Over at the Belmont Club there is a better response than mine to the article So what do you do when your home is burgled? He quotes a passage from George Orwell’s 1984 and notes the similarities. Another book is applicable here as well. F. A. Hayek was trying to warn Briton about the hazards of socialism because of what he saw in Nazi Germany when he wrote The Road to Serfdom. Hayek argues that when the government takes responsibility for the welfare of the people they will create more problems than they solve. The socialist mind will conclude the reason the government failed is because didn’t have enough power given to them. They will obtain the additional power and things will continue to worsen and again they will say it wasn’t a problem with the concept of government control it was that they didn’t have enough. The cycle continues and no matter how benign and well intentioned the initiators the concentration of power attracts the attention of the worse sort of people–the Hitlers and the Stalins of the world. Ruthless and driven they will seize the power given to the government and will abuse it. The only way to prevent that from happening is to not give the power to the government in the first place.
How ironic, both Hayek and Orwell wrote while in the U.K. as warnings for the British people and now those people are facing the very thing they were warned about 60 years ago.