Why do governments exist and why do we tolerate them? I’m sure there are myriad highly scientific explanations, none of which I comprehend. To my oversimplified way of seeing things, governments exist (and are tolerated) because of stupid people. I’m not suggesting one must be stupid to want a government (although it helps). Instead, I am suggesting that governments exist, and are tolerated by the not-so-stupid, because there are so many people who will not or cannot act in a rational fashion. In other words, stupid people. Because of such people, the rest of us institute governments to make rules and laws intended to restrain the stupid.
This is true whether we are trying to protect ourselves from the stupid directly among us or the stupid in some other country that appear to intend us harm. (We will leave the obvious fact that the stupid have taken over our government for another rant.)
So, bottom line, governments exist because of the stupid, ergo, the continued existence of governments depends directly on an everlasting supply of stupid people. In contrast, if the overwhelming majority of people somehow began acting rationally, the need for, and tolerance of, governments would disappear – or at least diminish to the point of insignificance.
Clearly, many of those in government understand this relationship and this is one reason they support the so-called “dumbing down of America”. It is also why they promote irresponsible behavior and dependence on government. Might it also be why so many of them also promote religious belief?
What then of progressives (or socialists or humanists or altruists or whatever they call themselves at the moment)? Why do these movements exist and why are they tolerated? Again, I’m sure the over-educated can offer many confusing explanations. I think they exist (and are tolerated) because they seem so determined to help the less fortunate, the poor, the downtrodden. While this sounds good to many, especially to the young, the inexperienced and the idealistic, it has a precipitous downside. In order to exist, indeed to grow, the progressive movement demands an everlasting supply of less fortunate, poor and downtrodden. In contrast, the more widespread human prosperity becomes, the less any rational person would tolerate progressivism.
Clearly, most progressives understand this relationship and this is the reason the many supposedly well meaning programs they promote never seem to actually improve the lot of those they presume to help. Instead, they seem to keep those they “help” in a continued state of needing ever more help.
Here is where it gets really good: Most of the less fortunate, the poor, the downtrodden are that way because they are too stupid to help themselves. Voila, a marriage made in hell. By joining forces, the statists and the progressives develop a truly symbiotic relationship. Progressives use governments as the engine they employ to “help” the stupid while governments use progressive programs to help maintain the supply of stupid people.
Of course, this partnership always leads eventually to a societal breakdown with the inevitable riots, wars, famines and epidemics and the massive human toll they exact. But who cares, so long as we can put that bad stuff off until future generations have to deal with them?
Might there be a future generation that will actually learn something or will they merely repeat the cycle in their own way? I think the cycle will be broken, if humanity lasts long enough. History suggests that we learn a little, improve a little, each time through the cycle. So, there is hope for the future, despite the messes we are making today.
That said, I still cannot comprehend why so many are so willing to tolerate, and even promote, unnecessary suffering today when the way out is so simple.
Troy L Robinson