Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Why are Toronto’s young black kids participating in gun violence? On the surface it is a perplexing problem that seems to defy a rational answer. But at its root, as always, there is one culprit that will foil any “symptom based” plan to end this unwelcome tragedy. The Filthy Lucre obtained by reaping the profits of a false economy is the stimulus for extreme gang violence. It is the “illegal” drug trade that is without a doubt the greatest contributor to urban violence in our country.
Because the Nanny State sees itself as the guardian of morality, having usurped the church, it feels compelled to regulate every aspect of choice within society. It is a self-perpetuating system that creates infrastructure to deal with alleged social ills, thereby legitimizing and expanding them into demand for further regulation. Without the power of the modern Nanny State the Law of “Unintended Consequences” would serve as a lesson in corrective reform. By creating powerful vested interests the state is unable to take curative measures without being accosted by a wave emotional propaganda designed to enforce the maintenance of ever expanding bureaucracy.
With almost existential inevitability the Nanny State will decree what is in the best interest of its population. The most devastating instrument for state enforcement of morality is to prohibit a product or service that is desired by a segment of society. Prohibition creates a market vacuum that can only be exploited by criminal activity. Rather than focusing on liability for damages the state uses the law to shield the market from legitimate competition with the result of ludicrously high prices and profits.
Being much more resourceful than the state gives them credit many people will seek to supply the demand for prohibited goods or services. They will create the organization that is necessary to operate within an illegal environment. Since the state has withdrawn the protection of law and order, these organizations will defend their market share from rivals with violence. By following a policy of Prohibition the state has created a positive risk/reward incentive for many people who desire a fast-track to riches.
The prohibited activity becomes the focus of state expenditure which then creates a vested interest that is determined to expand its funding. Cui bono! All of this leads back to 15 year old kids killing each other in order to compete within a street level sales organization that operates in a lawless environment.
Prohibition enriches criminal organizations, leads to violence, creates expensive vested interests and results in the death of children.