On the recent riots

Parks usually warn visitors not to feed wild animals. Habituated to handouts, creatures such as bears get aggressive and attack visitors who disappoint them by not providing the expected food. Then the park rangers have to shoot the “problem bears”. It’s the same with the people: habituating them to handouts and letting them think the handouts are tribute is a surefire way of getting riots when the bread and circuses cease or merely decrease.

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20 Responses to On the recent riots

  1. Sad but true. Btw, I think you meant to say “bread and circuses” in that last sentence, not “break and circuses”. 😉

  2. Henry says:

    I second Robert

  3. Steelheart says:

    Very well said.

    And how long until we start seeing the same problems here?


  4. Bob says:

    If they continue to act uncivilized, it will be time for us to act as Park Rangers.?.?.?

  5. Eric Oppen says:

    I couldn’t have put it better. The problem with the modern welfare state is that it creates and enables the continuation of an extremely asocial subculture that feels that its welfare payments are owned by right.

    • Phil Ward says:

      The thing is, this wasn’t about welfare being reduced, as far as I’m aware, it hasn’t been (yet). Some of the rioters who have already been charged (and pled guilty) are employed.
      A lot of the people who joined in the looting saw an opportunity for “free” stuff and went for it.
      True goblins.

  6. Henry Bowman says:

    “And how long until we start seeing the same problems here?”

    Ever tried to move your own equipment into a trade show in a “union city?”

    • OHIO SHAWN says:

      Tell me about it, we’ve stopped exhibiting in Las Vegas b/c it costs $$$ to have our booth moved from the loading dock onto the floor, then we need to pay a union electrician to come and “install” a 6 plug surge strip, and “inspect” any electrical lighting and such. We can’t carry more than a briefcase from the front door to our booth without having to pay a dockworker to ferry our stuff and to top it all off, we’re paying outrageous $$$ for the tiny 10×20 bit of floor space. We got yelled at last time b/c we were tethering off of a Verizon mobile hotspot instead of paying for the WIFI in the conference center (@ around $100 a day). Unions suck.

  7. M. J. Henry says:

    We have bred an entire class of people that cannot live on their own and will expect the handouts to continue.
    Mostly I feel that we have brought this on ourselves with government funded charity. There are no “strings” attached to these charitable contributions and that is what causes the entitlement mentality.
    When this part of the population has their “tribute” reduced they may revolt. I hope not, but Greece and England make me think that the same will happen in the USA.

  8. Lynn Chrisman says:

    We have created a domesticated species much like we did when certain animal types were domesticated thousands of years ago. Why hunt and provide yourself when it just shows up on the first of the month.

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  14. Don Gwinn says:

    I have been informed by some of my students that the first of each month is a federal holiday called “Check Day.”

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