Monday, October 4, 2010

Frontiers in Creative Destruction



The noble struggle against the perils of socialism has reached a new zenith in Obion County, Tennessee:

In this rural section of Tennessee, Gene Cranick’s home caught on fire. As the Cranicks fled their home, their neighbors alerted the county’s firefighters, who soon arrived at the scene. Yet when the firefighters arrived, they refused to put out the fire, saying that the family failed to pay the annual subscription fee to the fire department. Because the county’s fire services for rural residences is based on household subscription fees, the firefighters, fully equipped to help the Cranicks, stood by and watched as the home burned to the ground.
The firefighters were there to stand and watch only because the owner of the neighboring property had paid his fees, so when the fire spread there -- fire being stubbornly indifferent to the important distinctions between the rich and poor, neglectful and observant, deserving and undeserving -- they stopped paring their nails and rolled out the hoses.

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