When rulers despise the ruled: Glenn Reynolds

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(From The USA Today)

It’s like The Hunger Games: the Capital City, and its hangers-on, flourish, while the provinces starve…

…”But there was a fundamental problem with the decision that you can see rippling now throughout the West. Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections. Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.

Nothing in their lives will get worse. The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street — that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected. They were left to struggle, not gradually and over the years but suddenly and in an air of ongoing crisis that shows no signs of ending — because nobody cares about them enough to stop it.”

That’s exactly right. And many leaders in this country have a similar disposition to Merkel.

As we’ve said before, for some people, American or German citizenship is their only source of “wealth.” But the powers that be act as if such citizenship means nothing. A vestige of another time.

Such is the fate of the underlings. They will always be with us I suppose. With their backward ways. They’ll figure out how to get along with the refugees eventually. As for me the slopes in Chamonix are calling…

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