The old “top down” ways of responding to threat are tired and ineffective. The answer to our problems is NOT to cede power to a government “mommy” who will always take care of us. “Mommy” is old and slow and thuggish. The key: Do it yourself.
Now I can pay someone to do it and that is and at times the best option (that is a form of doing it myself), but I am the captain of my own destiny. I may at times (voluntarily) join with others (like in an HOA) in order to get a certain outcome. I may choose to pay for a gated community with its own security patrols. But I am driving the bus, so the speak. That is a radically Conservative position. And it assumes that if I make bad choices I will suffer bad things–no one will step in to save me from myself. No one will prevent me from making stupid decision. Fraud/lying is punished because that has a direct impact on my choices–the truth is needed, here. There will indeed be charity, but that is NOT “mommy” government stepping in to shield me from reality. I can insure against catastrophe and bad events in general, but catastrophes will indeed happen. And that’s why we rely on charity.
Think about it for a moment. “Mommy” doesn’t make sure all taxis have special “medallions” and never harm me. The guy down the street may instead be my Uber driver and the company itself will vet him to make sure that their reputation as a company stays intact. But of course there will be some mistakes–heaven knows there are now. Same with all licensing of all types. But of course that means that YOU need to do your due diligence.
The answer is information. The answer is transparency. Reputation is bruited about far and wide. In years past you could do poorly, say, 10% of the time and no one would be the wiser. But now even a single irritated customer can cause you huge damage. You need to be competent virtually 100% of the time now. There is no need for “mommy” to get involved at all, unless there is a crime. The government should enforce honesty, but not much else.
As the song goes: Arm yourself, because no one else here will save you.
In other words, we seem to have hit “peak Leftism.” THAT is Hillary’s biggest problem. I strongly suspect that we either reform or we split. I hope we reform. I think we will, but we need to form “a more perfect union.”