Welfare Cheques, and Progressive Kindness

…our society has decided to write off these people. Nobody says this, of course. But those inside the inner city know it, and those who used to be inside it, or next door to it, and who have fled to the suburbs, also know it. The fact that white liberals refuse to talk about it, and the fact that white conservatives are too scared to talk about it, is neither here nor there. The whites have written off all the blacks and most of the Hispanics. They have written them off in two ways. First, they have moved as far away from them as they can. Second, they pay state and local taxes to bottle them up inside restricted geographical areas.

Conservatives know why this system works, but liberals dare not admit it. Conservatives understand fully that the welfare system keeps recipients permanently poor. Nobody gets out, or at least no statistically significant number of people ever get out. Then, because they cannot afford to get out, the system keeps them tied geographically to the inner city. It is the only place where they can afford the real estate. Various government programs subsidize rentals.

Whites invented this system in the 1870’s. They called it the reservation system back then. We still do. This is what the inner city and the barrio are today. They are reservations. The political strategy is still the same: give piddling amounts of money in the form of welfare checks, and addict those inside these restricted areas to these welfare checks. If they leave the reservation, they don’t get the checks anymore. It worked with the Indians. It is surely working with the inner cities today. But, of course, no liberal is going to go public and say what is obvious. That would be politically incorrect. It would be politically indiscreet.

Gary North, The Inner City as a Reservation System

The Progressives are not the Black man’s friend, despite their pious posing.

They never were.

Lesson learned? Be careful and cautious about taking free money from anyone, even if you’re poor.

And never take free money from the State. It’s stolen money, and it’s their to chain you up, cripple you, and enslave you.

And, worse of all, you’ll learn to love your chains.

Slavery doesn’t start with the slaveholders. It starts with the slaves. It doesn’t start when someone draws a gun and forces others to work for them. It starts when the others refuse to take care of themselves and their families, when they ask for someone to give them what they want—from cradle to grave.


Bojidar Marinov, quoted in The Essence of Slavery

Don’t take the cheese: not the free welfare cheques, and not the free schools.

This exodus from the public schools should be promoted by inner-city churches. I think at some point, this is what they are going to do. Until they do, their members are going to be locked inside the reservation system.

Gary North, The Inner City as a Reservation System

That is what Black Americans (…and all Blacks… and all Americans…) need to do.

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