Killers` Release Logical Result Of Socialist World View

Having just voted overwhelmingly
for the socialism of Tony Blair, the good folk of
Great Britain are now amazed and alarmed to discover
that what they are getting in return are the logical
consequences of the socialism they voted for. Last
week, the British government announced that the convicted
teenage killers
of a 2-year-old boy would be
released from prison—because they now present “no
unacceptable risk to the public.”

The killers, Jon Venables and
Robert Thompson, both now 18, have been in the slammer
for all of a whopping eight years, in place of what
should have been a life term. Eight years in prison,
of course, is less than many crooks serve for stealing
cars, but the crime that Venables and Thompson
committed was an act of almost unprecedented brutality
in a country that has given the world Jack the Ripper
and the Moors
of the 1960s.

At the age of 10, the two
kidnapped 2-year-old James
from a shopping mall, sexually abused him,
tortured him and then laid his body on a railroad
track where it was cut in two—all for the sheer fun
of it. The crime made headlines
not only in Britain but in other Third World countries
as well. When they were convicted, most people,
including the Brits, thought they would end their days
in prison.

But after what the Home
Secretary assures
the world was “very careful consideration,” the
two are now loose again. It`s true they can`t see
each other or go to the county where they committed
the crime, and they`re supposed to live under the
false identities the government has given them.
Moreover, as the government also hastens to say, they
can be taken into custody any time there is “any
evidence that they present a danger to the public.”

How comforting. In the first
place, what more, exactly, would two men who kidnap,
torture, molest, mutilate, and murder a young child
for fun have to do to suggest that they just might
present a danger to the public? In the second place,
if there is any evidence that anybody presents a
danger to the public, he or she can also be taken into
custody, so what special protections against the
future fun of these two killers does the public have?

Many in Britain, not least the
mother of the butchered James Bulger, are outraged,
but what did they expect? What they need to grasp is
that the bland denial of justice the government has
perpetrated by releasing the killers comes precisely
from the world-view embraced by the British—and to
no small degree, all Western—government today.

The socialism espoused by Prime
Minister Blair and his party is based on the
supposition that human beings are merely the products
of their social environment, that crime, poverty, war,
racial bigotry, religious prejudice and all other
evils are caused by exploitation, largely capitalist
in origins but nowadays believed by the more
progressive elements amongst us to be due in part also
to racial and sexual stereotypes.
In order to cure these evils, we have to cure the
social environment itself.

But we can do that, you see,
only if the state is big enough and powerful enough to
overcome the resistance of selfish vested interests
and only if the right experts are empowered to do the
social engineering. In the case of Venables and
Thompson, we are assured, they were. “All the experts
have testified to the remorse and the change in these
two young men,” their lawyer tells the press.

The same socialist state that
plans the economy and redistributes wealth also
purports to remove the “root causes” of crime in
the minds of human beings. There is no human nature,
no in-born disposition to behave one way or another,
let alone such quaint notions as individual
responsibility or justice, consisting of reward when
people do good and punishment when they do bad. There
are only “social constructions” that have been
built up artificially and can be deconstructed.
That`s what the progressive element claims to have
done to Venables and Thompson.

People who vote for socialism
get not only its economic consequences but also its
moral and social consequences. What they shouldn`t
expect to get is justice, so why should they be amazed
when a socialist government not only lets real
murderers go free but, sooner or later, as most
socialist governments of our time have done, starts
murdering people itself? If you think human beings are
merely gadgets to be constructed and reconstructed by
experts, you will probably wind up tying them across
railroad tracks for the fun of it yourself. My guess
is that we haven`t heard the last of Venables and
Thompson. Some day they might even get elected to


29, 2001