25 Oct. 2007

John Howard's Australia

Reports to NSW child welfare authorities have "exploded" in the last five years, with one in 15 children now in need of care and protection.
To quote Confuscius:
"If you govern the people legalistically and control them by punishment, they will avoid crime, but have no personal sense of shame. If you govern them by means of virtue and control them with propriety, they will gain their own sense of shame, and thus correct themselves."
I hear Australian prison populations have increased by 50% since Howard came to power, even though there has been no corresponding rise in criminal activity. Maybe the bad guys are slipping under the radar?