Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mark Steyn: Live Free or Die

If you'd like to get a glimpse of why Mark Steyn is one of my favourite writers and, in my opinion, one of the most important voices when it comes to current affairs and our future, then please read this (or this PDF). Read it carefully but do read it!

Here's a snippet:

In most of the developed world, the state has gradually annexed all the responsibilities of adulthood—health care, child care, care of the elderly—to the point where it's effectively severed its citizens from humanity's primal instincts, not least the survival instinct. Europe's addiction to big government, unaffordable entitlements, cradle-to-grave welfare, and a dependence on mass immigration needed to sustain it has become an existential threat to some of the oldest nation-states in the world. And now the last holdout, the United States, is embarking on the same grim path.


M Anderson said...

Funny I was reading this article while listening to the Roy Green show this afternoon. He had a guest that was trying to justify cutting healthcare to people who did things he didn't agree with. This is the email I sent Mr. Green.

Hello Mr. Green
I found it interesting that while listening to Michael Pearly (not sure if spelled right) on your show this afternoon I was at the same time reading this article written by Mark Steyn. I’m always troubled when I hear these political busybodies always finding ways to justify controlling peoples choices. Isn’t funny how they justify everything they want to ban on how much these things cost the state and that the state interest must exceed individual free choice. Make no mistake this has nothing to do with healthcare costs. If they wanted to fix that maybe they could look into the greed, the corruption, the incompetence and the complete lack of accountability of everyone involved in it. This is more to do with socialists who are still delusional enough to think they can create a perfect society and want to demonize and stamp out groups and behaviors that don’t fit their perfection. They will use their statistics which are easily skewed and dollar figures they seem to pull out of thin air as none will give you any real amount. It is unfortunate that our healthcare system has become nothing more than an avenue where these people can try and micro manages everyone elses lives. Do as we say or we cut you off and just because we are non-smokers don’t think we are immune to this, if history has taught us anything they will eventually come for us.
Mark Anderson.

Pelalusa said...


Thank you for your comment and good on you to write Roy Green!

You'll definitely want to listen to Mark Steyn's new podcast, as he touches on precisely what you've written about