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Hot Air Drives Crime

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Hot Air Drives Crime

"The 'Drivers of Crime' talk fest held on Friday produced no surprises. Once again our bureaucrats have produced a rambling of predictable, ineffective hot air," said Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Social Welfare Spokesman, today.

"As expected, no-one was able to identify the entrenched incentives installed by the state that have produced New Zealand's too-high levels of criminality and violence today. None of those invited have the wit, or the desire, to think outside conventional lines. Instead we are given empty rhetoric promoting more government interference when it is social engineering and intervention which brought us to this point."

Mr Osborne is responding to some of the suggestions such as early intervention for young offenders, more 'community involvement' and tougher regulation on alcohol supply, to name a few. "This talk fest should have been called 'Patch job on crime' although this patch job won't improve anything."

Osborne makes some suggestions of his own. "Firstly, institutionalised compulsory welfarism must be eliminated Rather than tax the rest of New Zealand to fund an incentive to avoid and shy away from the opportunities that life provides, welfare should become a voluntary charity. When children are born into a welfare family, either by accident or by welfare incentive, they are dealt a bum card from the get-go. Many find that their existence is barely acknowledged by their own parents; the recognition they receive by fellow gang members, who are often in the same predicament, is more supportive. No amount of state-initiated 'early intervention' or 'community involvement' will reverse this trend."

He continues, "The state must get out of our children's minds. State education is merely a tool to douse any flame of original thought a child may have. We have all been conditioned to accept Nanny State's contrived world, leaving us without any ability to imagine the infinite possibilities that would exist if Nanny stopped interfering at every turn. We have become nothing short of willing slaves, quivering at the knees at any thought of personal independence."

"It is no accident that gangs have become bigger, more numerous, more violent and more powerful than ever before. The war on drugs has given them an extremely lucrative means of income. Until laws surrounding drugs are reversed, gangs will become richer and more powerful regardless of counter manoeuvres by police and legislators. This is a war that will never be won as long as current thinking prevails."

"Instead of handing the monopoly of force to criminals through gun regulation, peaceful, freedom loving citizens must be able to gain the means to rightfully defend their lives, property and families. Our laws, and policing policies, must reflect this."

"Finally, governments must peel back the regulations, laws and taxes that only serve to stifle opportunity. So overbearing has the state become that even highly resourceful people have to hesitate before endeavouring to initiate any business enterprise. It is little wonder that those at the bottom of the heap give up and seek greater rewards in crime."

Osborne concludes, "Libertarianz have a constitution that severely restricts the size and influence of government, to protect the rights of citizens." He says to those invited to the talk fest, "Get out of the way. You have done more than enough damage already. No sense of purpose could ever be achieved while you enforce your institutionalised thinking on everyone."

"It's Enough to Make you Vote Libertarianz!"

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