The following appeared in a recent edition of Sunday News. As you read this, please bear in mind that what is described here is officially fictional. The line from the Commentariat is that this sort of thing never actually occurs and certainly could not exist. The official Commentariat talking points are that human beings are not like this, and are incapable of acting and thinking as this article describes.
If, by scintilla of remote probability, there may be some truth in the construct narrated below, it would only be because something (certainly not Unbelief) has made victims of these unfortunates.
Pre-Teens Dream of Kids and Dole
Last updated 05:00 31/07/2011
Lots of babies, lots of partners, lots of houses and lots of benefits.
Welcome to the career dream of young boys already failing in the education system.
Alison Sutherland, who works in Wairarapa schools with children who have behavioural problems, says many of the boys she deals with – who haven’t even reached their teenage years – can only see being the father of children and living with their mothers ahead. “That is their career future,” she said of youngsters who were opting out of education and employment because they saw babies as a source of income.
But coupled with the desire for children was a complete lack of understanding of what being a good parent might entail. “There is no warmth about loving little children or wanting to be good parents. It is purely about this being a pathway to an income,” the one-time principal of a youth justice facility school said. “They have a perception that their future is to be unemployed. That is their norm. They have no sensitivity for the children – they see it as their form of income.”
Sutherland said in some cases the children were merely repeating what they saw in their own homes. “They perceive that they’ll get a girl pregnant. She will be on some form of benefit and will get a house, and that they’ll live with them, and that is their income. “They live with mum, who often has a number of children and boyfriends. . . .Their reality is that the men in their lives live off mum, so they say, `Why would I get a job? I don’t need one, I’ll be like whoever the chap is who is living with mum at the moment’.”
What lessons can we draw from this? Firstly, these young lads described in the article are being perfectly rational. In terms of the world New Zealand has created for them, they are acting in a perfectly understandable way, merely doing what we all do. They are maximising their economic utility. The State pays unemployed (and even working) people more money if they have children–so, there are financial returns and rewards from “having kids”. It is money for jam, for nothing.
Secondly, this situation represents our version of child labour and child slavery. Children are being brought into the world as “earners”. Their worth and dignity only extends to their causing the state-funded “free” money spigots to open for the parents. To maintain the return, all one needs do is keep them with a semblance of life; as long as they are barely breathing they are useful and tolerable as “earners”. At this point there is simply no difference from the impersonal objectivisation of children for economic gain that we decry in ”Third World” countries and the England of Charles Dickens. The children born into the “families” described above are equally destroyed. They may even suffer worse.
The same politics of “guilt and pity” that protest so vehemently against child labour in Third World sweatshops is producing the same realities here at home. But because “we” are the ones doing it, somehow different standards apply. We, after all, are Enlightened Ones. Our Human Rights utopia has brought us this world, so it cannot be really bad. Just a few minor tweaks will see us right.
Thirdly, the only solution the materialistic humanist can offer at the end of the day is more State-borrowed money and more State controls and powers to throw at the problem. If only more money were bestowed on such people, things would be better. It is fatuous economic determinism at its ignorant worst.
And, particularly, money for education. Let’s not forget the wonderful redeeming power of state funded largesse upon the temples of government schools which are powerful to turn people into new-model citizens. Granted it has not worked thus far–but, if we just had a bit more money voted for at-risk kids in schools . . . That would be the ticket.
And what we also need is monitoring. Every one of these kids needs to be on a national database as soon as they are born. Better yet, they should be implanted with a micro-chip to measure and transmit their vitals at all times. From this we will be able to tell when these kids are not getting enough food or being beaten up or abused. We could then intervene successfully. So, better throw money at that, too. And an army of state functionaries to maintain constant twenty-four hour electronic surveillance. Just to be sure we are not being discriminatory, we had better implant chips in all children. So, on it goes. It is awe-inspiring–this alleged redemptive power of State extorted and borrowed money. What a glorious world redistribution creates! We don’t know how clever we are.
Now it is normally at this point that the stock Unbeliever begins to complain about our negative sarcasm, our constant criticism, always tearing down those who are at least trying to do something about the problem. But if you are poisoning society, and if all your Unbelieving solutions involve just more deadly doses of the same poison, why does it surprise you if we Christians criticise you without ceasing? Child slavery and child exploitation is what it is–evil. Your Unbelief has created it, institutionalised it, and magnified it. It is not just that people are doing evil things–you are paying them and incentivising them to treat children as economic objects. The problem and guilt is owned by every individual who has to this point bought into the “party line”. Even to go along with passive consent is to bear guilt for what we have done and are doing as a society. So man up. Own it. And repent.
How long do you need to live under the curses of God’s holy Covenant before you realise that our only real hope lies in turning back to Him? Whilst the hour is late, it is not yet too late. Whilst a hundred blows on the back of the fool make no impression, one word to the wise is sufficient.
Consider carefully the description of our burgeoning underclass society presented in the article above. What are you going to do, O Unbelieving man: double down, or repent?
Cross posted at: ContraCelsum