And the talk fest ended with predictable calls for more govermment intervention, ignoring just as carefully as conference-goers had the elephant in the talk-fest's room: that it is existing government intervention that is the primary driver of crime. Osborne notes the top four:
- Institutionalised welfare, particularly paying no-hopers to breed
- The government's factory schools, which promote illiteracy, deny children real knowledge, and block the growth of youthful independence
- The War on Drugs, which gives gangs an income
- No explicit right to self defence, which gives every NZer a 'kick me' sign that even criminals can read: "Come get me, I'm defenceless."
The problem of is simple: too little clear-eyed thinking, and too much Government Cheese: