Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Libertarian Samizdata continues to provide edification and amusement. Today's remarkable insight, from one Christian Michel (who "also writes on liberalia.com, one of Europe's leading libertarian websites"):
A modern State, all the more so if it claims to be democratic, is viable only when it rules a totally homogenous, uniform, undifferentiated population. Yet, whether we like it or not, populations will get more and more differentiated, by fortune, by education, by new ethnic awareness, by culture. States will either have to level down differences through brutal ethnic cleansing and economic intervention, with the risk of stifling innovation and prosperity, let alone human rights; or withdraw.

Well, then, the United States must really be going down the toilet. The population here is so differentiated that long-established members of the community who were literally working in the shadow of the ruined twin towers needed translators to talk to the Red Cross. Fanatics of one kind or another have been preaching the dangers of diversity here for more than a century and a half, yet they have somehow failed to materialize.

Ah, for the good old days, when only gibbering lunatics on the left preached the withering of the state...


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