Reality TV and Criminal Justice
an article by Robin Andersen
(our site's article review)
Andersen maintains the tired liberal fiction that more money poured down the welfare sinkhole would help the drug problem. Although correct that the war on drugs is a ludicrous pretense, to blame rolled back welfare programs for inner city conditions that precipitate drug use is to miss the big picture entirely. She says that: “As economic opportunity was thwarted in the inner city, many young people turned to drug dealing as a viable means of supporting themselves and their families.” She goes on to say that some teenagers’ drug activities are the primary source of income for many poor families. And finally, the coup de grace: “Minimum-wage service jobs at fast-food restaurants do not constitute economic hope for the future, much less provide a living wage.” She needs to read Points of Light.
Andersen harbors that most insidious of liberal beliefs: Inner city people are too good to flip burgers—hence they live off drug pushing
There you have it: The article drips with how racist drug policies are, how much minorities are simply victims who shouldn’t be held accountable for their drug crimes because they’re supporting families and besides they’re victims of racist cultural discriminatory hiring, how if we would only throw more tax money for social services at inner cities, we could lick the problem, and so on. This reductionistic purging of white feminist guilt combined with political ultra-correctness won’t be taken too seriously by anyone who has looked into our cultural problems in a more logical, systems-analytical way, since most of us are aware that this interpretation of cultural cause and effect has been disproven.
The more the bleeding hearts threw money at the problems, the more the problems and taxes multiplied
The results of the 20th century experiments in socialistic, collectivist, welfare-state, social engineering are in. The facts show that the more the bleeding hearts threw money at the problems, the more the problems multiplied and the more the agencies grew and the more the taxes grew and the more dependency grew and this in turn precipitated even more irresponsibility, unemployment, social dysfunctionality and criminality than before. Andersen’s article in 1994 constitutes more or less the last gasp of the bleeding heart liberal ideal rather than serious journalism. The country is voting for opportunity society candidates, not welfare state candidates, and for economy boosters, not social engineers. The country gets it. Clinton got it when he joined with the Republicans and passed welfare reform. Even the new Democrats get it, which leaves only the liberals and Ms. Andersen in the “still don’t get it” category.
The more liberals throw money at problems, the more the problems—including budget deficits—multiply
In Third Wave parlance, national welfare programs are massified, centralized, Second Wave solutions, while the new Third Wave civilization requires demassified, decentralized solutions that are based on empowering with knowledge and job offers, not income redistribution to purge social degeneration guilt. Wealth is a lower quality power. Knowledge is the higher quality power. Her Second Wave call for money cures is a low quality, ineffective fix. Money that goes in the arm or up the nose or into cigarettes or beer is no fix at all, in truth. The saddest part of Andersen's blindness to reality is that her type of "cures" have been tried a lot and they always fail. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, each time expecting a different result, even though each time it fails.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, each time expecting a better result—which never happens
Knowledge has power; it quickly erases excuses about lack of jobs. In truth, there is such a crying need for programmers, scientists, engineers, and many other knowledge industry and service industry jobs in the U.S. that American companies often have to either send these jobs to India, China, Russia, the Ukraine, and various other countries or import the people for these jobs from such countries—there are imported Asian workers all over Silicon Valley because the tech companies couldn't find qualified American workers.
American companies often have to import Asian workers all over Silicon Valley because the tech companies couldn't find qualified American workers
Is she racist enough to say that inner city people are too dumb to do these jobs, or that they cannot profit from training schools and colleges because they are unteachable? Or worse yet, is she saying that inner city minorities are too good to do the hard low-wage work that millions of American youths do every day to support their learning and training so they can go for the American Dream? Is she seriously saying that our nonminority citizens are all handed free educations from rich daddies and they never have to confront the realities of the real world at all? Andersen, take another look at how most whites are faring in this economy.
Is Andersen really saying that whites are all handed free educations from rich daddies and they never have to confront reality at all?
Perhaps she should drop the cliches and check the statistics—and not merely the dogma from liberal think tanks. Few Americans, white or otherwise, get handed everything on a silver platter; most have to pay back—in hard work—any educational loans they get; and our young normally have to work hard to get themselves into the position of gainful employment. Where one lives may be a hindrance, but it is not a sufficient circumstance to preclude one having a chance at the American Dream.
She’s bought into the liberal Hollywood elite’s cliches on the subject, and this underlines a vicious circle: The media colors her thinking, then she (she’s an associate professor of communications) teaches and writes books with such thinking, then people read it and buy into the liberal misconceptions and minority work ethics deteriorate even further, then the Hollywood elite reads it and makes movies that academia sees—and here’s academia confirming their thinking which they now consider proven since this same vicious circle is so common. It's a wonder minorities have any work ethics at all with this unintended liberal conspiracy so thoroughly wrecking their work ethics!
She’s of course correct that the reality cop shows are not representative of reality in any sense. They’re a reductionistic and sensationalistic look at a systems problem, and they’re about a dysfunctional culture looking for escape from pain and boredom and alienation. In a way, though, they're about the bleeding hearts' chickens coming home to roost. The handwriting is on the wall and the liberals, academics, and Hollywood elites who precipitated this dysfunctionality should be the ones paying to fix it. Except the way they'd attempt to fix it would only make it worse! They've collectively wrecked a generation of minority young.
Liberals, academics, and Hollywood elites collectively wrecked a generation of minority young