Thursday, August 25, 2011

Theodore Dalrymple (sub. req.) in July on the protests in Greece and Spain against "austerity measures":
[W]hat drove [the protesters] onto the streets was the realization that the whole system of subsidized employment was coming to an end just as they were joining the labor market. They were demonstrating for a continuation of the subsidies that would allow them to rob their children as they themselves had been robbed by their parents and grandparents.
Similar emotions are at work in the Wisconsin unruliness and public-union agitation more generally: "It's supposed to be our turn. Why should we get nothing? It isn't fair." An understandable but childish attitude. The structure is rotten, and has to fail sometime; the sooner the better.