My local paper, the Santa Fe New Mexican, is experiencing financial difficulty. Join the club. And no wonder, since how on earth can a print newspaper compete financially with internet news sites that run on a fraction of the cost and provide faster and more diverse content? Some people think this spells doom for us as a society, and the government needs to step in and subsidize newspapers before they go extinct and bring an end to civilization. My NM Independent column this week takes a rather different view of the matter, as you might expect.
Saving the endangered newspaper isn’t yet a hot button issue, but it may become one. Why not? Once the left succeeds in having the state take over health care, they’ll discover something else that will turn into a national catastrophe if the government doesn’t take action to save all us dumb rednecks from ourselves right now immediately this CAN NOT WAIT!!!!
Saving the newspapers may not be the next great crusade. It may be the fight against obesity. It may be the landfill crisis and the unbearable tragedy of free paper and plastic bags being given out at stores. It may be the fight against global warming. It may be making college as free as elementary and secondary school, since like medical care, higher education isn’t a commodity, but a right. It may be a crusade for universal breastfeeding and the end to the horrendous practice of formula feeding or a full-tilt assault on unnecessary c-sections or the implanting of more than one embryo in IVF procedures. Whatever. It will be something. It always is.
Why? Because leftists are utopians. They want to create a perfect heaven here on earth, since the celestial heaven is a figment of the imaginations of ignorant fools who cling to guns and God. They simply cannot accept the fact that the world we live in is not, nor will it ever be, perfect. There are always going to be problems, and “fixing” one problem with nanny state intervention often gives rise to a whole host of new, unforeseen problems. Think China and the “one baby per family” campaign that led to a generation so lopsided in sex distribution that millions of men can’t find wives.
The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to “solve” our “problem.”
If we are, then there will be a never ending series of “solutions,” each causing new problems calling for still more “solutions.” That way lies a never-ending quest, costing ever increasing amounts of the taxpayers’ money and– more important– ever greater losses of your freedom to live your own life as you see fit, rather than as presumptuous elites dictate.
Ultimately, our choice is to give up Utopian quests or give up our freedom. This has been recognized for centuries by some, but many others have not yet faced that reality, even today. If you think government should “do something” about anything that ticks you off, or anything you want and don’t have, then you have made your choice between Utopia and freedom.
I wish Dr. Sowell would run for president. Every conservative I know would vote for him. Oh, wait. I forgot. Conservatives don’t like Barack Obama because he’s black, not because he’s a statist. Never mind.