The greatest social destruction I've noticed, while I've been driving every inch of Canada and the US , is the absence of children playing outside. Compared to my childhood, I find it shocking to be able to leave my home right now and not see one child outside. I've notice this for the last 10 years everywhere I've been. I personally see this as a sign of a failed society.
You are absolutly correct. Go to the head of the class.
This is what law has done for us. This is after a thousand years of law laboring to break down community power. What strength has law if people are not afraid of their neighbors? People, if left to themselves could police themselves, guard their children, teach responsibility to the older for the younger, and discipline their own. What we get is more law brutalizing the very people it is meant to correct. It cures no one, and makes worse animals after than before. Law justifies itself with ever greater levels of need.
Here is an example of need: J.Edgar Hoover went every year to congress asking for ever greater levels of funding to combat communists when the American Communist Party was defunct for all practical purposes, and supported by the FBI. What he could count on was all the congressmen who supported him because they where victims of his secret surveilance, or feared the smear he was not above using without evidence, and they would get in line to give him money.
What does it take for communities to put some one in charge of watching the kids so they can get outside. In my small home town every kid feared every parent like his own. All made common cause against the delinquents among us. Each window was a port hole on a sea of trouble, and no one thought they were acting alone unless they could see no dwelling. Sure, we had our perverts and some bullies, a few cat torturers and petty criminals. No one ever planned a mass murder or a real injury to anyone. Damned little property damage was done. Many adventures were had, and everyone got out alive.
So, even today; what are the actual chances that kids playing with other kids are going to be snatched and lost for good? The chances are perhaps very small, and I have heard small as far as statistics go. But the fear is rife. Having law means having no power to directly defend your children or threaten anyone. Teachers have no power. Parents have no true power. Law and lawyers have power, but even now, unable to protect people, they consume a vast portion of our resources for no feeling of safety. The thing does not work.
The greatest danger is this: since no one actually has power over their own children, all children are in danger from other children. You see; children are protected by law, but are not subject to law, so they are a threat to everyone so soon as they learn their status. The situation is not natural, and is not conducive to the re-creation of society in the young. And society cannot be held together with threat or force, but must result ultimately from love, and there is little of that. So I agree. It is social destruction, community destruction and the destruction of nation so that the powers of law, police, prisons, and in the end, fear, can rule us.