Saturday, April 9, 2011

 

Mark Steyn, in a piece worth reading in full:
‘Why is there no looting in Japan?” wondered a headline in the Daily Telegraph. So did a lot of other folks. . . .

Most analysts overlooked the most obvious factor: Looting is a young man’s game, and the Japanese are too old. They’re the oldest society on earth. . . .

Old societies are always vulnerable. Old societies running up debt levels of 200 percent of GDP in an attempt to jump-start the economy before the clock runs out are even more vulnerable. . . .

When the earthquake strikes, who clears the downed electric lines from the roads, pulls you from the rubble, supervises an orderly evacuation? Young people. . . .

The tsunami has accelerated Japan’s date with demographic destiny, as the economic downturn accelerated Europe’s.