Re: violence...

J. R. Molloy (
Thu, 23 Sep 1999 08:47:24 -0700

From: Michael S. Lorrey <>
>You could say that crime is caused by urban compact zones, sort of the
>old rat experiment writ large, but from what I've seen the crime comes
>as a response to busybodies trying to make life miserable for as many
>other people as possible with as many laws and taxes as possible. Cities
>with the most laws and taxes have the most crime... duh....or else that
>city has cops on every street corner... martial law.

Yes indeed, it rather makes one wonder about the true motives of hyper-legislative socialists (by "socialists" I simply mean those who believe that government can resolve sociobiological difficulties). Don't Hong Kong and Singapore have population densities comparable to Chicago or New York? But the crime rates of the former don't come close to those of the latter, so over-crowding alone doesn't explain violence. I find your observation that violent behavior can come about as a response to busybodies (AKA leftist control freaks) has merit. But except as portrayed on the big and little screens, I see liberals going postal (or bombing people) more often than conservatives.
How pathetically ironic that socialist governments, all of which stockpile weapons of mass destruction, argue against something as basically human as hunting. Perhaps we can see a clue as to their real motives when we look at the way they ignore the veritable holocausts caused by their ideology (Stalin's 30 million victims, for example), while bemoaning the hunting of animals. The National Socialists of Germany displayed similar enthusiasm for protecting animals, while treating humans as less than animals. I think Homo sapiens risks catastrophe as a consequence of ideology in proportion as it forgets (or willfully ignores) its own primate drives and congenital needs.

Incidentally, did you see the ABC program called "Is America #1"? John Stossel did a good job of showing why freedom (not natural resources, not exploitation) explains the extraordinary success of the US.