There is a phrase that I use at work from time to time to illustrate and explain the apparent laziness of those people who seem to have the easiest of jobs but who fail, again and again to do them efficiently or correctly. Unfortunately the phrase has proven correct more often than I care to remember.
The truism? “The less people do the less they want to do.”
I’ve used it time and again but I’ve never thought of it as being applicable to an entire society or an entire social system. It is.
This is a lesson in socialism and Theodore Dalrymple has it learned well.