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If something needs doing -

The Scotsman writes, “Modern voters are strongly aspirational. Voters in Middle England may aspire to create wealth. Voters in Middle Scotland may aspire to achieve social fairness. But both sets of voters want the same thing. An aspirational government with motivating leadership.”

Aside from the ludicrousness of making these sweeping generalizations, there is the usual message that government does everything – inspires, aspires, and makes the sun rise.

This is a fascist idea, a socialist idea, and a communist idea. Its main problem is that it is wrong. Some people in Britain believe it because they never learned their own true history.

Roger Scruton observed -

“Almost the entire social order of the country arose from private initiatives. Schools, colleges and universities; municipalities, hospitals, theatres; festivals and even the army regiments, all tell the same story: some public-spirited amateur, raising funds, setting out principles, acquiring premises, and then bequeathing his [or her] achievement to trustees or to the Crown. . .Even the sovereign, embarking on some charitable enterprise, did so, as a rule, as a private individual, creating another autonomous institution outside the control of the state. That is the English way. It is the way of people who are at home, and who refuse to be bossed about by those whom they regard as outsiders. Their attitude to officialdom reflected their conviction that, if something needs doing, then the person to do it is you.”

There is plenty of online support for Scruton's view in the histories of British hospitals, schools, libraries, towns, theatres, dance troupes, animal protection societies, coast guards, regiments. . .

Did the British people get everything right? No. Is there a role for the government? Yes. Is it the role its prima donnas want you to pay for? No.

Under both Labour and Conservative governments the state has developed a gross appetite for devouring the good that was created and managed for centuries by British citizens. It wants them under its control. It has a ravenous need to dominate them. Because its need has nothing to do with love, and surprisingly little to do with common sense, it ruins what it touches, and people pay. Ten thousand junior doctors are the latest losers.

Willfully, carelessly, and meanly the state trashes Britain’s inheritance. It makes British people think they can do nothing by themselves, nothing without the state dictating, ordering, interfering, arresting, fining, and taxing.

The state is wrong. The people might want to tell them.

Update via Volokh, "Among actual scientists, in the physical and biological sciences, the percentage who identify themselves as Marxists is zero."