There is an important lesson to be learned from complaints by World Trade Organization meeting protesters who recently vandalized Seattle, Washington D.C. and Montreal. What escaped my understanding was the violence motive and a rationale for thinking that an emerging global economy is a threat to American lives and well being. Those who threw bricks through windows or looted during the melee are criminal rabble, but those who incited them and have a method for their madness deserve our scrutiny. They will return this year to the streets, to the political scene and even factory floors as early as this summer.
The reason for this bad behavior is that rioters refuse to accept the Darwinism that survivors are not necessarily the strongest, but are those that best adapt. Protest leaders see the U.S. labor market as losing, in spite of prosperity they enjoy, but do not grasp they are losing because they will not or cannot adapt to a global economy that is reshaping the world. They are the unionists, trade protectionists and promoters of big government who want federal intervention to insulate them from competitive forces, a "do something for me" mentality. It begins, in my mind, with the abysmal, declining U.S. public education system that culminates when Doofus University grants bachelor degrees to an undereducated rabble of underachievers. No wonder they cannot succeed; they practice what little they have been taught-that it is government's responsibility to make their perceived problems go away.