire lives? How long do you suppose that arrangement would last?