Civilization self destructs starting at home

“all the stuff of civilization — municipal buildings, education, religion, transportation, recreation — seems under assault in the last year by the contemporary forces of barbarism.

But I wonder: Do the thieves not like to get their own mail? Do their children not play Little League? Do they not want a priest at their funeral? Would they not like to drive their cars without worrying about holes in the street? Or is their thinking that a rich society can cover for their crimes without their crimes’ ever much affecting them — given that most others still do not act as they do?”

Professor Hanson is describing a Vandalized Valley

I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it.

It is like the invasion problem on the I’net where service providers have to deal with denial of service attacks and everyone’s machine is tested and tried for illicit access. There is a plague that is eating the infrastructure is depends upon.

Indeed, farmers out here are beginning to feel targeted, not protected, by law enforcement. In the new pay-as-you-go state, shrouded in politically correct bureaucratese, Californians have developed a keen sense of cynicism. The scores of Highway Patrol cars that now dot our freeways are looking for the middle class — the minor, income-producing infractions of the generally law-abiding — inasmuch as in comparison the felonies of the underclass are lose–lose propositions.

The effort is for the ‘easy money’ – tax the rich, ticket drivers for easy to get traffic violations revenue. A blind eye is turned towards the vandalism of the civil infrastructure as that sort of effort does not enhance government coffers and is much more difficult to tackle. As Hanson points out, an effort to tackle the destruction of the infrastructure problem also requires a confrontation between reality and ideology.

A community depends upon the ability to trust its citizens in the protection of the property and rights of its members. That trust is under attack. The barbarians have passed the gate. What next?

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