I’m having difficulty today answering all the comments on my recent post here
and since people have done me the courtesy of commenting (and politely to boot) and as I have cased offence in at least one case, Ithought I’d do this as a work-around.
Mike CunninghamJanuary 1, 2014
and the reason for the display of that disgusting symbol which reigned over such bestialities as Belsen, Dachau and Auschwitz is
My apologies for the upset I caused you and to any others with an admittedly eye-catching banner. If it’s in poor taste, then I am rightly rebuked. I was referring [but too obscurely as your offence indicates] to the banality of evil and the hell you get because of good intentions.Tangentially connected with the rise of the Third Reich also is the saw about evil only needing good men to do nothing to flourish; whether that be pre-war appeasement or the authorities’ lack of cluefulness over the case of Baby P.
Everyone who dealt with ‘Baby P’, and the political and welfare mechanisms that allowed his useless mother and her psychotic household to torture that innocent child to death meant well; but he’s every bit as dead as if he’d been sent to a concentration camps, and Baby P’s situation was far from unique: extreme, perhaps, but not so rare. The top person in child protection who sat atop the hierarchy that failed Baby P seems a little banal about her sacking and the failures that led up to it, and though not evil herself she seems to resemble and embody a lot of good people doing something not particularly well…
The welfare state we have at present allowed the “adults’” serial dysfunctions and immorality to survive unchecked and it even financed their gross lifestyle. You don’t need the evil scheming of fascists to condemn people to bleak, loveless existences or to sordid, tormented deaths – you just need to ‘care’ too much that it absolves you from thinking about what actually works. The “war against poverty” in the States; the cradle-to-grave UK benefits system is forcing a sizeable chunk of each generation into enduring something barely describable as ‘life,’ though I still feel some hope – particularly for the children of those who go against the flow and allow their natural parental instincts to do better.
January 2, 2014
A work of the utmost understanding of our poor hapless abandoned lower orders who are looked upon with disgust by Ian D Smith, and with their life chances significantly reduced by the treacherous immigration policies of Labour, Lib, and transmutent Conservatives. I should not, but I pray for a bloody revolution, you know like the French one.
Hmm. No thanks, I’m a conservative. Bloody revolutions rarely put anyone like the good guys (as we here would define them) into power, because winning revolutions self-selects for the best fighters with the most effective forces rather than superior civic virtue. It’s handy if there are more-or-less good guys on both sides like in the American Rebellion but we don’t need to go all Washington versus Cornwallis here and now, tempting though it seems. Not that I’m not angry too you understand, but lots of Britain isn’t ‘shit’, pace adams’ first comment, and I’d like to keep much of it there and minimize innocent blood on the streets. I’m not sure that IDS actually looks on the individuals themselves with disgust – infantilization and immiseration has created a victim class, but they are victims rather than villains. I think he’s disgusted with their lives; government-made lives, and he’s trying to work with what we’ve got, following the classic Irish joke: “Well, I wouldn’t start from here.”