Amongst all the fatalist police-statists and the resigned political cynics at the BBC Have Your Say on the govt's crime crackdown plan, Raymond Rudaizky seems to air a voice of restrained sensibility:
"Crime is only partially solved by punishment. The main reasons for crime rest in the society that is essentially created by Government. In my view, prolific crime in England and Wales is caused by this Government constantly ignoring the large number of under-privileged and doing everything in their power to assist the rich minority to get richer."
Perhaps, quite feasibly, loss of community - and therefore, loss of a sense of individual responsibility - is one factor of the second invisible hand of capitalism. Following through on Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, our society is one in which we are encouraged to trade with others, and otherwise take a stance of non-interference in others' matters. Unfortunately, perhaps we have managed to instill an air of private goods exchange through a technical infrastructure, but none of the rest of the philosophy along with - ideologies that are much harder to obtain via purely technical means.
I am by no means an objectivism advocate, but I understand that in order to be truly successful, and successfully true to its roots, there is much needed in the way of education within a society. Interaction through purely transactional and economic methods is, as an understatement, in no way naturally appealing to any of us, and so in order to arrive within a society in which the benefits of such thinking outweigh the possible disadvantanges, the way of the system must be understood by all. There are "contracts" and agreements inherent in the system - most of which we realise through laws. But these rules that are supposed to guide us to a "better world" are only useful for those that are in the system, and that understand it. Everyone else - including those who are not yet in it, and those who are, for one reason or another, excluded from it - are not bound by the rules. And so it is the 10,000 other devices that we as humans employ in order to make our way through life and the world that come moreso into play, and it is these devices as a natural occurence that objectivism and capitalism neglect to take into account. They say "this way is not natural, but it is good. You must be unnatural to be good, and if you are naturally-inclined, then you are bad (and we will punish you)."
Is there a get-out clause? We are encouraged to trade as much as possible, from birth until we die. We offer our goods and services for money, we offer our money for goods and services. The system wants us to be integrated into it as much as possible.
At what point does the system explain to me that I should consider others, or that my own life is worth something by itself, as it stands? I have been told that in order to be "successful", I must best others. I have been told that I must constantly "improve" myself in the eyes of others, to gain promotion, more money, more stature, to not get left behind. In order to survive, apparently, I must win.
But too late. I realise the only way to win is to not play the game.