What The State Does Not Provide

In a piece where Daniel Pipes looks at the President’s stated polices on combating extremism and other bad things, one finds this quote:

“Poverty does not cause violence and terrorism. Lack of education does not cause terrorism. But just as there is no excuse for the wanton slaughter of innocents, there is no denying that when children have no hope for an education, when young people have no hope for a job and feel disconnected from the modern world, when governments fail to provide for the basic needs of their people, then people become more susceptible to ideologies of violence and death.”

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Further, let’s focus on the statement, “when governments fail to provide for the basic needs of their people, then people become more susceptible to ideologies of violence and death,” for it contains two stunning errors. First, it assumes the socialist fiction that governments provide basic needs. No. Other than in a few commodity-rich states, governments protect and offer legal structures, while the market provides.

Beautifully put, Mr. Pipes: “governments protect and offer legal structures, while the market provides.” Of course, if the current administration does not understand this with reference to the United States, I suppose that we should find it of no surprise that they would apply this same thinking to other countries as well, neh?