Culture War Dispatches

from a Progressive People's Republic

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Run for your life!

Charles Phillips of Concord is thrilled that hundreds of millions of people are “active in social justice” grassroots organizations (Boston Globe letter 3/24/10). From my point of view, most of these “environmental and peace and justice organizations” do not, as Phillips claims, “make a better world.” Most are filled with busybodies who want to write laws, expand government and tell everyone else how to live their lives. For example, Mr. Phillips cites “citizen lobbying efforts…toward…local food purchases.” Why do we need local food lobbyists? If you want local food, buy local food; don’t pass laws forcing your neighbors to follow your example.

Another citizen of Concord, Henry David Thoreau, wrote in Walden: “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is greatly overrated…If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely right. We have something locally called "sustainability targets" (a busybody's dream) that advocate buying 80% of our food locally. Fine, they can advocate anything they want, but of course the local producers are looking for a government handout to promote it. We live in Canada, so that green dream may have a little trouble providing the morning coffee and orange juice. What a load of codswallop. As always, these warm and fuzzy ideas involve sticking hands in the taxpayer's pocket.