Just a thought on this Tory thing about hanging all the bureaucrats and getting people to do things locally, themselves, as a voluntary community.
The one point I\’ve not yet seen put across seems to be the most important one to me. It\’s a variation of the economist\’s idea of revealed preference.
We currently have several armies\’ worth of people whose paid job is to shepherd the proles into certain forms of organisation and behaviour. The worry seems to be that if these roles were devolved down to a community of volunteers, then they wouldn\’t get done. The proles would be unshepherded for the proles can\’t be arsed to do said shepherding.
From that economist\’s view this is just absolutely fine of course. Not only shouldn\’t we believe what others say the proles should do, how they should be shepherded, we shouldn\’t believe what us proles say about how we should be shepherded either. We should only look at that amount of shepherding that we proles can be bothered to do.
For, by definition, that\’s the only amount of it that\’s worth the effort of doing.
So, things that are undone by leaving them to be done voluntarily are those things which should not be done anyway as people are not willing to do them voluntarily.
And furthermore, those arguing that they will be left undone because people can\’t be bothered to do them are those who are insisting that the things should not be done in the first place. For they are insisting that people don\’t think they are worth doing and since value is in the eye of the actor doing the doing, they\’re not if they are indeed undone.
Which is a very amusing place for all those lefties to be. We can\’t leave people alone to do or not do these things for they\’ll not get done. Excellent, they shouldn\’t be done then!