Human nature is unchanging, predictable -- and can be dangerous if ignored.
Five-time deportee and seven-time felon
The alleged killer told a local TV station that he came to
Can it be that announcing such exemptions actually draws in foreign citizens who have arrived in the U.S. illegally and committed crimes?
What is true compassion -- deporting a repeat felon like Lopez-Sanchez back to his home country, or turning him loose on potential victims such as
But not long ago, after the riots that followed suspect
Amid the rioting, Rawlings-Blake infamously assured
The murder rate in
Is it possible that when offenders became convinced they would not necessary be arrested or even questioned -- and would be given space to burn, while police were blamed for being too proactive -- these offenders became more visible, and police less visible?
Given human nature, people also like to blame their self-created dilemmas on cosmic forces not of their own making. Take
The Greeks spent what they could not earn faster even than it could be lent. Now,
But do not suggest to the Greeks that their own endemic tax avoidance, featherbedding and corruption caused their financial collapse. It is so much easier for humans to blame "them": in this case, German creditors who either loaned Greeks too much money, or made too much money on the loans, or who had Nazi grandparents who once occupied
O'Malley and his wife, a district court judge, have together made more than
Again, it is someone else's fault. But did the O'Malley's have to send one child to
Why should taxpayers -- the overwhelming majority of whom make less than the O'Malleys and do not choose to send their children to tony schools like Georgetown -- lament the family's staggering debt?
In all these cases, progressivism assured us that human nature -- self-centered and predictable -- could be improved. Enlightened new theories and policies promised to change behavior by no longer ensuring hurtful punishments or consequences for bad behavior and unwise choices.
In truth, if humans do not face bridles on their often dangerous appetites and recklessness, they are emboldened to do a great deal of damage, not just to themselves but also to others.
Those who borrow sums that they cannot pay back usually blame those who lent them the money -- not their own appetites. And elites never seem to pay firsthand for the consequences of their own naive -- and selfish -- theories about human nature.