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Moral Decline Caused Crime, Not Poverty
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RE: Moral Decline Caused Crime, Not Poverty
(08-17-2019 05:26 PM)Garuda Wrote:  It's interesting that Sowell talked about how blacks rose out of poverty between the civil war and LBJ's great society movement and that it fell apart between the large migration of blacks from the south (which he was a part of) that changed the national black culture and the moral decay (ie single mother households) that limited children's access to human capital (knowledge, skills, talents and education) which limits physical wealth. He noted that his parents had a NYC-born black to show him the public library system to further his educational success.

This goes back to when he talked about children and academic success being linked to parental involvement (approx. 5:00-7:00 minute mark). The thing is that the lack of parental involvement is also responsible for the moral decay that precludes an increase in crime beginning in the 60's.

This was known in prewar days as well.

Quote:He points out that in 1926, Minnesota Gov.Theodore Christianson established a state crime commission. At the end of its research, the commission concluded that criminal tendencies were not the result of poverty, education or environment. Instead, it made the following observation: “Every baby starts life as a little savage.He is completely selfish and self-centered, he wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys,his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless.He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children,are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.”

If parents don't bring their kids out of that self-centered world through the installation of virtue through education and religious instruction so they can gain human capital, the kids will end up violent savages.

It is not surprising that the moral decay also correlates with the rise of the modern female worker unit who chooses career over kids. It is also not surprising that social justice impedes efforts to combat the decay by telling people that they are being malevolently restricted from goals by certain groups, which causes them to not to pursue those goals and better themselves in the first place.

This is correct. I will elaborate a bit from a Christian perspective. Christianity recognizes, and seeks to overcome, the fallen nature of man. The Bible describes human nature as innately fallen from birth, incapable of true goodness (without God’s assistance) and unwilling (on our own) to seek the face of God. From our birth, we are neither innocent nor inclined toward goodness. Instead, we are born as the offspring of Adam, inclined toward sin:

Quote:Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.
Romans 5:12.

America's greatest Christian theologian, Jonathan Edwards, referred to his own children as "little vipers." He explained:

Quote:And that little children have a negative virtue or innocence, in relation to the positive acts and hurtful effects of vice, is no argument that they have not a corrupt nature within them: for let their nature be ever so corrupt, yet surely it is no wonder that they be not guilty of positive wicked action, before they are capable of any moral action at all. A young viper has a malignant nature, though incapable of doing a malignant action, and at present appearing a harmless creature.

If you are a parent, you have empirical evidence from which to draw. You know that you do not need to teach your infant to be selfish, impatient, rude, and demanding. In fact, infants must be taught to be just the opposite, because goodness is not a quality innate in humans. Parents must teach children how to love, how to think beyond their own needs and desires, how to share, and how to appreciate others.

Remember the famous experiment where monkeys were taken from their mothers and raised without any personal contact, comfort, or love? How did they turn out? They became sociopaths: angry, evil, and dangerous. This was their intrinsic nature, unless their parents instilled something different. Nurturing human parents produce healthy and well-adjusted offspring. Sick societies produce sick individuals.
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