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Our Duty To Mankind

posted at 1:19 pm on January 13, 2010 by

Horrible images of devastation are flooding in from Haiti, in the wake of a massive earthquake that has reportedly left thousands dead. Disaster relief is on the way, with the lion’s share coming from the United States, of course. The U.S. military counterattacks tragedy as quickly as attacks from enemy nations, and a brigade of government and civilian relief agencies is never far behind them. In a nation with 22% real unemployment, people who haven’t worked in months are digging deep to make Red Cross donations.

Who will pay for the lion’s share of disaster relief, after the lion goes broke?

The governments and people of other nations make admirable efforts, but none has the combination of strength and compassion that makes Americans the first to lift debris from broken bodies, or raise emergency medical tents where hospitals once stood. The selfish and brutal tyrannies jockeying for dominance of the post-American world do not have the heart, and the good people fearfully watching their shadows lengthen don’t have the wealth.

Make no mistake: it is wealth that feeds the hungry, cures the sick, and mends the broken. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom, and wealth allows the tangible expression of compassion. Right now, the Red Cross can use hard cash from capitalists more than sincere best wishes from penniless bystanders. Kind hearts and helplessness blend into despair.

Mankind cannot afford to watch America slide into a socialist coma. It cannot endure the voice of freedom fading into a whisper. Those unemployed people sending their bottom dollar to help the people of Haiti would do more if they could. They don’t want to be unemployed. Businesses don’t want to lay people off. A nation with our incredible resources and human capital has no end of work to do. High unemployment means we see a future in which endeavor is pointless, and risk is foolish… but only through enterprise and risk can we create the fabulous wealth that turns the love of a noble people into waves of food and medicine, to fill the wounds of the world.

If we allow selfish politicians to mortgage the future, to feed their hunger for power, we’re doing more than just saddling our children with a mountain of debt. We’re draining the strength they will need to help the victims of tsunamis, earthquakes, and famines to come. We’re sentencing them to watch the disasters of the future in helpless frustration. We are not just mortgaging their comforts… we’re devouring the economic bone and muscle they need to fulfill the destiny that was left for them by the heroes of our past, and telling them they can’t be heroes, because we weren’t strong and proud enough to be free.

Thank God we still have the wealth and will to help the people of Haiti today. If we let the architects of the socialist state build a hospice where we can die quietly, we won’t be able to help the people of tomorrow, either domestically or abroad. It’s about time we remembered our duty to mankind, and accept the truth that only the industry of free men can defeat hunger, poverty, and disease.

To donate to the Red Cross relief effort, click here.

Update: great round-up of more ways to help from the Anchoress here.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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Capitalism didn’t give the world more natural resources, it only helped us use them better. Policies and philosophy matter a lot. (Far more than I wish, actually.) Many modern liberals act from a desire to help people, but they set up policies that will hurt them in the long run.

Reminds me of education in this country. If you want to make a monetary donation to improve education, you would do better to send it to the Heritage Foundation than many public school districts in this country. And if you want to help the poor and hurt, the long term answer is not to throw socialism-style money at them, it’s to set up a wealth-producing system like capitalism.

kc8ukw on January 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Well done kindly Doctor.

Mason on January 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Well said. Humanitarian aid, even that which is doled out from the government, is a result of wealth and prosperity, not of a generous government.

joe_doufu on January 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Having been in Haiti in the 90s as a Special Forces soldier working to re-install Aristide (a mistake), having seen firsthand the absolute and total corruption which has taken a country with natural resources enough to support itself, I feel overwhleming sympathy for the people who would, under normal circumstances, turn to the government for help. Heavy equipment, med care, relief supplies etc. simply don’t exist in numbers enough to help themselves. All the foreign aid I saw was either warehoused, sold illegally to the very people it was intended to be GIVEN to, or traded to smugglers for guns, drugs etc. This is a SERIOUSLY poor country who’s leadership for decades has taken what is given to bloat itself while F***ing its citizenry. I said a silent prayer this morning for those I remember there, the staggering uphill battle they have and how the internal response could have been so much greater had it not been for the well-known 3rd world corruption. Truly a sad situation.
Thanks for listening.

redneckjoe on January 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Damn straight, Doctor.

KinleyArdal on January 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Make no mistake: it is wealth that feeds the hungry, cures the sick, and mends the broken. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom, and wealth allows the tangible expression of compassion.

Mankind cannot afford to watch America slide into a socialist coma.

Do people even comprehend what the world could be like if we are no longer a superpower?

Do they really understand what is at stake here?

Consider how bad the dark ages would have been if the world had the weaponry that exists today.

What if when the roman empire collapsed (this is probably the best analogy available) there had been nuclear and other such weapons of mass destruction.

People casually voted for “change” – well, they need to remember that change can be bad – Really bad.

Chainsaw56 on January 13, 2010 at 4:55 PM

http://www.cbms.org/dnn/

I posted this on Allahpundit’s entry as well. Check out this ministry/charity. Focused on Haiti for 20 years, well connected to get stuff done. They have no paid staff, just huge hearts.

Robert17 on January 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Dr. Zero , you are a Hero.

5u93rm4n on January 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM

In gratitude for our many blessings and in sorrow for those whose lives have been destroyed, I followed Doc’s advise and donated my fees today to the Red Cross.

It’s about time we remembered our duty to mankind, and accept the truth that only the industry of free men can defeat hunger, poverty, and disease.

The industry, freely given, of a free and moral people.

publiuspen on January 14, 2010 at 12:56 AM

And thank you for your service redneckjoe.

Browncoatone on January 14, 2010 at 3:26 AM

Do people even comprehend what the world could be like if we are no longer a superpower?

Do they really understand what is at stake here?

Chainsaw56

Apparently not.

The governments and people of other nations make admirable efforts, but none has the combination of strength and compassion that makes Americans the first to lift debris from broken bodies, or raise emergency medical tents where hospitals once stood. The selfish and brutal tyrannies jockeying for dominance of the post-American world do not have the heart, and the good people fearfully watching their shadows lengthen don’t have the wealth.

Make no mistake: it is wealth that feeds the hungry, cures the sick, and mends the broken. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom, and wealth allows the tangible expression of compassion.

A+

beachgirlusa on January 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Make no mistake: it is wealth that feeds the hungry, cures the sick, and mends the broken.

Something the church has known for a long time: “His word may be given freely, but parchment and ink are not.”

Dark-Star on January 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM